WikiLeaks: What’s the big deal?

December 21, 2010

WikiLeaks exposes secret information

Eastside Catholic High School

By Katie Sutherland

One of today’s most compelling and controversial current events is the WikiLeaks scandal.

The so-called whistleblower website was established in 2006 by Chinese dissidents, but is best known for its director, 39-year-old Australian computer hacker and Internet activist Julian Assange. Under the motto, “We help you safely get the truth out,” Assange and his colleagues published documents containing classified political and military information.

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Off the Press

December 21, 2010

Forget 2012 election; real action is in 2011

December is a lifetime removed from the rough and tumble of election season.

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Right?

Nope.

Though the mid-term election is more than a month in the past — and a recount ended the last local race in early December — attention has already started to turn to 2011.

Issaquah has City Council and school board elections in November and, depending on the number of candidates, a possible August primary election.

Pundits starting peering into the crystal ball in the direction of 2012 before Dino Rossi had drafted a concession speech, but the races on the ballot next year could carry just as much impact for city and Issaquah School District residents.

OK, so City Council and Issaquah School Board contests lack the intrigue of the 2012 races — the battle royale for the Governor’s Mansion, another U.S. Senate race, and the redrawn congressional and legislative map — but local leaders decide all sorts of important issues, too.

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To the Editor

December 21, 2010

Christmas

Break from the holiday season routine

Last Saturday morning, my mom and I drove into Seattle to visit the first Starbucks. We ordered identical grande peppermint mochas with soy — no whip. With smiles on our newly caffeinated faces, we took a step out of the Starbucks and into the freezing air, only to see a homeless man asking for money.

As Key Club president at my high school, I wanted to help him out. I looked to my mom and she knew what I was thinking. In minutes, the man revealed to me his favorite drink, and I brought the hot chocolate with whipped cream outside to warm his frigid body. Read more

How do students celebrate the holidays?

December 21, 2010

Hanukkah and Ramadan

Issaquah High School

By Kim Bussing

At Issaquah High School, holiday traditions are not limited to Christmas trees and candy canes; students celebrate their individual beliefs in a variety of ways. Take for example junior Allie Lustig, who celebrates Hanukkah with her family.

“Every year, we make latkes at least once and play dreidel,” she said. “We do not play it every year, but it is a Hanukkah tradition, kind of like what eating fruitcake is to Christmas.”

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, commemorates an ancient Jewish victory and lasts for eight days. Unlike Christmas, it does not begin on a definitive date on our calendar but on the 25th of Kislev on the Jewish calendar. However, similar to the widely celebrated Christian holiday, Hanukkah is an opportunity for families to spend time together away from the pressures of homework and deadlines. Read more

Press Editorial

December 21, 2010

The Christmas spirit means helping others

Christmas giving will reach its heights over the next few days, but year-end charitable giving still has another 10 days to go. Most donors have their priorities, choosing donations that match their own passions, and usually including a few checks for human services.

Issaquah has a bevy of great agencies to donate to, but Issaquah Community Services stands out for the emergency financial relief it provides for area families fighting to keep the heat on and the rent paid while they seek new jobs or seek other resources of help. Read more

‘Sleuth’ tickets go on sale at Village Theatre

December 21, 2010

Solve a mystery at Village Theatre.

The downtown Issaquah theater presents “Sleuth” from Jan. 19 to Feb. 27. Theatergoers can purchase tickets at the theater website, www.villagetheatre.org. Or call the box office at 392-2202. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, 303 Front St. N., from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets range from $20 to $60.

“Sleuth” has earned the Tony Award for Best Play. The production is the lone play in a musical-packed Village Theatre season. Read more

Police arrest woman for attempting to use forged check

December 21, 2010

Police arrested a 32-year-old Seattle woman Dec. 17 after investigators said she attempted to use a forged check to purchase items at Honda Kubota.

Employees at the store, 1745 N.W. Mall St., said a woman had called the business Friday to purchase $13,000 in items on a business account. Read more

Event of the Month

December 21, 2010

Swinging in Vienna

7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 16

Swinging in Vienna

Come dance the night away dressed in your best under a star-lit Vienna sky. The 18th annual Swinging in Vienna concert features and benefits the Issaquah School District Evergreen Philharmonic and Issaquah High jazz band. The set list includes Viennese waltzes and dance music from the Big Band era. Tickets are $50 for couples; $40 for singles. Student and senior pricing is $40 for couples; $25 for singles. Coffee, punch and elegant desserts are served all night and are included in the price.

School district could lose more than $3 million from governor’s cuts

December 21, 2010

The Issaquah School District is slated to lose $3.17 million in the proposed budget Gov. Chris Gregoire released Dec. 15.

The 2011-13 proposed budget aims to address a $4.6 billion shortfall.

“This is on top more than $10 million in cuts from the last two budget cycles and a $1-million mid-year cut to our current budget from Saturday’s special session,” Issaquah Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a statement. “If I have said we were down to the bone before now, this starts cutting into the marrow of classroom operations.” Read more

County acquires Cougar Mountain land for park

December 21, 2010

King County has acquired 41 acres near Issaquah to be added someday to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Officials and open space groups considered the land — west of Newport Way Northwest and south of Northwest Oakcrest Drive — as a high priority for conservation.

County planners aim to purchase additional land in the area to connect Newport Way Northwest to the 3,115-acre park. The parcel is located in the northeast corner of the preserve.

The county used $1.55 million from the King County Parks expansion levy and the Conservation Futures open space program levy to purchase the forested site near the Summerhill neighborhood. The deal closed Dec. 3. Read more

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