December 1, 2009
Stepping onto the stage at Chimacum Middle School in Chimacum Oct. 13, Ken Tork took a deep breath and began saving lives by confronting a deadly game.
Students throughout the state, nation and the world are playing the choking game and Tork said he knows two things about it: That it’s not a game and that it has deadly consequences.
Tork, his wife Kathy, and 11-year-old daughter Kelly Tork know all too well the game’s deadly consequences. The couple lost their only son, Kevin, a 15-year-old sophomore at Issaquah High School, to the game March 30.
Kevin’s death is the reason Ken Tork was called to Chimacum. On Oct. 7, medics arrived to care for a student who’d passed out after being choked by a friend before a third-period class.
Students play the game to get a high, which occurs when their brains are deprived of blood and oxygen. Read more
September 29, 2009
10-year-old named honoree for fundraiser
She swims, she plays soccer and she snowboards. By all accounts, Alicia Seidel is like many other 10-year-olds in the area: There’s just one difference — she has arthritis.
“I’m the only one at my school with arthritis,” said Alicia, an Endeavour Elementary School student.
“A lot of people know about arthritis, but they think it is something you get when you’re old,” said her mother Cynthia Seidel, who was also recently diagnosed with an arthritic condition.
Alicia is one of 294,000 children living with arthritis in the country. But she hasn’t let it slow her down. In fact, because of her determination and her message for research and a cure, she was named the honoree for Bellevue’s second annual Arthritis Foundation Walk Oct. 10. Read more
September 8, 2009
City and school officials are keeping close watch on information about the H1N1 flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local public health agency. Read more
June 16, 2009
Chris Darnell wanted to set a good example for children as a youth pastor. So, he shed 75 pounds this year and hasn’t put one pound on since.
“I figured I can’t teach kids to eat healthy if I looked the way I did,” said Darnell, 26, of North Bend.
Darnell underwent a rigorous, twice-daily workout, lifting weights and running on a Read more
May 5, 2009
After several probable cases of swine flu were identified in King County, city and Issaquah School District officials said they were prepared if an outbreak occurs here. Officials took steps to reassure the public as the number of cases rose and officials elsewhere closed schools as a precautionary measure. Read more
April 30, 2009
UPDATED — 9:15 a.m. May 1, 2009
Ten probable cases of swine flu have been identified in King County, public health officials said today.
Public Health – Seattle & King County spokeswoman Megan Coppersmith outlined seven new probable cases.
The cases include a woman in her 20s, four children ages 8-12, and two other children whose mother was previously reported as a probable case.
The cases announced Wednesday include three Seattle residents: a man in his 20s, a woman in her 30s and a boy who is a student at Madrona K-8.
Officials said the Madrona student is hospitalized and his condition is improving. Seattle School District officials closed Madrona K-8 this morning as a precautionary measure. The other people are not hospitalized and their conditions are improving.
Coppersmith said the infected people reside in King County, but did not have additional details. She said none of the reported cases are serious.
“These symptoms appear to be pretty mild,” she said.
April 28, 2009
Adolescents are playing a deadly game by choking themselves to get high. Read more
March 9, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. March 9, 2009
In the third quarter of a middle school football game, Zackery Lystedt made a tackle that changed his life. It was October 2006. Lystedt was 13. Minutes after the tackle, he collapsed on the field.
“It’s obvious now, looking at the footage, that he suffered a concussion,” Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5th District) said.
A concussion is a sudden impact to the head causing a brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It can involve a loss of consciousness, but doesn’t always.
Rodne took a special interest in Lystedt’s case and resolved to prevent such tragedies from happening.