Engagement: Van Cise, Mathieson

April 24, 2012

Lisa Van Cise and Joel Mathieson

Lisa Van Cise and Joel Mathieson, both of Shoreline, recently announced their engagement to be married in May in Seattle.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Shari and Rick Van Cise, of Issaquah, is a 2000 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 2004 from Washington State University. She is the weather anchor at King 5 TV.

The future groom, the son of Anne Devine, of Niantic, Conn., is a 1998 graduate of East Lyme High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic communications in 2006 from Rhode Island College. He is a broadcast engineer at Fisher Communications.

Gaining ground for Puget Sound by building rain gardens

April 17, 2012

12,000 Rain Gardens campaign aims to curb pollution, create beautiful landscapes

A completed rain garden must be maintained through ongoing mulching, weeding and watering as needed and the avoidance of fertilizer and pesticides. By Stewardship Partners

As more than 14 million pounds of toxins enter the Puget Sound each year, two Washington entities are working hard to curb the contamination — 12,000 times over.

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Wedding: Elmquist, Ruiz

April 17, 2012

Freddy Ruiz and Katie Elmquist

Katie Elmquist and Freddy Ruiz, both of Issaquah, were married April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich officiated.

A reception followed, also in Pickering Barn.

The couple honeymooned at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Joan Elmquist, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Liz Elmquist, Brenna McGinnis, Janelle Gallagher, Amy Doerschel and Joslynn Ruiz.

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Schools administrator to take assistant superintendent spot

April 10, 2012

The Edmonds School District has tabbed Issaquah School District administrator Patrick Murphy as its new assistant superintendent for secondary schools, according to an announcement made on the Edmonds district website.

Murphy currently serves as Issaquah’s executive director of secondary education, a position he has held for four years. Murphy also spent 12 years as a middle school principal and high school assistant principal in Issaquah schools.

In his current post, Murphy’s duties include providing leadership and support for secondary schools; supervision of high school principals; all high school co-curricular activities, athletic and academic programs; and oversight of the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, according to the Edmonds website.

Murphy received his Washington State Superintendent Certificate from Washington State University in 2010 and will earn his doctorate in education from WSU this fall. His state principal certification was through the Danforth Program at the University of Washington.

Prior to coming to Issaquah, Murphy was a junior high school assistant principal in Bremerton. He taught social studies in the South Kitsap School District before going to Bremerton.

In Edmonds, Murphy replaces Assistant Superintendent Ken Limon, who is retiring in June. Murphy’s first day on the job in Edmonds is July 1.

Issaquah schools are on spring break and Murphy was not available for comment.

College News

March 13, 2012

Local students make deans’ lists

The following students recently made the dean’s list for the fall semester 2011 at the University of Idaho. To qualify, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher on at least 10 graded credits.

Issaquah: Alyssa Schultz, Alicia Hensen, Kelle Agassiz, Jeffrey Crocker and Taylor Lundeen

Sammamish: Erika Ikstrums, Jeffrey Discolo, Alyssa Charston and Andrew Shajenko

Imran Jiwani and Nina Zook, both of Issaquah, were named to the fall 2011 semester dean’s list at Emory College, in Atlanta. To qualify, students must be in the top 20 percent or have a grade point average of 3.81 or higher.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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Who’s News

March 6, 2012

Sister hand therapists join rehabilitation center

Certified hand therapists Stephanie and Sheila Yakobina have joined Proliance Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, 510 Eighth Ave. N.E., Issaquah.

The sisters graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with their Bachelor of Science degrees in occupational therapy in 1994. In 1998, they completed a hand therapy fellowship at Texas Women’s University, in Houston. They became certified hand therapists in 2001.

After moving to Washington in 2006, they returned to TWU to earn their master’s degrees in advanced hand therapy.

The duo are past recipients of the American Society of Hand Therapists’ Presidential Award and the President’s Gold Award.

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Spiritwood resident celebrates one Eck of a 100th birthday

February 14, 2012

Violet Eck (center) celebrates her 100th birthday Feb. 7 with friends and family including sons Steven Ek (left) and Roger Ek. By Tom Corrigan

At least in front of a reporter, Violet Eck didn’t have much to say on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Eck celebrated the day with family Feb. 7 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community in Issaquah. She was born in 1912 in Spokane, though she has lived in this area for a number of years.

Asked if she had anything to say to a reporter, Eck had a quick comeback that drew big laughs from family members.

“No,” Eck said, “I don’t tell those things.”

Nevertheless, her oldest, Steven Ek, told his mom’s story nicely.

While still in high school, Eck was offered a debate scholarship to Washington State University. But the Great Depression interrupted her college plans at least for a while. There simply was no money, Ek said, to pay for his mother’s living expenses had she gone to school.

By the way, you might have noticed the elder Eck and her sons spell their names differently. There are at least two stories as to why Violet Eck added an extra consonant to her last name.

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College News

January 31, 2012

Local student graduates from Purdue

Kristin Krieg, a 2007 graduate of Skyline High School, graduated from Purdue University in December, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

Krieg is employed by The Boeing Co. in the Research and Technology Division, in Seattle.

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Governor appoints Issaquah High School alumna, former county executive to WSU board

January 17, 2012

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Issaquah High School graduate Ryan Durkan, a Seattle attorney, and former King County Executive Ron Sims to the Washington State University Board of Regents, Gregoire announced Dec. 14.

The board acts as the university’s governing body. Regents supervise, coordinate, manage and regulate the WSU system.

Durkan, a WSU alumna, is a respected attorney at HCMP Law Offices specializing in real estate, land use and environmental law. (Ryan Durkan’s sister is Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for Western Washington.)

“Ryan has proven she’s passionate about the importance of education — serving on the board of trustees for an elementary school, a middle school and a high school,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Her experience improving our education system, combined with her legal background and her commitment to community, make her a natural fit.”

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