Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Tiger Mountain

September 25, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

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Newport rolls past No. 8 Issaquah, 40-21

September 25, 2012

After losing in six consecutive seasons to neighboring Issaquah, the Newport High School Knights took advantage of a strong running game and five Issaquah turnovers to roll to a 40-21 victory in the KingCo 4A Crest Division opener for both teams.

After getting trounced by the Eagles by an average of 25 points the past six seasons, the Knights built a 21-7 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes, and then exploited three second-half turnovers by Issaquah while controlling the ball and dominating the clock. Time of possession in the second half: Newport 17:46, Issaquah 6:14.

Issaquah fumbled the ball away on the game’s first drive on a fourth-and-one attempt from its own 33. Four plays later, Newport’s Conner Baumann scored his first of two touchdowns on a 10-yard run.

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Students grow vegetables for Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

September 25, 2012

Isabella and Alexandra Mohn examine the day’s tomato harvest. By Lillian O’Rorke

It’s a sunny early autumn afternoon and in between attending Sunday school and running off to soccer games and other fun pastimes, several local youths gather to harvest food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“Digging the potatoes — it’s really fun,” Alexandra Mohn, 9, said.

She, her twin sister Isabella and about a dozen other children from their church, Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, which meets at the Pine Lake Community Center in Sammamish, have been tending a garden for months, and with the leadership of Wally Prestbo have grown more than 225 pounds of fresh vegetables for the food bank.

“It’s a culmination of my interest in gardening and wanting to have a mission for the children of the church,” said Prestbo, who grew up on a small farm in the Spokane Valley.

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Under Initiative 1240, local charter school is unlikely

September 25, 2012

On Nov. 6, people across the state will cast their vote whether to allow charter schools in Washington, and locals stand on both sides of the argument.

Supporters say the schools could pursue innovative educational techniques, free from most state regulation and without unionized teachers.

Opponents say charter schools have insufficient oversight and would drain money from traditional public schools.

“We have great schools, we have great teachers,” said Jodi Mull, an Issaquah High School parent who said she had no problem gathering signatures to get Initiative 1240 on the ballot. “Maybe it’s not going to help me in my community, but it will help others.”

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Turnovers, injuries plague Liberty in loss to Juanita

September 25, 2012

The Liberty High School football team fell to Juanita, 28-21, on Sept. 21 when the Patriots traveled to Kirkland to take on the Rebels.

At halftime, the score was tied at 14, but the Patriots took a hit when three key starters — including quarterback Robbie Thomas — were knocked out of the game with injuries.

Those injuries, combined with several turnovers, were too much to overcome, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It was a tough loss,” he said. “We had five turnovers and clearly it’s tough to win when you do that. I think that was a major factor in the game.”

Tynan Gilmore had two receiving touchdowns in the first half for the Patriots. Liberty sophomore Russell Boston had a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Liberty heads out on the road again next week when the team takes on Lake Washington on Sept. 28.

Issaquah High School students become detectives in forensics class

September 25, 2012

Where does criminology cross with high school? At the door to Ms. Vannoy’s room at Issaquah High School. Issaquah High is now offering a unique alternative to biology, chemistry and physics: a new class about forensics.

Samantha Garrard
Issaquah High School

Outside from the excitement of “C.S.I.”-type investigations, Vannoy said, “the ‘Science of Forensics’ class is unique in that it is interdisciplinary — forensic investigations often combine the fields of physics, biology and chemistry.”

Students will learn how to analyze documents, fingerprints and DNA samples, and become familiar with the proper processes of investigating fires, explosions, blood splatter and more.

Students will participate in a yearlong crime investigation that will build upon the techniques they learn in each unit. At the end of the year, students will have completed 13 labs, which will help them discover who committed the crime.

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Driver dies in fiery tractor-trailer crash on Tiger Mountain

September 25, 2012

Flames engulfed a tractor-trailer early Sept. 21, as a crash near the Tiger Mountain summit along state Route 18 left the 60-year-old driver dead.

Washington State Patrol investigators identified the driver as a 60-year-old Pacific man but did not release his name, pending notification of family members.

Police said the accident occurred as the FedEx rig, a tractor hauling a pair of trailers, veered off the westbound lanes about six miles southeast of downtown Issaquah at about 6 a.m. Sept. 21.

The truck struck a tree about 20 feet from the road shoulder and then burst into flames. Fire engulfed the cab and spread to surrounding brush and trees.

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Police capture offenders after Echo Glen Children’s Center assault, escape

September 25, 2012

Police captured six teenage offenders early Sept. 23 after the boys assaulted a guard and escaped from the Echo Glen Children’s Center, a juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie.

The boys, ages 14 and 15, assaulted a female staff member and knocked her unconscious at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The boys then stole her keys and radio, locked her in a room and fled from the medium/maximum security facility.

Echo Glen is not fenced and is surrounded by forest and wetlands.

(Though the facility is administered by the state Department of Social and Health Services, the facility is in the Issaquah School District.)

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Issaquah Open Mic night steams to train depot

September 25, 2012

Doug Browning knew he had a good thing going with open mic night. Now if only he could convince the owner of a venue to give his event a permanent home.

After a virtual game of musical chairs in locations in restaurants around town, Browning believes his group has struck a deal to keep a musical evening for amateur singers in a permanent home for the foreseeable future.

The Downtown Issaquah Association is now co-sponsoring the event along with the Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Browning said.

It was much like a three-team trade — the open mic guys get to use the depot museum and the history museums gets to use the senior center in return. Everybody wins.

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Masked man robs Lovers at gunpoint

September 25, 2012

Issaquah police responded to a wham-bam robbery at Lovers, a local outpost in a chain of adult novelty stores, after a masked man stole cash from the business at gunpoint.

Officers responded to the store in the 5600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 11:28 a.m. Sept. 20. Police searched the area, but could not locate the thief.

Police said the man approached a store employee moments earlier, brandished a gun and demanded money.

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