Issaquah’s Jack Gellatly continues strong season against O’Dea

September 18, 2012

Derek Chapman, Issaquah High School junior cornerback, runs back his interception of an O’Dea pass in the second quarter Sept. 14, setting up the Eagles’ third touchdown in the half for a 19-14 lead, en route to a 33-30 victory. By Greg Farrar

Jack Gellatly rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns as Issaquah beat O’Dea, 33-30, in a nonleague game at West Seattle Stadium Sept. 14.

Gellatly’s 54-yard touchdown burst down the right sideline with 4:53 remaining put the Eagles ahead to stay. Jack, the last of four brothers to play for Issaquah — three running backs and one receiver came before him — might be the best.

Gellatly also intercepted a pass, with 2:37 left, for Issaquah (2-1), which is ranked 10th in KingCo 4A. O’Dea (2-1), ranked second in 3A, got the ball back with 1:18 left but went four-and-out deep in its territory, and the Eagles ran out the clock.

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How did Issaquah vote?

September 18, 2012

Data from the Aug. 7 primary shows how Issaquah voters decided  — and offers clues to how the local electorate might vote in the November general election.

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Dispatchers demonstrate poise under pressure amid shootout

September 18, 2012

Dominique Hill, Felicia Moore and Janelle Knight (from left) were on duty as Issaquah Police Department communications specialists when gunman Ronald W. Ficker set off across downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011. By Greg Farrar

The callers punching 911 into cellphones on Sept. 24, 2011, a bright Saturday darkened as a gunman stalked across downtown Issaquah, heard a calm voice amid the chaos.

In the hours after the gunman set across from a downtown intersection to Clark Elementary School, communications specialists at the Issaquah Police Department fielded a tsunami of calls.

In the tumult, a trio of dispatchers — including a recent addition to the team — attempted to assuage panicked citizens and advise the officers at the scene.

The voices citizens and officers heard on the line came from Dominique Hill, Janelle Knight and Felicia Moore.

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Skyline Spartans demolish Coeur d’Alene Vikings, 71-20

September 18, 2012

With Washington State University head coach Mike Leach looking on to scout University of Southern California-bound Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, Skyline defeated Coeur d’Alene, 71-20, on Sept. 15.

Browne went 24 for 31 passing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone. He ended up with 446 yards passing when the night was over.

Six receivers were graced with Browne’s passes, including baseball standout Matt Sinatro, who had three touchdown catches and 126 receiving yards.

Skyline returns home from its two-week world tour and opens conference play on the road at Roosevelt Sept. 21.

Press Editorial

September 18, 2012

Salmon Days still needs volunteers

To most of us, The Salmon Days Festival is a fun-filled weekend of fair food, live entertainment and early holiday shopping. But the orchestration of preparing a city for 150,000 weekend guests is almost incomprehensible.

The annual Salmon Days volunteer party held a week ago was a celebration for the festival committee as more than 250 people signed up to help during the Oct. 6-7 festival.

But that’s only about half of what’s needed. Without more people stepping forward soon, the festival could be scrambling.

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USS George Washington is Issaquah native’s ‘home away from home’

September 18, 2012

Fireman Thomas Timmons, of Issaquah, poses for a photograph in the machine shop aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). By MCSSA Brian H. Abel

Issaquah native Thomas Timmons spends his day doing what most welders do.

He welds, grinds, brazes and fabricates different metal pieces to make something new.

The difference is that Timmons does his work aboard a mammoth aircraft carrier that is made up of 60,000 tons of structural steel and travels across the Pacific Ocean protecting the collective maritime interests of the United States and its allies.

In a call from the USS George Washington, as it traveled somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, Timmons spoke about his life on the ship.

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Liberty football team tops Interlake in conference opener

September 18, 2012

The Liberty High School football team won its 3A/2A KingCo Conference opener by a score of 14-7 when it hosted Interlake Sept. 14.

Scott Dean and Robbie Thomas each had rushing touchdowns for the Patriots. The team had an effective day on the ground, compiling more than 250 rushing yards.

The defense, which held the Saints to only one score, was highlighted by Dean’s two interceptions and strong play from defensive lineman Max Hill.

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Issaquah marks 9/11 anniversary

September 18, 2012

City leaders lowered flags to half-staff at Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings Sept. 11 to commemorate 11 years since the 9/11 attacks.

The federal government and local governments across the United States lowered flags at public buildings for the day — officially Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and other elected leaders marked the anniversary.

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School clubs help young patients, earn national award

September 18, 2012

The project to create a happy distraction for young hospital patients was a collaboration between the FCCLA clubs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Contributed

When future young patients at Swedish/Issaquah go in for a procedure they’ll have some friendly faces looking back down at them.

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Citizens can comment on proposed Grand Ridge trailhead

September 18, 2012

King County parks planners asked the public for input on a proposed trailhead facility to add access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest near Preston.

The county Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a public meeting on the proposal Sept. 27.

The meeting includes a public question and comment period. Staffers intend to provide a summary of comments received to date, plus information about possible access and road improvements.

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