Legislators from 41st District weigh in on top state issues

January 5, 2009

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The Legislature convenes Jan. 12 with the daunting task of closing a projected $5.8 billion shortfall.

Last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed slashing more than $3.5 billion in funding for schools, social services and other areas to close the biggest budget shortfall in state history.

In addition to budget cuts, Gregoire proposes using $609 million from the state’s rainy-day fund. She’s also banking on the federal government sending the state at least $1 billion to help pay for Medicaid and welfare programs. Read more

Scouts tree removal service

January 5, 2009

scout-tree-recycle-20090103Troop 571 volunteer Ben Thompson (left) hands a Christmas tree to parent volunteer Joel Dauterman as Boy Scouts line trees up for chipping Jan. 3 at the Beaver Lake ball fields. Photo by Christopher Huber.

Nonprofits upset with school flyer policy

January 5, 2009

The Issaquah School District’s decision to end the practice of allowing businesses to distribute flyers to children at school has drawn the ire of nonprofits that counted on them for recruitment and fundraising. But the school district says by eliminating so called “kid mail,” school officials have more control over inappropriate content from some businesses.

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Child and Adult Care food program funds available

January 5, 2009


Federal funds for meal assistance are available to area organizations that serve children and eligible adults. Read more

Television stations will test signals

January 5, 2009


The U.S. Government has mandated that all television stations cease broadcasting on their analog frequencies and upgrade to digital broadcasts Feb. 17. Read more

Press Editorial

January 5, 2009

Plenty of goals for all of Issaquah in ’09

The year 2008 was one of few accomplishments, based on the list of goals we published last year. Yes, the proposed Southeast Bypass was put to rest, a plan for saving Park Pointe property was proposed, school boundary reviews were completed and the city moved closer to having a human services campus. But there is much left undone, and some of the goals are repeated on this year’s list.

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To The Editor

January 5, 2009

Reflecting on 2008

Thank you to everyone who helped  reader make it through the year

It is the eve of New Year’s Eve. I am sitting at the Issaquah Library, contemplating the year 2008. It has been a challenging year — a year full of friendships, growth, family and personal issues, and health crises, all rolled into one.

I have to say that although the year has not been my favorite one for a variety of reasons (many of the reasons being related to the news of a brain tumor I received in April), I have to say the blessings have far outweighed the pains. Read more

The Chavez family lives, works together

January 5, 2009

The Chavez family, Yasmin, Adolfo and Olga (from left), all work at the Providence Marianwood assisted living facility in Issaquah. By Greg Farrar.The Chavez family, Yasmin, Adolfo and Olga (from left), all work at the Providence Marianwood assisted living facility in Issaquah. By Greg Farrar.

Olga and Adolfo Chavez are rarely apart. Where one goes, so, too, does the other. The pattern started the day after she arrived in America from her native Guatemala.

“I remember I came to the United States on May 10, 1986, and I met Adolfo the next day,” Olga, 51, said. “We were married nine months later.”

Adolfo, a 59-year-old native of Mexico, confirmed their attachment at the hip. She left California to visit her sister-in-law here while on vacation. She liked it so much that she stayed. Read more

Cancer survivor bares her story for calendar

January 5, 2009

Pam Travis, of Issaquah, appears in the Angel Care Calendar 2009 as Miss May. By Gail Ann Watson.Pam Travis, of Issaquah, appears in the Angel Care Calendar 2009 as Miss May. By Gail Ann Watson.

One Issaquah woman is baring it all to make a point — well, almost all of it. Among carefully placed, bright-green leaves, Pam Travis, an Issaquah resident and breast cancer survivor, poses for the sixth time in this year’s Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual calendar.

“When I first posed for it about six years ago for the first time, I brought my husband with me to make me feel more comfortable, because I was so nervous,” she said. “As the years have gone by, I’ve felt more and more comfortable.”

She is one of 11 women and one man who posed for the 2009 calendar, which raises money for the foundation. Read more

Volunteer Call

January 5, 2009

Does your nonprofit agency or civic club need volunteers? Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or e-mail newsclerk@isspress.com.

Elder and Adult Day Services in Issaquah: Monday, Thursday or Friday from 12:30–2 p.m. to help with therapeutic activities — 206-859-5721

Issaquah Special Populations Social Club: Assist with dances, movies, field trips and special events. For every three hours of volunteer service, a 30-day pass will be issued for use of the community center facilities and Julius Boehm Pool — www.ci.issaquah.wa.us Read more

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