Brian Deagle to remain Issaquah School Board president

December 18, 2012

Brian Deagle

Brian Deagle will remain president of the Issaquah School Board after receiving an unanimous vote from fellow board members Dec. 12 to keep the position throughout 2013.

As per district policy, the board is required to elect a new president each year. Superintendent Steve Rasmussen opened the floor for nominations and Deagle was quickly nominated without contest.

This is a the second time this year the board has unanimously voted for Deagle for board president. The first came Aug. 22, when then-board President Chad Magendanz stepped down because of his bid for a seat in the Legislature.

Magendanz has since won the election and is transitioning to his new role as the state representative for the 5th Legislative District. His last school board meeting will be Jan. 9.

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Eagles eke out victory over winless Spartans

December 18, 2012

Ty Gibson (5), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, collides with Skyline junior guard Jonah Eastern, who goes to the floor as Nels Thorsrud (left) looks on during their Dec. 14 matchup. By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Thousands of prep basketball fans jammed into Issaquah High School’s gymnasium Dec. 14 to witness the annual pre-holiday KingCo 4A hoopfest between winless Skyline and the 4-1 hosting Eagles, who pulled out a 49-48 nail-biter in regulation.

Skyline, seeking its initial victory, appeared to be well on its way to doing just that as the Spartans held a 24-19 advantage at intermission, behind the shooting of Jonah Eastern, who wound up being the leading scorer with 20 points.

“I told our guys in the locker room at the break, that if they wanted to win this game, they were going to have to earn it. It was apparent from the way that the Spartans were playing, that Skyline wasn’t going to just hand over the triumph to us. That is what this rivalry is all about, though. These battles with Skyline are almost always barnburners,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “Ty Gibson, Jake Henke and Cory Nevin, among others, all really stepped up tonight in the fourth quarter especially, doing a better job of executing our sets and attacking the basket.”

Gibson and Henke were the top point getters in the showdown, combining for 32 points.

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Issaquah joins effort to increase access to shelter beds for homeless

December 18, 2012

Just as the mercury started to drop, 135 additional emergency winter shelter beds opened for homeless men and women, thanks in part to funding from Issaquah and other Eastside cities.

Issaquah joined Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish to increase funding for winter shelter. More funding from the United Way of King County allows East King County organizations to add emergency shelter beds.

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Christmas concert benefits Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

December 18, 2012

Christmas revelers can listen to holiday music and benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank as Abide Bible Church hosts a benefit concert for the nonprofit organization.

The event is meant to collect food for the food bank and raise awareness about the organization’s mission. The concert is open to the public, and organizers ask attendees to bring a food donation for admission.

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State regulators fine Puget Sound Energy $430,000

December 18, 2012

State regulators fined Puget Sound Energy $430,000 for improperly charging residential disconnect-visit fees to electricity and natural gas customers, officials announced Nov. 30.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a multiparty settlement agreement stemming from 1,639 violations of state consumer protection rules.

In addition to the penalty, Bellevue-based PSE refunded to customers more than 9,000 disconnect-visit fees charged in error dating back to December 2009. The utility provider also agreed to change procedures for handling such visits.

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Clothing is optional at Fraternity Snoqualmie’s end-of-the-world party

December 18, 2012

If the Mayans were correct and the world really is going to end Dec. 21, then why not go out with a bang?

And if you’re going to party like it’s 1999, make it memorable. Fraternity Snoqualmie invites everyone to go out the same way they came into the world — naked.

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Issaquah School Board OKs construction changes

December 18, 2012

The Issaquah School Board approved nearly $72,000 worth of changes to the construction projects at Maywood Middle and Challenger Elementary schools during the board’s Nov. 28 meeting.

Eight changes were made to Maywood’s building project and add up to $64,681 before taxes. The most expensive item on the list is $51,000 for additional underdrains for the softball field. According to the change order, the softball field contains large areas of poor draining fill soil. The $51,000 price tag does not include the cost of any impact to landscaping work.

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Issaquah author bares soul in book of romantic poetry

December 18, 2012

‘The Heart of the Phoenix’

Growing up, Ron Howard (of Issaquah, not of Hollywood fame) was quite the loner in high school, adhering to a stereotypical Goth lifestyle.

“I wore dark clothes, was moody, depressed, the whole nine yards,” he said.

With limited human contact until starting a relationship with his first girlfriend, Howard discovered he was best able to share his feelings for her in writing.

“I began writing poetry for her, expressing feelings I was not good at vocalizing, that I’d kept bundled up inside,” he said.

Now, 25 years after high school and a quarter century more experienced at the game of love, Howard has published his third book of poems, “The Heart of the Phoenix.” It’s his first under his pen name.

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Student video contest promotes libraries, reading

December 18, 2012

Students can encourage others to read by participating in the 2013 Teen Video Challenge, a competition to encourage teenagers to use public libraries’ summer reading programs.

The project, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, encourages youths to create a 30- to 90-second video interpreting the theme “Beneath the Surface” to promote reading and libraries.

State Librarian Rand Simmons said the contest presents a chance for budding filmmakers to showcase creativity and have their work viewed by a national audience.

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Donor agrees to match giving to Issaquah History Museums

December 18, 2012

The nonprofit Issaquah History Museums received a recent holiday surprise, after an anonymous donor agreed to match all donations to the organization’s annual fund through Dec. 28.

Donors can give to the museums at the organization’s website, The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a donation is tax-deductible.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving local history operates the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the Issaquah Depot Museum. Donations fund the museums’ mission, as government funding for the organization is limited.

“I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to double your donation to the IHM,” Executive Director Erica Maniez wrote to community members. “Your help is deeply appreciated!”

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