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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King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader

February 15, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Feb. 7.

Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and a Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

The retired judge leads a four-member panel appointed by King County Council members. Under the county charter, the appointed Districting Committee members had to select a fifth person to serve as a chairperson.

Carroll specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has heard more than 3,000 mediations and 1,000 arbitrations in the past 20 years. He has also served as a deputy prosecutor, a public defender and a private-practice attorney.

The council appointed the initial members last month to the King County Districting Committee, the group responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data.

The county charter grants the authority for adopting a final districting map to the citizen Districting Committee, not the County Council.

The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member. Districts 3 and 9 — the Issaquah-area districts — could be shifted as the citizen committee starts to sift through population data.

King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader

February 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Monday.

Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

The retired judge leads a four-member panel appointed by King County Council members. Under the county charter, the appointed Districting Committee members had to select a fifth person to serve as a chairperson.

Carroll specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has heard more than 3,000 mediations and 1,000 arbitrations during the past 20 years. The chairman has also served as a deputy prosecutor, a public defender and a private-practice attorney.

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Who’s News

February 8, 2011

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation gets new counselor

Wayne Dykstra

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation in Sammamish welcomes Wayne Dykstra MA, LMHC, to its counseling staff.

Dykstra is an experienced psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. He has counseled youth and families regarding a wide variety of issues including family conflict, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

In addition, he is a certified child and adolescent mental health specialist. He will be available by appointment, Monday to Saturday, at the CrossPath offices in Sammamish Commons Park, 550 222nd Place S.E., Sammamish.

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College News

February 8, 2011

Local woman receives national teaching fellowship

Emily Lee, of Issaquah, a 2007 graduate of Skyline High School, is one of 25 fellows selected across the country for the 2011 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

Lee, the daughter of Tran My Tran and Quy Lee, is a graduating senior at the University of Washington, majoring in English and public health.

She will receive a $30,000 stipend to apply toward the cost of a master in teaching degree. She also receives guidance towards achieving teaching certification, support and mentoring during the first three years of teaching, and a lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following seniors as its students of the month for January.

Jordan Thompson

Jordan Thompson

School: Liberty High School

Parents: George and Sherri Thompson

Category honored: Leadership

Sponsoring teacher: Michelle Munson

Achievements: varsity golf captain (twice); junior varsity baseball captain; Associated Student Body vice president, homecoming king, junior class president

Activities/interests: ASB Leadership; math, DECA, Link Crew

Hobbies: Baseball, golf, fishing, ASB

Outside school affiliations: hanging with friends, working at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course

Future goals: go to a four-year university and obtain a degree; continue leadership throughout life; pursue a career in the field of landscaping architecture

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Issaquah food bank hires new executive director

January 25, 2011

Board selects former Bellingham parks employee for role

Cori Kauk, the new executive director at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, takes a moment for a smile on her first day of work Jan. 18 at the downtown facility. By Greg Farrar

Cori Kauk arrived to handshakes, hugs and flowers to start in the top job at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last week.

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Rotary honors November students of the month

November 30, 2010

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for November.

Kelsey Canaga

Kelsey Canaga

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: English

Parents/guardians: Susan and Steve Canaga

Sponsoring teacher: Lisa Beck

Scholastic interests: Writing and English, the visual and performing arts

Hobbies: Drawing digital art, character design and role-playing (live and textual), poetry, improv silliness, drama, scenic painting

Achievements: 3.85 grade point average, 4 on Advanced Placement U.S. history test, 5 on AP language test; taking AP studio arts, AP psychology and AP literature

Activities: Three winning designs for LHS drama posters; lead roles and major roles in LHS drama productions

Future goals: four-year university; focus in arts; explore graphic design, illustration and visual arts; perhaps secondary education

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College News

November 9, 2010

Anna Molosky receives $3,000 to attend university

The ESA Foundation has selected Anna Molosky, of Issaquah, as a 2010 ESA Foundation scholarship recipient.

Molosky is one of 30 women and minority students across the nation who received a $3,000 scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. The scholarship will go toward Molosky’s education at Carnegie Mellon University as she pursues a career in computer and video game development.

Bree Blackhorse receives law school scholarship

Bree Blackhorse, a 2007 graduate of Issaquah High School and Seattle Pacific University in June, was named the Native Law Scholar for Seattle University School of Law, class of 2013.

The award is a full tuition scholarship for all three years of the J.D. program, totaling just under $120,000.

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