Issaquah apartment complex sells for $28.2 million

January 8, 2013

Issaquah’s Langara Apartment Homes sold to a California real estate company for almost $28.2 million last month, according to King County property records.

Langara Apartment Homes consists of 100 units in 11 buildings on a 5.56-acre site. The complex opened to residents in 2001.

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Editorial

January 8, 2013

Use caution in seeking open records changes

Reporters can be pesky — annoying even, particularly when trying to get information out of government entities.

Reporters file requests for information under the state’s open records law more often than Joe Citizen, as they do their job on your behalf. Forgive us if reporters tend to be more sensitive to possible changes to those laws, particularly changes that might dam up the river of information.

Cities across the state are lobbying the Legislature to make changes to open records laws that could make public records — your records — harder to get.

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Swedish/Issaquah welcomes first baby born in 2013

January 8, 2013

Luz Maria Mazariegos, a first-time mother and Issaquah resident, holds the first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah in 2013, 8-pound, 1-ounce Adrien. Contributed

Swedish/Issaquah welcomed the first baby born at the hospital in 2013 at 3:33 a.m. Jan. 1.

Luz Maria and Enrique Mazariegos, first-time parents and Issaquah residents, welcomed a baby boy, Adrien.

Adrien weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20.5 inches. Dr. Maria Holmes, obstetrician-gynecologist at Issaquah Women’s Clinic, served as the delivering physician.

The Shops at Swedish and the Starbucks in the Swedish/Issaquah lobby donated a newborn gift basket to the Mazariegos family.

The hospital’s Childbirth Center delivered 960 babies last year.

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Skyline girls basketball team nets win with OT buzzer beater

January 8, 2013

Skyline and Ballard put on a nail-biting show Jan. 4 when the two girls team went back and forth on the court, ending the fourth quarter in a 44-44 tie.

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Village Theatre is set to spring ‘The Mousetrap’

January 8, 2013

Expect more than a month of snow — on the Village Theatre stage, at least — as the scene-setting snowstorm in “The Mousetrap” is re-created night after night.

The classic whodunit is considered mystery maven Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. “The Mousetrap” opens Jan. 16 as the lone play — the only nonmusical offering in the 2012-13 lineup — in the Village Theatre season.

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Eagles girls basketball team falls to Roosevelt by one

January 8, 2013

It was parity Friday in KingCo 4A girls basketball Jan. 4 as Skyline visited Ballard and won a narrow 54-53 decision, while Issaquah traveled to Roosevelt and struggled against the Roughrider girls, losing 41-40 in regulation, to fall to 3-3 in league play.

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Issaquah boys basketball team roughs up Roosevelt

January 8, 2013

The Issaquah boys basketball squad reached the midway juncture in its campaign recently and was able to stay in the hunt by staving off a physical Roosevelt contingent on the road Jan. 4, winning 53-49 to escalate its KingCo 4A mark to 4-2.

“I was really pleased with the way our players adapted to Roosevelt’s physical style of play,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “In our league, you have to be able to adjust to the several different styles and looks that your opponents throw at you. They enter the games with the idea of imposing their will on you. The Roughriders aren’t any different in that they play hard and make you earn everything you get.”

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Skyline High School performers deal in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

January 8, 2013

Skyline High School drama students (from left) Nick Borkowski, Bhavya Chhabra, Marie Guenette, Madeline Miller and Aaron Jin wait on stage before the beginning of dress rehearsal Jan. 3 for the school production of ‘Rumors.’ By Greg Farrar

Jessica Karius struts across the stage at Skyline High School in 6-inch red alligator print stilettos.

Before being cast as the seductive Cookie Cusack in “Rumors,” a farcical play written by Neil Simon, the 16-year-old junior had never worn high heels. Now, seven days before the show is set to open, Karius breaks in the new shoes, which complement her back-combed hair, walnut-size rhinestone earrings and slinky black dress.

“I don’t know how my parents are going to feel. This slit goes up higher,” she said, laughing backstage.

Karius’ character is all dolled up to attend the 10th anniversary party for New York’s lieutenant governor and his wife. But she arrives after the celebration has already been turned upside down. The lieutenant governor has shot himself in the earlobe and his wife and servants are missing.

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Off the Press

January 8, 2013

Each new shooting jars painful memories

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

The imprinted memories come back with every school shooting. I was in my first year of teaching at Westside High School in Jonesboro, Ark. It was March 28, 1998, during my prep period. I heard the principal in the hall.

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“There’s been a shooting at the middle school and we’re locking down the school,” he replied.

I helped him finish the task and then stood in front of the glass doors to observe the middle school about 50 yards away. Two boys, 11- and 14-year-olds, had set up a sniper’s nest just off the school playground.

One slipped into the school, set off the fire alarm, and ran to his post. The students and teachers, thinking it was a fire drill, filed out of the building. The boys began picking them off, killing four students, one teacher and wounding 16 others.

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Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is Jan. 17

January 8, 2013

King County officials and employees plan to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in a community celebration Jan. 17.

Scheduled speakers at the event include King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chairman Larry Gossett.

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