Press Editorial

September 29, 2009

‘Best in the world’ is something to brag about!

Issaquah has collected a lot of honors. Last year, it was ranked a top retirement city. Its schools rank tops academically and in sports, it gets honors for being a Tree City, and earlier this year, our mayor was recognized as one of the best. Read more

School Internet safety class a federal mandate

September 29, 2009

With the availability of the Internet at schools, libraries and at home, today’s teens are no doubt more technologically savvy than any generation before them, but it doesn’t mean they know the dangers that can lurk in cyberspace. Read more

Salmon Days to debut new bluegrass stage

September 29, 2009

In 40 years, you’d think you would have seen it all at Salmon Days. Read more

Churches join forces to feed the hungry

September 29, 2009

Sue Minich, St. Joseph Church pastoral administrator (left), and assistant Kathleen Koeneman tape posters on donation boxes in the church entrance for the Share What You Can food drive for the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the hungry. By Greg Farrar

Sue Minich, St. Joseph Church pastoral administrator (left), and assistant Kathleen Koeneman tape posters on donation boxes in the church entrance for the Share What You Can food drive for the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the hungry. By Greg Farrar

Several Issaquah churches and hundreds of parishioners will join forces during the next four weeks to fill shelves at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Executive Director Cherie Meier said she hoped local churches would someday work together to feed the hungry. Though many churches donate to the food bank, Meier and local church leaders said the monthlong food drive represented the first time so many churches have worked toward the same goal.

The multichurch food drive is “what I’ve always wished for,” Meier said last week, a few days ahead of the Sept. 26 kickoff. The push is part of the Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry, a program to encourage businesses, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals, neighborhood associations and schools to host food drives and fundraising events to fill pantry shelves. The drive, the Share What You Can campaign, lasts until Oct. 24. Read more

Calling for Kids fundraiser hopes to raise $1.4 million

September 29, 2009

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s annual Calling for Kids fundraiser is in full swing and needs your contributions. Read more

Military News

September 29, 2009

Issaquah graduate completes Navy boot camp

Navy Seaman Lee Duwors, a 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Duwors completed a variety of training, including classroom study and practical instruction regarding naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Officials weigh ground water concerns and hospital plans

September 29, 2009

City Council members will work to accommodate plans for underground fuel tanks at a hospital in the Issaquah Highlands and residents who questioned whether leaky tanks could contaminate ground water. Read more

Rapid response

September 29, 2009

What are your feelings about the number of unopposed races in city elections?
Apparently those unopposed have not done anything to cause someone to come forward who would do it differently.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

I think it’s a shame that as city voters we don’t have any choice with some positions. With the large population that we have, you would think that more folks would have wanted to get involved in their local government.

Michele Forkner, Issaquah

I’ve not seen much publicity to increase awareness about the ability to run in a city election. Make it simple and easily accessible and more will run. Granted, if someone had a burning desire to serve, they would make a point of finding out how. But it might spark more people’s interest if the opportunity to run were marketed well.

Monica Drakes, Issaquah

Problem that mayor runs unopposed. No one thought that they could beat Ava (Frisinger), so now she doesn’t have to ponder her “shortfailings.” Not good.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

It is sad there are not more people with the desire and time for public service. However, an election is necessary even in the unopposed races to allow every voting citizen the right to choose, which would include the choice of a write-in.

Nancy Ward, Issaquah

Sad that we do not have more new young participants.

Matthew Balkman, Issaquah

I think it is bad. If I lived in the city limits I would consider running against any unopposed candidate.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

It is demonstrative of how impactful our citizens strive to be in making our town better.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

Dorothy L. (Counts) McLean

September 29, 2009


Dorothy McLean

Dorothy L. (Counts) McLean of Issaquah, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, at the age of 81. She died of a heart attack. Read more

Arts calendar

September 29, 2009



Darren Motamedy, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Read more

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