Liberty Patriots cross country team punches ticket to Pasco

October 30, 2012

After claiming the KingCo 3A and the Sea-King District cross country meets in the past two weeks, the Liberty High School girls cross country team has punched its ticket to the state tournament next weekend in Pasco for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Participating in the tough Sea-King District tournament on the 3.1-mile Lower Woodland Park course in Seattle on Oct. 25, the Patriots ended up on top of the heap with 65 points.

The admirable effort was spearheaded by a tandem of Liberty seniors in Megan Chucka, who crossed the finish line a mere 15 seconds off the pace to take second, with a time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds, and fellow upperclassman Allie Wood, who snapped the twine in seventh place with a time of 19:26.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts community arts celebration

October 30, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah is showcasing the Seattle Art Museum — and local artists — at a Nov. 1 community celebration in the medical center’s majestic lobby.

The event is meant to highlight Elles at the Seattle Art Museum. Elles showcases exhibitions and programs featuring women artists.

In addition to the Elles connection, attendees can embark on docent-led and self-guided tours highlighting Northwest women’s artwork on display throughout Swedish/Issaquah.

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Panda Express to open Issaquah restaurant

October 30, 2012

Chinese eatery Panda Express plans to open a restaurant in Issaquah.

The fast casual chain is due to open in a vacant space in Lake Sammamish Center near Fred Meyer and The Home Depot. Quiznos last occupied the space at 6150 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite C.

Crews continue to renovate the space and a large banner in the window proclaims “opening soon” to passers-by.

Panda Express — launched in 1983 and based in Rosemead, Calif. — operates 1,500 restaurants in 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The chain also operates restaurants in Bellevue, Redmond, Renton and Seattle.

In May, national market research firm Technomic ranked Panda Express as the segment leader for Asian and noodle fast casual restaurants.

Liberty High School girls soccer team clinches playoff berth

October 30, 2012

Despite recording ties in their last regular season contests of 2012, a couple of local high school girls soccer squads essentially wrapped up titles in their respective KingCo classifications recently, as 4A Skyline went to 9-0-1 in league action after logging a scoreless tie with local nemesis Issaquah.

Issaquah, which may or may not be heading for state action, basically sent big sister on her way to the state tournament with a little reminder that it isn’t the only good team in KingCo 4A, and wait until next year.

Liberty meanwhile sewed up the KingCo 3A hardware, emerging as the clear-cut trophy winner in its division, winding down the regular season with a 12-1-1 league mark, after tying Mount Si, 3-3.

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Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

October 30, 2012

Prepare to fall back as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 4.

Set clocks one hour behind before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Local public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

The daylight saving time period lasts until March.

During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.

Marilyn Budgell Shuler

October 30, 2012

Marilyn Budgell Shuler

Marilyn Budgell Shuler passed away Oct. 26, 2012 at Swedish/Issaquah.

She was born in Salem, Mass., on Aug. 30, 1926, and resided in Issaquah for the past 39 years.

She is survived by her children Alison Kent Williams of Chesapeake, Va., and Steven C. Kent, of Renton; her five grandchildren, Kyra, Janine, Ian, Preston and Kyle; and her great-granddaughter Mikayla. She is also survived by her brother Rodger C. Budgell, of Danvers, Mass.

Marilyn graduated from Danvers High School in 1944, and Colby Junior College in New London, N.H., in 1946, and graduate training programs from General Electric Co.

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Swedish Medical Center tops $100 million donation goal

October 30, 2012

Swedish Medical Center exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal by $3 million in donations, campaign organizers announced Oct. 26.

Overall, more than 50,000 people contributed to the fundraising effort through the Swedish Medical Center Foundation.

Some funds from the fundraising campaign have contributed to programs at Swedish/Issaquah. The campaign has supported more than 40 major initiatives.

The fundraising effort, called The Campaign for Swedish, is the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by the nonprofit health system.

The foundation launched the seven-year campaign in January 2007, and exceeded the $100 million goal about 18 months early.

Organizers plan to continue fundraising through December 2013. Learn more about the effort and donate at

Beaver Lake to receive 2,000 hatchery trout

October 30, 2012

Anglers can soon catch large trout in Beaver Lake, due to the release of about 2,000 hatchery rainbow trout averaging about 2 to 3 pounds each.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Nov. 7. Beaver Lake access closes at sunset Nov. 6 and reopens at sunrise Nov. 8. Beaver Lake remains open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout were part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore, said Justin Spinelli, fishery biologist for the department.

The lake’s access site is most easily reached by way of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in Sammamish.

Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited, and a valid Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass or Discover Pass must be visible in vehicles parked at the access site.

King County OKs cell tower near Endeavour Elementary School

October 30, 2012

Construction can start on a 150-tell cell tower near Endeavour Elementary School, after King County planners determined the project can proceed.

T-Mobile proposed constructing a tower for antennae and other equipment, plus a shelter at the base. The structure is designed for other telecommunications companies to add equipment in the future, too.

The county Department of Permitting and Environmental Review required T-Mobile to provide sufficient backup power for equipment on the tower, and to paint equipment on the tower the same color as the pole.

The telecommunications giant applied last year to construct a cell tower at 26325 S.E. 39th St., about a mile northeast of the Klahanie Center shopping complex and less than a half-mile from the elementary school.

The county conducted environmental and permit reviews, and approved the project Oct. 1.

Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition seeks youth reps

October 30, 2012

The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition is seeking students ages 12-18 to be representatives.

Interested students must reside within the Issaquah School District. Applicants should email Barbara de Michele at

The email must include the applicant’s community activities and interests as well as an explanation detailing the student’s interest in getting involved with the group. Students will receive community service documentation for their participation.

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