Remember dress code when back-to-school shopping

August 21, 2012

Julie Singsaas (center), an incoming Skyline High School junior, and her sister Olivia Onnen, an incoming Pine Lake Middle School seventh-grader, admire the new bright color denim jeans at the Issaquah Target store during a back-to-school shopping trip. By Greg Farrar

When kids and teens begin to fill the hallways at schools in the Issaquah School District on Sept. 4, expect to see a multitude of glossy colors, vibrant prints and neon-bright denim.

Color appears to be the theme of this year’s back-to-school fashion trends.

The Issaquah Target store prepared for the back-to-school shopping season by making sure the hottest fashion styles were available to their customers, according to Kelly Cheney, the executive team leader of apparel and accessories for the store.

“In the apparel department, it feels like Christmas,” Cheney said of the back-to-school shopping season. “People are buying lots of clothes, lots of shoes, jewelry, accessories and all of that stuff to get ready for back-to-school.”

For teen girls, the season’s must-have article of clothing is a pair of jeggings, Cheney said. Jeggings are leggings that are styled to look and feel like denim.

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Beaver Lake Triathlon tests top athletes

August 21, 2012

Megan Worzella, 27, of Bellevue, leaves the transition area to begin the running leg of her winning the female 25-29 years of age category with an overall time of 1:3å3:33 in the Beaver Lake Triathlon. By Lillian O’Rorke

The buzz of hundreds of people chattering rose up from the shore of Beaver Lake Aug. 18 as athletes clad in Speedos and wetsuits waited for their turn to make a splash.

The Beaver Lake Triathlon kicked off at about 8 a.m. with the first group of elite challengers disturbing the silky lake surface like a school of salmon. What followed was wave after wave of 50 swimmers each, making their way around the quarter-mile course before sprinting to the bike transition area.

“It was very warm — we had that heat wave,” said Jason Renfroe, of Sammamish. “It’s a real short course. All you do is sprint as fast as you can, gulp a lot of water and tag your partner.”

His teammate Steve Holton took over for the second cycling leg of the race. After finishing the 13.8-mile bike ride down and back up Redmond-Fall City Road, Holton was stripped of any grand illusions but still smiling.

“It was hard,” he said. “I don’t think we are in as good a shape as last year. But it’s always a good event.”

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club nears national title

August 21, 2012

With only two games standing between them and an American Legion World Series title, Rob Reese’s Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club will find out if it has what it takes to bring the hardware home.

After going undefeated in the Senior Legion State Tournament in Selah, the team packed it up and went to Billings, Mont., to participate in the Senior Legion Regional Tournament.

It was there where the players’ offense came alive — they scored an average of 9.8 runs a game, losing only one game to Idaho Falls, by a score of 6-3.

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Wanted: Local ties to same-sex marriage debate

August 21, 2012

Washington is poised to decide the fate of a landmark same-sex marriage law on the November ballot.

Referendum 74 asks voters to approve or reject a same-sex marriage measure passed by state legislators and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Washington state has had a domestic partnership law — or “everything but marriage” law — in place since 2009.

The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the R-74 debate, especially same-sex couples in the Issaquah School District.

Email your contact information to, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at by Sept. 5.

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Hiker creates guide to Wonderland Trail, ultimate Mount Rainier adventure

August 21, 2012

Mount Rainier looms above subalpine scenery visible from Sunrise. By Tami Asars/‘Hiking the Wonderland Trail’

Civilization fades far into the distance along the Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile loop around Mount Rainier.

The volcano looms above the landscape, as clouds play peek-a-boo around the glacier-capped summit. The meadows below buzz as marmots and other creatures dart among the wildflowers.

The scenes along the trail seem cut from a postcard. Even the name is majestic.

Tami Asars, a third-generation Washingtonian and lifelong hiker, created a guidebook for the premier trail in Mount Rainier National Park — “Hiking the Wonderland Trail,” a recent release from The Mountaineers Books.

“You get to see almost everything when you go on the Wonderland,” she said in a recent interview. “You get to see so many glaciers. You get to see all of these little great meadows and little nooks and wildflowers. The creatures that live in the park are just everywhere. You get to see the marmots — they’re in almost every field you come across, whistling and squeaking and playing patty-cake.”

Asars, a North Bend resident and former employee at REI in Issaquah, led classes about the Wonderland Trail at the sporting goods store. Then, as she amassed more and more information for prospective hikers, the idea for a book germinated.

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Musi-quah explores music of world religions at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

August 21, 2012

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church underwent a dramatic transformation more than a year ago, adding classrooms, meeting rooms and a music center to the Issaquah church.

Now, the staff is excited to add a chorus of children’s voices to the music center through Musi-quah, the church’s new musical education program.

The weekly afterschool program, for third- through fifth-graders, allows children to discover their own musical voices while exploring the melodic riches of different cultures and faiths, according to Jason Anderson, Musi-quah’s director.

“We were really taken with the idea that you can explore a variety of music from a variety of faiths and cultures,” he said. “There’s no indoctrination or anything, it’s just an exploration.”

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Residents can join Great Shakeout regional earthquake drill

August 21, 2012

Statewide, more than 160,000 residents plan to participate in the Great Shakeout earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18.

The regional exercise is meant to bring together residents and emergency planners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and British Columbia. The event includes a simultaneous drop, cover and hold earthquake drill. Register to participate in the exercise at

“Earthquakes are a hazard throughout the state, and the Pacific coast and Puget Sound can experience a tsunami at any time,” John Schelling, earthquake, tsunami and volcano program manager for the state Emergency Management Division, said in a statement.

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Officials revive Washington State Tobacco Quitline

August 21, 2012

The state revived the Washington State Tobacco Quitline on Aug. 1, due to infusions of funding from state legislators and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Through the hotline, state Department of Health officials can offer adults help to stop using tobacco. Funding cuts last year eliminated the Washington State Tobacco Quitline, affecting many people without health insurance.

The toll-free hotline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish. The hotline provides free counseling, a personal quit plan, a quit kit and referrals to local resources. Eligible callers can also receive a supply of nicotine patches or gum.

Quitting lowers the risk of lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, chronic lung disease and other cancers.

Officials said more than 170,000 people have received help since the hotline started operations in 2000.

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FISH hosts hatchery anniversary photo contest

August 21, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a photo contest to celebrate the hatchery’s 75th anniversary.

Organizers encourage amateur and professional photographers to document the hatchery, salmon in the stream, and the flora and fauna that inhabit the grounds.

Photos must be taken on hatchery property in places open to the public, between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31. Winners will be announced Nov. 10 at the hatchery.

Learn more about the contest and submit entries at Click on the “FISH Celebrates 75th Anniversary” link at the top of the home page.

The hatchery, a Works Progress Administration project, opened in 1937. The property is owned by the city and operated by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Offer input on Park Pointe trail proposal

August 21, 2012

Citizens can offer input about trails on a Tiger Mountain tract called Park Pointe, a section of forest set aside for conservation and recreation last year.

Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department staffers created a draft trail plan for Park Pointe — a site encompassing 101 acres near Issaquah High School.

The public can comment on the proposal to the Park Board at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. The board meets at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 Bush St. Read the draft trail plan for Park Pointe at

Once the Park Board listens to public comment, members intend to develop a recommendation for Mayor Ava Frisinger and city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill. Frisinger and McGill then intend to finalize a plan for the site.

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