Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

February 21, 2014

For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.

The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.

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Dave Reichert wins another term in Congress

November 13, 2012

Dave Reichert

Redistricting ended almost a decade of close challenges for control in the 8th Congressional District, as voters re-elected Republican Dave Reichert by a comfortable margin after a campaign unlike other recent contests for the seat.

In a landslide, Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, defeated Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Reichert held on amid vigorous challenges from Democrats in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but redistricting last year reshaped the district. The state commission responsible for redrawing the political map snipped Eastside cities from the district and added Eastern Washington communities.

The result created a seat observers said is reliably Republican — and offered little suspense as Election Day came to a close. Reichert led by 18 points in the initial election night results and continued to hold a commanding lead.

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Dave Reichert outpaces Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress

November 6, 2012

Karen Porterfield

Dave Reichert

UPDATED — 11:10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Dave Reichert is poised to return to Washington, D.C., to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District.

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, faced Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Reichert led, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the initial results released Tuesday night.

The district stretches from Auburn to Issaquah, and then across the Cascades to Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

“We toured cities from Eatonville to Chelan, and I heard the same thing, ‘We’ve got to get the economy moving again,’” Reichert said at the GOP election night celebration in Bellevue. “I’m in a good position to do that in the Ways & Means Committee.”

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Wedding: Germani, Mendoza

October 30, 2012

Angelica and Pablo Mendoza

Angelica Marie Germani and Pablo Alejandro Mendoza, both of Redmond, were married Sept. 2, 2012, in Woodinville.

The Rev. Clemente Salazar officiated.

The bride is the daughter of David and Evangeline Germani, of Issaquah. The matron of honor was Lisa Lopez, of Sunnyside.

Angelica is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Seattle University in 2004.

The groom is the son of Abdon and Barbara Mendoza, of Arica, Chile, and Seattle. The best man was Lazaro Lopez, of Sunnyside.

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Change in geography alters landscape for congressional race

October 23, 2012

Karen Porterfield

Dave Reichert

The showdown in the 8th Congressional District is far different from the most recent contests for the seat.

Incumbent Republican Dave Reichert held on amid spirited challenges from Democrats in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Redistricting last year reshaped the landscape for the district, and the 2012 race is not attracting the same kind of attention — or money — as the earlier battles.

Reichert’s opponent is Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Porterfield grew up in Seattle, in a family active in Democratic politics, and settled in Issaquah more than a decade ago. She said the expertise she gained in affordable housing development and in leadership roles at nonprofit organizations means she could offer a unique perspective in Congress.

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Community mourns Frank LaSalata, judge at Issaquah Courthouse

September 7, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

King County District Court Judge Frank LaSalata, a judge at the Issaquah Courthouse, died Sept. 1 after a battle against cancer.

Frank LaSalata

The legal community — other judges, attorneys and courthouse employees — remembered LaSalata as a fair-minded and hardworking jurist.

LaSalata, 60, served as a King County District Court judge in the Northeast Division since 2006. Before then, he served for eight years as a pro tempore, or substitute, judge in King and San Juan counties.

In 2009, district and municipal court judges throughout the state elected LaSalata to serve on the board of governors for the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association.

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Meet candidates in contested congressional, legislative races

July 17, 2012

The only local races contested in the Aug. 7 primary election include a U.S. House of Representatives election and a state House of Representatives election.

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Wedding: Moorhead, Vietmeier

July 17, 2012

Brian Vietmeier and Shawna Moorhead

Shawna Moorhead, of Issaquah, and Brian Vietmeier, of Moscow, Idaho, were married April 28, 2012, at the Northlake Chapel, in Kirkland.

Martin Redmond officiated. A reception followed at Russel’s Loft, in Bothell. The couple honeymooned at Disneyland.

The bride is the daughter of Wes and Barb Moorhead, of Issaquah. Her sister Courtney Moorhead was her maid of honor, and her bridesmaids were Megan Carlson and Meaghan Wiebusch.

Shawna is a 2002 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2007 from Seattle University. She works as an assistant nurse manager in the emergency room at The Veteran’s Hospital, in Seattle.

The groom is the son of Ron and Kathy Vietmeier, of Moscow. His father was his best man, and his groomsmen were Adam Vietmeier and Adam Warburton.

Brian works at Pure Food Seafood, in Seattle.

King County executive appoints public defense chief

July 10, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed longtime attorney David Chapman to lead the Office of Public Defense — a county agency responsible for providing aid to people unable to afford legal representation.

Constantine selected Chapman, a former pro tempore judge in King and Pierce counties, after a national search. Chapman is due to start in the role July 30.

“Dave Chapman’s great breadth of knowledge and his first-hand experience with so many aspects of the criminal justice system — as a judge, as a prosecutor, as a public defender and as a private attorney — make him uniquely qualified to lead our office of public defense through the coming years,” Constantine said in a statement.

Chapman earned a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1981 and most recently served as a private practice attorney.

“King County has shown a strong commitment to providing access to justice and appointing counsel for those who could not afford it,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working within the King County justice system to continue to improve our delivery of public defense services.”

Local youth soccer players shine all the way to nationals

July 3, 2012

Midfielder Giovanni Sanchez, of Issaquah, evades Concorde Fire’s defense during a March 23 game in Las Vegas. Eastside FC went on to finish the game with a 2-0 win against the 2011 National Champs. Photo courtesy of Eastside FC

While the high school soccer season has long been over, local members of the Eastside FC 94 Red team still have a full dance card.

After defeating 63 teams to take the Washington State Cup championship for the sixth time in nearly as many years and winning the US Youth Soccer National League Red Division, the players are busy gearing up for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 24-29.

“We were all celebrating and jumping up and down,” said Kaleb Strawn, a senior at Skyline High School and a defender for Eastside FC. “It felt good that all our hard work throughout the year paid off and we made it to our main goal of the season.”

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