October 1, 2013
Hamilton heads home after nearly a week on the lam
A python hid behind the walls in an Issaquah High School classroom for almost a week.
Even though Hamilton, biology teacher Bryan Robles’ ball python, posed no threat to the children who learned his secret hiding spot, it still is an unsettling thought.
Robles said that the almost 4-foot snake had never tried to escape. However, after a summer left in the care of a student, Hamilton grew.
“All last year, he didn’t attempt to get out,” Robles said. “He’s just grown. He’s graduated to eating rats and he used to just eat small mice.”
September 17, 2013
Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.
“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.
The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.
“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”
September 17, 2013
School may be in, but Hamilton is out.
A teacher at Issaquah High School noticed the morning of Sept. 11 that the docile, nonvenomous 2 ½-foot ball python, a biology class pet, had escaped his aquarium.
Administrators searched the school for the snake and called animal control, but it has not been located yet.
Administrators think it’s likely that the snake is still in the biology classroom, according to an email from the school. Animal control believes Hamilton will return to his cage on his own when he gets hungry. In the meantime, classes are still in session.
September 13, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013
Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors, will roll through Issaquah once again Sunday.
Riders begin and end at Issaquah High School, traveling through city streets along the way. More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate.
There are four different routes that riders can choose from. The longest, the 59-mile Burly Girl, will take cyclists through Issaquah, Bellevue and Renton. The shortest, the 15-mile Little Sister, travels along Issaquah’s Newport Way.
Learn more about Cycle the WAVE and view bicyclist route maps here.
September 10, 2013
This year marks the 60th reunion for the Issaquah High School class of 1953 and a luncheon will be held to mark the occasion for alumni.
As he does every five years, Ken Morgan will host the students of yesteryear to a catered affair at 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Country Creek Catering will serve up fish and prime rib on Morgan’s 4 acres along Issaquah Creek, at 16023 252 Ave. S.E., just past Mirrormont.
September 5, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2013
School is back in session and so are the speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast.
The cameras were installed to reduce speed and increase safety.
The cameras, which operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, monitor traffic in both directions along Second Avenue Southeast near Clark Elementary, Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools.
August 20, 2013
Final Gellatly brother prepares for senior season at Issaquah
Robert and Susan Gellatly could be considered the ultimate Issaquah Eagles sports fans.
They’ve been going to football and baseball games for more than 10 years, witnessing two state championships and countless playoff runs along the way.
August 13, 2013
Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance
For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.
Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.
August 13, 2013
During the awkward adolescent phase that is high school, many teens just want to feel normal. That can be even more challenging for students whose families struggle to make ends meet.
That is why the Issaquah High School PTSA created the Angel Program a year ago, helping such students with donations of gift cards, school supplies and clothes to students in need, said Laurie Foreman, an Issaquah High School parent and co-chairwoman of the program.
“Maybe they just don’t feel like every other kid because they might not have a new pair of shoes or a backpack,” she said. “That’s where we step in.”
What began as a relatively simple effort to provide students with gift cards to Target and Safeway expanded to a more holistic approach, giving students anything that was identified as a need.
August 13, 2013
Katherine Nelson, a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School, and Erika Speckhardt, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, were recipients of a $2,500 scholarship from the Boeing Employees Credit Union Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.
Nelson and Speckhardt were among 50 scholarship winners from the state chosen for their dedication to community service leadership and academic success.
Nelson, who was a competitive swimmer at Liberty, served as a mentor for the Maple Hills Marlins, a youth swim team based in Renton. She was a team captain at Liberty and has worked as a lifeguard, gaining many skills to become a confident leader.
Speckhardt, who attends Seattle University, participated for three consecutive years in a 10-day humanitarian project in Romania. The project allows teenagers of various backgrounds and nationalities to work together and serve underprivileged villagers.