Off the Press

April 12, 2011

Beware Lake Sammamish’s people-eating boar-dog-man

Tim Pfarr Press reporter

I’ve had some pretty weird dreams involving T. rexes, really long waterslides and former college professors trying to kill me with samurai swords, but I recently had one of the strangest and most involved dreams ever.

In the dream, I was at work, and somebody called to tell me about a monster that lived alongside Lake Sammamish.

“That sounds like a great story for our summer Living magazine, which prints in June!” I said.

As I began conducting research for the story, I found an old book detailing the legend of the elusive Lake Sammamish beast.

The monster was amphibious, and it lived in a nuclear reactor buried deep in a cave on the lake’s eastern shoreline. It had an appetite for people, and it devoured anybody who stepped foot inside the cave.

As I flipped one of the old, weathered pages of the book, I came to a sketch of the monster: It had the head of a boar, the body of a dog and the legs of a man. Yes, it was the ever-dreaded people-eating boar-dog-man, mutated by radiation from the reactor.

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To the Editor

April 12, 2011

Ruth Kees award

Thank you, Maureen McCarry, for donation to environmental council

Maureen McCarry showed her generosity of spirit yet again!

Maureen gave the money that she received from the well-deserved Ruth Kees award to the Issaquah Environmental Council and then promptly matched the funds. Thank you, wow! Thank you.

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What’s fresh at the market?

April 12, 2011

Issaquah market returns April 16, features updated lineup

Evangeline Flickinger, 2, of Snoqualmie, meets Maximus/Minimus, the pig-shaped sandwich truck, at last year's opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market. By Greg Farrar

Expect a thoroughly modern market boasting artisan products and street snacks, plus the usual organic produce, as the Issaquah Farmers Market returns April 16.

Sellers and patrons descend on the bucolic Pickering Barn site from all directions. The bustling Costco across the street also attracts customers to the market.

The market is a boon. The historic barn can attract up to 4,500 people on a busy Saturday. Crowds build throughout the season as rain turns to sunshine, temperatures inch upward and sellers proliferate.

The historic Pickering Barn site nods to Issaquah’s agricultural roots. The local market predates other Eastside farmers markets by several years. The market opened in downtown Issaquah early on, and then settled at the barn more than a dozen years ago.

The market includes farmers from East King County and Eastern Washington, artists and craftspeople from throughout the Evergreen State, and a Seattle food truck sporting ears and a pig snout. Entertainers plan to roam the grounds throughout the season.

Longtime sellers include beekeepers, carpenters, farmers and jewelers, though the market changes from season to season. The eclectic lineup includes fresh offerings as the bazaar returns for a 21st season.

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Teens to tackle tough issues at Issaquah Youth Summit

April 12, 2011

How should teenagers address their education or the environment? What should they know about advocacy? How can they take on a community project?

Students in middle and high schools from Issaquah and across the Eastside will gather at the Issaquah Community Center on April 30 to learn more about their world and how they can improve it.

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department previously held youth summits in 1998, 2000 and 2002, but the summit fell by the wayside until now, when Issaquah Youth Advisory Board members revived it for themselves and their classmates.

“We’re trying to get as many students as possible to come together,” Issaquah High School sophomore Iman Baghai said. “We’re going to have different workshops from media literacy to helping the environment to starting your own projects to what community service projects are available to you.”

Issaquah High junior Allie Lustig said there were two types of workshops: educational and skill-oriented.

The educational workshops will tackle issues such as bullying, harassment, suicide and depression. The skill-oriented sessions will teach students how to get involved with volunteering and how to become media-savvy. Experts will lead each seminar.

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Lectures seek to address questions for the faithful

April 12, 2011

How can people reconcile their faith with modern issues, such as immigration, gay spirituality or poverty?

The Community Church of Issaquah invites the public to ponder these issues at a series of free lectures titled, “Faith and Today’s World,” in the meeting room at the Issaquah Library.

