Liberty boys, girls basketball squads fall to Bellevue

February 5, 2013

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School gymnasium was awash in a sea of red on Jan. 31, when the Patriots boys and girls basketball teams hosted Bellevue in the final regular games of the season.

Parents, students, staff members and basketball coaches donned red in honor of heart health awareness, after the school spent the week rallying and raising funds for cardiovascular disease.

During the games, students collected donations for the American Heart Association and educated attendees about heart disease prevention and warning signs. The effort raised about $7,000, and the school will continue to raise funds through Feb. 14.

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King County gun-buyback event collects 716 weapons

February 5, 2013

King County and partner agencies collected 716 firearms and distributed $68,000 in gift cards during a gun-buyback event Jan. 26.

The operation, held in near Seattle Police Department headquarters, collected 348 pistols and 364 rifles — including three “street sweepers,” or shotguns with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding a dozen 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Though private buyers set up near the event site, officials said the public overwhelmingly chose to participate in the gun-buyback program.

Organizers distributed up to $100 in gift cards for rifles, handguns and shotguns, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

To the Editor

February 5, 2013

Local productions

Be sure to check out Swingin’ in Vienna next

Thank you, Matthew Barry, for your letter to the editor in December regarding “The Sound of Music” production at Issaquah High School. My wife and I also enjoyed “The Sound of Music,” as well as other high school performances this year. The talent on the stage, behind the scenes and in the orchestra is incredible. The teachers, directors and students should all be very proud of their productions and concerts.

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Special Olympics tourney is set for Feb. 10

February 5, 2013

The Issaquah Community Center will host the 2013 Special Olympics King County Regional basketball tournament beginning with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.

Games tip off at 8:30 a.m., with matches taking place at the Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Clark Elementary School.

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District unveils Skyline High School stadium plans

February 5, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen has given the Issaquah School District the OK to move forward on a nearly $6.5 million facelift for the stadium at Skyline High School.

Rasmussen signed off on the project Jan. 24, the day after he and the school board received a presentation on the topic during the board’s regular business meeting.

The improvement project includes moving the home side to the west side of the field where new covered aluminum bleachers will have seats for 2,500 Spartans fans. New support facilities, including locker rooms, restrooms and concessions, will form a horseshoe around the south end of the field where a large scoreboard will be a feature element.

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Skyline High School gymnasts earn No. 2 spot at meet

February 5, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans faced off against Eastlake, Garfield and Newport in their second-to-last league gymnastics meet Jan. 24, where they eventually took second place with 130.77 points.

Even with a few of their top performers missing Jan. 24, the Spartans had 10 girls in each event.

“They did great. I thought they did fantastic tonight,” Skyline coach Michelle McCombs said. “We were trying to reach 145, but because we were down a couple of our key players, we knew that it wasn’t going to happen. But we still got close to 130, which is good.”

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Liberty High School construction costs rise by $138,000

February 5, 2013

The Issaquah School Board approved an increase of $138,328 to Liberty High School’s construction bill Jan. 9.

Most of the 13 items that accounted for the increase range between $1,000 and $6,000, including $4,668 to restore power to the parking lot lighting, $3,599 to reconnect cold water in the boiler room and $2,031 to demolish greenhouses that were not originally shown on the drawings. The change order also include two big ticket items — $77,207 for electrical conduit additions to provide power to the stadium expansion in Phase 3, and $21,596 to add an ADA bridge to the temporary locker rooms.

The increase, which includes $12,000 in taxes, brings Liberty’s construction bill total to $19,989,583.

Issaquah community hosts Chinese New Year celebration

February 5, 2013

Experience a martial arts demonstration and a traditional lion dance, sample Asian cuisine and play games at the Year of the Snake Celebration from 3-5:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

The family-friendly event is presented by the Issaquah Highlands’ Asian community. The celebration at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive, is free and open to the public.

Other highlights on the schedule include Chinese folk dancing and a children’s parade.

Though the event is set on the Chinese New Year, organizers plan to include New Year and spring traditions from throughout Asia, including Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The inaugural celebration last year attracted more than 400 people from Issaquah, Sammamish and other Eastside communities.

Beat blues with brews at Gilman Village

February 5, 2013

There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.

The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.

“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.

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Issaquah workshop to offer energy advice

February 5, 2013

Residents can learn tips to reduce home energy use — and save 50 percent or more on energy bills — at a workshop focused on energy efficiency.

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