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

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 3, 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.

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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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Community mourns former sports editor Bob Taylor

December 28, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2012

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 adult son, David, 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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College News

December 25, 2012

Local students make UW dean’s list

The following Issaquah students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the 2012 summer quarter:

Emoniel Isakharov, Simerjot Singh, Fablina Sharara, Dexter Hu, Andres Orams, Akumbom Tunyi, Brendan Smith, Cortney Schirman, Brittany Guilbert, Joseph Sturtevant, Lindsay Gardner, Jordan Nugent, Blake Johnston, Steven Lau, Kevin Nguyen, Dawn Cheung, Lynda Ochs, Stephanie Wang, Eric Parker, Christine Quach, Vincent Quach and Keiji Hiramoto Jr.

To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4).

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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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