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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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.

Engagement: Germani, Mendoza

October 11, 2011

Pablo Mendoza and Angelica Germani

Angelica Marie Germani and Pablo Alejandro Mendoza, both of Redmond, announce their engagement to be married in September 2012 in Woodinville.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of David and Evangeline Germani, of Issaquah, is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2004 from Seattle University.

The future groom, the son of Abdon and Barbara Mendoza, of Seattle, is a 1990 graduate of Roosevelt High School. He later attended the University of Washington.

County Council confirms law enforcement oversight chief

September 27, 2011

County Council members appointed a former Los Angeles police investigator as King County’s inaugural law enforcement oversight chief Sept. 26.

In a unanimous decision, the council confirmed Charles Gaither as director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, a county agency established to monitor the King County Sheriff’s Office’s complaint and investigation process.

“Today’s appointment of Mr. Gaither is a major milestone toward realizing the important reform of implementing civilian oversight of the sheriff’s office,” Councilman Bob Ferguson — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairman and sponsor of the appointment — said in a statement. “Mr. Gaither’s extensive experience will be invaluable to increasing transparency in the complaint process and further building public trust between law enforcement and the community.”

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In Fabulous 5, six — yes, six — ladies form lasting friendships

September 13, 2011

Mary Ann Knowles, Colleen Buck, Jo Ann Gazdik and Marilyn Boone (from left), four of the six members of the Fabulous Five, meet for lunch and an afternoon of conversation. Contributed

In 1994, Marilyn Davis invited to her home four fellow Providence Marianwood nurses who, like herself, were approaching retirement. It was the first meeting of the Fabulous Five.

Since then, the group (now comprised of six women) have met regularly to laugh about old times and support each other as they confront the trials of growing older.

With only a couple days’ notice, four of the six met at Marilyn Boone’s house in Issaquah for an interview. The only two missing were Davis, who now lives in Australia, and Diana Millikan, who lives on Guemes Island.

To clarify, the Fabulous Five met in the apartment behind the 97-year-old house Boone bought in 1977. “The worst house in town” is what she called it. Boone became a self-taught carpenter and electrician. She fixed up her new home on her own — all the while raising three children and working as a nurse — until she met her husband.

“He was a retired engineer and he just loved the fact that I had two very old houses that needed redoing,” she said.

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Seattle University coach cruises to top spot at trail run

August 16, 2011

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series concludes Oct. 30

Uli Steidl takes the last few strides with a smile Aug. 13 as he wins the Cougar Mountain Trail Series’ 13-mile race at the Sky Country Trailhead. By Greg Farrar

Even after his hip flexor started bothering him one-third into the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series’ 13-mile race Aug. 13, Uli Steidl was able to pull away from his competition for the win.

The Seattle University assistant track and cross country coach said his familiarity with the trails on Cougar Mountain helped him maintain a steady pace throughout the run. His final time was 1:38.27 for the event.

“I was by myself for most of the race,” he said. “I pulled away in the first mile … but I was always expecting someone to come from behind to catch up with me.”

Steidl lives in Seattle with his wife, Trisha Steidl, who also participated in the race.

Marlene Farrell, competing in the event for the first time, took top honors in the women’s category with a final time of 1:54.21.

Although the Leavenworth resident said she hasn’t been doing much competitive running this season, she was pleased with the outcome of the race.

“I do a lot of road running, but I find trail running … is nice because I don’t have to think about the miles,” she said. “I can just get out and enjoy the scenery, and I really enjoy uphills and downhills.”

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Issaquah professor wins literary award

August 9, 2011

Wes Howard-Brook, an Issaquah resident and professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University, has been awarded first place in Scripture by the Catholic Press Association for his book “Come Out, My People! God’s Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond.”

Wes Howard-Brook

Before you toss Howard-Brook’s book out of your realm of thought, along with every other religious book you’ve ever come across, know that it caters more to the critical reader than you might assume.

The previous sentence may seem like a blasphemous overgeneralization — you may give every book a fighting chance. You may even seek books in the religious genre. If so, “Come Out, My People!” will be a happy addition to your summer reading list.

By the same token, it won’t alienate atheists and agnostics. It may even appeal to them.

Howard-Brook asks his readers to redefine the word “religion” in light of its Latin root, “religio,” meaning “to bind again.” To him, religion is “the attitudes, beliefs and/or practices that bind individuals together as a ‘people.’” In that sense of the word, Christianity is indeed a religion, but so is a common interest in baseball.

By defining religion as such, he separates the word from its coercive and violent associations.

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