Press Editorial

February 1, 2011

Innovative companies create community pride

Innovation is alive and well in the Issaquah business community. The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the top three nominees from a field of 23 companies and nonprofit organizations at its monthly luncheon last week to kick off its Innovation in Issaquah program, celebrating businesses that demonstrate innovative strategies in services, products or practices.

The winners are relatively unknown businesses in Issaquah, yet all three are making a difference globally. All three will elevate Issaquah as a great place to do business, well beyond the storefront.

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To the Editor

February 1, 2011

Bobcat photo

Animal control agencies should be aware of options for injured wildlife

I could not help but comment on the article and photo of the injured bobcat.

It is a wonderful thing that people in our community still care about the wildlife we share our homes with.

The couple in the South Firs area took the time to call animal control regarding the injured bobcat. To say their only option was to come out and euthanize the animal is not correct. Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington will rehabilitate and return injured animals to their home whenever possible.

If a person cannot take the animal to Arlington, Sarvey has several area veterinary hospitals where a pick up can be arranged for a small donation. Two examples are Alpine Veterinary Hospital in Issaquah and Aerowood Animal Hospital in Bellevue. Both of these facilities are open 24 hours.

I myself took an injured barn owl to Alpine Hospital here in Issaquah. The staff called to arrange the pickup  and the Sarvey Wildlife van was on the way by the time the owl reached the animal hospital.

It seems to me that all wildlife and animal control agencies should be aware of this option.

Vicki Appleton


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Community volunteers needed for school bond

February 1, 2011

The Issaquah School District needs community members to help shape a potential bond measure that would go before voters in February 2012.

Interested people need to go to the school district website to download an application form by the Feb. 16 deadline.

Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost and tax impact of the ballot measure and present a final recommendation to the superintendent. The time commitment is several Tuesday evening meetings in March and April.

Parade Magazine names Kasen Williams player of the year

February 1, 2011

Skyline High School football player Kasen Williams (center) poses on the cover of Parade Magazine. Contributed

Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams will be front and center on the cover of Parade Magazine’s Feb. 6 issue.

When the staff at Parade Magazine settled on Skyline’s Jake Heaps as its top quarterback on the 2010 Parade All-America high-school football team, it couldn’t help but notice his teammate, Williams.

Over three years, the duo had helped the Spartans win three straight state titles. The magazine staff decided then to keep a close eye on the 6-foot-2 receiver as he worked through his senior year. They were curious about how Williams would handle the pressure of being the team’s leader with Heaps at Brigham Young.

Turned out that Williams’ senior season was so impressive the staff didn’t just name him to the first team; they made him the Player of the Year. Williams is one of 53 players from 22 states selected by Parade editors with the help of The Sporting News. He will appear on the cover of the Feb. 6 issue of Parade.

“He overperformed this season, if anything,” said Emmet Sullivan, an associate editor at Parade. “He outperformed himself. He set all new school records and, when you look at it, it was pretty obvious that he was No. 1 to us.”

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Eagles take season’s final meet from Spartans

February 1, 2011

Amanda ‘A.J.’ Bowers, of Issaquah, performs a backflip on the balance beam while earning a 7.4. By Greg Farrar

When the judges announced Skyline High School’s score at the end of the gymnastics meet Jan. 27, the team celebrated, coach Debbie Gliner said.

The team had worked all season to hit the 140-point mark and it made it.

“When we heard the final team score, I think that was a really exciting moment for us,” Gliner said. “We knew it would be a year of rebuilding and growth, and it’s exciting to see how far they’ve come.”

Skyline hit a team milestone, but ultimately Issaquah beat the Spartans, 166.130-141.8, in the final meet of the regular season. Overall, Newport did best, finishing the meet with a score of 173.8. Redmond took third overall with 158.675.

“To finish out the regular season knowing everybody’s trying new things, it’s fun to see all those new things come together,” Issaquah coach Ryan Fleisher said. “I’m pleased with where everybody finished.”

