Marijuana legalization creates more questions than answers

August 6, 2013

Public meetings will begin to tackle the marijuana business licensing debate Aug. 7, but many questions still exist.

In the days after Washington voters passed Initiative 502 — and created the least restrictive rules for marijuana use in the United States — GreenLink Collective staffers fielded the same question again and again.

How much is 1 ounce of marijuana?

By Greg Farrar One ounce of marijuana buds sits in a plastic tray on an electronic scale at GreenLink Collective on Northwest Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah. A smartphone on the left indicates the relative size of the pot sample.

By Greg Farrar
One ounce of marijuana buds sits in a plastic tray on an electronic scale at GreenLink Collective on Northwest Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah. A smartphone on the left indicates the relative size of the pot sample.

The ballot measure legalized marijuana use for adults 21 and older. I-502 allows sales at state-licensed stores of up to 1 ounce of marijuana grown by state-licensed farmers — once staff officials establish rules for the marijuana supply chain.

The answer to the question at GreenLink, a patient-run medical marijuana organization in Issaquah, differs based on the variety of marijuana, founder Jake George said.

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Chamber, city seek firm for tourism plan

August 6, 2013

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Issaquah, is looking for a firm to develop a business plan for a tourism organization in Issaquah.

The firm’s plan will cover the mission and scope of work, the governance, potential operational costs, funding sources, expected return on investment and competitive advantages of forming a new, local tourism organization.

Applying firms should be familiar with various tourism organizational models.

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District registration opens in August

August 6, 2013

For the first time, all Issaquah School District levels will be able to confirm enrollment status online this year.

The Enrollment Verification Process for elementary schools is through Aug. 7, while Back to School Check-In and RSVP for middle and high schools, respectively, go live from Aug. 12-18.

Through the online portal, families will be able to confirm enrollment status, download and print necessary forms, sign up for PTSA, add money to a student’s lunch account, subscribe to the district E-news mailing list and donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Depending on the grade level, it may also be possible to pay fines and fees, or join boosters.

For more specific information, contact your child’s school. The district will post notice of registration and the instruction page when the processes go live.


Seattle Times owner to speak at chamber luncheon

August 6, 2013

The Seattle Times owner and publisher Frank Blethen will speak at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon Aug. 8. The luncheon, a monthly community event featuring regional guest speakers, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.

This month, Blethen will speak about community and connection.

“The Seattle Times is simply a fantastic institution in the northwest,” said Matt Bott, CEO for the chamber. “Frank’s family has been behind that success. He’s somebody we look to as a leader and a visionary for our region. We’re really excited about it.”

Frank Blethen

Frank Blethen

For Blethen, coming out to community events like this is important.

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Two positions are open for state Board of Education

August 6, 2013

In November, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct an election for Western Region Position 5 and Eastern Region Position 2 of the State Board of Education.

Candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent.

According to the state Legislature website, the western region covers all counties including and west of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Lewis and Skamania counties. The eastern region covers all counties including and east of Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat counties.

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State park campfires banned until further notice

August 6, 2013

Washington State Parks announced July 31 that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

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August 6, 2013

Parking fees raise more questions than money

Get ready to pay for reserved parking at the Issaquah Transit Center.

Sound Transit has approved a plan that could mean that up to 40 percent of parking spots will be fee based. Officials say this pilot program will test whether people 1) will pay, 2) if pre-paid reserved parking will shift drivers to other less-full lots, and 3) if drivers can be encouraged to carpool.

Sound Transit will set aside 10 percent of the Issaquah spots for single-occupant vehicles and another 10 percent for carpools, though either or both of those numbers could expand to 20 percent. Single drivers will pay $33 per quarter and carpools $5. The spots would be reserved during peak hours after which they revert to general parking.

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41st District rep candidate forum set for Aug. 14

August 6, 2013

The 41st District Democrats will hold an Aug. 14 forum to hear from candidates vying to assume the state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Nine people have already expressed interest in participating in the forum, 41st District Democrats Chairwoman Karol Brown said.

Mercer Island residents Tana Senn, a City Councilwoman, Maureen Judge, a businesswoman who ran for state Senate and David Ellis, a field director with Washington United for Marriage, intend to participate; as well as Newcastle residents Tony Ventrella, a sports broadcaster, and Claudia Hirschey, a member of the King County Boundary Review Board, Bellevue resident George Pieper, a businessman, and Sammamish residents Don Gerend, a City Councilman, Kelly Munn, the state field director with the League of Education Voters, and Gregory Hoover, an attorney who ran for the state House of Representatives, have expressed interest in filling Maxwell’s seat and attending the forum.

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To the Editor

August 6, 2013

Dogwood Street

City, please make our neighborhood safer

I recently read the letter published in The Issaquah Press from Mary Lou Lewis and I completely agree with her statements.

I have lived on Dogwood Street since 1992 and wrote a letter to the mayor asking for a safer street. As I recall, there was a promise that it would begin in 1994, and we are still waiting.

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Off The Press

August 6, 2013

Get it right for the kids

I was driving along with my radio blasting when my least favorite commercial came on: Kars4Kids. I dislike this commercial on two levels. First, it is such a catchy tune that it sticks in my brain for hours. Of course that makes it a commercial success. The second reason I don’t like it stems from my years as an English teacher: it misspells car.

Hillary Clinton told us it takes a village to raise a child, and I can remember those times I got home and somebody had already called my parents to report some misbehavior. However, the village can also damage kids when it messes with the language.

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

Children come to school with a language structure already in place. They don’t come to school with a history or math structure in place. The English teacher works to correct and polish that language structure. When advertisers purposely misspell words as in kars for cars, kidz for kids, lite for light or nite for night, etc., because it is kind of cutesy, they are a part of the village that damages the kids.

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