Strange behavior shaped Issaquah gunman’s final days

May 15, 2012

Inquest into police shootout starts May 21

The rough outlines resemble doodles more than a far-fetched blueprint, and the instructions on the page defy explanation.

Ronald Ficker

In hand-scrawled notes about a manmade island scattered among the sketches, the creator urges, “Start building Atlantis.”

The creator later stuffed the notes, sketches and more than $23,000 in Swiss francs into a safe deposit box at the Bank of America branch in Issaquah.

The stack of documents contained instructions for the reader.

“If I get hurt, must take this to police.”

The sentence outlined the future. The man behind the notes, Ronald W. Ficker, 51, died in a police shootout on the Clark Elementary School campus Sept. 24.

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Wedding: Enholm, Fruge’

December 20, 2011

Enholm, Fruge’

Emily Enholm, of Kirkland, and Martin Fruge’, of Issaquah, were married Sept. 18, 2011, at the Lake Union Café in Seattle. A reception followed.

The bride is the daughter of Cherie Enholm, of Kirkland, and Chris Enholm, of Renton. The matron of honor was Ellen Holmes-Brandis and the maid of honor was Kelsey Perrin. The bridesmaids were Emese Palotas, Kristen Perrin and Nicole LeClech.

The groom is the son of Dwight and Linda Fruge’, of Issaquah. The best man was Chris Ebbert and the groomsmen were Matt Fruge’, Adam Fruge’, Taylor Jones and Mitch Montgomery.

The couple enjoyed a 10-day honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Emily is a 2008 graduate of Western Washington University. She is employed by Nordstrom corporate, in Seattle, as an expense analyst.

Martin graduated from Renton Technical College in 2001. He is employed by Horizon Ford, in Seattle, as a diesel specialist.

Wedding: Hamilton, Irey

November 22, 2011

Jade Irey and Ashley Hamilton

Ashley Hamilton, of Benton City, and Jade Irey, of Issaquah, were married Nov. 11, 2011, at the Pine Lake Community Club. The Rev. Stephanie Adams officiated.

A reception followed at the Pine Lake Community Club.

The bride is the daughter of Lisa Hamilton and Michael Waine, of West Richland, and Issaquah.

The bridesmaids were Brianna Waine (sister, of Issaquah), Haley Yarbrough (friend, of Bellevue) and Shawna Mokler (friend, of Kirkland).

The groomsmen were Anthony Stephenson (friend, of Renton), Xavier Dela’O (friend, of Seattle) and Toby Knight (cousin, of Renton).

The couple honeymooned in Leavenworth.

The bride graduated from Issaquah High School in 2006, and attended Seattle Central Community College.

The groom graduated from Issaquah High School in 2007, and attended Renton Technical College.

Battles continue for Iraq war veteran Rory Dunn, mother Cynthia Lefever

November 8, 2011

The challenges resonate almost a decade after crude bombs detonated along a roadside in Iraq.

Cynthia Lefever (left) and her son, Purple Heart recipient Rory Dunn, take Gunner, Duke and Mister on their daily dog walk in 2008 at Ron Regis Park in Renton. File

The struggle for survival started in the frantic moments after a bomb explosion near Fallujah left Army Spc. Rory Dunn, a Liberty High School graduate, sightless and near death. Then came a much longer campaign to navigate a medical system unequipped to handle veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The day Dunn turned 22 in March 2004, roadside bombs tore through a Humvee. Shrapnel pierced the unarmored vehicle and left Dunn’s best friend and another soldier dead. The explosion shattered Dunn’s forehead and left the 6-foot, 3-inch former basketball player blind and deaf for a time.

The “battle after the battle” — as Dunn’s mother, Cynthia Lefever, came to call the long healing process — opened days after the explosion at a military medical center in Landstuhl, Germany.

Lefever, leaned close to the bed and shouted, “Rory Dunn, this is your mother! You will not die! Don’t you dare die!”

Dunn did not die. Instead, after surgeries and rehabilitation, the soldier beat the “imminent death” predictions from doctors.

“I’ve never had anything in my life that if I wanted to achieve it — if it was realistic — that I haven’t been able to make happen,” he said. “I’m not worried.”

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Who’s News

June 7, 2011

EVOO Cannon Beach hires Liberty grad as new sous chef

EVOO Cannon Beach recently hired Amanda Bidema, a 2005 graduate of Liberty High School, as its new sous chef.

Bidema came to EVOO as its first intern in 2007 as part of the Culinary Arts Program at Renton Technical College. Since completing her studies, Bidema has honed her skills at the Issaquah Café, Portland’s Papa Haydn and most recently as lead day broil at Seattle’s fish house Coastal Kitchen.

EVOO Cannon Beach is in Cannon Beach, Ore.

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Enholm, Fruge

May 24, 2011

Emily Enholm and Martin Fruge announce their engagement to be married Sept. 18, 2011, in Seattle.

Martin Fruge and Emily Enholm

The bride to be, the daughter of Cherie and Chris Enholm, of Kirkland, is a 2005 graduate of Lake Washington High School and earned a psychology degree in 2008 from Western Washington University. She is an expense analyst for Nordstrom in Seattle.

The future groom, the son of Dwight and Linda Fruge, of Issaquah, graduated from Liberty High School in 1998 and earned an associate degree from Renton Vocational Technical College in the Ford Asset Program. He is a master diesel technician at Horizon Ford in Seattle.

Hopelink cancels Talk Time English classes in Issaquah

January 25, 2011

Hopelink canceled its English Talk Time classes at Issaquah Valley Elementary School last month due to budget cuts.

About nine people used the free class, where they divided into beginning and advanced groups to practice their English speaking skills, Talk Time Coordinator and AmeriCorps member Kelli Graham said.

Hopelink is not the first to cut English language classes because of budget cuts. In March 2009, Renton Technical College ended its English class, which helped 22 people from Brazil, China, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine at a classroom at the Community Church of Issaquah.

Even with the cuts, English language learners looking for classes can still find them around town.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center offers English language classes to people who speak Chinese. The center offers the free class for seniors and adults from 10 a.m. – noon every Monday at 75 N.E. Creek Way. No registration is required, Program Coordinator April Nelson said.

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King County auctions used vehicles, equipment Saturday

September 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2010

Pick up a former King County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Saturday as the county auctions surplus vehicles.

Bidding at the semiannual auction of surplus vehicles and equipment is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

The auction features pickups, vans, cars and several former sheriff patrol cars, plus used buses, street sweepers, landscape material and other equipment. The event will be held at 3005 N.E. Fourth St., Renton, near Renton Technical College.

Previews start Thursday and Friday at the auction site from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Learn more at the auction website.

The county Fleet Administration Division manages the auction.

Rotary Club honors students of the month for December

January 12, 2010

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors for its students of the month for December. Read more

Graduation at Safeco costs district a pretty penny

July 28, 2009

Ticket sales generate most revenue to pay for it

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you graduations can be expensive. But for a school district with 1,104 students, that can really add up. Read more

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