Meet the Mariners’ Justin Smoak in Issaquah

June 14, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. June 14, 2011

Seattle Mariners fans can meet Justin Smoak in Issaquah on Wednesday afternoon.

The first baseman is scheduled to appear at Safeway, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd., from noon to 1 p.m.

Fans can next catch Smoak and the Mariners at Safeco Field as the team faces the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday and at the same time Wednesday. On Monday, the Mariners fell to the Angels 3-6.

Who’s News

May 17, 2011

Betsy Sanford named Star teacher of the week

Star 101.5 and KOMO TV visited Maple Hills Elementary School May 12 to award Betsy Sanford with the Teacher of the Week award.

Curt Kruse, STAR afternoon DJ, and the Star 101.5 crew brought gift bags and treats for each student, including Teacher of the Week T-shirts. Sanford was awarded a plaque and check for $100, as well as a 1-in-24 chance of winning a 2011 VW Jetta.

Comcast awards scholarships

The Comcast Foundation recently named Paige A. Nulliner, of Issaquah, as one of 91 recipients in Western Washington and Spokane in its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program in 2011.

The program provides one-time, $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students.

Nulliner attends Skyline High School and plans to attend the University of San Diego.

Issaquah resident passes state bar exam

Sean Nyberg, of Issaquah, passed the Washington State Bar Exam.

A graduate of Issaquah High School, Nyberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and his juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University. He works at the law firm O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins PLLP.

Local historian honored

Robert E. Ficken, of Issaquah, has been awarded the Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society.

Throughout his distinguished writing career and his work as an independent historian, Ficken has produced some highly regarded works about Washington’s history, and he has shared his knowledge through conferences and workshops about the state’s heritage.

The highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society, the Robert Gray Medal recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation and service to local historical societies.

The award will be presented to Ficken at the noon luncheon of the annual meeting of the Historical Society on June 18 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Arjun Kumar to compete in National Geographic Bee

Arjun Kumar, a seventh-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, will represent Washington at the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., May 24-25.

Arjun is one of only 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled down from more than 5 million participants. The top 10 finalists will compete in the May 25 final round, moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and taped for later airing on the National Geographic Channel.

Local seniors awarded Overlake scholarships

Four local high school girls were awarded Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarships for 2011.

Each winner will receive a certificate of merit and a monetary award to be applied toward her educational goal. The winners are:

  • Eastside Catholic High School — Mackenzie Brown
  • Issaquah High School — Mackenzie Bauer
  • Liberty High School — Megan Bales
  • Skyline High School — Paige Haas

Issaquah resident joins ‘The Dori Monson Show’

Jessica Gottesman, of Issaquah, has joined “The Dori Monson Show” as a news anchor and regular contributor.

Gottesman previously anchored at CBS Radio’s all-news 1010 WINS in New York City. She also spent a decade in financial news covering Wall Street as a television and radio anchor for Bloomberg.

Gottesman joined 97.3 KIRO FM in 2010 as an afternoon anchor, and since moving to Issaquah she has covered everything from the capture of the Barefoot Bandit to the Cal Brown execution (Washington’s first since 2001) and the passing of the voice of the Mariners, Dave Niehaus.

Gottesman has won numerous Murrow, Associated Press and New York State Broadcaster awards, and a Gracie Allen Award for Best Major Market anchor from American Women in Radio and Television. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and her law degree from Fordham.

Champions swings for the fences in sports bar cuisine

April 19, 2011

The best way to judge a new eatery is by determining how well it handles the basics.

The lunch menu at Field of Champions Bar & Grill epitomizes the basics of casual dining.

Located on the banks of Issaquah Creek, the restaurant has been described as a cross between Red Robin and The Gas Lamp — essentially a family-friendly alehouse. The sports memorabilia ranges from donated local Little League banners to signed mementos of national sports icons, like Michael Jordan. As a sports bar, at least four flat-screen TVs can be seen from every seat in the house.

As a group of us watched a replay of the previous night’s Mariners’ game, we decided to cover our bases and order a variety of basics from the lunch menu.

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Eagles grad becomes PLU RBI champ

April 12, 2011

Former Issaquah High School baseball star Ryan Aratani has become Pacific Lutheran University’s all-time career leader in runs batted in.

Aratani, a senior outfielder, took over the top spot April 10 by drawing a bases loaded walk in the Lutes’ 8-0 victory against Whitworth. It was his 118th run batted in. Aratani went 2-for-4 in the game.

For the season, Aratani is hitting .340. Last year he hit .398 and earned Northwest Conference first-team honors. In fact, he has hit better than .300 every season at Pacific Lutheran.

Another local player who is off to a good start for the Lutes is Liberty grad Jaron Iwakami, another outfielder. Iwakami is hitting .280.

One of the best games for both Aratani and Iwakami came March 27. Aratani went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs. Iwakami went 3-for-4 as Pacific Lutheran topped Willamette 14-11.

