NEW — Sports update Wednesday

October 7, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

Skyline, Issaquah set for showdown

The Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams each won Oct. 6 to set the stage for their big showdown Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Skyline.

The rivals are currently locked in a first-place tie in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

However, both teams squeaked out victories Oct. 6. Skyline nipped host Garfield 1-0 and Issaquah edged Newport 1-0.

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Rite Aid holds diabetes clinic Thursday

October 7, 2009

NEW — Noon Oct. 7, 2009

The Rite Aid store in the Pine Lake Village Shopping Center in Sammamish is holding a free Diabetes Solutions Day clinic from 2-6 p.m. Thursday.

An annual Rite Aid tradition, the clinics are a great chance for patients and caretakers alike to brush up on the latest information from the company’s clinical pharmacy team and the American Diabetes Association, a Rite Aid national strategic partner.

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More than 180,000 people migrate to Salmon Days

October 6, 2009

Students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and from the Center for Dance in Preston perform a dance Oct. 3 to depict the life and return of salmon, in the Festival Spectacle show at Veterans Memorial Field during Salmon Days. The dance, choreographed by returning European artist Jeroen Mourik, is becoming a regular festival tradition. See video of another tradition, the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, at www.issaquahpress.com/category/videos. By Greg Farrar

Students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and from the Center for Dance in Preston perform a dance Oct. 3 to depict the life and return of salmon, in the Festival Spectacle show at Veterans Memorial Field during Salmon Days. The dance, choreographed by returning European artist Jeroen Mourik, is becoming a regular festival tradition. See video of another tradition, the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, at www.issaquahpress.com/category/videos. By Greg Farrar

Salmon Days Festival attendees packed like sardines on the bridge across Issaquah Creek last weekend. Leaning over the bridge railing, thousands of festivalgoers watched the main attraction, hundreds of salmon, attempt to jump over the hatchery dam.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said crossing the bridge — a seconds-long trip on most days — took 15 minutes on the second day of the festival.

Sunshine and mild temperatures drew huge crowds to the Salmon Days Festival. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said more than 180,000 people trekked downtown Oct. 3-4 for the annual festival. Robin Kelley, festivals director at the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Salmon Days organizer, said attendance “comes down to the weather one way or the other.” Read more

Task force to guide future of business district

October 6, 2009

A 12-member task force will spend the next year mapping the future of the Central Issaquah Plan, a document that will outline growth and redevelopment in the commercial heart of the city. Read more

LEO plans new home to mark 20th anniversary

October 6, 2009

You can help Life Enrichment Options officials raise a roof at their 20th celebration and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Read more

Swedish hospital to create 1,000 jobs

October 6, 2009

A Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the Issaquah Highlands will create more than 1,000 jobs, from architects to construction workers to neurologists. Read more

Candidate forum to be televised live Oct. 8

October 6, 2009

Voters can learn what Issaquah City Council and Issaquah School Board candidates think about key issues at an Oct. 8 forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press. Read more

The Issaquah Press wins 20 service, journalism awards

October 6, 2009

wnpa-press-dec-24,2008-p1The Issaquah Press has been recognized for its community service with a second place award in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at its 122nd annual convention Oct. 2.

The Community Service Award was for efforts by The Press to rally the community to feed the hungry.

The Press initially did a comprehensive story in fall 2008 about empty shelves at the Issaquah Food Bank, then kept the story going with publicity of many groups who started food drives to meet an urgent need. The Press also donated advertising space for a Harvest Dance that raised $14,000 for the food bank. The news coverage was complemented with supporting editorials.

Press staff members received 19 other journalism awards.

The 2008 Ohfishal Salmon Days Program, published by The Issaquah Press, won first place in the special sections/festivals category. This is the second consecutive year the Salmon Days program has won first place. The Issaquah Living magazine also was a repeat winner in the special sections/lifestyle category. Read more

Council, legislators will share dinner, ideas

October 6, 2009

City Council members and local legislators will break bread next week to discuss policy priorities in Issaquah and Olympia. Read more

Musician named to Iowa hall of fame

October 6, 2009

Steve Crawford, inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recalls one of his songs at his Issaquah home, with some of the equipment he and his group, Con Brio, used. By Greg Farrar

Steve Crawford, inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recalls one of his songs at his Issaquah home, with some of the equipment he and his group, Con Brio, used. By Greg Farrar

Steve Crawford only dabbles in music these days. Now 52, the Issaquah resident since 2002 has long left his touring days in rock ’n’ roll decades in the past.

So, imagine his surprise last month when he received a call from an old friend from Iowa. It was the drummer from his 1980’s band, Con Brio. It seems the five-piece rock ’n’ roll group had been nominated for the Iowa Rock ’n’ Hall of Fame.

“I didn’t even know Iowa had a Rock ’n’ Hall of Fame, let alone they would remember us,” Crawford said.

Sure enough, soon after the phone call, Crawford began receiving paperwork from the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association confirming Con Brio was going to receive the honor. It was a rock band from the ’80s that “had a lot of flash pots, was really loud, that would knock you down.” Read more

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