Dorothy (Dottie) May Parker

March 5, 2013

Dottie Parker passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 26, 2013.

She lived in Sammamish/Issaquah for more than 65 years and was born in Bellingham on March 22, 1923. She was the devoted wife of Edmund W. Parker (Deceased) for 61 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Issaquah cross country coach is inducted into hall of fame

March 5, 2013

Gwen Robertson

Gwen Robertson

Longtime Issaquah High School Coach Gwen Robertson might just get used to plaudits in winter.

First, her husband was inducted in December 2011 into the USA Track and Field officials’ hall of fame. Then, in January of this year, Robertson received her own hall call.

The state’s cross country coaches association inducted Robertson, who has been involved with IHS teams since Ronald Reagan was a first-term president.

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Landscaper wins silver at garden show

March 5, 2013

Issaquah Landscaping won a Silver Medal as garden co-creator and designer for its display garden entry, “Disco Fever!”

The garden was one of 23 display gardens spotlighted at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which completed its five-day Feb. 24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Contributed Issaquah Landscaping’s display garden ‘Disco Fever’ won a silver medal at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Issaquah Landscaping’s display garden ‘Disco Fever’ won a silver medal at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Road warriors rematch

March 5, 2013

Vikings prove too much for Spartans at state tourney

Two weeks after a third-quarter run gave the Inglemoor Vikings what they needed to swipe the KingCo crown from the Skyline High School Spartans, history repeated itself at the 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament.

By Greg Farrar Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

Once again March 1, the Vikings pulled away from the Spartans in the third quarter, this time beating them 44-34, knocking Skyline out of the state tournament before going on to finish in sixth place.

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Liberty athlete gets patriotic for USA rugby

March 5, 2013

Ian Wright has Olympic aspirations

Liberty rugby player Ian Wright is used to donning the blue-and-green uniform of the Liberty Rugby Football Club.

The Liberty High School senior temporarily traded in the Patriots’ colors, though, for the familiar red, white and blue of USA Rugby, when he represented the country at an international competition in February.

Contributed Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans. Only 24 athletes were chosen to fill two teams that competed at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament, going up against squads from Canada.

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Explore state, national parks for free

March 5, 2013

Throughout the year, Lake Sammamish State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest, plus national forests and parks, waive entry fees.

On such days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain.

Mount Rainier National Park waives entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park on holidays and special occasions. So does nearby Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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Help bring flower baskets back to downtown

March 5, 2013

There’s still time to help the Downtown Issaquah Association bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown.

Due to budget constraints, the city hasn’t been able to fund the baskets along Front Street.

The DIA is working with a local nursery and maintenance company to bring the baskets back in time for Mother’s Day. The group hopes to raise $10,000 to fund 40 baskets.

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Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline Japanese Expo / March 1, 2013

March 5, 2013

State approves Issaquah’s shoreline master program update

March 4, 2013

The Washington Department of Ecology has approved Issaquah’s recently updated shoreline master program.

Issaquah’s shoreline program will result in significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of 12 miles of shorelines and the water quality of Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish in the city.

“The SMP update expands Issaquah’s long-term commitment to protecting our streams, streamside habitat, lakeshore and water quality. And, the SMP conserves shoreline resources through thoughtful land use and development while providing public access and recreation opportunities along our shorelines,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement.

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