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Students save with pocket change

February 1, 2011

Endeavour Elementary School third-grader Zoe Czaja gives her deposit to her mom Teresa Czaja while third-grader Zander Schock forks over his money to his mom Alison Schock. By Laura Geggel

Whether depositing four quarters or a $30 check, Endeavour Elementary School students are saving for their futures through school banking. Read more

Fishing seasons and limits are going down

February 1, 2011

Just announced, and effective Feb. 2, is a sudden closure of rivers and streams for steelhead fishing in the Eastern Puget Sound watershed.

Dallas Cross

This is a result of the forecast of returning wild steelhead, a protected species, being well below the goal required for spawning and maintenance. Fishing for hatchery steelhead is included in the closure to reduce the mortality of wild steelhead when incidentally hooked. The nearby rivers included in the closure are: Snoqualmie, Raging, Tolt, Skykomish, Pilchuck, Sultan and Wallace. Although the list looks all inclusive of these rivers, check the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website for particular areas.

Despite the record chinook or king salmon run last fall and a projected increase in spring chinook numbers this year, several other sea-run fish have gone down and are projected to continue to diminish in numbers.

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Childrens’ dancing brings fairy tale ‘Cinderella’ to life

February 1, 2011

If you recognize the love story that casts two evil stepsisters, a fairy godmother and an irresistible prince, then you will be familiar with the story of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s next production.

Chloe Chow (center) and two other young ballet dancers rehearse choreography Jan. 26 for a scene from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s upcoming ‘Cinderella’ production. By Alysha Alibhai

The timeless fairy tale “Cinderella” debuts at McCaw Hall Feb. 4 in time for Valentine’s Day. The excitement is brewing as three Issaquah children prepare for their parts in the highly anticipated show.

The stars

Anna Park, Chloe Chow and Vincent Bennett sat patiently in a studio among their fellow cast members in The Phelps Center waiting for rehearsal to begin Jan. 26, 10 days before opening night. Poised and elegant are not typical words used to describe children of their age, but these young dancers are as focused as they are talented.

“This production is much different than other ‘Cinderellas,’” Kent Stowell said to the rehearsal audience.

He choreographed the production based on the classic French fairy tale and is one of the founding artistic directors of the ballet company.

“It’s a classic story and it’s really fun,” said Anna, a ballerina from Challenger Elementary School. Anna has been dancing since age 5, and said she is “very excited” to be a part of this show.

Vincent, who also attends Challenger, is the youngest of the three Issaquah ballet stars and is in the third grade. He first became fascinated with the art form after watching “The Nutcracker” and has been dancing since he was 3, said his mom Aleksandra Bennett.

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Councilman Reagan Dunn urges protection for crime victims

February 1, 2011

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn has introduced a measure to urge state legislators to shield the victims of sex crimes in the courtroom.

The measure Dunn introduced aims to generate King County Council support for a bill in the Legislature. The bill is meant to protect sex crime victims from defendants representing themselves in court, or pro se defendants.

“It is an extremely scary prospect for victims to tell their story in court,” Dunn said in a statement released Jan. 27. “Imagine how much more difficult it is to be questioned by an attacker directly. To get victims to come forward, the criminal justice system must offer them some protection, while balancing the rights of the accused.”

Dunn represents the rural area near Issaquah, plus Newcastle, Maple Valley and areas inside Bellevue and Renton. Read more

Discovery’s K-Kids craft smiles for South American students

February 1, 2011

Visitors had to be careful not to step on any teeth as they stepped into Lori Moorman’s kindergarten class Jan. 19. They didn’t find any real teeth on the floor, but many of the about 50 students in the Discovery Elementary School K-Kids club spent time after school on projects that included drawing posters with big smiles on them.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade buzzed around the room, stringing beads, composing pages for booklets, and drawing signs and posters for the club’s service project. One of six or so projects the club conducts throughout the year, this one benefited Sammamish-based nonprofit organizations International Smile Power and Kids Without Borders.

“The most rewarding thing you can do is have kids that want to give back to the community,” said Janna Redman, fifth-grade teacher and K-Kids staff adviser.

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