Issaquah Community Briefs

Updates from around the Issaquah area.

The Issaquah Police Department announced the promotions of two of their department members.

Sgt. Scott Behrbaum was promoted to the rank of commander. Behrbaum began his career with IPD in 1995 and has worked as a school resource officer, narcotics officer and as a field training officer over the years. He is currently a team leader for the special operations team and oversees all police planning and logistics for Salmon Days.

Officer Wilson was also promoted to the rank of sergeant. Wilson started with IPD in 1998 and is a field training officer and member of the special operations team. He spent four years as a detective and is currently a commander with the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Task Force.

A promotion ceremony will be held on June 2 in the Eagle Room at City Hall.

Issaquah Rotary honors students

At its meeting this week, Issaquah Rotary announced its yearly scholarship winners:

Issaquah High School

• Faith Kim, who plans to attend UW to earn an Undergraduate degree in business and eventually a Masters degree in education.

• Mindy Rappaport, who plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and study journalism.

• Jessica Jacobson, who plans to attend Gonzaga University to study bio-chemistry and eventually hopes to attend UW School of Medicine.

Liberty High School

• Sarah Paulson, who plans to attend Gonzaga University to study nursing.

• Patrick Hedger, who plans to attend George Mason University in Virginia and study political science and law.

Tiger Mountain High School

• Victoria Krantz, who plans to attend Lake Washington Community College and eventually hopes to attend UW school of nursing

• Brian Do, who plans to attend Bellevue CC, then the UW and would like to study chemistry.

Fifth Avenue Theatre announces nominees

The 5th Avenue Theatre announces the nominees for its sixth annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, sponsored by Wells Fargo. A high school version of the Tony Awards, this program allows drama students from around Washington State to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2007-2008 school year. The awards are designed to shine the spotlight on high school musical theater programs and offer drama students the same recognition that accomplished high school athletes have received for decades.

The 5th Avenue Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Skyline High School’s production of “Seussical” is the first student-directed show to be nominated for outstanding overall musical production. The production was also nominated for outstanding direction and outstanding choreography. Skyline’s “The Last 5 Years” was nominated for outstanding orchestra.

Liberty High School was nominated for outstanding orchestra for its production of “Godspell.”

Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school productions were nominated for a number of other awards. The complete list is available at

Boaters beware: Danger lurks in lakes

Boaters should be aware that area lakes — especially Lake Washington — could be extremely hazardous for the near future, warned officials with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The high rivers have washed an unusual number of logs, deadheads, stumps and other debris into lakes this spring.

The Cedar River empties into the south end of Lake Washington in Renton, and the Sammamish River (aka Slough) empties into the north end of the lake.

The extra debris this year means added danger for water skiers, inner tubers, jet skis, and to boats. These hazards can lurk on the surface or even just below the surface, virtually unseen and extremely dangerous.

Lakefront owners who have logs and other debris drift in are asked to throw a rope on the hazard to prevent it causing damage or returning to open water.

Public invited to art show

University House in Issaquah, an Era Living retirement community, will host an art show June 5 through Oct. 26.

The following artists will have artwork on display: Quincy Anderson, David Owen Hastings, Maggie Booth, Katy McFadden, Ameen Dhillon, Darwin Nordin, Alice Dubiel, Paula Gill, Karin Schminke, Kristina Hagman, Swash, Amy Haney, Laura Thorne, Dionne Haroutunian and Carmi Weingrod.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit at University House, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road in Issaquah.