Bellevue College campus plan is moving forward

July 2, 2013

Bellevue College is slowly but surely still coming to the Issaquah Highlands.

Though the project was prolonged due to the economic recession and the replacement of college President Jean Floten with David Rule, Bellevue College has continually expressed its intention to move forward and develop an Issaquah campus.

Public Relations Manager David Sandler said the campus, now referred to as the East Campus, has begun to pick up speed in its realization. In a couple of weeks, Bellevue College is expected to seek a site development permit from the Development Service Department.

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Brielle Bray named pitcher of the year

June 4, 2013

Bellevue College freshman softball pitcher Brielle Bray has been selected as the 2013 NWAACC North Region Pitcher of the year.

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges consists of 27 colleges and community colleges with two-year athletic programs from Washington, Oregon and Canada.

Bray, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, was one of only two pitchers in the league to have a 20-win season (20 wins, five losses). She lead NWAACC with four saves, was fourth in strikeouts with 155 and was sixth in ERA at 2.62. Bray also batted .394 for the season.

Bellevue College finished the season in fourth-place at 39-7.

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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Bellevue College trustees select president

November 13, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Nov. 5 to lead the local institution.

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students.

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Bellevue College selects president; Issaquah campus is on horizon

November 6, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Monday to lead the local institution.

David Rule

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students. The campus boasts innovative curricula in solar-voltaic manufacturing, microelectronics and biosciences.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the next president of Bellevue College,” Rule said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning this new adventure and working with the trustees, students, faculty, staff, businesses and the community to build on the strong foundation that already exists at this institution,” Rule said.

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Legislative candidates focus on education at forum

October 23, 2012

Candidates staked moderate positions and touted the importance of education as the contenders for offices to represent Issaquah in Olympia gathered for a candidate forum Oct. 18.

Education emerged as the signature theme in the races to represent local constituents in the state Senate and state House of Representatives. Candidates also tackled issues related to taxation, transportation, land use and — as lawmakers prepare for more budget cuts next year — government spending.

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Issaquah Highlands tenants to include RAM Restaurant & Brewery

October 9, 2012

Tenants for the long-awaited retail complex in the Issaquah Highlands include local restaurants and a beauty supply store, city officials announced Oct. 2, not long before project developers plan to unveil a more complete list of retailers.

The latest announcement for the $70 million highlands project, called Grand Ridge Plaza, adds RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty to the lineup alongside a Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station.

Lucy Sloman, city land development manager, and Keith Niven, city economic development director, announced the latest additions to the Urban Village Development Commission.

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5th Legislative District House contest includes familiar faces

October 9, 2012

Education is the No. 1 priority for state House of Representatives candidates in the 5th Legislative District — a local school board member and a citizen advocate for education.

Chad Magendanz

David Spring

Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz, a Republican, and North Bend Democrat David Spring remain focused on education in the race for a rare, open House seat.

In a 7-2 ruling delivered in January, state Supreme Court justices said the state is not fulfilling the “paramount duty” to fund education. Both candidates in the 5th District race said education funding is a bipartisan issue.

“There’s a huge amount of work to do together,” Magendanz said. “When you set aside all of the partisan rhetoric and you really focus on what needs to be done for our kids, for our future, there is a lot of work there.”

Issaquah School Board members appointed Magendanz to the panel in 2008. The software design consultant ran unopposed for the seat in 2009.

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Issaquah Highlands retail options to include RAM Restaurant & Brewery

October 3, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Tenants for the long-awaited retail complex in the Issaquah Highlands include local restaurants and a beauty supply store, city officials announced Tuesday.

The latest announcement for the $70 million highlands project, called Grand Ridge Plaza, adds RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty to the list alongside a Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station.

Lucy Sloman, city land development manager, and Keith Niven, city economic development director, announced the latest additions to the Urban Village Development Commission. The project developer, Regency Centers, and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities plan to unveil more tenants at a community meeting Oct. 10.

In another major development for the highlands, Microsoft plans to sell long-vacant land once envisioned for a campus, Niven said.

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Local representatives join Bellevue College Foundation board

July 31, 2012

Issaquah Councilman Joshua Schaer joined the Bellevue College Foundation board, as the organization elected a president and greeted other local members.

Issaquah representatives Dellanie Fragnoli, assistant vice president for international finance and administration at Costco, and Mark Pellegrino, Rainier Group Investment Advisory LLC president, also joined the board.

So did Sammamish representative Cheryl Gunderson, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Fortune Bank.

The foundation also chose Seattle resident Paul Swegle as board president for a one-year term. The terms for the president and other officers started July 1.

Swegle succeeds Bill Kent, a construction executive at M.A. Mortenson Co., as president.

The president-elect for 2012-13 is Sammamish representative Sarah Langton, founder of and partner at Langton Spieth LLC.

The foundation is directed by a 30-member volunteer board. Established in 1978, the nonprofit foundation manages gifts, grants and awards for Bellevue College. The foundation raised more than $2.4 million for the 38,000-student college in 2010-11.

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