Keith Madsen, pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah, said he and his congregants chose the issues that mattered most to them and found experts who could speak about the complexities coloring each topic.

“It’s not always easy to talk about them from the pulpit of the individual church,” Madsen said.

The first speaker, Michael Ramos, the executive director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, will speak about faith and immigration issues, from April 17.

“From a faith prospective, what does our faith say to use about how we should relate to immigrants?” Madsen asked. “Michael Ramos obviously has a Hispanic name, but he is a Catholic man who is head of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and as such has some solid credentials for speaking on it.”

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Television series stars Issaquah business whiz kids

April 12, 2011

Talents land young entrepreneurs in the limelight

Tyler Stupich, a glassblower at Issaquah's artbyfire, shows his craft and talks about taxes on the TV series 'Biz Kid$.' Contributed

Usually, people don’t learn about taxes and their multitude of alphabet soup forms —1040s, W-2s, 1099s and 1040EZs — until they get their first job or start their own company.

Instead of waiting for employees and employers to learn about subjects, like taxes, on the job, the public television show “Biz Kid$” is working to empower children about the business world.

Its next episode, airing April 17, teaches viewers about taxes with the help of three Issaquah businessmen, Issaquah High School graduates Riley Goodman and Jake Director, and artbyfire glassblower Tyler Stupich.

“Biz Kid$” Executive Producer Jamie Hammond, who helped start the show in 2008 with producers from the hit series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” said the “Biz Kid$” episode, “A World Without Taxes” would help people understand taxes and why they need to be paid.

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Issaquah rebounds from worst loss to best win

April 12, 2011

Jake Bakamus (2), Issaquah junior shortstop, tags out Skyline base stealer Peyton Harrod, caught in a rundown by Bakamus and first baseman Ethan Kalin (18) during the bottom of the third inning. By Greg Farrar

After 10-0 drubbing to rival Skyline, Eagles keep season alive with 10-8 win over Garfield

The Issaquah High School baseball team went from its worst game of the season to its best last week to regain some optimism for the season.

Issaquah won three of four games in all. Two of the victories came in 4A KingCo Conference play. The worst game was the first of the week. Issaquah was routed by rival Skyline 10-0 April 6 at Skyline in a league encounter.

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Earthquake inspires students to delve into Japanese culture

April 12, 2011

Skyline High School freshmen Renee Chaffin (left), Irene Pak and Crystal Liang stand beneath a Shinto gate crafted by Chaffin for the Japan ‘teach-in’ their social studies class hosted. By Laura Geggel

The day after Japan’s March 11 earthquake, Skyline High School students sat in a concerned, stunned silence watching footage from the magnitude-9 quake and tsunami that had wrecked the country’s northern coast.

“As a group they immediately sensed that they were witnessing devastating history,” social studies teacher Cari Crane said.

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Juanita makes quick work of shorthanded Patriots

April 12, 2011

The Liberty High School boys soccer team was missing some key players April 5 when the Patriots met host Juanita in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference game.

Some Patriots took the week because it was spring vacation. Whether their absence made a difference or not would be debatable. The big issue for the Patriots against Juanita was putting the ball in the net.

Liberty failed to connect and Juanita took advantage of a second-half penalty kick to post a 1-0 upset victory.

“We were missing some key players but I’m not sure that would have made a difference. Juanita really played well,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said. “Our problem was that we just couldn’t get the ball into the net.”

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King County executive aims to boost electronics recycling

April 12, 2011

King County could break ground by requiring responsible electronics recycling for county departments.

County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed legislation to ensure all county agencies recycle computer monitors, mobile phones, TVs and other discarded electronics through environmentally sound practices.

The county could become the first in the state — and the second in the United States — to enact such a measure.

“King County agencies recycled more than 90,000 pounds of electronic equipment in 2010 and they did it the right way — under contract with an excellent local e-Steward recycler Total Reclaim,” Constantine said in a release. “This ordinance will ensure that our agencies always use an approved recycler and pursue the most responsible recycling practices for their electronic waste.”

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