Skyline Spartans remain unbeaten, claim KingCo 4A championship

October 30, 2012

Skyline High School’s Cedric Cooper gains a little ground before being tackled in the Oct. 25 game against Bothell. By Jim Nicholson

After plowing through the regular season undefeated, the Skyline High School football team kicked off what it calls the “second season” Oct. 25 with a blowout win over Bothell for the KingCo 4A title.

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Shooting spree ends with suspect’s death

October 30, 2012

Deputies launched a manhunt in East King County on Oct. 27, after a man shot a woman in the May Valley area after shooting another man in Renton.

Police later found the suspect, 48-year-old Renton resident John L. McKay, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators said McKay stormed into his estranged wife’s Renton home at about 2:30 p.m. Investigators said he shot Tina McKay’s boyfriend, and pistol-whipped her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.

John McKay then drove to the home of his former mother-in-law, Linda Ryan, in the 13400 block of 209th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah. (The house is about a block south of Southeast May Valley Road and about five miles southeast of downtown Issaquah.)

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Some voters receive two ballots due to registration changes

October 30, 2012

King County Elections officials said as many as 10,000 voters received two ballots due to recent changes in voter information and registration.

Some voters received two ballots for the Nov. 6 election because they changed their information not long before the elections office mailed ballots.

Officials said affected voters should receive a suspended ballot and a ballot with their updated information.

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Liberty’s Tynan Gilmore shows heart in final conference games

October 30, 2012

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School senior quarterback, drags a Mount Si senior defensive back into the end zone with his fourth-quarter punt return Oct. 26. By Greg Farrar

Though the Liberty High School Patriots lost to Mount Si, 35-7, on Oct. 26, to put their record at 3-6, it might be the best team Steve Valach has coached in his 14 years with Liberty.

“I tell you what,” he said. “If all my teams had the heart and courage of this year’s team, I’d coach until I was 100 years old.”

This was a rough season for the Patriots. Two seniors who might have had a shot as football scholarships decided to not even play this year, according to Valach.

The team has been rife with injuries. On Oct. 26, only 30 players suited up. The week before was even worse — 25.

But one of those injuries, a season-ending concussion for the Patriots’ starting quarterback, put one kid in the spotlight that no one in their right mind would want to be.

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Local Boy Scouts complete 80-mile hike in New Mexico

October 30, 2012

Boy Scouts and their dads (from left) Derrick Morton, Trevor Morton, Nick Co, Chris Backus, Doug Backous, Cole Backus, Jonathan Backous, Michael Cecil, Andrew Marsh, Mckinley Melton and Jeff Melton pose on top of Baldy Mountain after their tiring but satisfying hike to the summit. By Michael Cecil

Twelve local teenage Boy Scouts and leaders took the New Mexico wilderness head on in August, hiking 80 miles over a dozen days. The group followed a track in the Philmont Scout Ranch, one of the largest adventure camps owned by the Boy Scouts of America.

The ranch, which covers 214 square miles of wilderness, has seen more than 950,000 Scouts, venturers and leaders since the first camping season in 1939. The ranch has trails that climb from 6,500 feet to 12,441 feet in altitude, and the territory is home to bears and mountain lions, among other natural challenges.

Philmont is well-known in the Scouting world, and ranch visitors are selected for hiking the area through a lottery system that Boy Scout troops can enter every two years. Other national camps also offer scuba diving in addition to hiking.

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Cougar Ridge students study zombees to hunt honeybee killer

October 30, 2012

Julianna Hirao, a fifth-grade student at Cougar Ridge Elementary School, examines Washington’s second confirmed zombie bee and the pupae that surround it. By Lillian O’Rorke

Forget the trick-or-treating witches and ghouls — real zombees are out there and fifth-graders at Cougar Ridge Elementary School are hunting them.

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King County Elections launches mobile tools

October 30, 2012

King County Elections rolled out tools for mobile devices, including a countdown clock, to help voters find the nearest ballot box and see how much time they have to return ballots.

Find the mobile tools at The website is tailored for display on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The portal includes a ballot drop box map and results, in addition to the election countdown clock. Users can also link to the full King County Elections website to create a customized voters’ pamphlet.

Election Day is Nov. 6, and voters must postmark or return ballots to drop boxes by 8 p.m.

Issaquah students cast ballots in mock elections

October 30, 2012

The minimum age to vote is 18, but the hurdle did not stop students throughout the Issaquah School District from casting ballots in the tight races for president and governor.

Educators on local campuses organized mock elections or joined the annual Student Mock Election overseen by the state elections office to educate students about the importance of participation in the political process.

Students at Issaquah and Tiger Mountain Community high schools, Issaquah Middle School, and Creekside, Endeavour and Sunny Hills elementary schools cast ballots in ersatz elections or plan to do so by the actual Election Day, Nov. 6.

Teachers involved in the mock elections said the exercise is about more than determining whether students support Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna for governor.

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Issaquah football team heads into playoffs after 20-13 win

October 30, 2012

The Woodinville Falcons came swooping into Gary Moore Stadium on Oct. 26 and nearly ended the Issaquah High School football squad’s 2012 postseason dreams before they began.

Thanks to a suddenly stingy Issaquah defense and Issaquah’s skilled field goal kicker Alex Shane, Issaquah rallied back from a 13-7 halftime deficit and pulled out a 20-13 triumph, to advance to the 32-team KingCo 4A state playoffs.

For Issaquah, the first tournament hurdle will come against a 9-0 Federal Way team out of the South Puget Sound League 4A, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Federal Way Stadium.

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Regulators reduce Puget Sound Energy customers’ natural gas rates for winter

October 30, 2012

Puget Sound Energy customers can expect to pay less for natural gas as winter approaches.

The average residential natural gas customer using 68 therms per month is due to receive a 7.1 percent — or $5.82 — drop in rates, after state regulators approved the change Oct. 25. The revised rate goes into effect Nov. 1.

The average residential natural gas customer should pay $76.59 under the revised rate. The rate is comparable to what PSE customers paid in 2009.

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