U.S. attorney highlights online safety as students return to school

August 28, 2012

The top federal prosecutor in the region reminded parents Aug. 20 to keep children safe online, especially as students return to school.

Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for Western Washington and Issaquah native, sent information sheets to public and private elementary and middle schools in the region, so the material can be placed into students’ information packets or posted on school websites.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery gift shop opens

August 28, 2012

The nonprofit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is reviving the popular hatchery gift shop, or FISHop, starting Labor Day weekend.

The gift shop debuted last year, and organizers plan to offer salmon- and Issaquah-themed merchandise for another salmon season. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 18.

Merchandise includes apparel, books, pins, games, toys and more. Based on the success last year, the shop will include expanded lines of merchandise to celebrate salmon and Issaquah, and offers educational materials and souvenirs for visitors.

FISHop is on the west end of the main hatchery building, 125 W. Sunset Way, near the bridge across Issaquah Creek.

FISH is also seeking artists of salmon- or watershed-themed works to sell. Contact Jane Kuechle at 392-1118 or jane@issaquahfish.org.

City Council considers support for fingerprint measure

August 28, 2012

City Council members could decide to support a King County property tax measure to generate dollars for police fingerprint services.

Before the council acts, citizens can offer input on the proposal at a public hearing. The council meets to consider the measure at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The property tax levy, Proposition 1, appears on the November ballot. The measure is meant to fund the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or AFIS, a regional police fingerprint identification service. Issaquah officers used information from AFIS 2,100 times last year.

The proposed renewal levy rate is 5.92 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or about $20.72 per year for a $350,000 home. The measure is expected to generate about $119 million overall through property tax revenue.

Press Editorial

August 28, 2012

School begins with need for volunteers

Next Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah School District will walk their kids to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.

Ahhhh, finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee!

But wait, your school needs you! The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

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Officials aim to catch taxi comments

August 28, 2012

King County needs to catch taxi comments from the public, as officials work to adopt rules for vehicle safety standards, and meter rules for taxicabs and for-hire vehicles.

The county posted the proposed rules for citizens to review at http://1.usa.gov/QwtqNy. Residents can also call 206-296-2710 to receive the proposed rules.

Submit written comments on the proposed rules to King County Records and Licensing Services; 500 Fourth Ave., Suite 411; Seattle, WA 98104. The deadline to submit written comments is Sept. 30.

Max Browne named to preseason ALL-USA team

August 28, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne has been named to the USA Today Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team.

Browne passed for 4,034 yards with 45 touchdowns in 2011 and is on pace to break Jake Heaps’ all-time passing record of 9,196 yards at Skyline. Browne currently stands at 8,428 career passing yards.

Browne committed to the University of Southern California in the spring and is the favorite to succeed current USC quarterback Matt Barkley in 2013.

Practice fire safety during Labor Day weekend

August 28, 2012

Officials reminded the public to practice fire safety as residents head outside to celebrate Labor Day weekend.

Though the King County burn ban expires Sept. 1, other local restrictions remain in place.

Department of Natural Resources officials set a summer burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands from July 1 to Sept. 30.

On state forestlands, users can build recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.

Eastside Fire & Rescue imposed a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.

For Labor Day cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.

Issaquah Police Department, other agencies continue DUI crackdown

August 28, 2012

Issaquah police officers continue to target drunken drivers as summer heads into the Labor Day weekend.

The agency is participating in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign through Sept. 3.

During the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign last year, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,824 drivers for DUI.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign includes the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

Roadwork could impact Squak Mountain traffic

August 28, 2012

Crews started work Aug. 22 to repave several Squak Mountain roads.

Expect to see crews grinding roads to prepare for paving in the days ahead. Paving is scheduled to occur through Aug. 31, weather permitting.

Crews plan to work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Homeowners can still access their properties during the roadwork.

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Off the Press

August 28, 2012

When news photographs whistled through wires

Our recent story about the book by Barry Sweet, the Seattle Associated Press photographer for more than three decades, brought back a lot of memories. I visited with Barry at the Issaquah Costco and enjoyed reliving old times.

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Would you believe that once upon a time, it took 10 minutes to send one black-and-white photograph to newspapers across the country? And 40 minutes to send color?

While studying at the University of Washington, I landed a job in 1977 as one of five wirephoto operators at the Seattle bureau, working right next to Barry Sweet at the same desk and the same darkroom for two years.

A wirephoto — or Laserphoto — transmitter was about the size and weight of a carton of 10 reams of office paper. We typed a caption on sticky paper, put it on the margin of an 8-by-10 print, put it in the slot and pressed start.

The picture would slowly feed at an inch per minute as the laser would scan 120 lines an inch, turn the shades of gray into a constant rapid whistling of high- to low-pitched sound frequencies and send it across telephone lines.

Receivers at the nation’s newspapers would expose glossy thermal paper with synchronized lasers at the same time and spit out their reproductions when the transmission was done.

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