Police, IRS to fight fiscal crime together

March 19, 2013

The IRS and the Issaquah Police Department plan to team up to root out regional financial crime.

In a memorandum of understanding approved and signed by the City Council during its March 4 meeting, the goal of local police assisting with the investigation of suspicious money movement took a step forward.

“We have been approached by several official federal task forces in the past and we didn’t want to put out those resources. We wanted to keep them closer to home,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said at the meeting. “The IRS asked if they could be involved in assigning people to do criminal investigations to looking at suspicious activity of moving money around our community.”

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Costco seeks potential expansion

March 19, 2013

Costco approached the city’s Land and Shore Committee with an expansion agreement during its March 12 meeting.

Far from any potential action, Costco executives said they felt that they had outgrown their current development restrictions and brought the beginnings of an agreement for the committee’s consideration.

With Issaquah invested in Costco’s interests, the company was invited and active on the commission that brought together the Central Issaquah Plan last year, and it is under those standards the company wishes to expand its global headquarters.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary School declares lockdown

March 19, 2013

Police received a report March 14 about a woman holding two rifles walking down Newport Way near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

In response, the school issued a lockdown at about 12:10 p.m., until authorities investigated.

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Off The Press

March 19, 2013

Memories move with us from Front Street

The boxes are packed, the old files emptied. It’s the last week on Front Street for The Issaquah Press and we’re going to miss it.

Unless you’ve been here for more than a couple decades, you are one of many who think 1) The Issaquah Press Building is very, very old and 2) the building is owned by The Press.

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Neither is true. The building is only 25 years old and the newspaper has never owned it.

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To the Editor

March 19, 2013

Gun laws

Gun rights could use some updated thinking

I can understand how adhering to the laws as they were written hundreds of years ago can provide security and comfort for some as it relates to guns. Those same founders also wrote about slavery and how slaves were not whole people.

Years later, thoughts changed, people evolved and so did our laws. I find no answer as to why anybody of legal age, mentally challenged or not, can buy a machine that is capable, with or without modification, of killing mass numbers of people, and that this is sanctioned by our laws, or that it’s necessary to have an arsenal of military style weapons in the event our government goes berserk, as if their military-style weapons would be no match for ours.

Have we evolved? This is what I don’t understand. Call me crazy for asking.

Bryan Weinstein

Issaquah

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Editorial

March 19, 2013

Spring cleanup needs everyone

What can create community pride better than a spring cleanup? The city of Issaquah is overdue for one.

Issaquah used to have a spring cleanup, but it was last held about 20 years ago. It was memorable. Little League teams showed up with litterbags in hand before they headed to the park with bats and balls. Girl Scouts repainted the Sunset Way bridge over Issaquah Creek. Downtown merchants planted their flower boxes.

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Foreign service officer returns to his alma mater

March 19, 2013

Paul Neville has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He has dined with foreign dignitaries and spoken in front of captive crowds.

His audience on March 11, though, was a class full of students, in a building that Neville holds dear to his heart.

Contributed Liberty High School graduate Paul Neville (center) gives a speech at a cultural exchange presentation in the form of a fashion show in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on July 4, 2012.

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Liberty High School graduate Paul Neville (center) gives a speech at a cultural exchange presentation in the form of a fashion show in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on July 4, 2012.

Almost 20 years after he graduated from Liberty High School, Neville returned to his alma mater to talk about his experience working as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State.

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Committee receives incomplete Klahanie annexation cost report

March 19, 2013

An incomplete study on the cost of absorbing the Klahanie potential annexation area was presented to the Council Land and Shore Committee during its March 12 meeting.

Tom Nesbitt, of Nesbitt Planning and Management, went over the third study in a series of five to outline the potential pros and cons of absorbing the Klahanie potential annexation area. Through a Power Point presentation, he described the various increases in cost that Issaquah would incur.

By Peter Clark Tom Nesbitt, of Nesbitt Planning and Management, emphasizes figures for the Land and Shore committee as he presents the cost analysis for the potential annexation of the Klahanie area.

By Peter Clark
Tom Nesbitt, of Nesbitt Planning and Management, emphasizes figures for the Land and Shore committee as he presents the cost analysis for the potential annexation of the Klahanie area.

“There are three big costs that constitute almost the whole show,” he told the committee, identifying police, fire and roads.

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Washington State Patrol hosts youth camp

March 19, 2013

Washington high school juniors and seniors interested in a law enforcement career can spend a week learning about job opportunities in the field.

The 36th annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp is accepting applications at www.wsp.wa.gov/community/kiwanis.htm. May 10 is the application deadline.

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Interlocks include cameras to prevent tampering

March 19, 2013

Statewide, alcohol ignition interlocks feature cameras starting Jan. 1, in a bid to prevent other people from performing breath tests for a driver.

The camera snaps a picture whenever the device is used, to verify the driver is the person performing the test. The law requires alcohol ignition interlocks for motorists accused or convicted of impaired driving.

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