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Skyline High School cheer coach dies

March 29, 2011

Tamara “Tammy” Fox, the assistant cheer coach at Skyline High School, died March 20, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fox, a 31-year-old Issaquah resident, was found dead in her home. Authorities are still working on a toxicology report to determine the cause of death, according to the medical examiner’s office.

A 1998 graduate of Liberty High School, Fox danced on the drill team her freshman year and cheered for three years as a member of Liberty’s cheerleading squad. Her classmates awarded her the honor of having the most school spirit in her senior year and she was a member of Signet, Liberty’s senior service club.

Tammy Fox

Liberty principal’s secretary Kathy Schroeder knew Fox from the cheer squad and from her work as an office teacher’s assistant.

“She was a great gal,” Schroeder said. “I’m just heartbroken.”

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Edgar Martinez now swings a hammer

March 29, 2011

Local resident is passionate about giving back

To say Frank Perry is a busy man is quite an understatement.

Frank Perry (left) and Edgar Martinez pause in the middle of work to wave while building a home in February with other Habitat for Humanity of East King County volunteers in Puerto Rico. Contributed

Between volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, The Martinez Foundation, The Moyer Foundation, the College Success Foundation, Washington State Mentoring and Zion Preparatory Academy, Perry is always busy with something. And to top it all off, Perry serves on the boards of a couple of those organizations.

Did I mention he also he does human resource consulting on the side?

“The days and the weeks just fly by with activities,” Perry recently said with a laugh.

Yes, Perry — a former senior vice president of human resources at Lanoga/ProBuild — is a busy person, but that didn’t stop him from taking five days off to help build a house for a low-income family in Puerto Rico.

The East King County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity organized the trip, which took place Feb. 14-18.

The trip was special not only for the work that the group was able to accomplish, but also for one of the members who joined them: Seattle Mariners legend and Puerto Rico native Edgar Martinez.

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Skyline High School assistant cheer coach dies

March 22, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. March 22, 2011

Tamara “Tammy” Fox, the assistant cheer coach at Skyline High School, died Sunday, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A 1998 graduate of Liberty High School, Fox cheered for three years on Liberty’s cheerleading squad. Her classmates awarded her the honor of having the most school spirit in her senior year.

Liberty principal’s secretary Kathy Schroeder knew Fox from the cheer squad and from her work as an office teacher’s assistant.

“She was a great gal,” Schroeder said. “I’m just heartbroken.”

She remembered teasing Fox about the crush she had on former Seattle Mariners star Alex Rodriguez during their hours together in the main office.

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Sammamish portrait artist paints powerful, political

November 23, 2010

Sammamish artist Michele Rushworth recently completed a commissioned portrait of Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell University Law School in Raleigh, N.C. By Christopher Huber

Upon entering Michele Rushworth’s humble second-story, in-home art studio near Discovery Elementary School, one might not gather that she paints portraits of the rich and famous.

You might gather that she has a steady flow of work to do by the empty golden frames dangling from large hooks on the wall. Or by the small sketch paintings lying on the table. But for Rushworth, business is booming. She has an up to two-year waiting list of well-to-do families, heads of state and pro athletes to have their lifelike portraits painted. She also paints landscapes and portraits of children.

Rushworth was recently chosen to paint outgoing Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons’ official portrait. The work, scheduled to be delivered by Dec. 17, will hang in the state’s capitol along with her portrait of former Gov. Kenny Guinn.

Rushworth will be paid $17,500 for the painting and the frame, and $2,500 for travel expenses. She was chosen after a monthslong selection process, involving 43 other artists from across the country, said Teresa Moiola, public information officer with the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. Read more

Off the Press

November 16, 2010

Dave Niehaus: My, oh my, what a grand voice

Bob Taylor

Call me nostalgic, but last Friday I got out the rye bread and mustard to make a salami sandwich. It was grand.

But not as grand as listening to legendary Seattle Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus for the past 34 years. The sandwich helped take away some of the sorrow I still felt for the passing of Seattle’s voice of summer.

When I heard the news of his passing last Wednesday, it was a shock. I had just picked up my son David from work. For a few minutes, neither of us spoke as we listened to radio reports that Niehaus, 75, had died at his home.

I thought Niehaus would be in the Seattle Mariners’ broadcast booth forever. He was the kind of person you wanted in the broadcast booth forever. Niehaus was a consummate professional, the best baseball announcer I’ve ever heard — and I’ve heard a few in my time.

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Dave Niehaus, voice of Seattle Mariners for 34 years, dies

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus, the voice of Seattle Mariners’ baseball for 34 years, died Nov. 10 of a heart attack in his home in Bellevue. He was 75.

Issaquah resident Rick Rizzs, a longtime partner in the broadcast booth with Niehaus, was stunned with the news of Niehaus’ passing.

“What a loss,” Rizzs said. “Holy cow. I feel numb. He meant everything to Mariner baseball. Everything. He was not only the voice of the Mariners, he was the Mariners. He was the face of the franchise. When you turned on the radio, everything was right with the world when you heard Dave’s voice.”

“This is truly devastating news,” Howard Lincoln, the Mariners chairman and CEO, and team President Chuck Armstrong said in a joint statement released by the team. “… Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977.”

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