Girl judging website raises ire of community

May 21, 2013

In the wake of the May Madness scandal that shined a national spotlight on the Issaquah High School community, some students are speaking out against the contest that rates classmates based on appearance.

The competition, which has become an annual undertaking at Issaquah, arranges girls in a sports-style bracket to determine the best-looking one in the school.

The Issaquah community is not attempting to hide or ignore May Madness, but rather, the students want the public to know that the harmful game is but a small blemish on what is an overwhelmingly giving and respectful student body.

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Copper River cook-off

May 21, 2013

Local chefs participate in culinary competition with fresh Alaskan salmon

By Peter Clark Wildfin Executive Chef Chris Bryant kisses the 42-pound king salmon flown in from Copper River, Alaska, as he holds it with (from left) Anthony’s Restaurant’s Pat Donahue, Capt. Jeffery Meyer and Master Sgt. Robert Shulman.

By Peter Clark
Wildfin Executive Chef Chris Bryant kisses the 42-pound king salmon flown in from Copper River, Alaska, as he holds it with (from left) Anthony’s Restaurant’s Pat Donahue, Capt. Jeffery Meyer and Master Sgt. Robert Shulman.

Local chefs gave the first Copper River salmon of the season the red carpet treatment. Then, they cooked it.

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VFW plans memorial service

May 21, 2013

Once again, residents will celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day by honoring veterans at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery.

At 10 a.m. May 27, the Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC program will lead a service to remember those who gave their lives in the name of continuing American freedom. It is an annual tradition that attempts to bring attention to those who fought for their country and the dedication of youth service programs.

“It’s been well-attended every year,” event organizer Dave Waggoner said. “It’s completely open to the public and all are welcome.”

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‘Obsession’ turns up 15th Civil War veteran

May 21, 2013

Another man buried in Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery has been proven to be an American Civil War veteran, bringing the total number of known local soldiers to serve in that great conflict up to 15.

James Foresman, born in 1846 in Illinois, would have been only 15 years old when the war began. Still, cooperation between local historians have found that he fought with the volunteer cavalry in the 9th Regiment beginning in 1863.

Local commander of the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars and history buff Dave Waggoner has worked with the Issaquah History Museums to uncover activities and facts of those in the cemetery who he suspected took part in the monumental war. After validating 14 of the headstones distinguishable from markers given by the old U.S. War Department, he knew that more could be in the cemetery.

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Alison Meryweather files for school board

May 21, 2013

As she promised when she was appointed to the Issaquah School Board at the end of March, Alison Meryweather has officially announced that she will run for election.

Meryweather occupies the District 4 seat, representing the majority of the downtown Issaquah corridor, the Issaquah Highlands, Mirrormont and the district’s southeast corner. She was appointed to the board March 20, filling the seat that was left vacant when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.

Alison Meryweather

Alison Meryweather

The Issaquah mother of two looks forward to continuing the board’s work, if re-elected, she said in a statement.

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Candidate field has few surprises

May 21, 2013

Last week’s candidate filing period in King County ended without any local surprises.

In the first election cycle in 16 years without Mayor Ava Frisinger on the ballot, only the two previously announced contenders threw their hat into the ring. Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner had both announced their intentions months ago to seek the office.

Of the four council positions that are up for election in November, all of the entrants will be unchallenged. Mary Lou Pauly, Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman and Tola Marts entered the race for City Council positions one, three, five and seven, respectively. They had all announced their intentions to run before the filing week. Barber, Goodman and Marts are all currently sitting on the council. Pauly, who will seek the seat vacated by Forkner in his mayoral bid, was a finalist for that council position in January.

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To the Editor

May 21, 2013

Firearms

We need to stand up for the Second Amendment

I write this letter to help publicize the effects of the complete lack of understanding and paranoia about weapons and the results it has caused on one local Washington resident. Unfortunately, the media has a significant role to play in this. With only bad news being reported about weapons along with gross misinformation, it has caused the United States to go into complete panic.

I own a small business that I started out of my house in 2012. Due to the restriction from the city of Issaquah, I am unable to conduct “walk-up” business (which is fine) but only helped accelerate the locating of a brick-and-mortar store front. I had located two separate retail storefronts, both located in North Bend. In both instances I notified the realtors of our intentions and the type of merchandise we plan to offer up front.

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Editorial

May 21, 2013

Fall council elections look to be ho-hum

Isn’t it wonderful how happy everyone is with the future of the city of Issaquah?

We assume that’s the case, since incumbent City Council members up for re-election this fall have all gone unchallenged, giving Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Eileen Barber another four-year term. Even Mary Lou Pauly gets a free ride into office with no challenger for the council’s only open seat.

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Lisa Callan announces board candidacy

May 21, 2013

Lisa Callan was one of five people who applied to fill the vacant Issaquah School Board seat earlier this year. The position eventually went to Alison Meryweather, but Callan is throwing her hat in the ring again, filing for the same position in the November election.

Callan will vie for the District 4 seat, representing the majority of the downtown Issaquah corridor, the Issaquah Highlands, Mirrormont and the district’s southeast corner.

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan

“As the mom of a student at Grand Ridge Elementary School, I have the best of all reasons to lead educational programs and opportunities in our Issaquah public schools,” she said in a statement.

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Tola Marts plans for another council term

May 21, 2013

Incumbent City Councilman Tola Marts is running for re-election to position No. 7 in November.

Marts was elected to the City Council in 2009 in a contested race for the seat vacated by longtime Councilman David Kappler. In his first year on the council, Marts voted for the final acquisition of the Park Pointe property and organizing the Mountain Biking Task Force.

In his second year, Marts said in a press release that he spearheaded the adoption of the Rowley Development Agreement, a progressive and comprehensive springboard for development in one of the most vital areas of the valley floor. In this and subsequent discussions, Marts said he has always striven to focus on living wage jobs and workforce housing, reminding residents and developers that “the people who work in Issaquah can’t afford to live in Issaquah, and the people who live in Issaquah can’t find jobs in Issaquah.”

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Tola Marts

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