King County to answer landfill questions at Issaquah meeting

April 17, 2012

Residents from areas near the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill can offer feedback and receive updates at a public meeting soon.

The agency responsible for the landfill, the King County Solid Waste Division, is hosting a community meeting from 7-9 p.m. April 25 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Meeting attendees can learn about landfill operations, plus construction and environmental projects at the 920-acre facility. Officials also plan to discuss the Bio Energy Washington landfill-gas-to-energy facility at the landfill site.

King County officials started meeting Cedar Hills Regional Landfill neighbors more than 25 years ago to offer information and collect feedback.

The landfill sprawls across unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley.

The community meetings provide a forum for area residents and Solid Waste Division staff to discuss activities, conditions and problems related to the landfill.

Call 206-296-4490 or go to to learn more.

Solid Waste Division officials last hosted a meeting about the landfill in October 2011.

Press Editorial

April 17, 2012

Give a nod to planet Earth

Arbor Day is April 21, followed by Earth Day on April 22. Both are an equal opportunity to show appreciation for the third rock from the sun.

The city Parks & Recreation Department will plant 150 trees along Issaquah Creek on Saturday in honor of Arbor Day. Just last week, the city earned Tree City USA status for the 19th year.

Earth Day gets a jumpstart in Issaquah on Thursday when Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon fry are released into Laughing Jacobs Creek. Public tours are available this weekend to see what happens to unrecycled garbage at the Cedar Hills Landfill in south Issaquah. Also south of the city limits, volunteers will mulch and weed the Log Cabin Natural Area along Issaquah Creek. Volunteers will do back-country trail work on Cougar Mountain.

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Tiger Mountain Community High School students don’t mind a little needling

April 17, 2012

Clara Sifuentes (left), 17, and knitting club president Conrad Kelly, 17, use their lunchtime to take on projects for Tiger Mountain Community High School’s first Associated Student Body-endorsed club. By Tom Corrigan

They only meet once a week during lunch.

Nevertheless, the 10 or so members of Tiger Mountain Community High School’s first and so far only Associated Student Body-endorsed club have made an impact all around the area and as far as South Africa.

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Issaquah Eagle is chosen to swim for Olympic pipeline team

April 17, 2012

Sierra Hoffman, an Issaquah High School junior, puts her arms up to block a shot during practice with the Rain City Water Polo team April 12 at the Mercer Island Country Club. By Greg Farrar

It’s a known fact that when water polo players from the Pacific Northwest travel to California for training and camps, they tend to stand out.

For their hard work and ethic, yes, but also because their skin can take time getting used to the summer sun.

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Best Buy spares Issaquah store from closure

April 17, 2012

Best Buy plans to spare the Issaquah store from closure as the electronics retailer closes 50 stores nationwide in a bid to cut costs.

Executives announced the closure plan March 29, but did not release the list of affected stores until April 14. The only Washington store impacted under the plan is in Vancouver.

The company plans to close most of the stores by May 12 and the additional locations by late summer.

Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy announced plans in February 2010 to open a store in Issaquah. The outpost opened in November 2010 in the same retail center as Fred Meyer.

The local Best Buy sprawls across almost 40,000 square feet in the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.

In addition to the closures, Best Buy plans to eliminate about 400 positions in corporate and support areas, and cut costs by $800 million.


Wedding: Elmquist, Ruiz

April 17, 2012

Freddy Ruiz and Katie Elmquist

Katie Elmquist and Freddy Ruiz, both of Issaquah, were married April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich officiated.

A reception followed, also in Pickering Barn.

The couple honeymooned at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Joan Elmquist, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Liz Elmquist, Brenna McGinnis, Janelle Gallagher, Amy Doerschel and Joslynn Ruiz.

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Learning goes farther than grades

April 17, 2012

Hall Monitor By Kevin Hays Liberty High School

For the past seven months, I have been one of the primary “go to guys” when it comes to math homework help. And despite the fact that I took Advanced Placement Calculus BC two years ago, I still find that I am able to recall many of the concepts as if the class took place just last month.

I’m not claiming that this is due to some sort of elite genius or dozens of late nights studying, but more simply, I remember because I cared about my understanding of the material. In contrast to some of my less interesting classes, math is something that I know I will use, or at least hope to use, sometime in my future career. This drives me to learn, and more importantly, understand the material.

While I could probably skate by with an A by simply memorizing equations so I could plug in numbers on tests, I would neither be able to apply nor recall the material in future situations. It would be similar to memorizing vocab lists in a foreign language; I could pass a test but I couldn’t apply what I learned.

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Skyline High School softball team earns first conference win

April 17, 2012

Erika Wolfe, Skyline High School Spartans catcher, slides safely into home to score their eighth run at the bottom of the fifth inning. By Lillian Tucker

The Skyline High School softball team turned its season record on its head with an 11-1 victory over Redmond High School on April 9.

“I was really impressed,” said head coach Alison Mitchell, who explained that the Redmond Mustangs are a team that usually finds a way to hang around and win. “It was nice to get that monkey off our back, because I know our team is much more capable than our record has shown.”

The Skyline Spartans had gotten off to a rocky start of conference play with consecutive losses to Issaquah and Newport.

But their stay at the bottom of the KingCo 4A-Crest standings didn’t last long. The score was tied at zero at the bottom of the third inning when Winter Ridgeway, Skyline’s freshman pitcher, hit a single to secure herself on first. Fellow freshman Tia Hedman followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Natalie De La Garrigue smacked a double to bring Ridgeway home and for the first time this season; Skyline had the lead.

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Signal construction prompts Issaquah Highlands traffic change

April 17, 2012

Issaquah Highlands motorists should prepare for a change at a busy intersection.

Construction started April 16 to install a traffic signal at Northeast Park Drive and 15th Avenue Northeast. Motorists should treat the intersection as a four-way stop during the 90-day construction period.

Crews expect to activate the completed traffic signal in late July.

Liberty Patriots soccer team blanks Mount Si Wildcats, 3-0

April 17, 2012

Darren Tremblay had plenty of reason to be happy.

“It was a total team effort,” the Liberty boys soccer head coach said of the Patriots’ 3-0 win over Mount Si. “Every guy played well.”

The Patriots populated their back lines, playing the Wildcats with a 4-5-1, stifling the creativity of the Mount Si squad at three-fourths of the field. The Wildcats had one shot on goal.

“It’s the only time we do this, when we play Mount Si,” Tremblay said of the tactical formation that puts four defenders, a crowded midfield of five and a lone forward on the pitch. “They play 4-3-3, so there’s nobody out wide and we can match up man-to-man in the middle.”

Quick counterattacks put the Patriots on the board and in a prime position at the start of the second half of the season.

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