Off the Press

November 15, 2011

Election comes to yawn-inducing close

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Joshua Schaer promised a party to daughter Emily. Only, the grownups gathered in a room at the Issaquah Brewhouse almost certainly did not meet the expectations of a 3-year-old girl.

The election night party Schaer put on at the downtown pub included a star-studded — for Issaquah, at least — guest list (City Council members past and present) and hors d’oeuvres aplenty. Bruschetta, anyone?

But, as far as parties go, the event seemed a little dull, boring even. The host, however, is not to blame.

Election Day in Issaquah, at least in the 2009 and 2011 cycles, morphed into a humdrum affair. Incumbents claim lopsided leads and challengers offer cordial congratulations. Repeat.

The lone burst of results from King County Elections came just after 8 p.m., as guests at the brewhouse channel-surfed to see if Issaquah results appeared in the Seattle TV stations’ tickers. In a campaign season dominated by liquor and tolling, no local results appeared in the moments after the results dropped.

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City Council, Issaquah School Board incumbents post big leads

November 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a quiet campaign season, posted a sizable — and almost certainly insurmountable — lead against opponent TJ Filley as election results started to dribble out Tuesday night.

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Salmon Days geoteaming treasure hunt is a success

September 27, 2011

Participants in the annual Salmon Days geoteaming hunt Sept. 24 take a break from scavenging to eat outside the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Pauline Middlehurst

About 150 people enjoyed two fun-filled hours roaming the streets of Issaquah with their families, friends and co-workers in search of treasures during the Salmon Days high-tech geoteaming scavenger hunt.

Participants navigated Issaquah using a hand-held GPS unit, map and clue sheet to locate cache sites. Each cache site had a point value to accumulate a team score. Some very competitive teams even ran the entire course.

The two sessions included lunch provided by the host Issaquah Brewhouse.

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Former Issaquah business Ming’s moves again

September 27, 2011

Ming’s Asian Gallery, owned by Jim and Doreen Russell, of Issaquah, is closing its Main Street in Bellevue location after 25 years and consolidating operations at its Seattle location.

Ming’s got its start in Issaquah at the current Issaquah Brewhouse location before moving to Bellevue in 1986. Ming’s offers a taste of the exotic and eclectic, antique Asian art and antiques from around the world.

The new location will be at 519 Sixth Ave. S. in Seattle’s International District.

Ming’s will have a moving sale through Oct. 15 with items discounted from 20 percent to 60 percent off at the Bellevue location, 10217 Main St. Call 462-4008.

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Geoteaming launches Salmon Days festivities Sept. 24

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The annual and “ohfishal” Salmon Days geoteaming event is set for two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

“Geoteaming” is essentially a high-tech scavenger hunt using handheld GPS units to find your way to hidden “treasures” in and around Issaquah. Every time you and your team find an item, you earn points toward your final score.

All equipment is provided to participants, along with a lunch catered by Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse.

Geoteaming will start and finish at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign-in is at 9:30 a.m.

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Sports kick off Salmon Days Festival celebration

September 20, 2011

If walking with a GPS unit is your idea of exercise or if you are one of those who people who prefers a brisk 10K run, the Salmon Days Festival has something for all types of the sporting crowd this year.

The Ohfishal Salmon Days Sporting Weekend features geo-teaming and the Issaquah Rotary Run.

Geoteaming, a unique sport, is Sept. 24. The annual Issaquah Rotary Run, for serious runners as well as joggers, is Oct. 2.

Both events have their special features.

Geoteaming is a fun, interactive and high-tech scavenger hunt using hand-held GPS units to navigate to hidden treasures in and around Issaquah. Individuals or teams can participate in the event.

Each found cache earns a team or individual many valuable points toward a final score. All equipment is provided. Participants should have appropriate-weather clothes and walking shoes. The event begins and finishes at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

There are two sessions of geo-teaming each day. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Teams must sign in by 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24. The second session runs from 1-3 p.m., and teams must sign in by noon.

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Skyline’s class of 2001 plans school’s first 10-year reunion

September 13, 2011

In any number of ways, the class of 2001 was a special one for Skyline High School.

In terms of sports accomplishments, Spartans of that vintage helped win the girls state softball championship in 1999. The football team took the state title in 2000 and just missed doing it again the following year.

Still, probably most importantly, the graduates represented the first class to attend Skyline for all four of their years in high school.

“I think it’s worth remembering, worth commemorating,” said Kim Best, a member of the class of ’01 and one of the principal organizers of the school’s first 10-year reunion.

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Trout Unlimited meeting is Sept. 14 in Issaquah

August 30, 2011

The public is invited to the Sept. 14 meeting of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Dave McCoy, a Trout Unlimited member and owner of Emerald Water Anglers, is the featured speaker. He will show photo slides to reveal fly fishing opportunities in Western Washington.

There is no price for admission.

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Share opinions about bike paths at Bike Night Issaquah

July 21, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 21, 2011

Sponsored by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Bike Night Issaquah, slate for Thursday evening, is a chance for residents or anyone concerned to bike around some of the city’s bike paths and share their opinions on those paths with bike and pedestrian experts, and other community members.

The bike ride begins and ends at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The bike ride starts at 6 p.m. Trail discussions will be held at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., participants are invited to the brewhouse to watch coverage of the Tour de France.

The bike ride will essentially take you in a loop from the brewhouse down and across Front Street to a spot on the Issaquah-Preston Trail. The route then heads back to the brewhouse on the opposite side of Interstate 90.

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Fundraiser is rockin’ and rollin’ for barber’s colon

April 26, 2011

Mark Ashbaugh has cut, trimmed, curled, straightened and styled hair in Issaquah for almost two decades.

Mark Ashbaugh chats with client Allison Smith during her hair-styling appointment. Several businesses and friends are hosting a benefit for Ashbaugh, who just had two surgeries on his colon. By Laura Geggel

After two surgeries in the hospital, his family and friends are asking the community to give back by helping him at a benefit called Rockin’ and Rollin’ for Mark’s Colon.

Since they started the Front Street Salon in 2000, Ashbaugh and his business partner Danielle Abker have amassed more than 600 clients.

Customers call his humor “edgy” and “very funny.”

“People who know him love him,” friend and customer Clinton Fink said. “There will be a family of four and they’ll all be waiting to get their hair cut.”

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