Expect reduced transit service on Christmas

December 23, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012

Expect reduced transit service from Christmas Eve until after 2013 arrives, as King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit adjust schedules for the holidays.

Metro Transit operates on holiday and reduced weekday schedules Christmas week and during the New Year’s holidays.

The agency operates on reduced weekday bus service Monday, Christmas Eve, and on a Sunday schedule for Christmas. Then, transit goes to reduced weekday bus service from Wednesday to Friday.

Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro Transit about $1 million each year. The agency typically experiences a drop of about 15 percent in ridership during the holiday week.

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Brian Deagle to remain Issaquah School Board president

December 18, 2012

Brian Deagle

Brian Deagle will remain president of the Issaquah School Board after receiving an unanimous vote from fellow board members Dec. 12 to keep the position throughout 2013.

As per district policy, the board is required to elect a new president each year. Superintendent Steve Rasmussen opened the floor for nominations and Deagle was quickly nominated without contest.

This is a the second time this year the board has unanimously voted for Deagle for board president. The first came Aug. 22, when then-board President Chad Magendanz stepped down because of his bid for a seat in the Legislature.

Magendanz has since won the election and is transitioning to his new role as the state representative for the 5th Legislative District. His last school board meeting will be Jan. 9.

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Knit For Life crafts partnership at Swedish/Issaquah

November 20, 2012

Volunteers Leslie Albro (left) and Ellen Harbison knit and converse while waiting for members to join the session. By Lauren LeMieux

Tanya Parieaux was taught to knit by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Many years later, the craft would comfort her in an unexpected way.

Knitting helped her get through her battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1996 and for a second time in 2009.

“I had a hard time focusing on television and reading books and things, because I just keep thinking I have cancer, I have cancer, I have cancer,” Parieaux said. Knitting “ was something I did where time would pass so quickly.”

It didn’t take Parieaux long to share the comfort she found in knitting with others. In 1997, she began going around the high-dose chemo floor at the University of Washington Medical Center with a big basket of yarn and needles. She offered lessons and materials to anyone who wanted to participate.

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Holidays alter King County Metro Transit schedules

November 20, 2012

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December. Thanksgiving and the day after the holiday include reduced bus service.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, as Metro Transit experiences a reduction in weekday riders — estimated to reach 15 percent or more systemwide.

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Liberty girls soccer team rolls to state semifinals

November 13, 2012

Kiana Hafferty (left), Liberty High School senior midfielder, races Kate Hildahl, of Shorecrest, for the ball during an attack on goal Nov. 7. By Greg Farrar

The memories of last year’s 3A state championship game delicately linger in the minds of the Liberty High School soccer players.

Last year, the Patriots were up 2-0 in the state final against Seattle Prep, but ultimately fell to the Panthers, 3-2, after a roaring comeback.

This year, under the direction of first-year coach Tami Nguyen, Liberty doesn’t intend on letting it happen again.

“The team’s goal is to win these next two state games, so anytime I can help them achieve that goal, then I’m happy about that,” Nguyen said.

It’s been a successful season for the fifth-ranked Patriots, who captured the KingCo 3A title after going 12-1-1 in league play. Liberty had only three losses in the season, all against ranked opponents.

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Bellevue College trustees select president

November 13, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Nov. 5 to lead the local institution.

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students.

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King County Metro Transit holiday schedule starts on Veterans Day

November 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 9, 2012

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting Nov. 12, as the nation observes Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, as Metro Transit experiences a reduction in weekday riders — estimated to reach 15 percent or more systemwide.

The mass transit agency uses a Sunday schedule for several of the upcoming holidays. The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but less service than on regular weekdays. Officials estimate the limited schedule saves Metro Transit about $1 million per year.

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Former CEO turns globetrotting philanthropist

November 6, 2012

Charles Herrick shows his silver medal Aug. 3 after winning the 400-meter run in the masters division of the 2012 USA Track and Field National Championships in Chicago. Contributed

Issaquah resident Charles Herrick would be a shoo-in to claim the cool million awarded to the annual winner in the popular reality TV show “Survivor” that has been airing for 12 years.

This saintly globetrotter has helped and lived among the desperate and starving of a Bombay ghetto among pestilence and vermin, and lived to tell about it.

“The rats in the slum were not so bad,” Herrick recalled. “All they did was stop beside you while you slept and lick the sweat off of you for its salt content.

“Even the 100-degree evening heat wasn’t so bothersome, but when I would cross the bridge that spanned the toxic Ulhasnager River on my way to check up on the unclean, untouchable and hopelessly ill, my eyes would burn profusely from the fumes wafting up from the heavily polluted water,” he added. “The river’s water was teaming with chemicals and it actually caught on fire twice in the few months I was there.”

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Wedding: Tucker, O’Rorke

November 6, 2012

Tucker, O’Rorke

Lillian Tucker, reporter for The Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review, and Rory O’Rorke, of London, were married Aug. 4, 2012, at Amy’s Manor in the Methow Valley.

The Rev. Tom Echelbarger officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Ed Layton and Kathleen Tucker, of Twisp. Her matron of honor was Kary Brennan, also of Twisp.

Lillian is a 2004 graduate of Liberty Bell High School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Washington in 2010.

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Bellevue College selects president; Issaquah campus is on horizon

November 6, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Monday to lead the local institution.

David Rule

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students. The campus boasts innovative curricula in solar-voltaic manufacturing, microelectronics and biosciences.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the next president of Bellevue College,” Rule said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning this new adventure and working with the trustees, students, faculty, staff, businesses and the community to build on the strong foundation that already exists at this institution,” Rule said.

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