Issaquah High School earns Jostens national yearbook design recognition

March 11, 2014

Issaquah High School’s yearbook, “The Sammamish,” has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens “Gotcha Covered Look Book,” celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The “Look Book” is “a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography,” according to the Jostens website. Along with design excellence, the annually published “Look Book” honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

The Sammamish was created by Editor-in-Chief Isabel Beaudoin, Student Activities Editor Michelle Yoshihara, Athletics Editor Amanda Kibbel, Academics Editor Melanie Page, Clubs and Organizations Editor Ashley Yeh, People Editor Malia Villani, Senior Ads Editor Jacob Masaki, Index Editor Mitchell Yin, and staff members Songbong Chu, Shane Fong, Alexis Grosclaude, Alex Hagen and Amanda Ulrich under the direction of Ellen Jarvinen, Issaquah High School yearbook adviser.

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Who’s News

June 19, 2012

Four Scouts earn Eagle rank

Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney

Four Boy Scouts from Issaquah Troop 609 — Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a court of honor ceremony June 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

Eric Hall planned and led for his Eagle Scout Project a volunteer effort to build the initial 150 feet of new trail in Squak Valley Park. Eric is an accomplished musician in the Issaquah High School wind ensemble, jazz band and Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. Eric also plays football for the IHS football team and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Zach Hall planned and coordinated Scout and neighborhood volunteers to replace 30 yards of sand at South Cove Beach, repair signage and clean up landscaping. Zach is a proficient musician in the IHS wind ensemble, jazz band, Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Japanese Club.

Ben Fairhart’s Eagle project involved the restoration of 150 feet of trail in Squak Valley Park.  Outside of Scouting, Ben enjoys playing bass guitar with his band, The Greasy Spoon. Together they have performed in Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Buckley and most recently at El Corazon, in Seattle. He has also been active in service projects and mission trips through his church.

For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob “Jake” Tierney planned and organized the construction and ultimate emplacement of five wood duck nesting boxes along the shores of Lake Tradition. During this project, Jake also coordinated and supervised the relocation of wooden benches to a more useful location adjacent to Lake Tradition. Jake graduated with honors from Liberty High School on June 11. He will study engineering at Santa Clara University, in California in September. Jacob is also the proud recipient of a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.

Press Editorial

May 8, 2012

Park bond should include new museum

The Issaquah City Council is considering asking voters to approve another park bond, either this fall or in 2013.

Voters last passed a park bond six years ago.

The city will soon launch a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in what the bond might include. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.

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Issaquah events open Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer

June 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2011

Celebrate the season as the Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer launches Saturday and Sunday.

The events start Saturday as the Issaquah Alps Trails Club leads the Olallie Lake hike. Join hike leader Mary Nolan on a moderately difficult, five- to six-mile hike with 1,200 feet gain in elevation to Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area lakes — Talapus and Olallie. Participants need a Northwest Forest Pass. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Join the hike at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 S.E. Bush St., at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call Nolan at 837-1535.

Learn about the Puget Sound watershed and salmon at the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery open house and tours Saturday. Explore the life of a salmon through hands-on exhibits, tours and a family-oriented open house featuring activities for all age group. Join FISH docents for 30-minute hatchery tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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City rolls over dog ban at Timberlake Park

January 11, 2011


By Greg Farrar New signs at Timberlake Park outline updated pet rules for the park in the South Cove neighborhood.

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more

Tradition Lake trail offers scenic hike

August 17, 2010

A well-maintained, wheelchair-accessible trail extends a half-mile through the woods on the Around the Lake Trail on the Tradition Plateau. By Christopher Huber

Henry David Thoreau had the right idea about experiencing nature: You need to clear your mind before taking a walk in the woods, so you can appreciate its peacefulness.

And it’s true, before going for a hike, climb, walk or a jog in the woods, it’s important to file away all of the worries of the world. Even if it’s for just the hour or so it takes to walk around Issaquah’s Tradition Lake.

“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit,” Thoreau says in “Walking.” “What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”

The city of Issaquah thought so highly of the quote that it put it on one of the educational placards installed along the Around the Lake Trail in the Tradition Plateau/West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area. Read more

Locals hit trails in annual Hike-a-Thon

July 27, 2010

The only thing better than hiking for exercise is hiking for a worthy cause.

Two local women are participating in the seventh annual Hike-a-Thon, a monthlong benefit put on by the Washington Trails Association each year.

Each registered hiker collects donations and sponsorships for the association throughout July and then, beginning Aug. 1, spends the entire month hiking Washington’s beautiful trails.

Every dollar collected goes toward the maintenance of local trails, as well as creating new trails across the state.

About 60 hikers have registered thus far, including Helen Owen, of Issaquah, and Rosie Sgrosso, of Newcastle.

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Rescuers locate injured mountain biker

April 20, 2010

King County Search and Rescue workers located a mountain biker early April 19 who had gone missing near Lake Tradition.

Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man late April 18, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m., just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition.

The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined by press time.

The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified a friend of the man who then contacted police.

Rescuers find injured mountain biker near Issaquah

April 19, 2010

NEW — 7:45 a.m. April 19, 2010

King County Search and Rescue workers have located a mountain biker who had gone missing near Lake Tradition on Sunday.

Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m. Monday, just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition. The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined Monday morning.

The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified the man’s friend, who then contacted police.