Police & Fire

February 25, 2014

Hit and run

A Sammamish man was driving south on 228th Avenue Southeast when another car ran a red light at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at 9:12 p.m. Feb. 15. As a result, the man struck the car that ran the light, and it then sped away. The man followed long enough to get the license plate number.

 

Burglary

A couple in the 20000 block of Southeast 27th Place reported someone came into their home through an unlocked door between 9 and 11:50 a.m. Feb. 15. The couple said they were missing a phone, laptop, loose change and jewelry worth at least $1,850.

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Association for Catholic Childhood hosts online fundraising auction

February 25, 2014

The Association for Catholic Childhood has kicked off an auction of a number of fun and unique items in its annual fundraiser Labor of Love Auction.

The auction, which runs through 7:59 p.m. March 2, benefits many programs for children in need in Western Washington, from Bellingham to Aberdeen. Cash donations are tax-deductible.

The Association for Catholic Childhood, a volunteer organization, provides funding and advocacy for Western Washington children and families in need, regardless of race or creed.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1hChe1T.

Editorial

February 25, 2014

Death penalty overdue for reconsideration

More than five years ago, this newspaper called for the state Legislature to revisit the value of Washington’s death penalty. Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee opened the door to begin the overdue conversation by implementing a death-penalty moratorium while he is the state’s elected CEO.

At first glance, it may seem unimportant. Washington state has had only five executions in the past 50 years.

But consider that there are nine men currently on death row in Washington prisons. Consider that taxpayers pay for the prosecution, for the public defenders and for the court system. Those cases are under appeal and the appeals will go forward. Inslee’s mandate does not do away with capital punishment, it just removes the killings from happening on his watch.

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Next best in show

February 25, 2014

Local dogs bring home top prizes from Westminster show

To quote a famous Highlander, “There can be only one.”

For the Westminster Kennel Club’s 138th annual dog show Feb. 10-11, that one Best in Show was Sky, a wire fox terrier.

By Jack Grassa Irish water spaniel GCH MBIS BISS Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire won first place in the Sporting Group and competed for Best in Show.

By Jack Grassa
Irish water spaniel GCH MBIS BISS Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire won first place in the Sporting Group and competed for Best in Show.

But that doesn’t mean Westminster didn’t have plenty of other awards to hand out, especially to three local dogs.

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Photo of the Month

February 25, 2014

Photo of the Month The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record. By Tracy Williams

The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record.
By Tracy Williams

Mystifying magic

February 25, 2014

Magician Jeff Evans conjures up illusions for a captivated audience

Photos by Greg Farrar Magician Jeff Evans shows giant playing cards to his young sitting-room-only audience and puts in a plug for library cards as well, during his free Amazement Magic Show Feb. 11 at the Issaquah Library. At right, Kate Johnson, 9, of Maple Valley, is astonished when the paper napkin she tore into pieces and wadded into a ball is whole again when she unwraps it.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Magician Jeff Evans shows giant playing cards to his young sitting-room-only audience and puts in a plug for library cards as well, during his free Amazement Magic Show Feb. 11 at the Issaquah Library. At right, Kate Johnson, 9, of Maple Valley, is astonished when the paper napkin she tore into pieces and wadded into a ball is whole again when she unwraps it.

Teen Talk:

February 25, 2014

How does your homework load affect your life outside of school?

 

“The workload I get from school is completely manageable for me. … My problem is with procrastination.” Ian Paige, junior

 

“I try to plan ahead to make sure I stay on task and finish all my homework on time, but there are still times when I find myself doing homework on the way to places.” Sandra Mata Diaz, junior

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Earle Bluher

February 25, 2014

Earle G. Bluher passed away Jan. 25, 2014, in Yuma, Ariz.

Born Sept. 27, 1928, in Bellingham to Leverne and James Bluher, raised in North Bend, lived in Issaquah 50 years.

Married Micki Adams on Aug. 13, 1949. Had four children, Randy, Craig, Dawn and Shawn; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Served in the Air Force.

 

Carl Ficker

February 25, 2014

Carl A. Ficker, 71, slipped into heaven on Feb. 11, 2014.

Born Aug. 29, 1942, in Seattle, Carl’s family moved to Pine Lake in Issaquah in 1946. He graduated from Issaquah High School, class of 1960, and the University of Washington.

Carl owned Eastside Roofing Supply in Bellevue from 1973 to 1998, when he retired due to Parkinson’s disease.

Carl Ficker

Carl Ficker

Carl married the love of his life, Wanda, and they made their home on Cougar Mountain, where they raised their three sons.

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Cheryl Linville

February 25, 2014

Cheryl (Donlan) Linville was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Seattle, to Dan and Evelyn (Evans) Donlan. Siblings to follow, sister Danella Donlan (JD), brother Leonard Donlan (Paula, Amy and Zeb), sister Maureen McKinney (Buck), brother Larry (Buddy) Donlan and cousin/brother Tim Young (Paula and Tom).

They lived in a modest house in Issaquah, later moving out of town to a farm in the May Valley area. The family enjoyed their summers down on Lake Sammamish at the property of dear friends the Flintofts.

Cheryl Linville

Cheryl Linville

Cheryl graduated from Issaquah High School in 1962 as valedictorian of her class. She was also a SeaFair princess during the Worlds Fair, and received a full engineering scholarship to the University of Washington (that didn’t happen in 1962 for women). I did have the only mom that could help me through calculus and physics in high school (got me into college).

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