A look at 2011

  • Written by Don Mann


texasOver a thousand mourners, including personnel from area fire departments, attended the memorial service to honor Woodinville firefighter Matthew Durham, who passed away from duty-related cancer about a month earlier, leaving a wife and two sons.

The city of Bothell announced the hiring of a new police chief, Carol Cummings, replacing well-respected Forest Conover, who held every rank as he climbed the ladder in his more-than 30-year career in law enforcement.

Stone Fleishman
WHS alum Stone Fleishman, class of 1996, who appeared on national TV in “Days of our Lives,” got to strut his stuff on “Live to Dance.”


volleyballWoodinville product Kristen Grindley, a Washington State University student, found bloody and beaten up on the side of a Pullman road, was recovering while her assailant, her ex-boyfriend, was later sentenced to a felony charge of hit-and-run. “I just want to get on with my life,” Grindley said, who was still in recovery.

The Woodinville girls’ basketball team won the KingCo title, defeating Skyline 55-47 at Juanita High School — first time ever for the Lady Falcs.


Tina MacRae, young beloved math teacher and ASB advisor at Inglemoor High School, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly during mid-winter break while vacationing in Hawaii with her husband. IHS principal Vicki Sherwood called MacRae the “heartbeat of the school.”

Jon Bader
Local Bothell man, Navy officer, Jon Bader, lent a helping hand during the devastating earthquake and tsumani in Japan, epicentered in Atsugi, not far from where he was based. Bader, 22, said he’d never seen anything like it in his life. “It looked as if someone built a Lego city and crushed it with a truck,” he said of his overhead view from a rescue helicopter.


The PTA at Arrowhead Elementary School in Kenmore was selected the WSPTA Outstanding Local Unit of the Year, the second time the volunteer group achieved the honor in the last three years.


Eric Lucas, Woodinville High School’s director of instrumental music and chair of the performing arts department, was the recipient of a prestigious fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Woodinville High School’s DECA had big success at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Fla., with 16 students placing in the Top 10.

Bothell won the Class 4A state baseball championship with a 3-2 win over Jackson.

Woodinville junior Austin Sodorff captured the state title in the pole vault, Inglemoor’s Tansey Lystad doubled in the 1600 and 3200, and Bothell’s 4 X 100 relay team took top honors at the Class 4A Track & Field meet.


Austin Sodorff
Woodinville Fire & Rescue’s Kingsgate station 34 closed its doors, the result of area annexation.

The Woodinville Weekly celebrated its 35-year anniversary.

Former Woodinville mayor Randy Ransom resigned from his post as Woodinville Fire & Rescue commissioner, citing personal health reasons.

The City of Woodinville and Concerned Neighbors of Wellington won a landmark decision with the state’s Supreme Court 9-0 decision acknowledging the city’s right to govern its own development in the case of Phoenix V. Woodinville.


The city of Kenmore celebrated the opening of its new library, a splendid 10,000-square-foot facility in downtown.

Kenmore’s new Northshore Fire Department station 51 opened its doors across the street from its old one.

The Woodinville firefighter’s union, Local 2959, delivered a 59-0 vote of “no confidence” in a resolution to the fire district, regarding the performance of Chief I. David Daniels.

Woodinville mayor Chuck Price resigned from the city council during his third term, having taken new employment in a city elsewhere.


Former Deputy Mayor Bernie Talmas was selected as the new mayor of Woodinville.

LegionFormer Woodinville Fire & Rescue volunteer Gerry Vucci was appointed to fill the board position vacated by Randy Ransom, by unanimous vote among five candidates.

In a stunning underdog role, the Woodinville 16-and-under American Legion baseball team — 17-21 during the summer season and given a berth when another squad opted out — won the Class A state baseball championship.

Woodinville Fire Chief I. David Daniels was relieved of his duties, the end result of his well-documented and highly tumultuous 19 months on the job.


Brightwater, the billion dollar waste treatment facility located north of Woodinville, flipped its switch for a grand opening attended by several Seattle dignitaries.

Former fire chief Daniels files a claim of race discrimination against WF&R.

The charge was later dropped after a settlement before it got to court.


New Woodinville city council member Art Pregler, formerly a member of the city’s planning commission, was sworn in, replacing Chuck Price.

The Woodinville football team wins the KingCo championship.

The Woodinville volleyball team wins the KingCo championship.


Jean Fowler & Abby
Election results are confirmed: Les Rubstello defeats incumbent Jeff Glickman, Scott Hageman wins big. At Woodinville Water, Karen Steeb, Ken Goodwin retain their positions.

A local Labrador, Abby, owned and cared for by Woodinville resident Jean Fowler, is inducted into the Master National Retriever Club’s Hall of Fame.

Woodinville’s football team, which pulled the town together in a magnificent run, falls to Skyline, 26-21, in the state semifinals.


Happy Christmas, Woodinville. It was a pretty good year.

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