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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Wedding: Cason, Morton

October 30, 2012

Allie and Chris Morton

Allie Cason, of Issaquah, and Chris Morton, of Stamford, Conn., were married Sept. 1, 2012, in Poulsbo.

Mike Lerman, a friend of the couple, officiated.

A reception followed at the Farm Kitchen, in Poulsbo.

The bride is the daughter of Bob and Debra Cason, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Drew Cason, Heather Moore, Alexandra Kavalieros and Sarah Hicks.

Allie is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in hospitality and business management in 2007 from Washington State University. She is a manager at the Sorrento Hotel.

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October 9, 2012

Student graduates from Gonzaga

Chelsea Stone, of Sammamish, recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a biology degree.

This fall, Stone will pursue a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University, in Philadelphia. The Issaquah High School graduate is the daughter John Stone and Patti Enos, of Sammamish.

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September 25, 2012

Local students make WSU honor roll

The following local students were named to the president’s honor roll for the 2012 summer semester at Washington State University.

Issaquah: Emeri-Erin Callahan, Morgan Danner, Sheila Espenel, Christopher Galbraith, Erica Husby, Lauren Loftis, Karla Shannon-Garvey and Kyle Weber

Newcastle: Michaela Calderon and Paul Williams

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Skyline Spartans demolish Coeur d’Alene Vikings, 71-20

September 18, 2012

With Washington State University head coach Mike Leach looking on to scout University of Southern California-bound Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, Skyline defeated Coeur d’Alene, 71-20, on Sept. 15.

Browne went 24 for 31 passing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone. He ended up with 446 yards passing when the night was over.

Six receivers were graced with Browne’s passes, including baseball standout Matt Sinatro, who had three touchdown catches and 126 receiving yards.

Skyline returns home from its two-week world tour and opens conference play on the road at Roosevelt Sept. 21.

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Community mourns Frank LaSalata, judge at Issaquah Courthouse

September 7, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

King County District Court Judge Frank LaSalata, a judge at the Issaquah Courthouse, died Sept. 1 after a battle against cancer.

Frank LaSalata

The legal community — other judges, attorneys and courthouse employees — remembered LaSalata as a fair-minded and hardworking jurist.

LaSalata, 60, served as a King County District Court judge in the Northeast Division since 2006. Before then, he served for eight years as a pro tempore, or substitute, judge in King and San Juan counties.

In 2009, district and municipal court judges throughout the state elected LaSalata to serve on the board of governors for the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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July 24, 2012

Local student graduates from Loyola Marymount

Amanda Medina, of Issaquah, graduated July 18 from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Local students honored

Mackenzie Findlay, of Renton, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. To qualify, students must earn a 3.6 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Findlay is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Issaquah High School graduate Aaron Tocker, son of Pamela and Joel Tocker, of Issaquah, has made the spring 2012 dean’s list at Franklin & Marshal College, in Lancaster, Pa.

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Funding infusion could keep local 4-H programs afloat

July 17, 2012

Local 4-H youth programs could receive a $100,000 infusion to continue, if King County Council members approve a request from County Executive Dow Constantine.

The proposal is meant to continue 4-H programs — horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other agrarian pursuits — through the year.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the council June 27. The proposal earned early praise from council members, including the Issaquah-area representatives, but requires approval before the 4-H organization receives the dollars.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to King County’s partner in 4-H programs, Washington State University.

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July 17, 2012

Local students graduate from Washington State University


The following Issaquah students graduated during the spring 2012 ceremony at Washington State University, in Pullman.

Mia Abboud, Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice; Kyle Bollinger, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Danielle Caschetta, Bachelor of Science, mathematics, Residency Teaching Certificate; Jenna Farr, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Courtney Ford, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Sean Fotheringill, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Yosef Ghuloum, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Jordan Graham, Bachelor of Arts, history, Magna Cum Laude; Elise Gronewald, Bachelor of Science, civil engineering; Alexander Hill, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Maxwell Hochanadel, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Cora Houser, Bachelor of Arts, interior design, Magna Cum Laude; Lisa Jones, Bachelor of Arts, communication;Joseph Joo, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Thomas Kaser, Bachelor of Arts, hospitality business management, Cum Laude; David Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Lesley Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences (general studies), Cum Laude; Audra McDaniel, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Marissa McGee, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Alex Miller, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences; Megan Paulsen, Bachelor of Arts, fine arts;  Jeffrey Rafuse, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Sean Richardson, Bachelor of Science, psychology, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Eric Stewart, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Neil Stover, Bachelor of Arts, communication, Summa Cum Laude; Robert Westmoreland, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Teresa Winterstein, Bachelor of Arts, communication

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