Liberty High School netters whip Interlake

April 19, 2011

The Liberty High School girls tennis team took the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches April 12 as the Patriots defeated Interlake, 5-2, in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Interlake’s Isabelle Long. Veronica Granger and Audrey LaFraugh defeated Interlake’s Iryna Strinyska and Miyati Raghavan, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 1 doubles match.

Skyline girls bounce Inglemoor in tennis

The Skyline High School girls tennis team swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory April 12 against Inglemoor in a 4A KingCo Conference match.

Alison Opitz and Molly Knutson, of Skyline, won the No. 1 doubles with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory against Leanna Thim and Mckayla Dear.

On April 11, Garfield swept the four singles matches to defeat Skyline, 5-2.

Skyline’s victories came in the doubles. Opitz and Knutson won the No. 1 doubles match by beating Lauren Schlechter and Sherry Tran, 6-1, 6-4. Sanjana Galgalikar and Rachel Kim, of Skyline, won the No. 3 doubles match by beating Hiroko Nakahara and Anna Cia, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

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Public Meetings

April 19, 2011

April 20

Development Commission

7-9 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way


Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

7 p.m.

May Valley Alliance Church

16431 S.E. Renton-Issaquah Road

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Governor approves math bill to streamline testing

April 19, 2011

Graduating from high school with sufficient math credits just got easier. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill to allow students in the 2013 and 2014 graduating classes to pass only one mathematics end-of-course exam, instead of two.

The state House of Representatives passed the legislation in a 96-1 vote on March 4. State senators passed a companion bill in a 47-0 vote on March 29. Gregoire signed it into law April 11.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn had championed the legislation.

“Plain and simple, this is a win for fairness,” Dorn said. “In a tough legislative year, this is one law that directly impacts the lives of students in a positive manner. I’m pleased that state legislators and the governor did the right thing for students.”

Eventually, the math section of the High School Proficiency Exam — which is administered to sophomores — will be phased out, and two end-of-course exams, in algebra and geometry, will take its place.

Most Washington sophomores take geometry, and will take the geometry end-of-course exam this spring. Under current law, they would also be required to take the algebra I exam — a course most students take during their freshman year.

The second end-of-course exam will no longer be needed for students in the classes of 2013 and 2014.

Current eighth-graders — the class of 2015 — will be the first students required to pass two end-of-state exams. Most of those students will take algebra I in ninth grade, meaning they take the end-of-course exam in the same year they took the course.

“This whole issue for me has been about fairness,” Dorn said in a statement. “End of course should mean end of course. This is a big win for students that we all worked together and found the right solution.”

Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 are not affected by this bill. Those students can still pass one state math exam or earn two credits of math after their sophomore year to meet the math graduation requirement.

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Street closes April 24 near Village Theatre

April 19, 2011

Prepare for downtown street closures as “Iron Curtain” comes down.

Motorists should plan for closures on First Place Northwest from Northwest Dogwood Street to Northwest Alder Place from 4:30-10:30 p.m. April 24, as crews load trucks for Village Theatre’s production of “Iron Curtain.”

The musical about hapless Broadway composers in the Soviet Union closes April 24 in Issaquah and moves to the Everett Performing Arts Center until late May.

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City seeks Issaquah Hall of Fame nominees

April 19, 2011

Nominate outstanding citizens to join community leaders past and present in the Issaquah Hall of Fame.

The mayor and the City Council president recognize at least one person each year for his or her lasting contribution to the community.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President John Traeger evaluate nominees based on things such as civic-mindedness, leadership and length of service. Past honorees all played a role in attracting positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good.

Send the name of a nominee and a brief summary of his or her contributions to the community to: Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027-1307. Or email the nomination to

The nominations must be received by May 2. Evaluators maintain confidentiality throughout the selection process.

The recipient or recipients is to be announced May 17 at the annual Community Awards Luncheon.

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Surprise! More snow falls in Issaquah

April 19, 2011

More spring snowfall dusted higher-elevation neighborhoods in Issaquah and the surrounding area April 18.

Issaquah Highlands residents reported some late-morning snowfall as rain turned to snow.

The region continues to experience below-normal temperatures for early spring. High temperatures usually reach the mid to upper 50s in early April.

Snowfall also blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late April 6 and early April 7. Surprised residents reported about 1 inch of snow accumulation in some places.

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Egg-cellent Easter festivities abound

April 19, 2011

Children gather for a local Easter egg hunt. File

Hop to Easter egg hunts throughout the Issaquah area before the holiday dawns April 24.

The holiday is celebrated against a backdrop of baskets, bunnies and goodies at numerous churches and community organization.

Splash into the Underwater Egg Hunt & Carnival at Julius Boehm Pool, as the family tradition is brought indoors and into the shallow end of the pool. The underwater egg features prizes and carnival games, in addition to the submerged eggs. Organizers recommend participants bring plastic Easter baskets.

Meet the Easter Bunny at the 20th annual Gilman Village Easter EGGStravaganza. Children can also stop at participating shops and businesses for Easter treats.

The annual EGGStravaganza at Gilman Village is not the only eggs-travaganza in town.

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Facing fake bullets and real scars

April 19, 2011

Issaquah Police Department joins shooting exercise in Snoqualmie

The shooter fired on the victims and policemen fired on him.

A shooting simulation at Snoqualmie Middle School March 31 involved members of the Coalition of Small Police Agencies. By Sebastian Moraga

Then, they strolled one room over and reviewed it all while sipping Starbucks.

Another shooter fired twice. Police broke into his hideaway and unloaded on him.

Then, the shooter thanked the officers. They told him to give his family their best regards.

It may look like fun and games at times, but the Coalition of Small Police Agencies’ active shooter training is serious business.

Officers from 14 police departments trained at Snoqualmie Middle School March 28-31 for public-place shootings.

The setting was realistic: shots ringing out, victims screaming and police officers in full gear breaking into rooms like in the movies.

Firearms weighed the same, looked the same and felt the same as the real thing. They even loaded and disassembled the same way.

Instead of bullets, the weapons carried Simunitions, nonlethal wax bullets filled with dyed laundry detergent.

Instructors allowed no other weapons — like Tasers or batons — besides the Simunition-loaded guns and rifles. They frisked everyone entering the school — twice.

Officers received one loaded weapon and one magazine of Simunitions.

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Issaquah husband-and-wife team wins photo awards

April 19, 2011

Issaquah’s ilyanne and Marc Cauchy wowed the judges with their photos of a wedding and a hairy spider. The team received two awards at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International 2011 Awards of Excellence competition, held Feb. 19-20 in Las Vegas.

‘Elisha and Graham’ won an Accolade of Excellence Award in the Wedding Photojournalism category for Issaquah photographer ilyanne Cauchy. By ilyanne Cauchy

Ilyanne Photographic Art received its awards — accolades of excellence — in the wedding photojournalism and the animals/pets categories. The 2011 competition included 2,171 prints in 18 different categories submitted by photographers from all over the world.

Ilyanne Cauchy recently shared her passion for photography:

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Baskin-Robbins offers cool treats for cheap

April 19, 2011

Enjoy Baskin-Robbins ice cream for 31 cents a scoop and honor firefighters at the same time on 31 Cent Scoop Night.

The annual event is 5-10 p.m. April 27 at the Issaquah-area shops, 1590 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 8 and 3052 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.

In addition, the Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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