Golf tournament honors memory, raises funds to fight prostate cancer

July 17, 2012

A memorial golf tournament has been scheduled for Aug. 3 to honor Rodger Arndt.

Arndt grew up in Issaquah and after taking over his father’s residential window washing business, continued to service many Issaquah residents after moving to Bellevue.

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Costs rise for construction at Maywood, Liberty

July 17, 2012

To the tune of $203,787, the Issaquah School Board approved several changes to the construction at Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School at the board’s brief July 11 meeting.

Twenty-five changes were made to Maywood’s modernization bill, adding $130,881 to the school’s previous $13.7 million contract.

The most expensive of those additions was $25,045 to add partition walls between two sets of rooms. Another $32,476 was earmarked for the demolition of various existing structures. Vinyl end closures for telescoping bleachers rang in at $4,940 and additional drywall work added $4,706 to the bill.

However, not everything on the change order list upped the cost. One item amounted to a $1,039 credit for waste piping revisions.

The $72,906 increase to the bill for phase one at Liberty covers 11 changes to the school’s addition and modernization plan. The two largest items on the list are $19,719 to redesign the underground plumbing and $19,054 to switch the fire alarm panel.

Other charges include $2,147 for drinking fountain plumbing and $3,088 to install electronic latches on the interior theater doors.

Liberty’s original contract was set at $14.2 million and has since increased by more than a half-million by various change orders, including the latest one.

View the complete change order lists at Under the “school board” tab, select “Agendas and minutes,” and then click on “7-11-2012.” The seventh and eighth items on the consent agenda include links to PDF files of the Maywood and Liberty change orders.

JAMFEST basketball tournament to take over Eastridge Church

July 17, 2012

Eastridge Church will be filled with hoop dreams next month as it holds this summer’s JAMFEST Aug. 11.

JAMFEST will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a kid’s bicycle show and other family activities.

“We’re just wanting to create a fun family event with a great cause attached to it,” Executive Team Pastor Steve Jamison said. “And our plan is to kind of create a fun festival feel with a lot of different activities going on during the day.”

The main event of the day will be the basketball tournament, which will have brackets ages 9 and older, along with brackets for different skill levels, including Top Gun, Competitive, Recreational, Older Than Dirt and Below the Net.

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Chocolate, Wine and All That Jazz celebrates triumvirate of tastes

July 17, 2012

Attendees at last year’s Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz enjoy the festivities at Boehms Candies. Contributed

Chocolate, Wine and All That Jazz is just around the corner and this year it’s bigger than ever.

Put on by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Boehms Candies since 1988, the evening of wine, food and jazz in the gardens at Boehms is set to be twice as large as past festivals.

“Whether it’s entertainment and apparel or arts and crafts and all kinds of various wines and fares,” said Laura Walker, event organizer, “we were trying to make it a little different and unique from all the other wine-tasting events while showcasing Issaquah businesses.”

Tickets include entry, a souvenir wine glass and plate, and food and drink samples from all the various vendors. Booths featuring Washington wines and samples of favorite dishes from local restaurants will be set up around the chocolate factory’s garden. Attendees will also be serenaded by the three voices of jazz trio Tish, Hans and Phil.

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Company auctions 46 acres near Lake Sammamish

July 17, 2012

Land near Lake Sammamish is up for auction, as a Seattle-based real estate auction company markets 46 acres.

The undeveloped site — once owned by the Weyerhaeuser family — is the focus of interest from developers, investors, conservation organizations and recreation groups. The parcel contains open space and forest.

The land is across the street from Lake Sammamish State Park, between Issaquah and Redmond. The parcel is zoned for single-family suburban development. Environmental rules and a conservation easement limit the developable area to 4.8 acres.

“A year or two ago, there would have been very little interest in this property, despite the outstanding location,” auction manager Paul Thomas said in a statement. “Today, in contrast, we’re only halfway through the marketing campaign and already our website has had over 11,000 hits. This level of interest would seem to indicate that at long last, the real estate market really has turned the corner.”

