Issaquah Schools Foundation benefit adds Ford charity, ‘American Idol’ glitz

November 13, 2012

Evergreen Ford plans to combine “American Idol” and automobiles to benefit the Issaquah Schools Foundation at a Nov. 15 fundraiser.

The local Ford dealership named the foundation as the beneficiary in the nationwide Go Further with Ford promotion. For each attendee 18 and older at the dealership showroom, Evergreen Ford plans to donate $20 to the foundation, up to a total of $1,000.

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Liberty girls soccer team rolls to state semifinals

November 13, 2012

Kiana Hafferty (left), Liberty High School senior midfielder, races Kate Hildahl, of Shorecrest, for the ball during an attack on goal Nov. 7. By Greg Farrar

The memories of last year’s 3A state championship game delicately linger in the minds of the Liberty High School soccer players.

Last year, the Patriots were up 2-0 in the state final against Seattle Prep, but ultimately fell to the Panthers, 3-2, after a roaring comeback.

This year, under the direction of first-year coach Tami Nguyen, Liberty doesn’t intend on letting it happen again.

“The team’s goal is to win these next two state games, so anytime I can help them achieve that goal, then I’m happy about that,” Nguyen said.

It’s been a successful season for the fifth-ranked Patriots, who captured the KingCo 3A title after going 12-1-1 in league play. Liberty had only three losses in the season, all against ranked opponents.

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Local runners raise money for colon cancer

November 13, 2012

Local runners made strides in the fight against colon cancer Nov. 4 when they banded together for the Get Your Rear in Gear event at Marymoor Park, winning an award for raising the most money.

Team Marcy’s Mojo was comprised of nearly 50 area family members, friends and neighbors who gathered to honor Marcy Rand, of Maple Hills. Rand died of colon cancer in July.

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Mormon ward is meant to attract, match singles

November 13, 2012

Being single on a Sunday is hard — just ask anyone of the 60 or so singles that will soon be traveling from around the Eastside area to join the Tiger Mountain Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We were hearing the same thing from all parts of the country,” explained Robert Johnson, president of the Bellevue South Stake. “It’s hard to concentrate on the message when there you are, single, alone and feeling completely at odds with the families on either side.”

Over the past 30 years, the LDS church has sought different ways to address the growing number of individuals who are divorced, as well as the rising number of individuals that simply choose not to marry. In the early 1980s, congregations were established for “young singles,” 21- to 31-year-olds on the Eastside and in Seattle, and have been operating ever since.

“This was a natural evolution around colleges,” Johnson said.

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November 13, 2012

Voters’ Pamphlet needs rethinking

The expense of the mass-mailed Voters’ Pamphlet surely outweighs the service it provides, especially in this day and age.

For one, most of the candidates who submit statements for the guides have nothing substantive to say; their messages have been sanitized to the point of being little more than feel-good pablum.

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November 13, 2012

Change ballot deadline

As the 2012 election winds down, there is a chorus calling for mail-in ballots to be due on Election Day, not sent on Election Day. The chorus is right.

Ballots are already sent with ample time for voters to return them by the election. Procrastinators will simply need to get their votes in the mail a couple of days earlier, or take them to the nearest ballot drop box.

The water-torture drip of results in the week or more after the election needlessly prolongs the results. Florida actually finished counting its ballots before Washington state. We can do better.

Off the Press

November 13, 2012

Campaign tests candidates’ — and voters’ — mettle

Warren Kagarise
Press reporter

Throughout campaign season, as the insults zinged back and forth across screens and in mailboxes, I often hoped for Election Day to arrive as soon as possible.

But now, as the election recedes into memory I feel wistful, maybe even a little nostalgic.

Though the process often degraded the candidates and, in the process, voters, I found the contenders dedicated and focused on the task at hand.

Candidates knock on thousands of doors in the run-up to Election Day, a process referred to in candidate-speak as doorbelling. The exercise tests the candidates’ mettle and offers voters a grassroots introduction to the person behind the political sign.

Besides the usual pitfalls — unfriendly dogs, voters pretending not to be home — everybody on the doorbelling circuit, state Sen. Steve Litzow told me in a pre-election interview, encountered at least one naked voter at the door.

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Washington’s Lottery offers tickets to benefit veterans

November 13, 2012

Through a partnership between the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington’s Lottery, lotto players can help veterans by purchasing a ticket.

Funding for the Veterans Innovations Program to aid service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq comes from the Veterans Raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit service members and military families.

Tickets for the Veterans Raffle, on sale through Jan. 1, can be purchased at more than 3,700 lottery retailers statewide for $10.

The program raised more than $247,000 last year for the Veterans Innovations Program.

Participants can also go to to learn more about the program and support the cause.

Bellevue College trustees select president

November 13, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Nov. 5 to lead the local institution.

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students.

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Sleep Country USA collects toys for foster children

November 13, 2012

Sleep Country USA is hosting the annual Secret Santa Toy Drive for Foster Kids through Dec. 16.

The public can drop off new, unwrapped toys, books, electronics or musical instruments for children of all ages at any Sleep Country store, including the Issaquah location, 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C-110. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Donors can also snap a photo as they donate and enter the Sleep Country Be a Secret Santa Photo Contest on Facebook. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HD. Learn more about the contest at

Sleep Country USA hopes the social promotion increases donations by at least 10 percent. The toy drive for foster children collected 21,387 toys and gifts last year.

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