Salmon Days nets top honors, volunteer award

March 14, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2009

The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival won seven Summit Awards from the Washington Festivals and Events Association. The state group also honored a longtime Salmon Days volunteer.

Honors for Salmon Days include the association’s top award in its highest category. Salmon Days received the first place Gold Summit Award in the highest category: Best Overall Promotional Campaign within its budget category of $150,000 and above. The award is the top honor, and takes into account all aspects of promotion for the event, including marketing, media and merchandizing. The second Gold Summit Award was presented for Best Collectible Poster.

Salmon Days netted three Silver Summit Awards for Best Newspaper Insert, Best Promotional Merchandise and Best Souvenir Pin. The festival reeled in two Bronze Summit Awards for Best Web Site and Best T-shirt Design.

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Wintry weather doesn’t affect school calendar

March 13, 2009

NEW — March 13, 12:34 p.m.

Unlike the blast of wintry weather before Christmas, the latest round of snow March 9 and icy roads the next day will not affect the Issaquah School District’s school calendar.

Students were delayed two hours March 9, but school opened on time March 10.

Districts are required to schedule students to make up entire days that are missed – not hours. Students are required to attend school for 180 days; seniors must be in school 175 days, according to state law.

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Smile, speeders: Police unveil traffic cameras

March 12, 2009

NEW — March 12, 10:54 a.m.

Drivers should watch their speed on Second Avenue Southeast when the Issaquah Police Department begins using cameras to monitor traffic in bustling school zones. Officers will activate the system Monday and issue warnings for drivers caught exceeding the 20 mph limit. Starting April 13, violators will receive $124 fines.

“Our main goal is to give people lots of heads-up that this is coming,” Patrol Commander Scott Behrbaum said.

Cameras were installed across from Clark Elementary School near the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and Southeast Evans Street. Issaquah High School, Tiger Mountain Community High School and Issaquah Middle School are also located in the vicinity of the cameras. Read more

Schools adjust schedules for WASL

March 11, 2009

NEW — 1:20 p.m. March 11, 2009

All Issaquah Schools will be on alternate schedules to comply with mandatory state requirements while students are taking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exams March 18. 

To view the altered schedules go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu and click on “WASL Wednesday, March 18″ under “March Links” on the right side of the Web page.

Tiny Tunes & Tales

March 9, 2009

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Alexandra May, 3, wears a finger puppet kitten for a song with animal sounds during Tune Tales March 5 at the Issaquah Library. To view a video presentation of the event, go to www.issaquahpress.com. By Greg Farrar

City considers Squak Mountain bus transit route

March 9, 2009

How to link Squak Mountain to the regional mass-transit system likely will receive a closer look from planners, the City Council decided last week. Read more

Community forum to focus on economy

March 9, 2009

Residents concerned about the effect of King County’s budget shortfall have an opportunity to voice their concerns to policymakers. A community forum will bring together residents with questions about the local impact of the economic downturn.

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City eyes federal stimulus cash

March 9, 2009

City officials said Issaquah is not likely to see a slice of federal stimulus money — at least not yet.

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Memorial held for IHS student

March 9, 2009

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Nicholas W. Bethel

Nicholas W. Bethel, 17-year-old Issaquah High School student, died in Seattle March 3.

The cause and manner of his death are pending, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

A cause of death could be days, weeks or months away, depending on the additional laboratory tests needed to make that determination, officials at the Medical Examiner’s Office said. Read more

One school contract ratified, custodial workers still on hold

March 9, 2009

Union rep calls the process ‘frustrating’

The Issaquah School District’s bus mechanics approved their contract March 4. The contract will go to school board members for final approval March 11. Read more

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