Council calls for greater budget oversight

March 2, 2009

Meeting on the same night President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping address about the economy, the City Council called for greater oversight of city spending amid the economic downturn. Read more

Sherril Huff wins elections chief race

March 2, 2009

huffsherril-election-copySherril Huff, the appointed incumbent, easily outdistanced a field of six candidates in the Feb. 3 race to fill the first-ever elected post of King County elections director. Read more

New chamber CEO sets 2009 goals

March 2, 2009

Chamber of commerce CEO Matthew Bott

Chamber of commerce CEO Matthew Bott

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott, who settled into his new role last week, said he sees opportunity for local businesses despite the sinking economy.

Despite the downturn, Issaquah remains attractive for several reasons, he said, pointing to a high standard of living, good schools and business-friendly policies. Read more

To The Editor

March 2, 2009

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Making up failing grade a waste of time for student who learns at accelerated rate Read more

Press Editorial

March 2, 2009

Get involved locally this election season

The first candidates for city positions are starting to identify themselves publicly, well in advance of the November election. Issaquah always seems to have spirited political debate and a lot of people who care about what happens in our city government. However, there are also always those people who stay in their living rooms and complain about how things are being run or what decisions are made.

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Roll call

March 2, 2009

 
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SHB 1060, which passed the House by a vote of 65-32, changes the eligibility requirements for low-income households qualifying for assistance under the Low-income Residential Weatherization Program. It is now in the Senate Environment, Water & Energy Committee. Read more

Off The Press

March 2, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Is a cartoon that’s not funny really a mistake?

In the newspaper business, if you make a mistake, people will let you know. And although I don’t know that I would classify last week’s cartoon (of Ken Griffey Jr. as being old) as a mistake, I did hear from a number of readers who were unhappy, upset and, in some cases, downright irate about the drawing. Read more

To Infinity, and beyond

March 2, 2009

 

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Noah Thienes, with one of the hundreds of student science projects on display, describes his ‘Infinity Mirror’ to a science judge Feb. 26 at Clark Elementary School’s annual Science Fair. The reflecting of light makes a four-inch-deep box look like it stretches into the depths when a spectator looks down inside, he said. By Greg Farrar

Women get active to help women around the world

March 2, 2009

Siwema Renatus (right), a fistula survivor from the Mwanza area of Tanzania, smiles as she visits friends while she awaits surgery at Bugando Medical Center. By Women's Dignity Project

Siwema Renatus (right), a fistula survivor from the Mwanza area of Tanzania, smiles as she visits friends while she awaits surgery at Bugando Medical Center. By Women's Dignity Project

Two Issaquah High School graduates are hosting local yoga and Pilates classes next week to help women around the world. 

Katya Matanovic, a 1996 graduate, and Taran Collis, a 1997 graduate, are hosting the classes as a part of International Women’s Day, March 8. Donations raised will benefit Matanovic’s nonprofit, One By One, which raises money and awareness for women suffering from obstetric fistula.

“It’s just an awesome event to give back to women,” Collis, a studio coordinator at The Yoga Barn, said. “This event for obstetric fistula is in honor of women and mothers and what they do in their lives to give birth, literally, to the next generation. Unfortunately, not all are fortunate enough to have medical facilities to help them live a healthy life after.”

Matanovic formed One by One in 2004 after having dinner with a friend. Read more

Issaquah boat dealer honored at Seattle show

March 2, 2009

Bakes Marine owner Bill Baker (left) poses with Malibu Northwest Sales Manager Mark Gibbs, who presented an award and the leather jacket Baker is wearing at the Seattle Boat Show.Contributed

Bakes Marine owner Bill Baker (left) poses with Malibu Northwest Sales Manager Mark Gibbs, who presented an award and the leather jacket Baker is wearing at the Seattle Boat Show.Contributed

Before Microsoft came to Issaquah, before Costco arrived and before anything existed on the plateau save for trees and wildlife, there was Bakes Marine boat shop.

For the past 20 years, Bill Baker has been a part of the Issaquah community selling Malibu boats at 6424 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Now, at 53, he still sees no end in sight.

“People would say I’m not a workaholic, but that’s only because what I do is fun,” he said. “The only way to survive for me is I gotta do more, different things, and maybe that’s why I’ve done well.” Read more

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