Press Editorial

May 22, 2012

Memorial Day is for remembering, honoring

While most will enjoy the three-day weekend to mark the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is so much more. Memorial Day is set aside to honor the men and women from the United States military who have died in military service to their country.

This national holiday is especially poignant while our country is at war. Soldiers are still fighting in far-flung corners of the world for the liberty that affords us a carefree day in the park, chowing down on barbecue or watching the Indianapolis 500 — what many of us will do this weekend.

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Public Meetings

May 22, 2012

May 23

Issaquah School Board

7 p.m.

Issaquah School District Administration Building

565 N.W. Holly St.

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Plan progresses to relocate rural fire station near Issaquah

May 22, 2012

Construction should start on a May Valley fire station next summer, as local fire officials relocate firefighters and equipment deeper into Fire District 10 from a station close to the Renton city limits.

In late April, officials from Fire District 10 — May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities near Issaquah — completed the process to issue $5.5 million in construction bonds to build a May Valley fire station and complete other projects throughout the district.

Fire District 10 is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

The district encompasses about 130 square miles and about 28,000 people.

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King County Council to delve into $490 million arena proposal

May 22, 2012

King County Council members intend to scrutinize a proposal to build a $490 million sports and entertainment arena in Seattle to determine whether financing for the plan is feasible and if arena-related traffic could harm other businesses in the area.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, joined by investor Chris Hansen, a San Francisco hedge fund manager, on May 16 announced agreements between the county, city and the ArenaCo investment group to govern financing for a proposed arena near Safeco Field.

Construction could start after a professional basketball franchise is secured for the arena. Moreover, the public investment could drop if backers cannot secure a professional hockey team for the facility.

The amount of public support is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only the basketball franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if a hockey team is added to the equation.

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Issaquah High School senior is king of coasters

May 22, 2012

Brian Ruggles, 17, standing with one of seven K’NEX roller coaster models he has made, has won a worldwide competition for his creations. Contributed

The roller coaster train clicks up the steep chain-linked hill. Once it crests the top, the train is released and spirals through dizzying loops and frightening drops. From close up, this roller coaster train seems to be a new creation from roller coaster giants such as Intamin AG and S&S Worldwide.

It’s not. It’s a roller coaster model using K’NEX — a toy building system consisting of interconnecting plastic rods and connectors — created by Issaquah High School senior Brian Ruggles.

The 17-year-old has been making K’NEX roller coaster models since he was 8. The first set he received was called “Screamin’ Serpent.”

“Although it was recommended for ages 10 and up, he spent the next three days building it in his room by himself,” said Sandy Ruggles, his mother. “He asked for help once or twice, but basically assembled all 1,280 parts and completed the 2-foot-by-3-foot-by-5-foot project by the end of the third day.”

He recreated the set four more times before K’NEX released its next set.

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Off the Press

May 22, 2012

Veterans deserve our thanks, for everything

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Memorial Day. What does it mean to you?

It’s usually a fun day for me, but it’s also bittersweet, and there is always a solemn time of remembrance.

See, I’ve always had a heart for the men and women who have served our country. Maybe that comes from my father, who served in Vietnam in the United States Navy. (He’s an awesome man and my personal hero.) Maybe it comes from my own U.S. Army service and the pride that was instilled in me.

I can’t help but get teary when I hear the national anthem, no matter the location or occasion. I love our flag and all it stands for, and I love the men and women who have signed up and gone on duty for this country, to keep all of our various freedoms that make ours a country like no other.

My heart aches for the men and women of all ages who have gone off to war, and not returned home. And for the ones who have come back, but no longer alive, who have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of the blessings we have in our everyday lives.

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Issaquah lacrosse team’s pursuit of perfection comes to stunning end

May 22, 2012

King’s Way cuts short Issaquah lacrosse’s state playoffs, 9-8

Julian Ritchie, Issaquah High School sophomore, sinks to his knees as King’s Way celebrates its 9-8 upset of the Eagles’ lacrosse team. By Greg Farrar

Perfection is often dreamed about, but rarely achieved.

Those dreams came to an abrupt end as Issaquah High School lacrosse lost its first round playoff game to King’s Way, 9-8, on May 19.

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Issaquah High School golfers on par to raise awareness of rare disease

May 22, 2012

Calvin sits with his mom Trisha Bertsch after the Cheryl’s Garden Angels finished their gift basket project. By Krista Mui

It was last fall when Issaquah High School student Weston Mui first met his neighbor Calvin Bertsch, a 4-year-old who has mitochondrial disease.

The illness results from mitochondria failure and delays development growth, and can cause strokes, seizures, heart and kidney problems, and immune- system failures among children.

Inspired to raise support and awareness for the disease, Mui and his longtime friend Bryan Jung, also an IHS student, collaborated to organize a golf tournament to benefit the Northwest Mitochondrial Research Guild. It was a natural for the two teens, who play on the high school’s varsity golf team.

The tournament is at 1 p.m. June 2 at the Willows Run Par 3 Course in Redmond. A full 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the guild.

“Bryan and I wanted to combine our passion of golf with our desire to help Calvin and other children with this disease,” Mui said. “We hope to help raise awareness about it to raise funds for mitochondrial research.”

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Police urge motorists to buckle up, or face $124 fine

May 22, 2012

The start of the summer travel season means the Issaquah Police Department is urging motorists to buckle up — or else — during ongoing Click It or Ticket patrols.

The patrols in Issaquah and elsewhere in Western Washington started May 21 and last through June 3. Violators face a $124 fine for not wearing a seat belt.

The effort launched as public safety officials celebrated the 10th anniversary of Washington’s primary seat belt law. Officials estimate the law requiring motorists to buckle up has saved 1,010 lives in the past decade.

Before state law changed to make seat belt violations a primary offense, law enforcement officers could only cite drivers for violations if the motorist violated the speed limit or broke another law.

“If you just do one community, then you’re reaching a smaller percentage of people,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said May 16. “If you do it regionwide on the same day or the same weekend, it’s a consistent message. It really reaches far more people.”

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Citizen input is sought for Cougar Mountain subdivision

May 22, 2012

Citizens can comment soon about a subdivision proposed for Cougar Mountain near the Talus urban village.

City Council members plan to hold a public hearing on the Forest Heights development agreement, a proposed pact to add 24 single-family lots to about six acres on a 13.9-acre site. The agreement also outlines nine tracts for native growth protection easements, open space, storm water detention and future development.

The proposed project site is north and east of Talus, south of Northwest James Bush Road and uphill from state Route 900.

The proposal raised concerns among Talus residents about possible impacts on parking in the hillside neighborhood and increased landslide risk.

Citizens can comment on the proposed development agreement at a meeting and public hearing at 7:30 p.m. June 4. The council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

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