Press Editorial

January 31, 2012

Fire District 10 station bond makes sense

King County Fire District 10 commissioners are asking voters to approve a construction bond for the first time in nearly two decades. It’s a reasonable request that voters should consider.

It’s a bit confusing, since both the city of Issaquah and Fire District 10 are served by Eastside Fire & Rescue, a cooperative of multiple jurisdictions. But only Issaquah residents outside the city limits pay taxes for fire protection to District 10. City property owners are paying for the new fire station near the Issaquah Transit Center.

If you got a ballot in the mail last week, you live in District 10.

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Off the Press

January 31, 2012

Joys of eating lutefisk — there’s none for me

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

My last name might fool you. Actually, I am half Finnish and darn proud of that heritage.

The half comes from my mother’s side of the family, or as she always said “my best half.” Her father, Peter Kopra, came over from Finland in the late 1890s in hopes of striking it rich in the gold fields. Grandpa Peter never found gold, but he did discover the United States was a land of opportunity.

After securing a job down in California, he saved enough money to bring over Grandma and the rest of the family, which at the time included two boys. He also purchased a farm in Southwest Washington.

It was on this farm where my mother was born. It was later on a section of the farm, which my parents purchased from one of my uncles, where I was raised.

In this community, the last name Taylor was unique because most families were Finns, Swedes and Norwegians. However, I grew up proud of most Scandinavian traditions.

But there was one tradition I could never partake in — eating lutefisk.

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To the Editor

January 31, 2012

Extreme weather

The aloha spirit thrives in Issaquah

As a native of Maui who has resided on the mainland for 35 years I am never prepared for snow, ice and the accompanying chill. Although I’ve seen more of the white stuff in New York and Connecticut, where my family lived prior to moving to Issaquah, I can’t say that being inundated with less pleases me more.

I’ll never be a snow bunny, not that I’ve tried. I’m an islander through and through. So, I’ll roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate while warming myself before a blazing fire.

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Public Meetings

January 31, 2012

Feb. 1

Development Commission

7 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way

Feb. 2

Cemetery Board

6:30 p.m.

Coho Room, City Hall

130 E. Sunset Way

Feb. 6

City Council regular meeting

Agenda: Mayor Ava Frisinger’s State of the City address

7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way

Feb. 7

River & Streams Board

7 p.m.

Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest

1775 12th Ave. N.W.

Feb. 8

Issaquah School Board

7 p.m.

Issaquah School District Administration Building

565 N.W. Holly St.


Issaquah native Melanie, makeup maven, leaves mark on fashion, commercials and silver screen

January 31, 2012

Makeup artist Melanie (left), of Issaquah, prepares a model for a recent shoot. At top is a model after her complete transformation by Melanie. Contributed

Imagine a job where you are flown to New York one day, Milan the next and then are out on a boat, performing a job you love, knowing your work will be seen my millions of people.

That description fits Issaquah resident and internationally known makeup artist Melanie.

“I started going by one name 15 years ago,” Melanie said. “It differentiated me from the start, and that’s what I needed in a town full of thousands of other hair and makeup professionals.”

Since she began her career 20 years ago, Melanie has worked on more than 30 films, hundreds of commercials and thousands of print ads. Though it sounds like glamour and first-class tickets, her career is filled with long days away from home, many times in uncomfortable circumstances.

On one commercial set, she had to create the face of the Ivar’s sea captain, working on his beard, hair and makeup, all the while on a boat that was rocking to and fro. For a major motion picture, she and her crew had to arrive at 3 in the morning every day for several months as she delicately glued hair and makeup to the main actors.

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Newcastle mom wins IKEA’s Stuff the Bug contest

January 31, 2012

The Seattle IKEA yellow Volkswagen Bug is filled with soft toys to promote its annual campaign. Contributed

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but Newcastle resident Angela Weber often attends IKEA’s free Monday morning breakfasts with a group of friends.

That’s how she found out about the Stuff the Bug Contest.

But on one trip in particular, it paid off big.

“I thought it was really fun to see a VW bug stuffed with toys,” she said.

The yellow classic Beetle was stuffed with soft toys to promote IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign.

