Truck rollover snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 9, 2011

Emergency crews converged on westbound Interstate 90 between Front Street and state Route 900 just after 8 a.m. Aug. 5 after a tractor-trailer toppled across three lanes, snarling the morning commute.

The tractor-trailer was heading westbound in the center lane when the driver attempted to make a lane change to the right, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. In the process, the truck bumped into a car in the adjacent lane.

The truck driver, realizing the rig had bumped the car, attempted to correct to avoid a more serious collision, but lost control and ended up in a brush-filled ditch on the left road shoulder.

Then, as the truck driver attempted to pull out of the ditch, the rig flipped and landed on its side, blocking most of the westbound interstate.

Medics transported the driver of the car, a 29-year-old Sumner man, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of minor injuries. The truck driver, a 30-year-old Auburn man, escaped uninjured.

The state patrol’s commercial vehicle inspectors plan to inspect the tractor-trailer as a standard part of the investigation. Startup said the tractor-trailer driver is unlikely to face charges in the incident.

Crews managed to right the toppled rig after 8:30 a.m. and reopened lanes to traffic at about 9:15 a.m. Traffic backed up for two and a half miles as state troopers closed the lanes to investigate and clean up. Startup said the toppled truck had been hauling hay.

“Luckily, the hay stayed inside the vehicle today,” she added. “That could be a mess. But hay is much easier to clean up than a load of marbles.”

Koski, Lyle

August 9, 2011

Candace Marie Koski and Christopher Mark Lyle, both of Issaquah, were married July 29, 2011, at The Hall at Fauntleroy — West Seattle.

Candace Koski and Christopher Lyle

Mysty Gerard officiated. A reception followed at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

The newlyweds honeymooned at Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii.

The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Cathy Koski, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Samantha Richert (bridesmaid), Courtney Koski (sister), Kelsey Koski (sister), Kim Servoss and Elspeth Stockdale.

Marie is a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in business in 2010 from Western Washington University. She is a guest experience executive team leader for Target Corp.

The groom is the son of Mark and Marsha Lyle, of North Bend. His groomsmen were Jorge Cerda (best man), Nick Kirschner, Mike Kuntz, David Reasoner and Sean Nix.

Christopher is a 2003 graduate of Mount Si High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology in 2007 from Redland College (California). He works as a card services supervisor at Costco Wholesale.

Christina Frost and pinto Sonny gallup to world championship

August 9, 2011

Sonny and Frost attack a barrel race course, trying to come away with the fastest time and an absence of errors. Contributed

Every 5-year-old girl dreams of having a pony, but few see their wishes come true. Issaquah High School graduate and University of Washington Honors College sophomore Christina Frost became one of the happy minority when her parents came home with a beautiful, black, Arabian horse 13 years ago.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway art exhibit launches in Issaquah

August 9, 2011

A total of 21 years have passed since the members of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club led the now well-known hike from Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle.

Since then, according to exhibition organizers, the landscape of Issaquah has been a key part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

With that in mind, Issaquah was picked to host the opening leg of the Mountains to Sound Greenway inaugural traveling photo exhibition.

The exhibition will feature 30 images of the greenway taken by people who live, work and play in the cities, towns, mountains and natural areas between Seattle and Eastern Washington.

The photos represent the work of amateur photographers of all ages and abilities.

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Good news: Bears win second state title in a row

August 9, 2011

Mark Gray has a knack for being associated with championship teams. After all, he starred on title teams in football and baseball during his Issaquah High School days.

Mark Gray (right), Bears coach, sends baserunner Nate Gibson home for a run on a teammate’s single during a game July 10. By Jim Boyle

The past two summers, he has also been head coach of the Field of Champions Bears baseball team, which has accomplished a rarity for local teams in recent years. The Bears have won two state championships in a row.

This summer, the Bears captured the Mickey Mantle 15U state title. Basically, the same group won the 14U state Sandy Koufax championship the previous summer.

“They are a great bunch of kids,” Gray said.

The team is mostly Issaquah and Skyline high school players. The Bears went 19-2 in league action this summer and posted a 4-1 record at the state tournament. In the championship game, the Bears defeated the Puget Sound Shockers, 8-0, at Redmond’s Hartman Park.

