Press Editorial

June 2, 2009

Campaign donation gap sends clear message

Campaign finance rules for the Issaquah City Council elections were overdue. The cap to limit contributions to $500 from one source is appropriate. The City Council struggled with this one, to our surprise.

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Feel welcome in Yakima wine country

June 2, 2009

‘Barrel Babes’ Kathy Hodge and Mary Green, Spring Barrel Tasting volunteers at Tapteil Estate, demonstrate how the age of two American oak barrels influence the flavor of the same 2007 syrah. Photo by Andrea Collins

‘Barrel Babes’ Kathy Hodge and Mary Green, Spring Barrel Tasting volunteers at Tapteil Estate, demonstrate how the age of two American oak barrels influence the flavor of the same 2007 syrah. Photo by Andrea Collins

Being the first legally approved American Viticultural Area in the state in 1983, Yakima has kept its title as the Wild West of wine country, where sipping, swirling and tasting aren’t just for expert oenophiles.

“We’ve been to some wineries in Napa, or in France and Italy, where we’ve waited hours to just try a little sample and that was it. But here is different,” said Mary Davies, of Stanwood. “You have access to the wines and their winemakers.”

In Yakima Valley, you’ll find more than 60 wineries stretched along Interstate 82 from the base of the Cascade Mountains in the west to the Kiona Hills near Richland in the east. 

In Yakima, it’s not uncommon to find winemakers wandering around their vineyards in shorts and flip-flops, leading their own tours and answering questions. It’s the relaxed, no-frills attitude that makes Yakima welcoming of experienced palates and those just learning. 

“Our age group is much more educated about wine and we like to have fun,” said Matthew Rawn, 32, co-owner at Two Mountain Winery, 20 minutes east of Yakima. “But there is still that intimidation factor when individuals say, ‘I don’t know what to taste or what I’m supposed to smell.’ Read more

Council caps campaign contributions at $500

June 2, 2009

New city campaign finance rules went into effect June 1 — just as candidates began filing to run for mayor and four City Council seats. Read more

DOT: Plan ahead for July bridge shutdown

June 2, 2009

Transportation officials want drivers to plan ahead as the state readies to close the three lanes of the westbound Interstate 90 floating bridge next month. Read more

Hand-held dump truck

June 2, 2009

 

 

 

paving-lksamm-20090528bEric Thorn, from All Surface Works, returns with a wheelbarrow for a refill of asphalt May 28 for Federal Emergency Management Agency repairs to damaged pathways caused by last winter’s storms in Lake Sammamish State Park. By Adam Eschbach

Reuben Duane TeVelde

June 2, 2009

Matthew and Sarah TeVelde welcomed son Reuben Duane to their Ferndale home April 30, 2009. Read more

Sunny sailing

June 2, 2009

 

paraglide-lksamm-20090528bEric Contreras, owner of Side Line Sports Bar & Grill in Factoria, practices paragliding takeoffs while on the ground at Lake Sammamish State Park. This practice technique is called ground handling, which is useful to teach proper takeoffs with the benefit of staying on the ground. Contreras is a member of the Northwest Paraglide Club and has been up in the air 29 times.  By Adam Eschbach

Flush, test for leaks

June 2, 2009

 

Issaquah residents should watch their mailbox for the annual dye strip mailer from Cascade Water Alliance. Dye strips are an easy way to see if toilets are leaking water. When you receive your dye kit: Read more

Angels abound at Issaquah Valley Elementary School

June 2, 2009

Suzie Kuflik, a parent volunteer at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, started a program in November called the Angel Program, which has helped 30 students in need of new clothing, bedding and personal items. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Suzie Kuflik, a parent volunteer at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, started a program in November called the Angel Program, which has helped 30 students in need of new clothing, bedding and personal items. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Who says angels only work their magic during the holiday season? At Issaquah Valley Elementary School, angels are earning their wings by providing new clothing, bedding and other personal items for students and families in need year-round.

Parent Suzie Kuflik started the Angel Program in November after seeing several students without proper winter attire. 

“I would see children on a field trip, on a rainy day, with no jacket or raincoat or proper shoes, and they didn’t complain,” Kuflik said. “One boy had cropped jeans that were too short for him and were obviously a hand-me down from his sister.

“Other schools have programs like this during the holidays, but I wanted to do more,” she added. “This is our school, our kids and our community.”

To date, 30 children at the school have been helped by 30 different angels, parents and grandparents of other students or employees at the school.

Issaquah Valley, like many Issaquah schools, has families who struggle to make ends meet, said Principal Jennell Hawthorne. Especially now, since the economic downturn has led to many community layoffs.

“For a smaller school, we have a higher percentage of students that need assistance, but we’re not different than other schools,” Hawthorne said, adding that there are children in need at all schools. Read more

Oregon lawmakers condemn attack on Issaquah man

June 2, 2009

 

Oregon legislators have condemned the violence against an Issaquah man who was assaulted during an anti-gay attack while on a spring break trip to Seaside, Ore. Read more

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