5th Legislative District House contest includes familiar faces

October 9, 2012

Education is the No. 1 priority for state House of Representatives candidates in the 5th Legislative District — a local school board member and a citizen advocate for education.

Chad Magendanz

David Spring

Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz, a Republican, and North Bend Democrat David Spring remain focused on education in the race for a rare, open House seat.

In a 7-2 ruling delivered in January, state Supreme Court justices said the state is not fulfilling the “paramount duty” to fund education. Both candidates in the 5th District race said education funding is a bipartisan issue.

“There’s a huge amount of work to do together,” Magendanz said. “When you set aside all of the partisan rhetoric and you really focus on what needs to be done for our kids, for our future, there is a lot of work there.”

Issaquah School Board members appointed Magendanz to the panel in 2008. The software design consultant ran unopposed for the seat in 2009.

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Skyline football juggernaut steamrolls Ballard

October 9, 2012

The stars appeared to be in perfect alignment for most of the Issaquah School District’s KingCo football squads last weekend, as Skyline and Liberty won handily Oct. 5. The next night, Issaquah’s Eagles traveled to Memorial Stadium in Seattle to take on Garfield, where they overwhelmed the Bulldogs, 40-0.

Skyline kept its league accounting to an untarnished 3-0, when it hosted Ballard on Oct. 5, demoralizing the visitors, 64-17, to stay abreast of undefeated nemesis Newport in the league standings.

The lopsided triumph over Ballard also elevated the Spartans’ overall record to an unblemished 6-0 as they continued to humiliate their adversaries, as they had in the previous five outings. Skyline is currently averaging a formidable 58 points per contest, while relinquishing one-third that many points to its “competition.”

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Liberty High School Patriots pound Sammamish Totems

October 9, 2012

Scott Dean (right), Liberty High School senior defensive back, picks up a block from teammate Max Hill on Sammamish junior quarterback Allen Terrence, who threw the interception to Dean for his 65-yard touchdown as time expired at the half. By Greg Farrar

Coming off of two straight losses and with an injury list that grew longer by the minute, nothing had been easy for the Liberty High School football team.

Still, the Patriots continued to persevere and put in the work during practice, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

On Oct. 5, the hard work paid off as a determined Liberty team knocked off Sammamish, 50-7, to bring their record to an even 3-3.

The Patriots had the game in hand by the end of the first quarter, when Liberty put up 36 points behind a strong rushing attack.

Tynan Gilmore put Liberty on the board first with a 26-yard rushing touchdown. On Liberty’s next possession, he did it again with a 22-yard score.

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Macky’s Dim Sum closed for health violations

October 9, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County briefly closed Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum last week for a series of health violations.

Health officials cited the restaurant for hand-washing facilities, foods not protected from cross contamination, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures and failure to adhere to the approved risk control plan.

Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for Public Health – Seattle & King, said agency inspectors often issue warnings to restaurant owners before a closure is ordered.

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University House Issaquah holds community tailgate party

October 9, 2012

The public is invited to attend a community tailgate party Oct. 14 at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

The free event features University of Washington cheerleaders, the UW Husky Marching Band and mascot Harry the Husky. The family-friendly celebration features food and games.

Call 557-4200 to RSVP, or go to www.eraliving.com/communities/issaquah for more information.

The party celebrates University House Issaquah’s parent company Era Living’s 25th anniversary.

Klahanie food drive, pumpkins return for 24th year

October 9, 2012

In the span of 23 years, local Realtor Bob Richards has collected more than 80 tons of food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, through his annual food drive held in Klahanie.

Richards started the food drive after reading that the local food bank needed some assistance many years ago.

“I ran across an article that the Issaquah food bank was struggling at the time and we just made a decision to do our part, and it’s just kept going, and this will be the 24th consecutive year,” he said.

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King County hosts Cedar Hills Regional Landfill tour, meeting

October 9, 2012

See the destination for most King County garbage up close.

The county is opening the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for a free tour from 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

Cedar Hills, the last operating landfill in the county, encompasses 920 acres and accepts about 800,000 tons of garbage each year from across King County, excluding Seattle and Milton.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue hosts fire station open houses

October 9, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue invites the public to tour fire stations Oct. 20 as part of Fire Prevention Month.

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Issaquah History Museums dishes up historic desserts for 40th anniversary

October 9, 2012

To celebrate a major milestone, Issaquah History Museums organizers ordered cake — enough cake to stock a bakery.

The museums, founded in 1972 as the Issaquah Historical Society, marks 40 years Oct. 13 and to celebrate, staffers enlisted organizations and volunteers to create the cakes, but rather than the from-the-box Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines confections, bakers agreed to follow recipes lifted from Issaquah’s past.

The community celebration offers participants a chance to sample the cakes, learn about the museums’ history, dance and listen to local musicians perform. Bakers agreed to make a pair of cakes — a cake for eating at the event and another cake for a silent auction.

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Downtown Issaquah streetcar rides start Oct. 14

October 9, 2012

The long-planned Issaquah Valley Trolley is due to start service Oct. 14, as organizers start limited service after more than a decade of planning.

Issaquah Valley Trolley Project volunteers plan to host a dedication ceremony at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., at 1 p.m. and then start public rides.

The public can ride the streetcar during limited weekend service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. into November.

The streetcar runs from the depot to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold, about a half-mile north.

Though the track extends to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, additional work is necessary to prepare the track to accommodate the trolley. North of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, crews removed the track to create the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

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