Two candidates will battle for water district seat

October 15, 2013

For the first time in six years, there’s a contested race for a seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District board of directors. One-term incumbent Bob Brady will face political newcomer Brett Muhlestein.

Brady said he wants another term because he feels he has unfinished work to do on the board.

Bob Brady

Bob Brady

Brett Muhlestein

Brett Muhlestein

“We’re kind of in the middle of a lot of things, and I’d like to see it through,” the retired Boeing employee said.

In particular, there’s a new asset management system to put in place, and some troubles with the city of Issaquah.

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Let’s Go! Oct. 17-23

October 15, 2013

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I-522 spurs opinions about genetically modified food

October 15, 2013

November’s ballot initiative to label genetically modified food has caused a large split between local action and out-of-state funding.

Initiative 522 will ask voters whether the state should enforce labeling on genetically modified foodstuffs when sold in Washington.

“This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” the Nov. 5 ballot reads.

The question has stirred the state on both sides of the Cascades, and Issaquah residents and leaders have taken to the issue.

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Park bond awaits public decision

October 15, 2013

A $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements is before city voters in the November election.

The proposed bond follows an intensive citizen process, which brought together a public commission to lead a public hearing and then offer recommendations to the Parks Board, which in turn led to City Council approval in July.

As it comes to voters when the ballots are mailed Oct. 16, the proposition clearly outlines how the money will be used.

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To the Editor

October 15, 2013

School board election

Lisa Callan has students’ best interests in mind

When Lisa Callan told me she planned to run for a position on the Issaquah School Board, I was excited both for the Issaquah School District and for Lisa.

Lisa has realistic, implementable and compelling ideas; she is a collaborative team player; and she is dedicated to having a positive influence on this district and the education it provides. Lisa brings skill, thought, intelligence and integrity to every table; her glass is always half full.

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Month of October brings appreciation, fatalism

October 15, 2013

I love October. Between the changing weather, the eruption of color and the settling shroud of Halloween, my appreciation of this month has grown exponentially over time.

It is a recent development and a remarkable one. Here: Let me remark on it.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a pretty severe case. Instead of the short daylight of winter, autumn depressed me the most. We’re not talking being moody and mopey. We’re talking straight up “can’t leave the bed because everything is eternally painful.” I had life-changing problems with school as I was just beginning college and it led to some pretty intense family issues. Everyone has their personal struggles.

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DRAFTED TO LEAD

October 15, 2013

Gas station attendant turns war hero to lead his troops to victory in Europe

Reality struck quickly for 22-year-old George Westlake when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1941. It did not take long for the Seattle gas station attendant to realize the American military was not prepared for the war it was about to enter.

When he arrived at Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training, he was shocked there were no barracks, but instead an assortment of World War I surplus tents in the middle of an old farm. He was thrust into an even more unfamiliar situation six months later, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he was assigned to Officer Training School at Camp Brown, Texas.

CONTRIBUTED George Westlake displays his uniform in 1941 in Kansas before World War II broke out.

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George Westlake displays his uniform in 1941 in Kansas before World War II broke out.

“Our unit was part of the Cavalry, but I did not expect to find officers still riding horses,” the 94-year-old Westlake said. “We were told that America would need 12 million trained soldiers to defeat the enemy. But there were no manuals on how to train soldiers or instructions on what to do once we get into combat.”

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Local heifer Raspberry tastes sweet success as grand champion

October 15, 2013

Katie Jo Jensen, an 11-year-old girl from Issaquah, and her 1,200-pound Black Angus heifer Raspberry took this year’s Palouse Empire Fair Grand Champion prize in the Open Beef class.

The Palouse Empire Fair holds exhibitions for students to train and groom animals for show. Katie spent the summer training Raspberry, also affectionately known as Razzy Jazzy, on her grandparents’ farm.

Contributed Katie Jo Jensen, flanked by her aunt Kris McIntosh and grandfather Rhod McIntosh, shows off her grand champion 1,200-pound black angus heifer Raspberry at the Palouse Empire Fair.

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Katie Jo Jensen, flanked by her aunt Kris McIntosh and grandfather Rhod McIntosh, shows off her grand champion 1,200-pound black angus heifer Raspberry at the Palouse Empire Fair.

Katie took inspiration from her brother Joey, who showed a cow named Hiccup at the show when he was in fourth grade. The relationship he developed with Hiccup was something that resonated with her.

“I thought it was really cool how they got connected,” Katie said.

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Tough love

October 15, 2013

Klahanie MMA fighters are undefeated as a couple

By Ernie Sapiro Photography Dex Montenego gets on bended knee after his match April 27 to propose to girlfriend Amy Cadwell after his successful return to the mixed-martial arts ring.

By Ernie Sapiro Photography
Dex Montenego gets on bended knee after his match April 27 to propose to girlfriend Amy Cadwell after his successful return to the mixed-martial arts ring.

Amy Cadwell admitted that, like most girls growing up, she had many visions of what the moment would look like when she received a wedding proposal.

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Alena Smallwood to compete for Miss Washington Teen USA

October 15, 2013

Alena Smallwood, 15, will compete in the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant, the pageant qualifier to go to Miss Teen USA.

This year’s pageant will showcase contestants from across Washington, and the prizes, cash, scholarships and awards will be valued at more than $900,000.

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Alena Smallwood

The Miss Washington Teen USA pageant is Oct. 18–19 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Smallwood’s and the other contestant’s profiles can be found online at www.misswashingtonusa.com.

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