Issaquah Community Network supports Take Back Initiative

April 23, 2013

The Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition are supporting the National Take Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

About 18,000 people a year overdose on prescription drugs, which includes young people in the Issaquah School District area, said Judy Brewer, chairwoman of the Issaquah Community Network.

The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, urges adults to clear unused or leftover prescription drugs from homes and drop them safely and securely at local police stations. Learn more at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal, which also provides a list of local drop-off centers.

Read more

Nominate someone by May 3 for Kiwanis awards

April 23, 2013

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is seeking nominations for three awards, to be presented at the city’s Annual Community Awards. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.

The three awards are:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award — to honor a person whose efforts have made a huge difference in the community.

Nominees should frequently volunteer in the greater Issaquah area; exhibit their commitment by contributing a large number of hours over a significant period of time; and have achieved outstanding results for the betterment of the community.

Approved standards could mean 10-story buildings

April 23, 2013

The vision established in the Central Issaquah Plan last year officially took the first steps toward realization April 15 as the City Council approved design and development standards for future development.

The many standards passed include key provisions, such as reduced minimum parking requirements, new community space stipulations and a focus on density that allows buildings up to 125 feet in certain areas. The document has 17 chapters of comprehensive rules and regulations.

“This is a big deal,” Economic Development Director Keith Niven said. “In December, the council passed the Central Issaquah Plan, which was the vision. This is the implementation piece. This is how you make it happen. This allows developers to submit applications and pursue redevelopment based on the new standards.”

Read more

Local teachers earn National Board certification

April 23, 2013

The Issaquah School District has 15 more National Board Certified teachers, bringing its total to 112.

National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain and typically takes more than a year to complete. It requires teachers to demonstrate how their work improves student achievement and their knowledge of the subjects they teach. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

Washington, with a total of 6,740, is now fourth in the nation for most National Board certified teachers. Those who complete the process receive a $5,000 bonus from the state.

Read more

Use common sense to prevent drowning

April 23, 2013

As the weather warms up and people head to water to cool off, the King County Sheriff’s Office warns against common mistakes that may result in drowning.

The easiest way to prevent a drowning is to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, according to a press release from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Make sure the life jacket is appropriate for the wearer’s size and weight, and that none of the straps are broken, torn or rotting.

Read more

Stamp Out Hunger on May 11 benefits local food banks

April 23, 2013

Generous Issaquah community members will partner with their postal carriers May 11 to Stamp Out Hunger in the nation’s largest single-day food drive, benefiting Food Lifeline’s efforts to stock area food banks and feed hungry people throughout King County.

The 21st annual event brings together the National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America affiliates across the nation. In Issaquah and the rest of King County, local letter carriers will drop off Stamp Out Hunger bags in advance at some 750,000 households. Residents will then be asked to fill the bags with nonperishable food for pickup May 11.

Read more

Off The Press

April 23, 2013

Turn off the television, become pedestrians

“The Pedestrian,” a sci-fi, short story by Ray Bradbury, depicts a world in which nobody walks.

The main character, Mead, is the only pedestrian in a city of 3 million people. The rest of the people are pedestrians in the second sense of the word: dull, uninteresting, lacking imagination. The main character is considered a dangerous rebel because he walks.

Joe Grove Press proofreader

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

Read more

To the Editor

April 23, 2013

520 bridge pontoons

Leaders need to do, build, fix things

I’m so disgusted I could spit.

Our country used to DO things. We used to build things; we used to invent, innovate and create. We built the Golden Gate bridge, we built the interstate freeway system and we went to the moon. Now, we can’t even build some concrete pontoons for a floating bridge!

Read more

Editorial

April 23, 2013

Bag ban is making a cleaner Issaquah

Issaquah’s bag ban will be two months old next week. Grocery store clerks say shoppers are getting used to the ban, while others are still grumbling.

For those volunteering to pick up litter in Issaquah last Saturday, it is obvious that better habits for recycling and disposal are needed, and could go a long way to creating a cleaner city. Plastic bags are only part of the problem, but they are prevalent on blackberry bushes along Issaquah Creek and in drainage ditches.

Read more

Leadership turnover needs tailored approach

April 23, 2013

Every year, high school seniors graduate, and every year, people need to step up to fill the shoes that these seniors leave behind.

Iman Baghai Issaquah      High School

Iman Baghai
Issaquah High School

In many high school programs, students spend their entire high school careers pouring their hearts and souls into their activities and often rising as student leaders. But, more often than not, their zeniths at these positions are short-lived, as these leaders move onto college and beyond. Once they leave, others come in and these transitions can be graceful or ugly.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »