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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State Sen. Cheryl Pflug departs suddenly to accept board post

May 29, 2012

Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, Councilman Mark Mullet seek seat

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Republican state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a representative for Issaquah and surrounding communities, to a state growth board May 18, the same day Pflug withdrew from the race for another legislative term.
The surprise announcement stunned the political establishment in Olympia and reverberated in the Senate race Pflug departed.

Cheryl Pflug

The last-minute withdrawal left Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, a Republican, in the running to represent Issaquah and the reshaped 5th Legislative District in Olympia.

Gregoire appointed Pflug to a six-year term on the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, the panel responsible for mediating disputes about planning and development issues in municipalities throughout the state. Members earn $92,500 per year.

Members cannot serve simultaneously on the board and in the Legislature. Pflug intends to resign from the Senate on July 1, the same day the state board appointment starts and about six months before the Senate term expires.

Under state law, the King County Council is responsible for appointing a successor to the Senate seat after Pflug resigns. The law calls for GOP officials to submit three candidates to the council for the open seat. Then, the council must make a selection within 60 days of Pflug’s resignation.

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Who’s News

May 22, 2012

Issaquah History Museums director wins county award

The Association of King County Historical Organizations recently honored Erica Maniez for her long-term leadership of the Issaquah History Museums.

The association chose Maniez for its 2012 Willard Jue Memorial Award, citing her 12 years of work in locating and digitally cataloging items for the museums’ collections, capturing oral histories of longtime Issaquah residents, providing local schoolchildren with educational programs and tours, and writing two books about local history.

King County Councilman Larry Phillips presented the award to Maniez at a ceremony at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle.

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King County to host forum on proposed property tax levy

April 3, 2012

Residents can learn more about a proposed $200 million property tax levy at a King County Council forum April 5.

In March, county leaders proposed the levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The forum runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Wyckoff Auditorium at Seattle University, 900 Broadway.

Residents can hear from the council members supporting the initiative and other speakers.

Led by Councilman Bob Ferguson, council members proposed to put a measure on the August ballot for a nine-year levy. If the levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative on the board, joined Ferguson and councilmen Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott to introduce the legislation.

County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court judges also support the proposed levy.

Wedding: Lacy, Perun

February 28, 2012

Justin Perun and Andrea Lacy

Andrea Lacy and Justin Perun, of Bellevue, were married Dec. 3, 2011, at Lordhill Farms, in Snohomish.

Tiffany Bluhm officiated.

Lacy, the daughter of Jane and Alan Lacy, of Issaquah, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. Matron of honor was Rachel Dray; maid of honor was Shelley Kaiser; and bridesmaids were Liz Jarrard, Leah Ardissino, Brenda Houlihan and Molly Swanson. The flower girl was Anya Houlihan.

Lacy, who graduated from Seattle University in 2007, works in public relations at Chase Bank.

The groom, the son of Teri and Dave Perun, of Sammamish, is a 2004 graduate of Stoney Creek High School, in Rochester, Mich. His best man was Kris Perun and his groomsmen were Andrew Perun, Danny Petrisor, Chris Gooden, Michael Knapp, David Bibb and Dan Doyle. The ring bearer was Patrick Houlihan.

A graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Perun is a personal trainer with Thrive Community Fitness.

The couple honeymooned in Jamaica.

Skyline grad signs with Bellingham Bells

January 24, 2012

Seattle University catcher Ryan Somers, a former Skyline High School baseball standout, has signed with the Bellingham Bells for the 2012 season.

The Bells are a summer, wood-bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League.

Somers is currently a redshirt sophomore at Seattle University. He redshirted for the Redhawks in 2010 before becoming a regular in 2011, when he played in 40 games, starting 27 of them. During the summer of 2011 with the Bells, he played in 10 games and hit .280 with a double and two RBIs.

Bellingham pitching coach Jim Clem is looking forward to another summer with Somers on the team.

“Ryan joined us late last summer and played well during the short time he was with us. We think highly of Ryan and are pleased to have him back on our roster. He’s an athletic kid that gives us a lot of flexibility due to his ability to play multiple positions,” Clem said.

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