The company expects the winning bid to reach the mid to high six-figure range. The live auction is scheduled to occur Aug. 8 in Issaquah. Learn more about the parcel and the auction at

College News

July 17, 2012

Local students graduate from Washington State University


The following Issaquah students graduated during the spring 2012 ceremony at Washington State University, in Pullman.

Mia Abboud, Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice; Kyle Bollinger, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Danielle Caschetta, Bachelor of Science, mathematics, Residency Teaching Certificate; Jenna Farr, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Courtney Ford, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Sean Fotheringill, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Yosef Ghuloum, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Jordan Graham, Bachelor of Arts, history, Magna Cum Laude; Elise Gronewald, Bachelor of Science, civil engineering; Alexander Hill, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Maxwell Hochanadel, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Cora Houser, Bachelor of Arts, interior design, Magna Cum Laude; Lisa Jones, Bachelor of Arts, communication;Joseph Joo, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Thomas Kaser, Bachelor of Arts, hospitality business management, Cum Laude; David Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Lesley Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences (general studies), Cum Laude; Audra McDaniel, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Marissa McGee, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Alex Miller, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences; Megan Paulsen, Bachelor of Arts, fine arts;  Jeffrey Rafuse, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Sean Richardson, Bachelor of Science, psychology, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Eric Stewart, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Neil Stover, Bachelor of Arts, communication, Summa Cum Laude; Robert Westmoreland, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Teresa Winterstein, Bachelor of Arts, communication

Press Editorial

July 17, 2012

Dino Rossi will serve district well

Issaquah will soon elect new leadership for the 5th Legislative District, but it’s good to know a qualified appointee will be there to represent voters until year’s end.

Sammamish resident Dino Rossi, a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate, will be the placeholder for the 5th District, following the resignation of Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Rossi is a good choice. He follows one of the most important rules for caretakers — he won’t be running for the office himself — and couldn’t even if he wanted to since Sammamish will move into the 45th Legislative District next year.

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Serbian Days celebrate Slavic tradition

July 17, 2012

Local Serbian folklore dance group Drina has performed across the state and the country, but on July 28 and 29 it is taking the stage right here in Issaquah.

The group is part of the entertainment lineup for the 2012 Serbian Days Festival. Hosted by Issaquah’s St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, the two-day event includes traditional Serbian food, a soccer tournament, live music and dance performances by groups like Drina.

Onstage the collective, dressed in ancestral outfits, forms a chain and dances to traditional music featuring the accordion. Milan Radic, a member of the group, said it feels great to perform for audiences.

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Investors can buy bonds to fund Washington highway projects

July 17, 2012

Investors can purchase bonds to support state highway projects, jobs and the economy through the Buy Washington Bonds effort, a program announced July 5 by State Treasurer James McIntire.

The state is issuing bonds for high-profile construction projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel replacement, Interstate 90 improvements near Snoqualmie Pass, lane construction on Interstate 405 and other projects.

Learn more about the Buy Washington Bonds program at state treasurer’s website,

The bonds pay semiannual interest and principal is returned at maturity. The interest payment is exempt from federal income tax. Bonds come in denominations of $5,000.

The bonds have received ratings of AA+ from Fitch and Standard & Poor’s and Aa1 from Moody’s Investor Service.

Field of Champions 14U Bears win league championship

July 17, 2012

The Field of Champions 14U Bears won their league championship July 9 after finishing 5-1 in the championship tournament.

The team was led by coaches George Fletcher and Tommy Brown, both of whom are Issaquah High School graduates.

“I would say the difference in the tournament was the pitching depth and our defense,” general manager Alan Patrick said. “Those were the two biggest strengths throughout the tournament.”

The Bears were faced with an extra game because of their draw, so the pitching depth provided them enough innings to overcome the challenge.

They won the championship game 4-3.

“It was a great game,” Patrick said. “A lot of offensive and defensive highlights. The cool thing about the tournament is that every single kid had a moment that was key to us progressing and winning the championship. So all 13 players contributed to the championship. It was a complete team effort.”

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