Seattle and beyond

February 18, 2014

Architect’s prolific career sparked by tour of duty in Japan

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Washington State Convention Center. The King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. All buildings people know and may have interacted with.

Phillip Jacobson was the TRA Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors firm’s partner-in- charge and design partner for (left) the University Hospital G, H and I wings, exterior shown here, 1995;  partner-in-charge and design partner for (middle) the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, 1990; and  design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

Phillip Jacobson was the design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

What you might not know is that the man who designed those buildings lives right here in Issaquah.

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Open-records training could be legislated

February 11, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would send public officials and employees to what amounts to open-records school.

House Bill 2121 would require public officials and employees to undergo training on open government laws under the state’s Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

When the public’s right to know is “stymied” by a public records officer, Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) said, “it’s not a pleasant thing to deal with.” Pollet is the main sponsor of the bill, and advocated for a similar bill last year.

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Walking in her footsteps

February 11, 2014

Family travels to Tanzania in honor of late daughter

Kristy LeMond was an Issaquah girl.

She grew up in this community she called home, attending Sunset Elementary School, Pine Lake Middle School and Issaquah High School, where she starred on the Eagles volleyball team before graduating in 2007 and enrolling at the University of Washington.

Photos Contributed Above, Barry, Kathy and Kevin LeMond visit in December, for their first Christmas without Kristy, the Tanzania orphanage that stole Kristy’s heart in 2011.

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Above, Barry, Kathy and Kevin LeMond visit in December, for their first Christmas without Kristy, the Tanzania orphanage that stole Kristy’s heart in 2011.

She had a second home, though, and it was more than 9,000 miles away in a Tanzania community she grew to love deeply after a 2011 post-graduation volunteer trip.

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UW students offer Issaquah ways to preserve identity

February 4, 2014

As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.

Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.

“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”

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Skyline alum plans charity bike ride across the country

January 7, 2014

Kyle Roth doesn’t consider himself an avid cyclist, but this summer he’ll cover roughly twice the distance of a Tour de France rider.

The 21-year-old Roth, a 2010 Skyline High School graduate and senior at the University of Washington, is embarking upon a 4,000-mile ride in June to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

Roth is one of four Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers at the UW — and one of about 75 nationwide — who plan to ride from Long Beach, Calif., to Washington, D.C., on a 64-day Journey of Hope.

By Neil Pierson  Kyle Roth, a Skyline High School graduate, will pedal his Raleigh bike across the country this summer in order to raise money for people with disabilities.

By Neil Pierson
Kyle Roth, a Skyline High School graduate, will pedal his Raleigh bike across the country this summer in order to raise money for people with disabilities.il

The group will average 60-75 miles per day, and along the way, they plan to meet with people with disabilities and spread a positive message. From Long Beach, they’ll go to Las Vegas, turn south toward Dallas, and then finish up with a ride north through Georgia and the Carolinas before arriving in the nation’s capital.

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Kasen Williams’ football season ends with Huskies

November 5, 2013

Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams will miss the remainder of his junior season with the Washington Huskies football team after sustaining a broken foot in an Oct. 26 game against California.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound wide receiver, is expected to need two to four months to recover after a successful surgery Oct. 29, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Williams was having a strong season prior to the injury, which occurred when Cal’s Kameron Jackson tackled him during the second quarter. He was third on the team with 29 receptions and 421 receiving yards, and he led the Huskies in both categories in 2012.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams pays fine in Chelan County

July 16, 2013

Kasen Williams, the University of Washington’s leading receiver in 2012, paid a fine of $695.50 July 8 for a misdemeanor citation related to a May 26 incident in which he was pulled over in Chelan County for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

Williams, 20, a junior from Sammamish, took a voluntary breath test at the scene, according to court records. He blew a .059 percent and .056 percent, both under the legal limit of .08 percent.

Kasen Williams

Kasen Williams

Williams was arrested, but he was ultimately not charged with DUI. He was cited for being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. As part of his citation, he was also placed on two years’ probation.

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University of Washington offers program for students with disabilities

January 8, 2013

The University of Washington’s DO-IT Scholars program invites applications from Washington state high school sophomores and juniors with disabilities who are interested in preparing for college and challenging careers.

DO-IT, which stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology, introduces high school students with disabilities to technology, peer support and work-based learning in an effort to help them be successful in a college environment.

Now in its 21st year, the program selects about 16 students to participate annually. It is looking for students with a disability such as a mobility impairment, learning disability, sensory impairment or health condition who want to meet other college-bound students with disabilities.

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University of Washington offers college prep help for students with disabilities

January 3, 2013

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The University of Washington’s DO-IT Scholars program invites applications from Washington state high school sophomores and juniors with disabilities who are interested in preparing for college and challenging careers.

DO-IT, which stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology, introduces high school students with disabilities to technology, peer support and work-based learning in an effort to help them be successful in a college environment.

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Community mourns longtime sports editor Bob Taylor

January 1, 2013

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his son, David, 34, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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