Rabbits and cavies and kids, oh my!

February 6, 2009

NEW — 7:06 p.m. Feb. 6, 2008

The Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club invites the public to its annual Cupid’s Critters 4-H show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Pickering Barn.

This is perhaps the largest rabbit and cavy (guinea pig) 4-H show in Western Washington, put on by the largest rabbit and cavy 4-H club in Western Washington.

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Municipal League names Mayor Ava Frisinger ‘Public Official of the Year’

February 5, 2009

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Feb. 5, 2008

The Municipal League of King County has named Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger “Public Official of the Year” for its 50th annual Civic Awards.

Eight individuals and three organizations will be honored at a March 25 ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum.

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Off The Press

February 4, 2009

IssaquahPress.com has come a long way since first version

The Issaquah Press was one of the early newspapers to get a Web site, back in 1992. We were proud of it then, but it didn’t grow and morph into something better as time went by.

Last fall, we started over. New format, new features, the whole paper page-by-page, reader comments, better archives, photo galleries and more.

Best of all, we are posting fresh news stories every day. We learned just how important that was during the recent storms.

During the January flood, our Web traffic was 250 percent of normal usage, climbing to  more than 6,000 unique visitors in just a couple of days. Read more

Mirrormont family frightened by car vandalism

February 3, 2009

Neighbor reports dog poisoning 

Christine Cunningham and her daughter Caitlin, 6,  look through one of the smashed-out windows of the family car last week in the driveway of their Mirrormont home. By Greg Farrar

Christine Cunningham and her daughter Caitlin, 6, look through one of the smashed-out windows of the family car last week in the driveway of their Mirrormont home. By Greg Farrar

Donnie Cunningham liked the solitude, tree-lined streets and nearby nature trails of the Mirrormont neighborhood so much that he moved his family there two months ago.

That tranquility was shattered in the early morning hours of Jan. 28.

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Microsoft layoffs here, too

February 3, 2009

Big local businesses, like Starbucks and Washington Mutual Bank, have been cutting employee costs for months, and Microsoft is joining their ranks.

Worldwide, 1,400 employees were laid off from the company Jan. 22. Up to 3,600 additional layoffs are expected within the year in areas such as marketing, legal, human resources, information technology, finance, sales, and research and development, a Jan. 22 press release from the company said. Read more

I-90 Undercrossing plan is moving forward

February 3, 2009

The city received a draft maintenance agreement last month from the state Department of Transportation for the I-90 Undercrossing Project. After some minor edits, the document was sent  back for review and approval, said Bob Brock, the city’s director of Public Works.

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Bankruptcy costs sports leagues thousands of dollars

February 3, 2009

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse and Sammamish Little League are among those sports leagues who are out thousands of dollars collected by Count Me In, a business that handled registration fees for leagues. 

In a mass e-mail Jan. 28, the Count Me In Corp. told its customers not to count on them anymore, because they have been forced into bankruptcy. Read more

Police seek home invasion suspects

February 3, 2009

Issaquah police are looking for two men who forced their way into an apartment in the 900 block of Sunrise Place Southeast at about 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

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Greenway gals

February 3, 2009


Isabella Calio, Frances Kato and Anne Robertson, Pine Lake Middle School students, joined volunteers from REI, the cities of Issaquah and North Bend, Issaquah Safeway stores, community members and the Mountains to Sound Greenway for a restoration project Jan. 24 to restore the Locust Trail Wetland near the REI Issaquah store. Volunteers worked to keep the area clean, healthy and enjoyable to animals and people by removing invasive plants and planting more than 180 native trees and shrubs. Volunteer for an upcoming event by going to www.mtsgreenway.org, calling 206-812-0122 or e-mailing volunteer@mtsgreenway.org.

Issaquah Valley says goodbye to principal

February 3, 2009

Issaquah Valley Elementary School Principal Jennell Hawthorne will leave at the end of the school year.

She said she’s leaving the district, and the state, to get married and start a family this summer. Read more

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