Issaquah-area residents’ Pearl Harbor memories wanted

November 22, 2011

The attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, propelled the United States’ entry into World War II and reshaped history.

In addition to the tragedies in Hawaii, the attack left indelible memories for people across the nation, including in Issaquah.

Now, as the attacks’ 70th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking Pearl Harbor memories from local residents about how the events impacted them for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to by Dec. 2, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

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County elections office calls on voters to resolve ballot problems

November 22, 2011

Since ballots started to return to King County Elections late last month, the office processed about 450,000 ballots, but staffers cannot open some ballots due to voter signature problems.

The elections office, by law, cannot open and process a ballot unless the signature on the return envelope matches the signature on a voter’s registration.

Staffers attempt to contact voters if a signature problem arises. If elections office staffers contact a voter, he or she should call the office to ensure his or her ballot is processed. Call 206-296-VOTE. Voters can resolve signature problems through Nov. 28.

“There are some close races in this election and every ballot we open contributes to the outcome,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We can’t open a ballot if it is missing a voter’s signature or if the signature doesn’t match the one we have on file.”

Often, elections staffers cannot process some ballots because the voters returned the ballots too late or they failed to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

In the August primary election, crews could not open about 2,000 ballots due to missing signatures.

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Sentencing is delayed for insurance agent responsible for bilking seniors

November 22, 2011

Sentencing for the former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients has been delayed until Dec. 9.

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, 49, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal.

Jamrus-Kassim was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 18, but the court continued the hearing until December after the defendant requested a different attorney.

Prosecutors said Jamrus-Kassim stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors — ranging in age from 74 to 90 — made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry, online psychic advisers and a trip to Mexico.

Bankers Life and Casualty, a company Jamrus-Kassim used to work for, agreed last month to repay the money she stole, plus interest.

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Local high schools’ fall sports teams wrap up

November 22, 2011

Girls cross country finally makes state

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School’s girls cross country team made a triumphant return to the state championships earlier this month, finishing 10th overall and placing 21st out of 72 teams.

The 2011 season commemorated the team’s first return to state in 13 years after succeeding in various invitationals, finishing second at the KingCo Conference and placing fifth at districts.

Notable runners include senior Rachel Osgood, who placed 32nd overall at state; freshmen Ellie Clawson, Cayla Seligman, Abby Wilson and Ellie Hendrickson; and sophomore Amanda Chalfant, all of who participated at state.

“Everyone improved drastically,” captain Madison Callan said. “The team worked really hard this year, and we ended up holding a season record of 9-1.”

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens in Issaquah

November 22, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open in the Issaquah Commons.

The chain announced the opening Nov. 14 on Twitter.

The chain features a no-frills menu — burgers, fries, hot dogs and the like — at restaurants from coast to coast. Five Guys is based in Lorton, Va.

Operators applied for a business license from the city and announced plans for the restaurant in February.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah hosts coat, shoe drive

November 22, 2011

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is holding a coat and shoe drive throughout November.

The drive runs through Nov. 30 and donations benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Coats and shoes — in adult’s and children’s sizes — should be clean, and new or gently used.

Donation sites include The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S.; the Issaquah Gilman branch of KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite A; and AtWork! Issaquah Operations, 690 N.W. Juniper St.

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Skyline football team rolls into semis with 52-17 win

November 22, 2011

When the Skyline High School football team lost to Sammamish rival Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans fell out of the rankings and off the radar.

While attention around the state turned to other programs, Skyline was left to look at where it was as a team and what was left to accomplish.

The Spartans regrouped. They decided to cross off the wins one at a time the rest of the season. They made T-shirts to serve as reminders.

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Homecoming: ‘I Believe’ we won

November 22, 2011

Samantha Garrard Issaquah High School

Many have written about Issaquah High School’s homecoming and the students who were suspended or expelled due to underage drinking. What hasn’t been covered is the immense success the week brought to the student body and the greater community.

The overall theme of this year’s homecoming was “I Believe,” and more specifically “I Believe That We Can Beat Cancer.” The idea was to allow students to think beyond themselves and help the greater community. Homecoming wasn’t a one-day event; it was a weeklong Spirit Week that will have a permanent positive effect.

“A week that would usually be ‘all about me’ was now changed to ‘all about someone else,’” Principal Paula Phelps said.

Several fundraisers that week promoted the fight against cancer. The Associated Student Body sold hot pink T-shirts that promoted breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to help fight breast cancer. The ASB also encouraged students to “Boycott the Boutonniere” and instead purchase a breast cancer awareness ribbon to wear.

“Officers for the student body are always trying to unite their student body, make our school a fun place to be and serve our community, but this year they took it to an amazing level,” said Tim Baynes, the ASB teacher.

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Issaquah Highlands gets drop-off point for Eastside Baby Corner

November 22, 2011

Starting Dec. 1, Issaquah Highlands Self Storage is donating space to and will be a new drop-off point for Eastside Baby Corner.

Donations can be dropped off seven days a week at 910 N.E. High St. from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 295-2959 or go to

Items that will be accepted are gently used or new clothing and shoes for children, sizes newborn to 14; gently used or new small toys, 11 inches by 17 inches or less in diameter; and packaged disposable diapers.

Baby Corner accepts donations of highchairs, strollers, port-a-cribs, bicycles and other goods for children at 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Learn more by calling 865-0234 or go to

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Press Editorial

November 22, 2011

Say no to $3 million for highlands developer

The developers of the proposed Issaquah Highlands retail center have asked the city to kick in $3 million for infrastructure improvements.

They’ve got to be kidding!

We’re glad to see the city encouraging economic development, but this is not the right project.

Regency Centers, a Florida-headquartered strip mall developer, estimates the city could receive about $1 million each year in sales tax revenue once the retail center is up and running. “Could” is the operative word.

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