July 29, 2014
And now, the rest of the story
Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.
The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.
January 11, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013
Leaders plan to gather in Newcastle on Saturday to honor the late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities.
The occasion is the release of “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” — a book about the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.
“Jennifer Dunn was a true trailblazer in Washington politics,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a statement. “Whether it was becoming Washington’s first female Republican Party chair or attaining a high leadership position in Congress, she reached impressive heights during her career.”
The book launch event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. The scheduled speakers include Reed, former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, and radio talk show host and onetime gubernatorial candidate John Carlson.
October 18, 2011
Though the focus in the November election is on local races and statewide initiatives, voters can preview the candidates on the 2012 ballot at the Eastside Candidate Forum.
The forum is 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.
The candidates for governor — U.S. Rep Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and state Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican — plan to attend.
Citizens can also hear from the candidates vying to replace McKenna as the state’s top law enforcement officer, King County councilmen Reagan Dunn, a Republican, and Bob Ferguson, a Democrat. (Dunn represents Newcastle and rural areas south of Issaquah on the council.)
The event is not a debate. Under the format, the candidates appear individually and can speak for up to 15 minutes.
The golf club, the Municipal League of King County and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce partnered to produce the forum. In the past, the Newcastle forum has hosted county, congressional and state candidates.
July 19, 2011
Kaylin Takata, of Newcastle, and Mac Bean, of Issaquah, were married April 22, 2011, at the Seattle Latter-day Saints temple. A reception followed at The Golf Club at Newcastle.
The bride, the daughter of Tami and Andy Takata, of Banning, Calif., was attended by Kimberlee Takata, Cortney Teeples, Carley Tall, Maggie Bean and Gen Lynch.
Kaylin is a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School, and earned a degree in bioengineering in 2011 from the University of Washington.
The groom, the son of Greg and Jean Bean, of Issaquah, was joined by groomsmen Kenny Takata, Jason Teeples, James Tall, Keith Gaffin, Erik Nilson and Aaron Thompson.
Mac, a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School, is attending Brigham Young University — Idaho.
October 5, 2010
Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.
The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.
The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.
The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.
Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.
September 16, 2010
NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010
The Liberty High School boys cross country placed five runners in the top 10 and cruised to a 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory Wednesday at home against Interlake and Lake Washington.
Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, finished first in the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Teammate Alex Velasquez was second in 18:36. Nick Knobich and Scott Turner were fourth and fifth respectively for the Patriots and Hiron Redmond was eighth.
Liberty won the meet with a low of 20 points. Interlake was second with 35 and Lake Washington took third with 83.
September 14, 2010
The Issaquah High School boys golf team won its third straight match Sept. 9 by defeating Newport 207-219 at the Newcastle Golf Club.
Issaquah’s Alex Ciszewski, Taylor Swingle and Evan Ko each shot 41s to share the medalist honor. Teammate Ben Halter was just one stroke back.
The Eagles, 3-0 on the season, also defeated Garfield 184-211 Sept. 8 at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. Halter was medalist with a 1-under-par 35. Ciszewski had a par 36. Brendan Jung and Matthew Gaan each shot 37s.
October 16, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2009
Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.
The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.
The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail CandidateForum@newcastlecc.com to R.S.V.P.
Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.
January 19, 2009
Sherril Huff preferred for elections chief
By now, voters have received the first all-mail ballot used in a King County election, and are wondering who to vote for. The only election on the ballot that applies to Issaquah will decide which of six candidates will become the first-ever elected director of elections for the county. Read more
January 19, 2009
I haven’t played a round of golf since 1986, but I’ve been to The Golf Club at Newcastle numerous times in the past three years. What keeps bringing me back is The Calcutta Grill, the golf club’s restaurant.
Come for the excellent food, friendly and attentive wait staff, and while you’re there, enjoy the breathtaking view of Bellevue and Seattle. The name Calcutta conjures up images of India, but this calcutta is a golfing term.
The term “calcutta” describes a type of auction-pool wagering that can be applied to golf and many other sporting events. In golf, a calcutta is most common at a tournament featuring four-person teams, but a calcutta can be held in conjunction with any type of golf tournament.