Andy Nystrom

Redmond’s chef Howie is riding high with Seahawks victories, ‘Kick Hunger Challenge’

As the Seattle Seahawks roll through their season, the victories taste a bit sweeter to chef and restaurateur John Howie, as well. "With them winning, it's a lot more fun. It's gotten to a fever pitch now," he said the day after the Hawks' 24-14 playoff victory over the Washington Redskins last Sunday.

Slow down, look around and proceed | Editor’s Notebook

I know this has been said before, but it’s worth repeating. Again and again. Stay alert out there on the road, whether you’re walking, biking or driving.

Seahawks fans score with Top Pot’s commemorative doughnuts

The Seattle Seahawks won't play the Washington Redskins until Sunday, but playoff football fever has already begun in the form of 99-cent Top Pot Doughnuts offerings. The commemorative Hawks doughnuts feature blue, green and yellow sprinkles atop a white frosting.

Did you make an impact in 2012? | Editor’s Notebook

So, as 2012 nears its end, I — like everyone else, I assume — find myself evaluating my productivity over the last 12 months. I’ve put another year under my belt in my two decades-plus journalism career and feel it’s been a good one.

Graces 5 closes after falling behind on sales taxes

Tim Sharpe is angry that he couldn’t agree on an offer with the state to keep his Graces 5 healthy eating restaurant open longer. His foray into the business world with his wife, Katherine, was cut short last week after a 16-month run because the owners lost their business license due to unpaid taxes.

Gifts a-plenty at Microsoft’s Giving Tree volunteer event | Slideshow

It was Hopelink public relations coordinator Kris Betker’s first time experiencing Microsoft’s Giving Tree event on Thursday morning — it’s safe to say that she’s now hooked on it.

Mustang senior swimmers have their eyes set on state

Phillip Klassen feels that team spirit is at a premium for this year’s Redmond High boys swimming team. Freshman are on campus for the first time and that means more aqua athletes for the Mustangs. In all, there’s about 50 guys pumped up to support the squad, which last February had six boys compete at the 4A state meet.

New coach on board as Redmond girls look to score success | Basketball Spotlight

It’s still early in the season, and Redmond High senior captains Lauren Bogard and Ali Jorgensen feel their team can get on track and win a handful of games when all is said and done.

Redmond boys sport a ‘we versus me’ attitude | Basketball Spotlight

Senior captains Kyle Sawtell and Nate Swanson know they’ve got to provide a ton of leadership for their teammates this season. Probably more than normal since the Redmond High Mustangs only sport one returning varsity player — Sawtell.

Glimpse into the life of a reporter | Editor’s Notebook

Normally, I’m a pretty quiet guy when it comes to discussing my job outside of the work place. I’ve been in the journalism business for 20-plus years, and while there’s always something interesting happening at the paper, my usual outlook is to get the job done and move on to the many other aspects of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate each day on the job to the fullest, and I always have ever since that first day at the Los Altos Town Crier as an entertainment section editor.

Ready to Rumble: Redmond’s Hamilton wants to grab CageSport heavyweight title

Count to seven. That's how long it took Anthony Hamilton to dispatch of Mike Riddell in a CageSport bout on Nov. 3. First, there was some maneuvering and a Hamilton jab to create some distance between the two fighters. And then came the big blow: an overhand right punch to the "button" of Riddell's chin. Lights out. A knockout victory.

Bear Creek girls soccer scores second straight state title | Update

When Lizzie Udeschini scored first, she was ecstatic to get things rolling for her Bear Creek team. "The first goal feels so good because it sets the pace for the rest of the game," said the Grizzly senior captain, adding that her 24th-minute netter "freaked out" the Napavine players because they knew it was time to strike back or a win would elude them. But Bear Creek's defense held tight and the Grizzlies tacked on three second-half goals en route to a 4-0 victory and second straight 1B/2B state championship last Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Search for Sky continues: Toddler’s father has faith that ‘we will find him’

People sang and prayed, hugged each other and cried and released 369 blue balloons to mark the amount of days Sky Metalwala had been missing as of last Saturday during a gathering at Downtown Park in Redmond. Hope was in the air among the 65 attendees who joined Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, at the event.

Grizzlies bounce into state semifinals | Girls Soccer

Bear Creek versus Crosspoint Academy: take three. On Friday afternoon, the Grizzlies from Redmond will hope to score a hat trick with its third victory this season over Crosspoint from Bremerton in the 1B/2B state semifinals at 2 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Election time brings back memories | Editor’s Notebook

I was president once. Yes, that’s true, and during my one-year tenure in eighth grade, I did an OK job. Nothing to write home about, mind you, but I ran our student council at Our Lady of Guadalupe school in Hermosa Beach, Calif., the best I could when I wasn’t thinking about playing soccer and baseball and worrying that my record collection wasn’t big enough.

It’s state time for Bear Creek Grizzlies boys soccer squad

Play solid defense first and then let the offense fill the net with goals. That's turned out to be a potent one-two punch this season for the Bear Creek boys soccer team (16-1-1 overall), which won the 1B/2B Sea-Tac League title and the District 1/2 crown. Next up is the state quarterfinals this Saturday with a 1 p.m. match versus Mount Vernon Christian at Sammamish High.

Bear Creek tips off state volleyball tournament on Friday

With a 15-0 overall record and league and district titles under their belts, Bear Creek heads into this Friday's state 2B tournament playing stellar volleyball. The Grizzlies will spring into action at 11:30 a.m. against Wahkiakum at the Yakima Sundome.

Curtis ends Redmond’s season with 2-1 girls soccer win

There were tears. Then laughter. Then tears again. A wave of emotions overtook the Redmond High girls soccer players following their 2-1 season-ending loss to Curtis High on Tuesday night in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on the Mustangs' home pitch.

Getting her life back on course

Mekenna Mossman rolls up her right pant leg and points at the spot near her knee cap where the injury occurred. However, the small bandage doesn’t even begin to tell her harrowing story. After looking up with a slight smile, Mossman, 15, then runs her hand along part of the scar that begins at her knee cap and continues up to her hip. What started as a deep puncture the Redmond High School sophomore cross-country runner suffered after falling on the Hartman Park trail during a pre-season training session, turned into a severe case of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria). It could have taken her leg — or her life — if it hadn’t been treated properly, says Kristen Mossman, Mekenna’s mother.

Margeson is cancer free and enjoying her child-care duties

When Patti Margeson found out she had breast cancer, she admits to being angry and sad, but the Redmond resident wasn't going to let her body and mind back down. "I never thought that this would take me — death was never an option. I knew I caught it early. I had a great attitude about that," said Margeson, who learned of the cancer following her yearly mammogram appointment in November of 2011.