State Supreme Court seeks volunteers

October 22, 2013

The state Supreme Court seeks volunteers to help improve language in the courts to assist those citizens with less command of English.

The Washington State Court Interpreter Commission seeks members to serve as liaisons between the court community and the public. Duties of commission volunteers include:

  • helping develop policies for the Language Access Program,
  • addressing issues, complaints and/or requests regarding access to interpreter services in the courts,

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October 22, 2013

Lisa Callan for school board seat

Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.

The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually, Meryweather got the appointment.

Meryweather does have more lobbying experience and her confidence and knowledge makes her a leader in that arena. But community comes first.

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Slippery slopes are paved with good intentions

October 22, 2013

One has to sympathize with Allen Anderson for what transpired Oct. 10.

The longtime custodian at Issaquah High School has regularly worn a camouflage-printed jacket and carried an umbrella into work. But this particular day, someone mistook his signature look for that of a mysterious gunman.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

The high school and other nearby schools went into lockdown. When Anderson realized it was he who had caused the confusion, he told school administrators who advised him to turn himself in to the police surrounding the school.

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Salmon Days attendance soars over 185,000

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah Police Department has compiled the estimated attendance for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Warm temperatures and sunshine brought in approximately 185,000 people to the two-day affair, according to Police Chief Paul Ayers.

The number is above last year’s 180,000 attendees, who also experienced temperate, sunny weather.



To the Editor

October 22, 2013

Thank you

Vickie Hoffman deserved to be on the front page

Thank you so much for featuring this bright star of our community on the front page — so deserving!

Vicki’s warmth, welcoming spirit and endless generosity to help children and the community were so uplifting to everyone she came in contact with. What a treasure we have enjoyed knowing.

Our warmest hugs to Stan, Ashley and Kyle.

Candice Hoffman


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Recipe for Hope cooks up community support

October 22, 2013

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank raised more than $75,000 in its Recipe for Hope fundraiser Oct. 17.

James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, was the keynote speaker, while State Sen. Mark Mullet emceed the event at Eastridge Church.

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Jay Rodne, Chad Magendanz host town hall

October 22, 2013

State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz will host a local Q&A town hall for constituents to learn more about topics of discussion in the 2014 legislative session beginning in January.

The town hall is from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Eagle Room at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way.

No RSVP is necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to email questions and comments to Rodne at and Magendanz at



Goodwill sets up new donation site in Issaquah

October 22, 2013

Goodwill recently set up a new donation site in Issaquah. A mobile truck is sharing space with AtWork!, 690 Juniper St.

The mobile truck can accept all quality, reusable clothing and household items. In addition, it will accept all electronics, including televisions and computer monitors measuring 19 inches or less, desktop computers and laptops.

The site cannot accept furniture, appliances or other items larger than an end table.

Learn more at

Bellevue residents square off in County Council District 9 race

October 22, 2013

Two candidates are vying for King County’s District 9 County Council seat in this election.

Incumbent Reagan Dunn faces Shari Song for the large district that encompasses Newcastle and areas south and southwest of Issaquah.

While the position remains nonpartisan, last year Dunn lost a bid for Washington Secretary of State, running under the Republican banner. Meanwhile, Song has received an endorsement from the King County Democrats and a number of campaign contributions from Democratic groups.

“King County wants to be this massive regional government,” Dunn said. “We’re not focusing on our constituents like we should.”

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City hosts health care insurance enrollment event

October 22, 2013

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Issaquah residents who don’t have health insurance can now enroll in affordable health insurance options online at

Still, enrolling might seem daunting for anyone who doesn’t have good Internet access, or who doesn’t feel comfortable signing up using a website.

That’s why the city of Issaquah and Public Health – Seattle & King County have teamed up for an in-person enrollment event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

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