Skyline Spartans cap off perfect season as state champs

December 4, 2012

Mat Taylor (right), Skyline High School football coach, delivers the state 4A football championship trophy to his team gathered on the Tacoma Dome football field Dec. 1 after a 49-24 victory over Bellarmine Prep capped a 14-0 season. By Greg Farrar

Jubilant only begins to describe Skyline High School and its fans Dec. 1 at the Tacoma Dome, where the Spartans grabbed their fifth state title in eight years. Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep, 49-24, to win the 4A football state championship.

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USS Arizona Memorial inspires photographer to capture Pearl Harbor images

December 4, 2012

Jerry Kaufman (left) hands a copy of his book, ‘Renewal at the Place of Black Tears,’ to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a World War II veteran. Contributed

The day etched into history for the brazen attack on Pearl Harbor and the tremendous loss of life — Dec. 7, 1941 — repeats often for Jerry Kaufman.

The photographer and Issaquah resident created a book of images dedicated to the steady release of oil from the USS Arizona shipwreck, or “tears of the Arizona” in Pearl Harbor lore. For years, Kaufman journeyed from Washington to Hawaii to collect images at the memorial for the eventual book, “Renewal at the Place of Black Tears” — photographs shot at the majestic structure.

The multicolored patterns formed by the intermingling of oil and water long intrigued Kaufman and provided inspiration for the book. “Renewal at the Place of Black Tears” also struck a chord among the throngs of visitors at the USS Arizona Memorial.

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King County officials to answer rural residents’ questions

December 4, 2012

Residents in unincorporated areas can meet leaders and discuss plans for upcoming projects at a King County open house soon.

The event is for residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Community Service Area — a rural stretch bordered by Issaquah and Interstate 90 on the north and Renton to the west.

The open house offers the public a chance to offer feedback on the community service area program — or dividing unincorporated areas into districts for administrative purposes — and proposed work plans for next year. Participants can discuss community priorities, speak with program staff members, and learn about county programs and services.

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City Council committee backs drug take-back program

December 4, 2012

City Council members signaled support Nov. 26 for a burgeoning effort to create a King County prescription drug take-back program.

Council Safety & Services Committee members unanimously recommended the council approve a resolution supporting the program.

In a separate decision Nov. 19, council members sent the proposed resolution to the committee. The council is expected to consider the resolution again Dec. 17.

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TalkingRain earns international beverage honor

December 4, 2012

Coconut Pineapple Sparkling ICE, a beverage from Preston-based TalkingRain, earned the Best Sparkling Beverage title in a recent international competition.

The award at the InterBev trade show in Las Vegas, recognized the zero-calorie beverage.

The awards attracted more than 170 entries from 15 countries in 30 categories. The annual event recognizes projects for creativity, innovation and best practices.

Cedric Cooper lands on feet after leap to Skyline

December 4, 2012

Cedric Cooper, Skyline High School senior running back, eludes a Bellarmine Prep tackler on a 5-yard carry in the fourth quarter. By Greg Farrar

Difficult circumstances led Cedric Cooper to Skyline High School for his senior year. But he’s made an easy transition, helping the top-ranked Spartans return to the Class 4A state football finals.

It’s been an unexpected ride for Cooper, a running back and cornerback who played at 2A Foster High School in Tukwila the past two years. He had mixed emotions last summer when family issues forced him and his mom to move in with a friend in Sammamish.

“I wanted to stay at Foster because I had my friends there, but I’m open to a lot of new things,” said Cooper, who has moved a lot. He played freshman football in South Carolina.

He’s enjoying Skyline’s success. Foster was 10-10 in his two seasons.

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PTSA donates $26,000 to Newcastle Elementary

December 4, 2012

Newcastle Elementary School received $26,000 in donations from its PTSA Nov. 7.

The money was accepted as two separate gifts from the school’s PTSA during the Nov. 7 Issaquah School Board meeting.

The largest one, $16,000, will be used to buy a SmartCart mobile computer lab, which will help teachers temporarily turn their classrooms into computer labs for specific lessons.

The other $10,000 was donated with the intent to purchase new fitness equipment for the physical education program at Newcastle.

Tiger Mountain Community High School library fundraiser lures bargain shoppers

December 4, 2012

Tiger Mountain Community High School hosts a rummage sale and silent auction to benefit its school library Dec. 7-9.

Bargain shoppers can find clothes, toys, household tools and camping gear. Visitors will also get the chance to bid on local services, like a trip to a day spa, during the silent auction. All proceeds from the three-day event will be used to buy high-interest library materials to attract reluctant readers.

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Costco fights Quebec’s language requirement

December 4, 2012

Issaquah-based Costco and other major retailers have challenged the Quebec government in court over the Canadian province’s strict language laws.

The laws require retailers to post signs and serve customers in French, the predominant language in Quebec. The province’s French language office called for retailers to add French phrases or slogans to signs, or face fines and legal action.

The plaintiffs’ suit, filed in October, asked the Quebec Superior Court to assess the French language office’s policy change.

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Author plates Evergreen State in ‘Dishing Up Washington’

December 4, 2012

Photo illustration by Warren Kagarise

Evergreen State cuisine is not all Neah Bay salmon, Seattle coffee, Walla Walla onions and Wenatchee apples.

“Dishing Up Washington” author Jess Thomson said the ingredient-driven cuisine indigenous to the Pacific Northwest is not so easy to pigeonhole.

“In general, what defines the Northwest is a willingness to experiment,” she said in a recent interview. “I think that you can see that in the willingness of chefs to combine traditional technique with the ingredients that we have — that weren’t necessarily used with those traditional techniques.”

Take, for instance, foraging — a common foodie pastime in Washington’s chanterelle- and fiddlehead-packed forests.

“Using things that are foraged that aren’t used in traditional French food, but using those ingredients in traditional French applications,” she said.

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