Everest survivor — Klahanie climber shares tale of living through deadly avalanche

May 20, 2015

Dennis Broadwell has been traveling to Nepal for more than 20 years, not only leading climbers up some of the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains, but giving back to one of the world’s poorest countries through humanitarian missions.

Now, Broadwell is starting his own fundraising effort in the wake of the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, and the resulting avalanche on Mount Everest, where he was stationed, which killed at least 19 climbers.

His project, The Himalayan Outreach Project, is attempting to raise money for Nepalese citizens whose homes, businesses and schools were destroyed in the 7.8-magnitude quake.

Contributed Dennis Broadwell stands at a climbing camp decorated with Tibetan prayer flags and a U.S. flag at a Tibetan rock cairn on a lower slope of Mount Everest on April 10, before the April 25 earthquake.

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Dennis Broadwell stands at a climbing camp decorated with Tibetan prayer flags and a U.S. flag at a Tibetan rock cairn on a lower slope of Mount Everest on April 10, before the April 25 earthquake.

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Restaurateur wins small business award

May 12, 2015

Mark Eggen, owner of the local restaurant chain Hop Jacks, was named Washington’s 2015 Entrepreneurial Success award winner at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s awards gala in Seattle on April 30.

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Klahanie man safe after Nepal earthquake

April 27, 2015

NEW — 10:25 a.m. April 27, 2015

A Klahanie man leading a team of climbers on an expedition to Mount Everest is safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Nepal.

Dennis Broadwell, owner of Issaquah-based mountaineering companies Mountain Gurus and Northwest Alpine Guides, began a two-month Everest climb in late March.

“Our Expedition Leader Dennis Broadwell just reported that the team is safe,” a message posted to the Mountain Gurus Facebook page April 25 said. “We are sending thoughts and prayers to everyone in Nepal affected by the earthquake.”

The April 25 earthquake has already claimed 3,000 lives, with countless others missing and injured. More than a dozen were killed, and several injured, after the quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. Read more

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Success tastes a lot like bacon — A national craze to make everything better with bacon originates in a Klahanie kitchen

April 17, 2015

A long time ago (actually 2007) in a galaxy far, far away, (well, a kitchen in Klahanie), two rebels, Dave Lefkow and Justin Esch, struck a victorious blow for pork against the evil empire of beef — they invented J&D’s Bacon Salt.

Contributed Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

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Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

Riding a wave of a 40 percent increase in bacon consumption between 2002 and 2007, the two friends wanted to translate their love of the pork product into something that would make everything taste better.

“Our goal was making something that tasted like bacon frying on a Sunday morning,” Lefkow said.

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Klahanie couple climbs to Africa’s highest point

March 17, 2015

The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.

Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.

Contributed Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Off The Press — Local residents are doing great things, here and away

March 17, 2015

I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.

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To the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Traffic

How about reinstating the bypass?

It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!

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Non-residents now expected to pay Issaquah recreation fees

January 27, 2015

As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.

The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.

The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.

Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more

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Sammamish gets closer to vote on Klahanie annexation plan

October 14, 2014

If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.

Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.

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Klahanie annexation open house is Oct. 15

October 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2014

In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting an open house for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.

The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

The city has also begun sending residents the city’s newsletter to help inform them about city issues.

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