Tiger Mountain trail development is recommended for state grant

November 20, 2012

The state Recreation Conservation Office recommended Tiger Mountain trail development — and more than 100 projects statewide — as priority projects for grants, proponents announced last month.

Funding for the Tiger Mountain trails and other projects hinges on dollars for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, a program established to conserve land and waterways.

If the $320,000 grant for Tiger Mountain is funded, the state Department of Natural Resources can develop two trails or about five miles overall in east Tiger Mountain State Forest. The project requires a $137,200 match from the Department of Natural Resources.

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November 20, 2012

Issaquah School Board’s tiny step may imply big change

There is something big going on at the Issaquah School Board, and we’re watching with interest.

For years now, the school board has been working under a governance policy that puts the superintendent and his administration in the driver’s seat. The board sets the goals, but leaves the method to the educators to figure out how to achieve those goals.

The governance policy model is effective, provided that the board members are asking a lot of questions and offering oversight. The administration lets the board know what new directions are in the works and the board nods its collective head.

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Skyline blanks Issaquah for girls state soccer championship

November 20, 2012

Bianca Saint (right) screams and leaps into the arms of Brooke Holland as the Skyline High School girls soccer team is awarded its state 4A championship trophy Nov. 17 at Carl Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, after beating cross-district rival and co-tournament finalist Issaquah, 1-0. By Greg Farrar

Sometimes, really good things come in small packages.

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Wedding: McManus, Schaffer

November 20, 2012

Kelly McManus and Noah Schaffer

Kelly Ann McManus and Noah Martin Schaffer, both of New York City, were married Oct. 6, 2012, at the Tribeca Grill, in New York City.

Cory Labanow officiated. A reception followed at the Tribeca Grill.

The bride, the daughter of Rich and Karen McManus, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2008 from Western Washington University. She is currently a student at Hunter College School of Social Work.

The groom is the son of Eric and Gretchen Schaffer, of Pondicherry, India, and Fairfield, Iowa, respectively. He is a 2000 graduate of Willistone Northhampton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2005, and master’s and doctorate degrees in usability in 2009 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He works at Human Factors International.

The couple honeymooned in Barbados.

Trader Joe’s opens at Issaquah Commons

November 20, 2012

Trader Joe’s reopened Nov. 14 in a location large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws.

The grocer relocated to 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd. from a smaller space at Pickering Place, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the store.

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages, in addition to basics, such as eggs and milk.

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Off the Press

November 20, 2012

Not quite ready to start a new tradition

David Hayes

Elsewhere in this week’s paper, we’ve scoured the community, asking citizens what they’re especially thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

I’ve always been thankful for the opportunity to share a traditional meal with either my family in Oregon or my wife’s family in Bellevue.

But we’re trying something a little different this year. My mom suggested my parents and my wife and I go out to dinner and return home for homemade pumpkin pie. This would leave all the hassle and stress to others and we could simply enjoy the meal.

Well, for one, my wife and I love to cook, which we did last year for them. Two, half the fun of the meal is having leftovers for a week.

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Overlake relocates Issaquah specialty clinics

November 20, 2012

Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s Issaquah-based specialty clinics, including cardiology and pulmonology, Anticoagulation Clinic and the Breast Screening Center, have relocated to the Highmark Medical Building along state Route 900 at Northwest Maple Street.

The medical center also moved its Issaquah classroom from the Overlake Center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the Highmark Medical Building. The change offers a larger space for educational courses provided by the hospital and clinics.

King County earmarks dollars for veterans programs

November 20, 2012

King County leaders agreed to spend $3.4 million to help veterans find counseling, employment and housing.

The dollars, approved by the King County Council, come from the Veterans and Human Services Levy approved by voters last year.

The spending includes $2.3 million for veterans’ housing capital and supportive services; more than $300,000 for a veterans’ aerospace training initiative; and more than $80,000 for increased post traumatic stress disorder treatment and military family counseling

“This funding makes it possible to honor and help our returning veterans by creating the stability of permanent housing and employment opportunities for living wage jobs in our burgeoning aerospace community,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

Filos on Issaquah Creek offers primo pizza, pasta

November 20, 2012

About 30 years ago, Leif Moi helped open a Jay Berry’s restaurant on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, offering dining along Issaquah Creek.

After a lengthy hiatus from the business, Moi has returned to Issaquah with his second Filos restaurant — his first in Redmond and his second, Filos on Issaquah Creek, located along the same bend in the waterway as the long-departed Jay Berry’s.

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Skyline charges to semifinals with 54-21 win over Roosevelt

November 20, 2012

Skyline’s defensive line holds Roosevelt’s Taku Shiozaki to a 2-yard gain in the third quarter Nov. 16. By Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

The last time the Skyline football team played under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium, it had already wrapped up the win by the end of the second quarter, beating Roosevelt 43-7 at the half. Eight weeks later, that wasn’t the case.

When the halftime buzzer sounded Nov. 16, the state quarterfinal game was tied 14-14.

This was the first time in 15 years that the Roosevelt Roughriders had played in the postseason, and after making it to the final eight, they were not going quietly into the night.

“We knew Roosevelt was riding high, had the whole city of Seattle behind them…it was a good story, give them credit; give their coaches and players credit,” said Skyline quarterback Max Browne. “But at the end of the day we kind of got down to our basics and really executed what we did, and it was a good night for us.”

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