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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Executive appoints county law enforcement oversight chief

July 26, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed a manager of internal investigations and performance audits for the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners as the inaugural county law enforcement oversight chief.

Charles Gaither is the designated leader for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, a county agency established to monitor the King County Sheriff’s Office’s complaint and investigation process.

Constantine announced the appointment July 11, after a nationwide search.

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Issaquah Gliders hold final meet of summer season

July 19, 2011

Young athletes from Auburn, Renton, Snoqualmie and Issaquah who are in the Gliders program, pound Skyline High School's track as they dash towards the finish line of a girls race. By Quinn Eddy

The Issaquah Gliders program held its final track meet of the 2011 summer season July 14. The event at Skyline High School hosted teams from Renton, Auburn and Snoqualmie. Whether the young athlete comes in first or last, every youngster is a winner.

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July 19, 2011

Women’s Club installs new officers

The Issaquah Women’s Club recently held its installation of new officers for 2011-2012 at the Embassy Suites.

Cco-presidents eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Linda Baker; Sandy Cobel, first vice president; Yvette Dickerson and Katy Trader, co-secretary; Beth Sanford and Sharon Miller, second vice presidents; Katherine Booher, treasurer; Judy Smith, fundraising chairwoman.

The club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, from September through June, at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

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Lacy, Perun

July 5, 2011

Andrea Lacy, of Bellevue, and Justin Perun, of Sammamish, announce their engagement to be married Dec. 3, 2011, at Lordhill Farms, in Snohomish.

Justin Perun and Andrea Lacy

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Alan and Jane Lacy, of Bellevue, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Seattle University, and works at Chase Bank in Issaquah.

The future groom, the son of Dave and Teri Perun, of Sammamish, is a 2004 graduate of Stony Creek High School in Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Miami University of Ohio in 2009. He works as a personal trainer at Thrive Community Fitness.

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U.S. attorney, Issaquah native, receives top honor

April 2, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. April 2, 2011

Seattle University School of Law leaders honored Issaquah native Jenny Durkan, the top federal prosecutor in the region, on Thursday for a strong commitment to women’s issues and acting as a role model for others.

Durkan, the U.S. attorney for Western Washington, received the 2011 Woman of the Year Award from the Seattle University School of Law and the Women’s Law Caucus.

Dean Mark Niles praised Durkan for a lifelong dedication to justice.

“I’ve been told the surest way to get Jenny to do something is to tell her how it will help someone else,” he said in remarks posted on the law school website.

In May 2009, President Barack Obama selected Durkan to serve as U.S. attorney for the district — encompassing 19 counties, about 25,000 square miles and almost 5 million people. In a unanimous decision, senators confirmed the appointment months later.

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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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