Liberty Patriots decimated by injuries in 38-7 loss

October 2, 2012

Liberty High School quarterback Robbie Thomas and a host of other Patriot starters were out with injuries when Liberty fell to Lake Washington, 38-7, Sept. 28.

Key Liberty starters including Thomas, linebackers Alex Batali and Matt Maggard, and cornerback Ashby Brown were among those sidelined by injuries, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“We’re a very thin squad in terms of numbers, which in the sport of football, is tough, because guys start going down and all of the sudden, you just don’t have a lot of depth,” he said. “So, that’s made it challenging.”

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Max Browne selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

October 2, 2012

Max Browne

Max Browne was honored Sept. 28 for his selection to represent Skyline High School in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The nation’s top 90 high school players will face off Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, in the All-American Bowl, which will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“To be the third guy from Skyline to do it, it’s been a tradition,” Browne said. “It’s a great honor.”

As a result of being selected, Browne’s head coach, Mat Taylor has been invited to travel to San Antonio for bowl-week activities, as well as take part in the three-day U.S. Army Coaches Academy featuring NFL coaches.

“Max is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Skyline High School,” John Myers, director of marketing, Army marketing and research group, said in a statement.

Spacelabs Healthcare to leave Issaquah for Snoqualmie

October 2, 2012

Issaquah-based medical device manufacturer Spacelabs Healthcare plans to relocate to Snoqualmie, the company’s CEO announced Sept. 17.

Spacelabs’ parent company, OSI Systems Inc., paid $14 million for a 176,000-square-foot building in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park. Spacelabs should complete the move east by next spring.

In Issaquah, Spacelabs leases space in a corporate office park wedged between East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Sammamish State Park.

Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven said Spacelabs ranks among the largest employers in the city.

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The Issaquah Press earns statewide journalism, social media honors

October 2, 2012

Bolstered by minute-by-minute coverage from a downtown standoff last year, The Issaquah Press earned top honors for reporting and use of social media — plus awards for photography, design and advertising — at a statewide journalism conference Sept. 28.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 25 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The staff earned news, photography and social media awards for coverage during and after a gunman menaced downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011.

Reporter Warren Kagarise earned first place for Best Use of Social Media for documenting the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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Police: Lovers robbery suspect hit Issaquah, Redmond stores

October 2, 2012

Issaquah police arrested a 42-year-old Issaquah man Sept. 25 for armed robberies at Lovers adult novelty stores in Issaquah and Redmond after a telltale cellphone ring led officers to the suspect.

Police arrested Juan G. Martinez-Casillas, a.k.a. Marco Antonio Suarez-Perez, at the Park Hill at Issaquah apartment complex, about 600 feet from Lovers.

Investigators said Martinez-Casillas robbed the local Lovers, 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., at gunpoint at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Then, at about 11:25 a.m. Sept. 25, police said he robbed the Redmond store at gunpoint. In each case, police said Martinez-Casillas demanded for the lone female employee in the stores to partially disrobe.

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Salmon Days Festival spawns road closures

October 2, 2012

Motorists should prepare for road closures throughout the Salmon Days Festival.

Expect closures on the following streets from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6-7:

  • Front Street from Newport Way Southwest to Northwest Gilman Boulevard
  • East Sunset Way from Second Avenue Southeast to Newport Way Northwest
  • Rainier Boulevard South and First Avenue Southeast from East Sunset Way to the Issaquah Community Center
  • Southeast Bush Street and Southeast Andrews Street from Second Avenue Southeast to Front Street South
  • First Place Northeast and First Avenue Northwest from West Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street

Expect closures on the following streets from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 to accommodate the Salmon Days Grande Parade:

  • 12th Avenue Northwest from Northwest Maple Street to Northwest Gilman Boulevard
  • Northeast Gilman Boulevard and Northeast Dogwood Street from Third Avenue Northwest to Front Street North
  • Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood Street to Northwest Juniper Street.

Parking near downtown Issaquah is also a challenge during the festival, and Salmon Days visitors should consider the event shuttle.

Shuttles depart from the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave. N.W., Costco corporate headquarters parking lot, 11th Avenue Northwest and Lake Drive, and Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive N.E.

The cost for a shuttle is $2 round trip for adults; children 12 and younger ride for free. Parking is free at the shuttle departure points.

Salmon Days Festival to feature Vietnam-era patrol boat

October 2, 2012

Members of the Gamewardens Association Inc., Vietnam to Present, stand in front of a Vietnam-era patrol boat. The association is bringing the boat to Salmon Days and offering guided tours to the public. Contributed

Salmon Days revelers can get a firsthand look at a Vietnam-era river patrol boat, similar to the ones featured in the film “Apocalypse Now,” at this year’s event.

The Northwest chapter of the Gamewardens Association Inc., Vietnam to Present, will participate in the parade aboard a fully operational Mark II Patrol Boat, River, or PBR, on Saturday. The group will also offer guided tours of the boat at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The association is an organization whose members fought or supported combat operations as part of Task Force 116, also known as Operation Gamewardens, on the rivers and canals during the Vietnam War, according to Stephen Morrison, the Northwest chapter’s president.

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Salmon Days Festival catches international honors

October 2, 2012

The iconic Salmon Days Festival caught six international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 24.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association recognized the 2011 festival and the theme “Wild Things!” Salmon Days earned a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals — plus awards for clothing and merchandise.

The festival competes against other events in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

Salmon Days received top — or Gold — honors for Best Hat, Best Other Merchandise and Best Miscellaneous Clothing.

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Local legislative candidates join chambers’ forum

October 2, 2012

Voters can hear from candidates for the state House of Representatives and Senate on Oct. 9 at a forum organized by the Issaquah and Sammamish chambers of commerce.

The lineup includes the contenders for a 5th Legislative District House seat — Republican Chad Magendanz and Democrat David Spring — and the Senate seat — Democrat Mark Mullet and Republican Brad Toft.

The candidates in the 41st Legislative District, state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton, and Issaquah Republican Tim Eaves — plus state Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge — also plan to attend.

State Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, the uncontested candidate for the other House seat in the district, is also expected to attend.

The forum is from 3:30-5 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Organizers plan to focus on business and economic issues.

For bridge toll violators, penalty is vehicle registration hold

October 2, 2012

The state Department of Licensing placed holds on registration renewals for about 7,900 vehicles after owners ignored notices for unpaid bridge tolls.

Violators should start to receive notices about unpaid tolls and registration holds in the days ahead. Department of Licensing officials said violators cannot renew registrations until they pay all tolls, accrued fees and penalties.

The holds affect toll violators on the state Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges.

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