Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2013

School levies

Education — no better return on your investment

As we enter a new year, Issaquah School District voters have a unique investment opportunity.

On Feb. 11, the entire community will have the opportunity to vote yes on a three-part Issaquah district school-funding ballot, comprised of the following items:

  • Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017, and $54 million in 2018.
  •  One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
  • Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, nearly $13.6 million in 2017, and nearly $14.9 million in 2018.

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Let’s Go! Jan. 2-7

December 31, 2013

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Skyline’s Mat Taylor rejects Central Washington

December 31, 2013

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position.

Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU.

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Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

December 31, 2013

Rae M. Bakamus passed away Dec. 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with a debilitating illness.

She was born in Renton on March 7, 1927, daughter of Rem and Gertrude Castagno, and was raised in Issaquah with her seven siblings. She graduated from Issaquah High School and later married her sweetheart and dance partner, Vlase Bakamus, whom she was married to for 64 years. They resided in Morton before retiring in Issaquah.

Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

Rae was known for life-guarding at the “old swimming hole” on the Tilton River; bowling a near perfect score, but settling for a 289; baking her famous blackberry and apple pies; and holding court for whomever dropped by, a pot of coffee still waiting for her next visitor.

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Donald W. Benson

December 31, 2013

Donald Benson, 78, of Sammamish, died Christmas morning.

Born and raised in South Dakota, Don moved to Washington in 1964, settling in Sammamish in 1988. He joined Associated Grocers in 1967, becoming president in 1986, a position held until his retirement in 2000.

Donald W. Benson

Donald W. Benson

Above all, Don valued his faith and his family. He is survived and loved deeply by Janet, his wife of 32 years; daughters Laurie (Dusty) Henry, of Sequim, Lynn (Shawn) Fedina, of Sedro Woolley, and Lana (Mike) Johnson, of Arlington; son Mark, of Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Liberty wrestlers win Barry Knott Classic

December 31, 2013

The Liberty High School wrestling team won the Barry Knott Classic Dec. 21, sending eight wrestlers to the final. Four emerged as champions.

Nate Sjoholm (145), Jimmy Andrus (152), Conner Small (160) and Romney Noel (170) each placed first in their weight classes.

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Christopher Linden

December 31, 2013

Christopher Matthew Linden, 45, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2013.

Chris was born Aug. 14, 1968, in Vallejo, Calif., to Gail Elizabeth Linden of San Diego, Calif. Chris spent his early childhood enjoying the beautiful beaches of San Diego, and moved with his family to Issaquah when he was 9 years old.

Christopher Linden

Christopher Linden

Here, Chris graduated from Issaquah High School and, after several career starts, settled into employment at Lowe’s Hardware Store. When Chris’ parents moved to the Flathead Valley in Montana, Chris followed, transferring to the Lowe’s in Kalispell.

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Lynn Dean Acton

December 31, 2013

Lynn Dean Acton, of North Bend, passed away Dec. 24, 2013.

He was born in Snohomish on March 15, 1940.

Loving husband of Cheryl; two children, Heidi and Mike.

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Early registration for Issaquah Little League ends Jan. 7

December 31, 2013

Enrollment fees for Issaquah Little League will increase by $25 after Jan. 7, the end of the early registration period.

The league offers T-Ball through major baseball for boys and T-Ball through junior fast-pitch softball for girls.

The growing program has more than 800 players, 150 coaches and 58 teams playing on local fields, including the newly turfed Dodd Field.

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