Skyline grad Yina Moe-Lange skiing for Middlebury

January 24, 2012

Skyline High School graduate Yina Moe-Lange is competing for the Middlebury College ski team.

Middlebury, in Vermont, recently competed in a two-day meet that was hosted by Maine’s Bates College. Moe-Lange finished 30th in the slalom.

Issaquah man experiences Vancouver’s hockey riot

June 21, 2011

Erik Richards, a lifelong Vancouver Canucks fan and Issaquah resident, experienced the mayhem up close June 15 as Vancouver, British Columbia, erupted into a riot after the team lost the Stanley Cup.

Richards — a self-described “huge Canucks fan” — stood among the crowd on Granville Street and snapped photos as rioters lit cars aflame and smashed storefronts.

“There were people running and cars on fire,” he said after returning to Issaquah. “It was like a scene out of a movie.”

The riot started at about 8 p.m. as the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins at Rogers Arena. Immediately after the loss, frustrated fans started tearing signs down along Granville Street, a destination for Canucks fans watching the Stanley Cup finals on a huge screen.

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Issaquah man experiences Vancouver’s hockey riot

June 19, 2011

Issaquah resident Erik Richards captured a photo of a man amid the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15. By Erik Richards

NEW — 10 a.m. June 19, 2011

Erik Richards, a lifelong Vancouver Canucks fan and Issaquah resident, experienced the mayhem up close June 15 as Vancouver, British Columbia, erupted into a riot after the team lost the Stanley Cup.

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Sammamish skiers cruise to success

January 12, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Sammamish alpine skier Brooke Wales took 25th overall in the downhill competition Wednesday in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria.

Wales scored her first Europa Cup points (43.57) after finishing with a time of 1:8.80.

The time was less than two seconds behind the winner, Stefanie Moser, of Austria, who skied the course in 1:06.91. Wales skis for the United States team, and is a member of the Mission Ridge Ski Team.

Another Sammamish resident also experienced success on the slopes.

Yina Moe-Lange, who raced for Denmark in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, placed 18th overall in the slalom competition Tuesday at Snowbird, Utah.

Moe-Lange crossed the finish line in 1:38.82, less than five seconds behind winner Anne Cecilie Brusletto, of Norway.

Memories abound from the year 2010

January 11, 2011

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

The year 2010 has come to a close. While we often focus on the year ahead, the memories from the past 365 days still linger in our minds.

Events that took the world by storm and personal recollections of good times come to mind when we reflect on 2010. From January to December, the news was filled with high-profile stories and shocking events.

One of the defining parts of 2010 was the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Celebrities and common people alike united to help a country in need, which reflects the character of many Americans. Read more

Bronze medalist visits Issaquah

March 9, 2010

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on March 3 at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Olympics.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics final week / February 2010

March 4, 2010

Winter Olympian J.R. Celski greets Issaquah fans

March 4, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski met more than 200 fans during a visit to the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday evening.

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on Wednesday at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. — Photo by Greg Farrar

For almost two hours, Celski signed autographs, posed for photographs and displayed one of the two bronze medals he won at the Vancouver Olympics last month. The stopover at 24 Hour Fitness — one of Celski’s sponsors — marked his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area.

The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.

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Ready to sled

March 2, 2010

Locals Kari and Aaron Mattson and their children — Andrew, 5, a Sunset Elementary School student, Mackenzie, 3, and Quinn Weiss, 3 — try out a bobsled on display in Whistler, British Columbia. The family was among other Issaquah residents who journeyed north to the Olympics. Photo contributed

Oh, Canada

March 2, 2010

U.S. fans show their support at the ladies’ giant slalom event in Whistler. Photo by Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah residents return home with warm memories of the Vancouver Olympics

The hottest item during the Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler: red mittens adorned with a maple leaf on each palm.

By the time Issaquah resident Kristi Feder reached the Olympics, the too-hot-to-handle hand warmers had been sold out, and scalpers sold the fleece-lined mittens secondhand. The mitten episode illustrated the frenzy for all things Canadian at the British Columbia games.

“Vancouver pulled off a winner of Winter Olympics in spite of a rocky start,” Feder said. “Since weather was up to Mother Nature, they put all of their efforts into those things they could control and, for the most part, did a great job.”

Feder and other locals headed north for memorable moments — like watching figure skater Evan Lysacek become the first American man since 1988 to win gold — and high-profile snags — like the malfunctioning cauldron at the opening ceremony — as the Olympics opened closer than ever to Western Washington.

Don Alper, director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University, said the games helped foster the close relationship between Washington and British Columbia and, in turn, the United States and Canada. Moreover, wall-to-wall media coverage highlighted the best attributes of the Pacific Northwest. Read more

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