Liberty High School rallies for heart health awareness

January 15, 2013

Contributed

Liberty High School is selling Rock the Beat T-shirts to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Contributed

Dawn McCutcheon didn’t think it could happen to her.

In 2009, at just 38 years old, the Sammamish mother of two suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, changing her life forever.

“When my cardiac arrest happened, it was definitely a surprise and definitely a long road of recovery trying to come to terms with the fact that now I live with a pacemaker and it’s something that I have to live with for the rest of my life,” she said.

Rather than dwelling on her predicament, the 1989 Liberty High School graduate sprung into action, working to educate those around her about heart disease, as a volunteer, and eventually employee, of the American Heart Association.

“It’s just now my mission personally and professionally to educate,” she said.

Her alma mater has decided to join the cause, hosting a “Red Out for Heart” event in the spirit of raising awareness about heart disease, while collecting donations for the American Heart Association.

Read more

Funding fire service per call could cost Issaquah

January 15, 2013

Issaquah could contribute more to Eastside Fire & Rescue if the regional agency changes to a funding model based on the amount of calls each member produces.

Meanwhile, Sammamish could trim fire service costs by $156,000 and $314,000 per year if EFR partners — Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38 — agree on changing the funding model.

For Issaquah and North Bend, the change could substantially increase the amount the partners pay to EFR in the name of maintaining the agency’s current incarnation beyond 2014.

A committee of elected officials and staff members from each partner met last month to discuss the implications of using call load as a factor in determining how much to charge.

Read more

State hosts meetings on Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 15, 2013

The state Department of Transportation is evaluating potential impacts of tolling Interstate 90, and the public can learn more about the proposal at a series of meetings on the Eastside and in Seattle.

Read more

Lightning McQueen to appear at Bounce for Hope benefit

January 15, 2013

Kids and parents alike can get their picture taken with the real Lightning McQueen race car at the second annual Bounce for Hope benefit for Seattle Children’s at Kidz Bounce in Preston on Jan. 21.

The event is organized by Hope on the Hill Guild, a group founded in 2009 that seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of children treated at Seattle Children’s and their families.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the hospital’s uncompensated care program, which provides funding for the treatment of all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Read more

Lawmakers to discuss dollars for schools at forum

January 15, 2013

The public can hear from top education and budget leaders in the Legislature about the funding challenges facing public schools Jan. 22 at a League of Education Voters forum.

Steve Litzow

Steve Litzow

Ross Hunter

Ross Hunter

The organization, a statewide education advocacy group, invited a Democrat, state Rep. Ross Hunter, and a Republican, state Sen. Steve Litzow, to discuss competing visions for education funding in Washington.

Residents can listen to the Eastside lawmakers — Litzow is a Mercer Island resident; Hunter hails from Medina — at the King County Library System Administration Building.

The incoming Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee chairman, Litzow, represents Issaquah and other communities in the 41st Legislative District, a suburban swath between lakes Washington and Sammamish.

Read more

Issaquah gymnasts dedicate lone home meet to Bob Taylor

January 15, 2013

B

Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School sophomore, is in a zone of happiness as she works on her uneven bars routine Jan. 10 during the Eagles’ gymnastics meet against Roosevelt. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High gymnastics squad made the most of its only home appearance of the regular season Jan. 10 to trim the visiting Roosevelt contingent, 150-139.

The gymnasts stepped up on Senior Night, and dedicating their endeavors to the late Bob Taylor, longtime sports editor for The Issaquah Press and a gymnastics enthusiast.

Issaquah junior standout Rebecca Chinn turned in solid performances in the vault and the beam events with a pair of bronzes, recording a tandem of 8.55 points.

Meanwhile, Issaquah junior gymnasts Amanda Dumont and Elise Bugge finished in the top 10 in the vault and floor exercises.

Read more

Levies could fund Cougar Mountain trailhead, other projects

January 15, 2013

King County voters could decide soon on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.

Late last year, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.

The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Dow Constantine convened the task force to explore options for future funding.

Read more

Liberty gymnasts stumble against Mount Si

January 15, 2013

By Christina Corrales-ToyShawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si.

Shawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Going in to the Patriots’ Jan. 10 meet against Mount Si, Liberty High School gymnastics coach Lori Copenhaver knew it would be an uphill battle.

The relatively short-in-numbers Liberty squad failed to match Mount Si’s strong depth, falling to the Wildcats, 161.05-127.15.

“It was kind of expected, but I think the girls did really well,” Copenhaver said.

Despite the loss, Copenhaver said she was encouraged by what she saw out of her gymnasts, especially seniors Tia Riley and Shawna Sarrett.

“Tia actually had probably her best meet so far this year,” she said.

Riley took second place on the vault with a score of 8.65, and placed third overall with a score of 31.65. Sarrett placed seventh overall with a score of 29.9.

It was the Patriots’ first meet since the holiday break, and with a strong Mount Si team coming up, Copenhaver said it was important to get her gymnasts refocused as they returned to school.

Read more

Dallas Cross, fishing companion, casts final farewell

January 15, 2013

It isn’t just about fishing; it never was. Being with family and friends in the fields and forests where streams run is enough.

ContributedDallas Cross (left) and Ward Harris, one of his longtime fishing companions, catch kokanee on Lake Sammamish for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to tag with radio transmitters for tracking their activity.

Dallas Cross (left) and Ward Harris, one of his longtime fishing companions, catch kokanee on Lake Sammamish for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to tag with radio transmitters for tracking their activity. Contributed

That there are still fish in some streams is testament to the meager respect we have given to nature. In our busy ways, we tend only small effort toward preserving or enhancing the environment that gives us beauty, feeds us and quenches our thirst.

Because of our priorities for work and space for man, we diminish the ability of natural waters to sustain us. The fish in them then become the harbingers of our own future health and nourishment. When they are threatened and disappear, we have to work even harder to provide ourselves with healthy water.

It was for these reasons I volunteered, almost five years ago, to write a monthly column for The Issaquah Press and affiliated weekly newspapers. My pay was simply that I might help readers enhance their fishing experience, and to become aware of environmental problems that would challenge this right as given by Congress in one of the first laws it passed. That was reward enough.

Read more

Swingin’ in Vienna moves to new venue, date

January 15, 2013

In 1998, the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra created a renaissance in dancing that crossed generational divides with its surprisingly popular Swingin’ in Vienna.

The semiformal affair, featuring ballroom and swing dancing, returns next month for its 15th year to new digs and a new night.

Longtime orchestra Director Doug Longman said it was a natural transition to move the popular event.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »