Junior Rikki Ulrich shines despite Spartan gymnasts’ last-place finish

December 18, 2012

Rikki Ulrich, Skyline High School junior, goes heels over head in the dismount during her winning balance beam routine for a score of 8.75, on the way to her winning all-around score Dec. 13 against Eastlake. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline High School gymnastics team may have finished fourth behind Eastlake, Redmond and Roosevelt on Dec. 13, but it had the top-place finisher in four of the five categories.

Rikki Ulrich, a junior at Skyline, cartwheeled down the line to the springboard before flipping up and off the vault to score 8.9 points and earn the win. On the uneven bars, Ulrich started out on the upper bar, so she could complete two bar changes by the end of her routine, which she ended with a giant fly away for 7 points and a two-way tie for sixth.

“I kind of just close my eyes and go,” she said about bar. “I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s just second nature.”

Beam brought Ulrich another win with an 8.75. She strung together several jumps and flips in the floor competition before winning with a score of 9.6. In the end, she racked up 34.25 points to win the all-around.

The 16-year-old did all this while working through back pain, which she has been dealing with for three years.

“I think it’s just overuse mainly,” Ulrich said. “It definitely impacts me, but I try to work through it because if it’s already lasted for three years then it is staying there … It makes me work harder. I don’t think it makes me better, but it gives me more drive.”

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Police arrest Issaquah man after high-speed chase

December 18, 2012

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Issaquah man on Tiger Mountain just after noon Dec. 13, after the suspect led police on a high-speed chase and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter detected the man in a thick forest.

The incident started just before noon in the 19500 block of Maxwell Road Southeast, in unincorporated King County northeast of Maple Valley. Investigators said a deputy patrolling the neighborhood spotted a man attempting to break into a house.

The suspect noticed the officer, ran to a car and fled. The deputy stopped the vehicle moments later near Southeast 208th Street and Maxwell Road Southeast, about a half-mile northeast from the interchange of Southeast Renton-Maple Valley Road and state Route 18.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps during hardships all year

December 18, 2012

Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of the fragile economy to even more risk — financial trouble, utility shutdowns and, in extreme cases, homelessness.

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Macky’s Dim Sum is shut down again for health violations

December 18, 2012

King County health officials shut down Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum for health violations again Dec. 10 after a health-related shutdown in October.

Public Health – Seattle & King County cited the restaurant for similar reasons in both instances, including food stored at unsafe temperatures.

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Children unravel mysteries of Santa Claus

December 18, 2012

Santa Claus, the elves and his reindeer are busily putting on the finishing touches of what is sure to be an exciting holiday season.

He’s been hard at work making toys, reading his mail and recording last-minute Christmas wishes from Issaquah boys and girls at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah Commons and Gilman Village.

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Department of Ecology fines King County for trail work violation

December 18, 2012

State regulators fined King County $1,500 after workers failed to follow rules to stop sediment discharges into a municipal storm drain during construction on the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

The state Department of Ecology said crews from the county Facilities Management Division repeatedly did not install the proper controls outlined under the storm water permit to prevent sediment discharges.

The agency issued the fine July 20, but did not announce the penalty until Nov. 27, as the Department of Ecology detailed all fines issued statewide between July and September. Officials typically do not issue individual media releases unless a penalty reaches $10,000 or more.

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Seniors share holiday traditions, memories

December 18, 2012

When asked what their favorite holiday memory is, most people will say spending time with loved ones. Dig a little deeper and the holidays are home to a whole score of memories.

Al Watenpaugh, 85, still remembers one Christmas present in particular. Around age 10, he went feeling around under the Christmas tree, trying to see if he could suss out what surprises the gift-wrapped packages held. Feeling around, his fingers moved across a shape that was unmistakable.

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Connecticut school shooting raises questions for Issaquah school administrators, parents

December 18, 2012

The massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school raised difficult questions for Issaquah School District administrators and parents in the days after a gunman killed 26 people — including 20 children — on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus.

Officials sought to reassure parents about campus safety and offer advice about how parents can talk to children about the tragedy.

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Issaquah High School coach sees potential in gymnasts’ loss

December 18, 2012

Due to circumstances beyond their control (holiday band concerts and illnesses depleting the Eagles’ varsity roster) the Issaquah High School gymnastics squad posted one of the lowest totals Dec. 13 at Bothell High School with a 136.45 effort, losing to Woodinville, Bothell and Ballard.

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Life Enrichment Options kicks off campaign to raise $100,000

December 18, 2012

Life Enrichment Options is expanding its efforts to support those with developmental disabilities with its fundraising campaign “Let’s Have a Heart to Heart.”

The goal of the fundraiser is to collect $100,000 to purchase land for a fourth adult family home; for continued maintenance costs of three current homes; and to continue to support specialized recreational programs, educational forums and employment opportunities.

This local parent-based organization was formed more than 20 years ago to create innovative solutions to issues facing those with developmental disabilities, and to increase community awareness of people with developmental disabilities by having them included in all aspects of the community.

Contribute at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

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