IKEA held its annual Soft Toys for Education campaign from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. Since 2003, the IKEA Soft Toy campaign has donated $47.5 million to UNICEF and Save the Children — a contribution that has provided access to education to about 8 million children in nearly 40 countries.

For every colorful soft toy purchased at stores throughout the U.S. during the contest, IKEA donated $1.30, or the equivalent of one Euro, to UNICEF and Save the Children’s global projects designed to improve children’s education.

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Wilfred George Bassett

January 31, 2012

Wilfred George Bassett died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Jan. 19, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

The son of Vera Agnes Scheffel and Wilfred George “Bill” Bassett, George was born Jan. 13, 1942, and raised in Jackson, Mich.

George was a graduate of Jackson High School (1960), the University of Michigan (1966) and University of Michigan Law School (1969). George and his wife, Edwina Jean Woszczak, were married in 1966 and moved to Washington state in 1969.

George was a 42-year member of the Washington State Bar Association. He authored and was editor-in-chief for the “Washington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual, From Voir Dire to Verdict,” first published in 1978. He was a founding member of the Bassett & Morrison law firm, and a shareholder for the past 20 years at Graham & Dunn PC, Seattle.

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Community Calendar

January 31, 2012


The Northwest Driftwood Sculptor Artists’ Exhibit is on display at Bellewood Senior Living Galleria through February. Bellewood is at 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-2880.

Issaquah Special Needs Group hosts the free presentation by Angela Dawson, “Participation in the IEP & Discipline Processes,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Clark Elementary School library, 500 Second Ave. S.E. Learn more at

Issaquah Brewhouse welcomes Rogue Brewmaster John Maier at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at 35 W. Sunset Way. Fans can meet Maier and try some of his award-winning ales.

Registration is open to form teams for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Issaquah event. The relay involves teams of eight to 15 people taking turns circuiting a track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event is from noon June 2 to 8 a.m. June 3 at the Skyline High School track, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. All age groups are invited to participate. Contact Aimee Martin at 206-674-4118 or

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REI employee braves sub-zero temps for a good cause

January 31, 2012

Linsey Warren, an Issaquah resident and avid outdoorswoman, with the Olympic Mountains behind her in a view from Issaquah Highlands, plans a trek through Quebec in February to raise money for the oncology department at St. Jerome’s Hospital near Montreal. By Greg Farrar

There’s a reason Linsey Warren works at the Issaquah REI store.

“I grew up in the outdoors and I’ve always liked the idea of a challenge,” she said.

Now, Warren’s taking her love of the outdoors and adventure and using it for a good cause.

This month, Warren and two others will race Ski-Doos in the province of Quebec. The expedition will raise money for the oncology department at St. Jerome’s Hospital, located just outside Montreal.

The trek begins at the Inuit village of Puvirnituq and proceeds north toward the villages of Akulivik and Ivujivik, on the northern tip of the province in the arctic region of Nunavik. The group expects to cover several hundred miles during the journey.

Craig Ross, a first aid instructor at the Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Center, created the project.

Ross has a personal connection to the cause. His wife received successful treatment at the hospital when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“He wanted to take everything that he knows about the north and everything that the hospital was doing to fight for his wife, and combine it into one dream,” Warren said.

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Gerald Lee Fitzpatrick

January 31, 2012

Gerald Fitzpatrick

Gerald Lee Fitzpatrick, of Issaquah, died Jan. 23, 2012. He was 71.

Jerry was born June 12, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of J.D. and Catherine Fitzpatrick. He spent his youth exploring the Ohio countryside, hunting and fishing, and developing a lifelong interest in science.

A graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in geophysical engineering, he subsequently pursued graduate studies in physics at the University of Denver. He specialized in applied physics, conducting government and industry-sponsored research in a variety of fields, and holds a number of U.S. and foreign patents. He also immersed himself in the study of elementary particle physics in an attempt to address questions relating to the fundamental nature of matter.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife Priscilla; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Alison Fitzpatrick; granddaughter Abigail Fitzpatrick; stepgrandchildren Emily and Will Eddington; sister Karen McNamee; brother Jay Fitzpatrick; sister-in-law Berminna Solem; and several nieces and nephews. He could often be seen walking about Issaquah with his beloved Labrador retriever, Sadie.

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