Help Echo Glen buy books

February 19, 2013

Educators at the Echo Glen Children’s Center are asking for help buying books that they hope will engage their young readers, which are often the state’s hardest-to-reach students. To do that, the teachers have set up a wish list of books at amazon.com.

One of those teachers, LaShae Lee, explained that when students arrive in her classroom, they may have not been in school for long periods of time, they may be sober for the first time in years or they may be processing various types of abuse experiences.

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Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor

February 19, 2013

The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.

The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.

The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting this summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.

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Authorities bust tobacco sellers

February 19, 2013

Throughout 2012, authorities busted King County retailers for selling tobacco to teenagers 92 times.

The illegal sales rate topped 8 percent, a drop from the 12 percent rate in 2011, but up from the 6 percent average between 2006-10.

The compliance checks did not reveal any problems at Issaquah retailers, although Safeway in Sammamish sold tobacco to a minor in April 2012, according to a county report.

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To the Editor

February 19, 2013

Creek trails

Scenic walks are important

One of the most beautiful aspects of Issaquah is the creek. As we walk through town, we continually cross bridges and see the rushing water below. Unfortunately, we are not utilizing this treasure. There are no trails or walks ALONG the creek. This is where we should be spending money, to develop scenic walks along the creek. People would visit Issaquah just for that.

Instead, we are spending money on destroying the beauty of trails like the one along East Lake Sammamish. If people feel it is necessary to pave that trail, fine. But why does it have to be widened? We walk there because it is scenic and beautiful. Now, the trees and plants that make it so are being cut down to widen the path. I don’t get it. Let’s do what we can to enhance the natural beauty we’ve been given, not diminish it.

Somebody told me that a walk along the creek is part of the Central Issaquah Plan. Is that true? Are the planned walks (if any) extensive? Perhaps The Press can provide some information about that.

Barbara Extract

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Issaquah School levy committee to discuss 2014 in April

February 19, 2013

The 2014 special election season may be far off most people’s radar screens, but not the Issaquah School District’s.

A plan for the 2014 Levy Development Committee was laid out Feb. 13 during the regular school board meeting. The purpose of the committee, according to its charter, is to advise the superintendent as he prepares a recommendation for the school board to approve levy issues for either the February or April 2014 ballot.

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Carnivore studies teach lessons in real-life science at Issaquah Middle School

February 19, 2013

There are more than two dozen territorial carnivores that call the Issaquah area home, and for the past four months the sixth-grade life science students at Issaquah Middle School have been leading their own investigations into these wild neighbors.

Since the end of September, the students have been learning about the local critters, ranging from raccoons and skunks to coyotes and bears, and developing scientific studies to find out how the animals use resources in the Issaquah community to meet their needs. The children teamed with staff from the Woodland Park Zoo and Western Wildlife to put the scientific method to use — asking questions, doing background research, forming and testing hypotheses, analyzing data and reporting their conclusions.

“I think it was interesting, because there was a lot to talk about since we have a lot of carnivores living in the area,” Engu Fontama said.

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Off The Press

February 19, 2013

Getting hired doesn’t have to be this hard

I’ve just finished hiring a new reporter for The Issaquah Press.

It never ceases to amaze me, when we advertise for help, the strange and sometimes ugly replies we get from people. Last week, I thought maybe a kind of list of do’s and don’ts might help people in their job search. Of course, these aren’t concrete rules, but as a hiring manager, these are some things I look for. Or not.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

1. “Dear sir or madam.” Don’t write that. If you can’t take the few minutes it would take to learn my name and put it on your cover letter, how can I be sure you’ll check out the things you should if you worked here?

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Former ‘SNL’ star to perform at Snoqualmie Casino Feb. 24

February 19, 2013

His biography is titled “I’m Not High.” His second comedy special is called “Let’s Clear the Air,” which he opens with the line, “If you’ve never seen me before, this is the way I look all the time.”

And yet Jim Breuer, the sleepy-eyed comedian from Long Island coming to the Snoqualmie Casino on Feb. 24, said most people still believe he is on his best kite impersonation when they encounter him.

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer

“Oh, yeah, of course. People still think I’m baked,” Breuer said in an interview from California.

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Editorial

February 19, 2013

Leave divorce wait time alone

One bill winding its way through the Legislature would increase the divorce waiting time from 90 days to one year after filing with the courts. The thought that a longer wait time would help a marriage is foolish.

Divorce is, to say the least, unpleasant. Even when there are no children involved, the hurt feelings, financial untangling and emotional stress can be devastating. When there are children involved, the household animosity should not be prolonged.

Sen. Don Benton’s bill is aimed at reducing the number of divorces. But Benton’s idea, to increase the waiting time, is misguided. Benton’s bill seems to assume that adults get divorces on the spur of the moment, that if they would just stop and think things through for a bit longer, they’d stay together.

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A little food love goes a long way

February 19, 2013

Valentine’s Day snuck up on me this year. It feels like yesterday I was planning Super Bowl food. And yet, last week I found myself scrambling to come up with something divinely delicious for the annual day of love.

Creating a special dinner for my family is my way of saying I love you. But alas, my dazzling Valentine dinner didn’t quite happen the way I’d planned. From work to school activities, homework and deadlines, it seemed a momentous task to bring everyone together on a Thursday evening for our Valentine feast.

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The lovely celebration dinner was postponed. However, always looking for a good excuse to dine on the delicious, my darling family agreed to reconvene this weekend for our annual evening of food love.

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