Liberty Patriots continue hot streak, blank Mount Si Wildcats

October 11, 2011

Two quick goals by Shannon Daly set pace for game

r Kimi Fry, Liberty High School senior midfielder, and Leah Corra, Mount Si High School sophomore defender, battle each other after the ball during the second period of their Oct. 6 soccer match. By Greg Farra

The Liberty High School girls soccer team has only dropped one game — its first — all season.

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Accountant Brian Neville challenges incumbent for school board seat

October 11, 2011

An accountant by trade, Brian Neville grew up in Issaquah and earned his advanced degree at the University of Washington.

“I’m deeply connected to the community,” he said.

Brian Neville

Neville spent five years on the volunteer board of the Seattle-based nonprofit Community for Youth. The group’s aim is to help struggling or at-risk high school students. Neville said he hopes to continue his service to young people but wanted to find an opportunity on the Eastside. That was when he decided to try for the local school board.

“I want to just jump in and do something impactful,” Neville said, adding he has three priorities regarding Issaquah schools.

The capital improvement bond voters are being asked to approve in April makes the top of the list. The current board originally planned to run the bond issue in February, but the citizen committee promoting the bond asked for more time to convince voters.

Neville said he believes the board and other school officials need to do a good job of selling the need for the bond to the public. Neville noted a major school operating levy expires in two years and he said that fact needs more discussion than it has received. He said the district can’t afford to ask voters for too much.

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Mitsubishi rolls out electric vehicle at zHome

October 11, 2011

Mitsubishi is rolling out the i, billed as the most-affordable electric vehicle on the U.S. market, Oct. 15-16 at a “green” venue — zHome, a carbon-neutral community in Issaquah.

The team behind zHome and Mitsubishi partnered to offer zHome attendees a chance to test-drive the car. The i is rated for a miles-per-gallon equivalent of 112.

Enthusiasts can see the i from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

Mitsubishi loaned a Japanese model of the vehicle to zHome Project Manager Brad Liljequist during the summer.

“It was quiet, quick and surprisingly roomy given its small size,” he wrote in a post to the zHome blog.

In addition to kicking the tires on the i, attendees can also tour zHome. The site is along Northeast High Street, just east of YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

The “green” complex features electric-vehicle charging stations.

The i is also scheduled to appear at Best Buy, 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

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Press Editorial

October 11, 2011

Complex school bond will challenge voters

The Issaquah School Board has postponed the vote for a school bond from February until April, at the request of the campaign committee. It was the right decision. It will take every minute from now until April to convince voters that this $219 million bond should be approved — or not.

Heading the list of controversies will be the $82 million to rebuild Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools so the two student populations can then switch places. At the same time, Tiger Mountain Community High School, home to about 100 students, will also be relocated — another $3.9 million.

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Birth: Victory Liviya Agnew

October 11, 2011

Victory Agnew

Ryan and Emily Agnew welcomed daughter Victory Liviya Agnew to their Tacoma home Aug. 23, 2011.

Victory was born at St. Joseph Medical Center, in Tacoma, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches.

Grandparents are Randy and Connie Agnew, of Issaquah, and Mac and Charlene Fletcher, of Issaquah.

Ryan is a 1998 graduate of Liberty High School.

Emily is a 2003 graduate of Issaquah High School.

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King County fire marshal lifts summer burn ban

October 11, 2011

The burn ban in unincorporated King County expired Oct. 1, the King County fire marshal announced amid cooler temperatures and autumn rainfall.

The fire marshal imposed the ban Aug. 8 as dry conditions raised the risk for wildfire in rural and unincorporated areas.

The ban applied to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property.

Burning to clear land is permanently banned in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Call 1-800-323-BURN toll free to learn more about local fire restrictions.

The state Department of Natural Resources lifted a summer burn ban on Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands Oct. 1.

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Mountains to Sound tree-planting event is set for state park

October 11, 2011

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust holds the first of its annual native tree and shrub planting events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The day will feature food, music and booths as well as, of course, plenty of trees to plant.

The Issaquah event is the first of several planned. Registration is necessary. Full and half-day shifts are available.

The park address is 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. From Interstate 90, drive east to Exit 15 and follow the signs.

The kick-off event is sponsored by Carter Subaru, KMTT-103.7 and REI.

Learn more and register at and click on the “volunteer” link.

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Author recounts father’s World War II odyssey in book, ‘Two Gold Coins and a Prayer’

October 11, 2011

Meet local author, discuss book at Costco

Jim Keeffe (left) and his father, James Keeffe Jr., collaborated for the younger Keeffe’s book, ‘Two Gold Coins and a Prayer.’ Contributed

Lt. James Keeffe Jr., a United States Army Air Forces pilot, plummeted to earth as conflict tore Europe apart.

Nazis shot down Keeffe’s bomber March 8, 1944, months before D-Day and the start of a massive Allied assault to loosen occupied Europe from Hitler’s grasp.

More than six decades later, Jim Keeffe transformed the tale into “Two Gold Coins and a Prayer” — a book about his father’s experiences as a World War II bomber pilot and Nazi prisoner of war. The author is due to inscribe books and discuss the story Oct. 15 at Costco.

“There I was standing on the ground in enemy-occupied Holland,” the elder Keeffe recounts in the book. “I had just bailed out of my crippled heavy bomber and had no idea what had happened to my crew. I was hungry. I’d had only two hours of sleep in the past 36 hours. My face was smeared with mud and blood. And I was just four days away from my 21st birthday.”

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Teen Poetry

October 11, 2011

Beaver Lake Middle School annually holds a poetry slam, and students in Karen Bach’s humanities class did exceptional work on the topic “My Life as a Teenager,” with the help of a visiting professional poet. The poems provide a unique insight into the adolescent world of middle school.

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Local football teams stampede past overmatched competition

October 11, 2011

Issaquah defensive linemen Eric Lemke (32) and Jacob Peterson (54) combine on a quarterback sack during the first quarter against Redmond Oct. 7 at Mustang Stadium. By Russell Garner

The Issaquah and Liberty high school football teams each had a breather last week, but that should not be the situation Oct. 14 when each faces powerful league foes.

Issaquah, 5-1 in the season, plays at No. 2 ranked Eastlake, 6-0, in an important KingCo Conference 4A contest for both teams. Liberty, 3-3, hosts 10th-ranked Mercer Island (4-2) in a key KingCo 3A/2A game.

Skyline meanwhile steps out of KingCo Conference 4A action for a nonleague homecoming encounter with Jackson.

All of the games start at 7 p.m.

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