Practice safety on rivers and lakes

May 7, 2013

Dry, warm weather means more people are outdoors enjoying the sunshine and waterways. The warm weather conditions mean the public will look for ways to cool off. What better way than taking advantage of the beautiful areas that surround us?

Unfortunately, sun, heat and fair-weather activities such as swimming also present their share of hazards. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury/death for children under the age of 18, according to a press release from Eastside Fire & Rescue. Most drowning deaths occur in outdoor settings such as lakes, rivers, and ponds.

Fishing and boating are major factors in drowning among middle-age men, according to the release. U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are required for children 12 years or younger while on boats less than 19 feet long. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe is to always wear a life jacket when fishing and playing in or near the water.

It is important to understand your limits and be aware of water conditions. Dangerous currents, cold water temperatures, hidden debris and objects in the water can pose unknown hazards.


Local schools recognized for achievement award

May 7, 2013

State Superintendent Randy I. Dorn and State Board Chairman Jeff Vincent recognized several Issaquah schools with the Washington Achievement Award at an awards ceremony in Covington on April 30.

A total of 381 schools received awards, including Discovery Elementary School for overall excellence, math and science; Grand Ridge Elementary School for overall excellence; Beaver Lake Middle School for overall excellence; Cascade Ridge Elementary School for math; and Sunset Elementary School for science, according to a press release from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Washington Achievement Awards are based on Washington’s School Achievement Index and recognize elementary, middle school, high school and comprehensive schools. Schools are awarded using performance from 2010 to 2012 on statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science, as well as graduation rates.





To the Editor

May 7, 2013

Recognition deserved

Issaquah High School teacher Jeff Berka deserves gratitude

This is a great community with so many incredible schools and teachers. Certain teachers make our children want to actually talk about school and what they have learned.

A great example of this is one of the most inspirational teachers I have met at Issaquah High School, Jeff Berka. He has quietly and humbly helped and mentored so many other teachers over the years. He is a man who is extremely dedicated to bringing European studies to life.

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Off The Press

May 7, 2013

Tribute to Katie comes in the color purple

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

Wearing the color purple will never mean the same to me again.

When I throw on a purple sweater or a lavender scarf, I will know from this day forward that this color is special.

Purple is the color of royalty. It is the color of courage. It is the color of a fighter. Purple is Katie Tinnea’s color.

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Paula Phelps is next director of high schools

May 7, 2013

In a letter sent to Issaquah High School families April 19, the school’s principal, Paula Phelps, announced that she would leave her post at the end of the school year to become the district’s executive director of high schools.

“For the past 15 years, this school community has been such a family to me,” Phelps wrote. “I can’t tell you what a rich experience it has been to watch your students learn, grow, laugh and leave here ready to pursue their dreams.”

Phelps said she originally turned down the offer from Superintendent Steve Rasmussen. Now that she is making the move, Phelps told families that the district wants to work closely with them in the process of selecting a new principal.




May 7, 2013

Kokanee Work Group progress is heartening

A few years ago, the news about the kokanee salmon was pretty uniformly discouraging. Now, thanks largely to the efforts of the Kokanee Work Group, the fish species seems like it might be taking a step back from the brink.

Old-timers will tell you about the days when the streams running into Lake Sammamish were so thick with fish returning to spawn, you could practically walk across the water on their backs.

As years went by, the salmon suffered. Exploding development, particularly in the late 20th century, degraded streams and likely exacerbated a series of infamous algae blooms in the lake.

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Harlem Globetrotters lead skills clinic in July

May 7, 2013

The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Issaquah July 22-27 for a clinic, for ages 6-12, at 24 Hour Fitness, 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Globetrotters will be on court for two-hour sessions — coaching,

Liberty teachers recognized for hard work

May 7, 2013

Liberty High School teachers Debbie Sutton and Sarah Duran were selected as Liberty’s Outstanding Educators for the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release from the school.

The teachers were selected and recognized as teachers or educators who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to enhance the education of Liberty students.

The teachers were nominated by Liberty High School students.

AMBER alerts now available on cellphones

May 7, 2013

Washington residents can now receive AMBER alerts on their cellphone.

There are three different alerts issued through the Wireless Emergency Alert system, according to a press release from Washington State Patrol. Those are Presidential Alerts, or alerts issued by the president, Imminent Threat alerts, or alerts for severe man-made or natural disasters, and AMBER Alerts.

AMBER Alerts are used to locate abducted children. Recently, a wireless AMBER Alert allowed police to locate a missing child. However, the timing of the alert was not ideal, and the police received feedback on it. As a result, cellphone users can opt out of these alerts by contacting their wireless provider or go to



ArtEAST Rookery Project returns for another year

May 7, 2013

ArtEAST is bringing back the Rookery Project after a successful launch in 2012.

This year, artEAST curators Julie Rackley and Valaree Cox will guide the exhibit with their experience and unique perspective, according to a press release from artEAST.

Washington lakes play host to large populations of the indigenous great blue heron. ArtEAST continues to acknowledge Washington’s natural ecology and pay homage to this majestic bird with the Rookery Project 2013.

This year the “canvas” takes the form of one of three different silhouettes scroll-cut hardboard images by June Sekiguchi. You will be provided the scroll cut board upon your selection as an exhibitor.

Learn more and submit art for this project at Submission deadline is 8 p.m. May 13. Art will be exhibited Aug. 2-25.

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