“The Shockers had beaten us three times this season. I guess the fourth time was the charm,” Gray said.

Outfielder Mitchell Morimoto, who played on Issaquah High’s varsity team last spring as a freshman, was selected as the state tournament’s most valuable player. Outfielder Derek Chapman and outfielder-pitcher Tommy Medawar, of Issaquah; and pitcher-first baseman Drew Lunde, outfielder Bradley Hoss and pitcher Nate Gibson, of Skyline, were selected to the tournament all-star team with Morimoto.

“Morimoto had a great tournament and Gibson was just dominating on the mound,” Gray said.

While the Bears had strong pitching at state, they also hit the ball with authority. In one game, the Bears hit five home runs.

“We had a strong lineup. One through nine, every one of the kids could hit,” Gray said.

Although the Bears qualified for the 15U Mickey Mantle World Series, the club elected not to participate in the tournament.

“We felt they had played enough baseball this year, and it was time for them to get ready for football season,” Gray said.

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Who’s News

August 9, 2011

Local students participate in summer exchange program

On June 27, the Bellevue Sister Cities Association introduced to the members of the Bellevue City Council exchange students to and from Kladno, Czech Republic, and Liepaja, Latvia (Bellevue’s European sister cities).

Local participants included:

  • Eliott Roberts, of Issaquah, a junior at Skyline High School, is going to Klando. He participates in DECA and has studied three years of Spanish. His goal is to study business at the University of Washington, then go on to law school and eventually work as a sports agent.
  • Christine Corbitt, of Bellevue, a senior at Issaquah High School, is going to Liepaja. She speaks Spanish, participates in drama and choir, and plays the violin and piano.
  • Scott Corbitt, of Bellevue, a sophomore at Issaquah High School, has already left for the exchange program in Hualien, Taiwan. He is an Eagle Scout, likes swimming and hiking, and plays the violin and piano. He plans to study engineering and programming in robotics in college, but is also interested in political science.

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College News

August 9, 2011

Local students graduate from University of Idaho

The following students from the Issaquah area graduated from the University of Idaho during its recent spring 2011 commencement ceremony.

Issaquah: Jeffrey Cowen, Bachelor of Science, communication studies; and Kyla Shkerick, Bachelor of Arts, history

Renton: Nicole Buchheit, Bachelor of Science, microbiology; and Timothy Kuzan, Bachelor of Science, fishery resources

Sammamish: Ryan Kilroy, Bachelor of Science, political science; and Kameron Nordyke, Bachelor of Science, journalism

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PSE calls on residents to report strange activity

August 9, 2011

Puget Sound Energy is calling on citizens to report suspicious activity near neighborhood power substations and report such activity to 911.

The request came after a woman suspected of stealing copper wire from a substation in Enumclaw sustained severe burns to her arms and face Aug. 1.

Authorities said the woman and another person cut through 8-foot-high barbed-wire-topped cyclone fence and entered a PSE substation. Inside, the substation has voltages as high as 115,000 volts.

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King County imposes summer burn ban

August 9, 2011

Dry conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather prompted the King County fire marshal to impose a fire-safety burn ban in unincorporated areas.

The ban started Aug. 8 and runs until Sept. 30.

The latest burn ban is in addition to a state burn ban on forestlands, such as Tiger Mountain State Forest, and a summer burning moratorium in the Eastside Fire & Rescue service area, including Issaquah. (EFR also covers Sammamish, and unincorporated areas such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.)

The state and EFR bans remain in effect until Sept. 30 as well.

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Off the Press

August 9, 2011

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

You can learn a lot from this newspaper

You can learn a lot from reading a newspaper, or editing one. I was thinking about this recently after reading numerous stories on a deadline day. As I write this, I can’t remember what it was that made me say, “Huh. I did not know that.” But I know it happens from time to time.

They teach you in journalism school that you basically have to become an expert, really quickly, about every topic you write about. That’s true to some extent. You also have to know enough to explain it to people who might know nothing about that topic.

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