To the Editor

June 11, 2013

Tree City?

Have respect for trees, city values

Tree City USA is a nice sentiment in Issaquah, but the reality is some of our absentee landlords don’t have any respect for trees or other homeowners’ property.

On May 31, 2013, neighbors called us at work to let us know a crew was trimming our prized Atlas cedar: each and every single branch that was hanging over the fence! Nobody asked, nobody commented, nobody even advised – they just cut. Now, the tree is halved, lopsided and provides our neighbors with nothing but the view of the inside of our tree. How sad.

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Off The Press

June 11, 2013

At least I don’t talk with my mouth full

A funny thing happened the last time I played poker.

Another player was slowly verbalizing her options in a particularly big pot when she said, “I never talk to myself. I only do this at the poker table.”

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

That provided me with a personal epiphany. I did the same thing. Which made me wonder, just what else do I do at the poker table I don’t do anywhere else in life?

Sometimes, I break the niceties of sportsmanship and harshly criticize another player for something they did (usually to my detriment).

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Soaring with Eagles

June 11, 2013

Autistic youth earns Scouting’s highest honor

With a combination of courage and a bit of help from friends, anything is possible.

Just ask Jason Callans, a freshman at Issaquah High School. The 15-year-old was diagnosed with autism at age 3 yet is thriving in a variety of activities among his peers.

By Justin Lester Jason Callans, a member of Boy Scout Troop 69, shows the certificate awarding his accomplishment of earning Eagle Scout honor.

By Justin Lester
Jason Callans, a member of Boy Scout Troop 69, shows the certificate awarding his accomplishment of earning Eagle Scout honor.

Jason’s most recent achievement is one he has been working toward for nearly a decade. In March, he was awarded the Eagle Scout badge, representing the highest possible rank for a Boy Scout.

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City launches its new social media presence

June 11, 2013

The city has begun making a large push in the social media arena.

After rolling out accounts over the past several months, the Issaquah communications department invited citizens to join them at six different social media platforms to receive updates and become a part of civic discussion.

The city will initially employ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest to engage the community and share information through e-news, pictures and ideas.

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Maywood teacher heads to sea

June 11, 2013

The last time Maywood Middle School science teacher Marla Crouch traveled Alaskan waters, she was on a cruise ship. She headed north once again June 8, but this time she will be living aboard a different vessel.

Crouch joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program, allowing her to spend about three weeks aboard the Oscar Dyson, where she will study Pollock, a type of fish, alongside NOAA scientists.

Marla Crouch

Marla Crouch

“Just living and working with these scientists, I expect to get a great deal of information I can share with my students when I return,” she said.

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Heritage Day returns July 4

June 11, 2013

Mark your calendar now for an historic 4th of July.

The Issaquah History Museums will hold the 12th annual Heritage Day in conjunction with the community’s Down Home Fourth of July Celebration. Activities will take place in and around the Issaquah Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., convenient to the Field of Fun. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

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Advances in technology changes local libraries for the better

June 11, 2013

Pamela Timmons marched into the Issaquah Library on a mission. She hustled over to the hold shelf, where she picked up the books she’d reserved online. After a quick question for a librarian, she popped over to the computer bank where she checked out the books herself. She was back at her car in enough time that she’d been able to park in the front lane reserved for book returns.

Timmons, an Issaquah resident, said technology has made her library trips quick and easy.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library. At right, the laser beam of a barcode reader at the Issaquah Library stands ready to scan patrons’ books at a self check out station.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library.

“I use it all the time,” she said. “It’s so fast. It’s unbelievable.”

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Graduation: a medley of emotions

June 11, 2013

Every senior is probably all too aware that graduation is quickly approaching, and leaving high school once and for all is becoming a very real affair.

I suppose when asked how they feel about graduating, most seniors would say something along the lines of, “I’m so happy to finally be done with high school.” After four long years of high school, our minds and our bodies are eager to embark on new roads and new journeys.

Hall Monitor Alice Ko  Issaquah             High School

Hall Monitor
Alice Ko
Issaquah High School

Recently, though, I was sitting in the audience at Issaquah High School’s Senior Acoustic Night. They say that music is one of the strongest ways to bring out emotions, and that statement could not be more accurate because from rap medleys to original compositions, the music that filled the theater was a mixture of the feelings and emotions graduation invokes in us.

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Work begins on Issaquah Creek dam replacement

June 11, 2013

Work is progressing at last on the replacement of the upper intake dam of Issaquah Creek.

Contractors began staging May 1, according to a news release from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Photos by Tom Vaughn Above left, a portion of Issaquah Creek has been rerouted to accommodate installation of a water bypass pipe. Now, no water comes over the dam (above).

Photos by Tom Vaughn
Above left, a portion of Issaquah Creek has been rerouted to accommodate installation of a water bypass pipe. Now, no water comes over the dam (above).

Workers have created an access road to the site and are in the process of laying a bypass pipe so Issaquah Creek water can be diverted around the work area. All creek water was shut off to the hatchery from the upper intake May 15.

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Issaquah History museums honor volunteers

June 11, 2013

The Issaquah History Museums and community members recently honored 70 volunteers who cumulatively donated 3,553 hours during 2012.

As a volunteer-based organization, the museums rely upon such generous donations of time and talent to discover, preserve and share Issaquah’s unique history, according to a news release from the group.

Doug Bristol

Doug Bristol

The Independent Sector, an organization dedicated to leading, strengthening and mobilizing nonprofit organizations, has estimated the value of one volunteer hour at $22.14, which means the total value of volunteer labor contributed to the museums in 2012 was $63,970.

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