Skyline High School wrestlers take down two opponents

January 6, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 6, 2012

The Skyline High School wrestling team took down two KingCo Conference 4A opponents Thursday when the Spartans overwhelmed Garfield 72-6 and walloped Redmond 64-9.

In the Garfield match, Skyline got pins from Amrit Puri (106), Justin Manipis (113), Jonathan Jo (120), Tyler White (130), Christian Caldwell (145), Ian Crouch (152), Douglas Lawson (170), Cyrus Sarkosh (182) and Sean McAlhaney (195).

Manipis, Sarkosh and Kyle Nardon (195) had pins for the Spartans against Redmond. Caldwell also recorded a major decision in the Redmond match.

In other action, Issaquah whipped Ballard 70-9.

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Issaquah representative enters race for lieutenant governor

January 6, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson entered the race for lieutenant governor Thursday, as 2012 campaigns coalesced for local candidates.

The formal announcement had been expected for days, after the Fall City Republican said he did not intend to run for another term in November.

Anderson joins a crowded field angling to fill the state’s No. 2 job. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, also faces challenges from former GOP state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and independent candidate Mark Greene, a Newcastle resident.

“We all know that our nation and state face exceptionally challenging circumstances. This situation requires very hard work and creativity to recapture the American dream in Washington,” Anderson said in a statement. “Olympia must step out of its comfort zone of bending to organized special interests — of both the left and the right — to empower the greater, common good.”

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Police identify Seattle officer dead amid drug case as Issaquah resident

January 5, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Thursday morning died at a Seattle hospital hours later after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said the officer, a 50-year-old Issaquah man, had been suspected of using crack cocaine — possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. The man died at Harborview Medical Center late Thursday afternoon.

Police booked the officer into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

Then, at about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the drug case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

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Issaquah superintendent is ‘cautiously optimistic’ after Supreme Court education ruling

January 5, 2012

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012

“Cautiously optimistic” was the response of Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen to Jan. 5’s state Supreme Court ruling regarding school funding.

Steve Rasmussen

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the Legislature is not living up to its constitutional mandate to fund basic education.

The ruling came in the so-called NEWS lawsuit, filed in 2007 and named for the coalition of school districts, teachers unions and education advocates that led the suit. The Issaquah district supported the suit through an amicus brief filed with the court.

That group is known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools. They were asking the court to help enforce a 1978 ruling that also said the state was not living up to its paramount duty to pay for basic K-12 education.

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Skyline girls basketball team moves into tie for first place

January 5, 2012

NEW — 2:20 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team raced off to a 20-10 first-quarter lead Wednesday and coasted to a KingCo Conference 4A 65-42 victory against host Ballard. With the victory, Skyline moved into a tie for first place with Eastlake in the Crest Division.

Susie Tinker scored a season-high 20 points to lead Skyline and all players. Megan Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points for the Spartans, who are 4-1 in league play and 7-4 overall.

Skyline led 30-19 at halftime and steadily pulled away from Ballard. Cailey Beckett topped Ballard with 15 points.

In other KingCo 4A action, Issaquah lost to host Garfield 58-55. Garfield led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and the contest remained close the rest of the way. Garfield’s Nyashu Sarju scored a game-high 29 points.

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Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz launches campaign for Legislature

January 5, 2012

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Thursday to represent Issaquah and rural East King County in the Legislature.

Chad Magendanz

Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district for the Issaquah area and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012.

“Much of the policy that affects our kids is not made in the district, it’s made down in Olympia. That’s where the funding for the most part is, and that’s where the major decisions are made as far as the future of education,” Magendanz said to business and education leaders gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah.

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City Council chooses Tola Marts, Fred Butler for leadership posts

January 5, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012

City Council members chose Tola Marts to lead the board in the coming year, as the council reorganizes City Hall and delves into a long-term plan to redevelop the business district.

Tola Marts

In unanimous decisions Tuesday, council members elected Marts to the top spot on the board — council president — and longtime member Fred Butler to serve in the No. 2 position.

The council president leads the legislative branch of city government. The responsibilities for the role include leading semimonthly council meetings and monthly Committee-of-the-Whole Council meetings, handling committee assignments and representing the city if Mayor Ava Frisinger is absent.

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Leaders invite public to Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

January 5, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012

King County leaders and employees plan to pause for the 25th year to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The public is invited to join county employees at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle for the noon Jan. 12 celebration. (The federal holiday to honor King is observed Jan. 16.)

Speakers at the celebration include County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chairman Larry Gossett and former King County Councilmember Bruce Laing, a leader in the effort to rename the county for King.

The celebration includes musical performances by Abráce, a Seattle-based group meant to foster intercultural understanding through music, and the reunited MLK Employee Singers. The group of county employees has performed at previous celebrations.

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Former Costco leader Jim Sinegal is named CEO of the Year

January 4, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012

Costco cofounder and former leader Jim Sinegal is Morningstar’s 2011 CEO of the Year, executives at the Chicago-based financial data provider announced Wednesday.

Jim Sinegal

Sinegal stepped down as CEO of the Issaquah-based warehouse chain Jan. 1. Craig Jelinek, president and chief operating officer at the No. 3 retailer in the United States and the largest employer in Issaquah, succeeded Sinegal.

Morningstar recognizes a chief executive for showing exemplary corporate stewardship, independent thinking, lasting value for shareholders and leaving a legacy in his or her industry.

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King County deputies to receive cardiac arrest equipment

January 4, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

King County public health officials said equipment and training for King County Sheriff’s Office deputies to respond to cardiac arrest could mean the difference between life and death.

King County Emergency Medical Services, a division of Public Health – Seattle & King County, plans to distribute 53 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to deputies interested in the training. Trained deputies can then be dispatched to a cardiac arrest call alongside emergency medical responders.

Officials announced the initiative Wednesday.

Equipped deputies arriving first to the scene of a cardiac arrest can start resuscitation and deliver the initial defibrillator shocks and, as soon as emergency medical responders arrive on the scene, they can take over resuscitation duties.

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