AtWork! endures theft, vandalism

February 7, 2012

Over the weekend of Jan. 21-22, someone broke into the grounds of the Issaquah AtWork! recycling facility on Northwest Juniper Street.

But, contrary to rumors, the thieves did not cause extensive damage or make off with enough in stolen goods that AtWork! clients lost any work, according to CEO Chris Brandt.

Based in Bellevue, AtWork! serves persons with special needs, aiding them with finding employment or providing them with employment.

Police reports show that on the morning of Jan. 23, AtWork! officials reported someone cut the wires on three machines at the Issaquah AtWork! facility, Issaquah Police Patrol Sgt. Bob Porter said. Police reports further said about 200 feet of wire was taken. Police put the value of the theft at about $1,500; Brandt said that was roughly the cost of repairs.

The AtWork! facility was then the victim of another crime. At about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 28, police arrested two people who allegedly were attempting to leave At Work! with various computer parts, Porter said. The two were charged with obstructing justice and third-degree theft.

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Press Editorial

February 7, 2012

Juvenile offenders’ names should be public

The state Legislature is now considering two bills that would restrict access to records of crimes committed by minors, only allowing disclosure in the case of “serious violent offenses” as defined by law. Lesser violent crimes and property crimes would remain confidential.

The bills are bad ones, and should be stopped.

When a juvenile commits a serious crime, nobody involved takes the matter lightly. From the prosecutors to the courts, to the media that reports on crime, everyone weighs the value of punishing an individual against the needs of society.

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Off the Press

February 7, 2012

State of health care can make one sick

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

OK. This just makes me sad and angry. And frustrated. All at the same time.

Someone I know just received some of the most devastating news you can get, summed up succinctly in one word: cancer. Two ugly, evil, little syllables that can completely change your life and that of those around you.

So how do you react upon finding out those syllables have targeted you? And your family and friends, who are going to be affected by whatever comes next? The first feeling to arrive has to be disbelief, followed quickly by fear. Fear, and then probably anger and hopelessness. I’m sure I don’t need to point out what a joyride this all isn’t.

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To the Editor

February 7, 2012

Issaquah treasures

Story about aerobics instructor Kristina Gravette was long overdue

I was delighted to finally see recognition given to an Issaquah treasure, aerobics instructor Kristina Gravette. I have been a regular participant, more or less, for several years. Not normally an early riser, I’m glad when I’ve made the effort to get to the 8:15 a.m. class.

Bumping and grinding to music, my fellow exercisers and I attempt to shed some calories and inches while also keeping old age at bay. Most of us are no longer spring chickens. The majority are middle-aged women and senior citizens trying to keep our body parts from rusting or shutting down altogether.

Class routines keep our brains agile and our bodies pumped. Poles, chairs, flex bands, weights and step platforms are tools that vary our exercise. Changing things up enhances muscle memory and staves off stagnation. Sit-ups, lunges, crunches, pelvic tilts and squats tweak our body parts. Stretching and yoga gently cool us down.

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City announces employee layoffs amid reorganization

February 7, 2012

Officials announced cuts to the city workforce — including six layoffs — Feb. 1, as City Hall launches a broad reorganization.

Overall, leaders reduced staff through layoffs, a severance program and vacancies. The total includes five positions eliminated through voluntary separations and two vacant positions.

Because limited funding is available for capital projects, officials did not need as many employees for engineering and inspection functions. In November, officials announced plans to start employee layoffs in February.

The city also plans to add three positions for a beefed-up economic development effort. The plan is for Keith Niven, the longtime Major Development Review Team manager, to serve as economic development director and hire economic development managers.

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Public Meetings

February 7, 2012

Feb. 8

Issaquah School Board

7 p.m.

Issaquah School District Administration Building

565 N.W. Holly St.

Feb. 9

Planning Policy Commission

6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers,

City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way

Feb. 14

Council Land & Shore Committee

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers, City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way


Sister Cities Commission

7 p.m.

Coho Room, City Hall

130 E. Sunset Way

Bailey and Banjo inspire pet photographer to help fight against canine cancer

February 7, 2012

Julie Clegg embraces the pets, Bailey and Banjo, that inspired her photography business. Contributed

Speak with Issaquah’s Julie Clegg for even a short amount of time and one or two things become very clear.

She loves her family and her dogs. In fact, her two yellow Labradors — Bailey, age 7, and Banjo, 5 — clearly have center stage in her life.

“The connection is as strong as family,” Clegg said of the relationship between dogs and owners.

A few years ago, Clegg said she couldn’t help but take notice when the dogs of a few of her friends died from canine cancer. According to Clegg, there are two types of living beings that just should never have to suffer through cancer: children and dogs.

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Pastor finds inspiration in unlikely place

February 7, 2012

Tale of forgiveness inspires message of peace, healing in wake of Rwandan genocide

With some photos from his several trips to Rwanda on the wall behind him, Pastor Larry Thomas said he has become very attached to that country and its people. By Tom Corrigan

The message is one of reconciliation and forgiveness, symbolized by a photo on the wall of Larry Thomas’ office in Issaquah’s Our Savior Lutheran Church.

The church’s lead pastor, Thomas has been involved with the Seattle-based Rwanda Partners for five years. He serves on the group’s board of directors and was chairman for three years.

That photo on his wall is of two men, Narcisse Ruhangintwari and Pascal Niyomugabo. During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Ruhangintwari murdered the other man’s wife and unborn child along with other members of Niyomugabo’s family. After Ruhangintwari was released from prison, Niyomugabo went to visit him. The latter man wanted the other to know he already had been forgiven. According to Thomas, the men are now the best of friends.

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Marcella Louise Antonich-Layman

February 7, 2012

Marcella Antonich-Layman

Marcella “Marcy” Louise Antonich-Layman passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

Marcy was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Seattle, to John and Charlotte Antonich.

Marcy was raised in Seattle, where she graduated from Chief Sealth High School and worked for the Antonich family’s seafood business on Pier 57. Marcy went on to become an incredible and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend.

Marcy will be remembered by all for her love of family, friends, providing encouragement and laughter to all who surrounded her, volunteer work, creating “one-of-a-kind” birthday invitations, beautiful gift baskets, and spending time with her granddaughters Sophia and Audrey.

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Join discussion on future of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery dam

February 7, 2012

The public is invited to attend a free presentation, “It’s Time to Replace the Issaquah Hatchery Dam,” by Cleve Steward, senior fisheries scientist with AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc., and Kerry Ritland, surface water manager with the city of Issaquah.

The Feb. 15 talk will focus on plans to replace the existing dam and fish ladder that lies across Issaquah Creek upstream of the hatchery. The slide presentation will show schematics and diagrams of the proposed replacement for the dam and provide information about the effects the dam has on salmon recovery.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery presents this talk as the second in its quarterly educational seminar series focused on the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, salmon culture and environmental stewardship. The talk is open to the public and will take place in the Watershed Science Center, on the south side of the hatchery grounds along Newport Way. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

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