Local high school activities heat up with the arrival of spring

April 24, 2012

Issaquah shines at AMP Night program

April 17 marked the second annual AMP Night at Issaquah High School, sponsored by the Issaquah Junior Class Council.

Samantha Garrard Issaquah High School

AMP Night — a showcase of art, music and poetry — was a great example of Issaquah’s support for each unique student. More than 100 students from completely different social groups came together to perform and celebrate one another’s talents. Some students chose to perform a beloved song, others chose to recite an original poem and there was even a student who sang opera in a different language.

“AMP night is a great way for us to express our passion for music and get other people excited about music,” said Khalil Somani, a member of the group in the finale performance.

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Former Issaquah Mayor Herb Herrington dies

April 24, 2012

Herb Herrington

Former Mayor Herb Herrington, a genteel Texan and the chief executive as Issaquah started a long metamorphosis from a one-stoplight town to a commercial hub, died April 13.

Herrington, 83, served as mayor from 1974-81, before the Eastside population boom reshaped Issaquah from a former coal-mining and logging settlement into a center for high-tech and service industries. Later city leaders credited Herrington for creating a City Hall culture more responsive to citizens’ concerns.

“One of the things I learned from him is that you can disagree without being disagreeable,” former Mayor Rowan Hinds said.

Compassion also defined Herrington’s legacy. In 1977, the then-mayor spearheaded Community Enterprises of Issaquah, a predecessor to AtWork! — a nonprofit organization dedicated to skills training and job placement for disabled people.

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Fireworks proposal fizzles as City Council aims for 2013 display

April 24, 2012

Independence Day revelers eager to see the rockets’ red glare in the Issaquah sky must wait at least another year, after City Council members decided against funding a holiday fireworks display.

Councilman Mark Mullet, owner of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands, offered to fund a July 3 fireworks display at Tibbetts Valley Park. The proposal fizzled April 16 after other council members raised questions about budget, calendar and space limitations.

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Mayor hires Prosser official as deputy city administrator

April 24, 2012

Charlie Bush

The city administrator for Prosser, a wine country destination in Eastern Washington, is the next No. 3 official at Issaquah City Hall

Charlie Bush, 37, is due to start as the deputy city administrator June 1, as officials reorganize departments and attempt to streamline city operations. Plans call for the deputy city administrator to oversee development and planning functions.

“I’m really looking forward to coming in and hitting the ground running, and working with everybody,” he said April 23. “I see this as a tremendously exciting professional opportunity. I really am interested in the opportunities that Issaquah presents at this stage in its history.”

Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment April 18.

Bush joined Prosser City Hall as city administrator in 2008, after a long municipal government career in Washington and Arizona.

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King County proposes 10 percent sewer rate hike

April 24, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a 10 percent increase in regional sewer rates for 2013-14, or about $4 more per month for the average residential customer.

The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater. So, Issaquah and other contracted entities pass on the increased cost to consumers.

The proposed increase requires approval from the King County Council.

Contractual obligations require the council to adopt the 2013-14 sewer rate by June 30. Constantine sent the proposal to council members April 19.

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How to protect your online privacy

April 24, 2012

By Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

In this day and age, everyone is connected to the Internet.

That means that everyone has some kind of personal information on the Web, and most of them will want to keep it private. This guide will give you a series of quick and easy steps that will let you create accounts for various websites while keeping your private life private.

1. Come up with a password. It should be easy to remember. (Example: encephalothapy)

2. Now, change all the e’s to 3’s, the o’s to 0’s, and the l’s to 1’s, and capitalize random letters. And type it backward. (Example: YpaHT01aHP3cN3)

3. This is your password. Don’t write it down, because if you do, someone could break into your house and log onto your Facebook account or something. You will have to memorize it.

Now that you have a password, it is time to fill out the remaining fields on the account creation screen. Let’s continue to the personal information section (name, address, etc.).

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Peek behind the scenes as documentary examines ‘Costco Craze’

April 24, 2012

Issaquah-based Costco sells $4 billion in produce, almost $2 billion in televisions, 55 million rotisserie chickens, 2.6 billion gallons of gasoline and 3 million pairs of eyeglasses each year.

The largest warehouse club chain on the planet is the subject of a CNBC documentary, “The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” scheduled to debut April 26.

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120 years of Issaquah

April 24, 2012

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1892

  • Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.

1893

  • The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.

1895

  • Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.

1899

  • State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.

1900

  • Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.

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The myth of online privacy

April 24, 2012

By Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

From “keep out” signs swinging on our childhood bedroom doors to setting passcodes on our smart phones, personal privacy has always been regarded as something sacred.

While technological advances and judicial decisions further integrate privacy as one of our fundamental rights, it faces potential threats from the very devices and social networks that demand privacy.

Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook allow us to keep connected with relative ease and convenience. There’s no better way to get updates on homework, events and everyone’s spring break adventures than logging on to your preferred site; our lives are represented by timelines and tweets.

It can seem harmless, posting about the amazing ice cream you just had at the Ben and Jerry’s close to your house, or sharing your location when you head to Lincoln Cinemas to see “The Hunger Games.” And for the most part, it is. The likelihood of someone with malicious intent perusing your profile is slim, but updating statuses constantly or divulging personal information on one of these social media sites can undermine any efforts toward privacy.

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Forum opens community conversation about drug use and children

April 24, 2012

Ever wonder what makes someone an addict and how to prevent your child from becoming one? The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition has and it is hosting a community forum to discuss the answers.

“Drug Use and Our Kids,” will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. May 2 at Clark Elementary School where a presentation about the neurological and developmental aspects of drug use and abuse will be followed by a community discussion about the perceptions and realities of local youths’ alcohol and drug use.

“We want to really raise awareness. A lot of the time parents are unaware of the extent of youth drug use,” said Jerry Blackburn, a chemical dependency professional and faculty member in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program at Bellevue College, who will give the presentation.

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