Obliteride will come through Issaquah this summer

March 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 29, 2014

One route of the Community Ride to Obliterate Cancer, which returns to King County Aug. 8-10 to raise funds for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will come through Issaquah.

With four ride distances to choose from — including the 25-mile, 50-mile and 150-mile courses — it’s the 100-mile course that will include a route through Issaquah on Aug. 10.

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Watoto Children’s Choir Of Ugandan Orphans performs March 30 at Eastridge Church

March 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 28, 2014

The Watoto Children’s Choir, on a six-month U.S. tour, makes an Issaquah stop March 30.

The choir gives a free performance at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and its people.

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Watoto Children’s Choir

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

March 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2014

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its fifth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 21 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

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Let’s Go! March 27 – April 2

March 25, 2014

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Family, friends say goodbye to helicopter crash victim

March 25, 2014

komo tv photo Pilot Gary Pfitzner, of Issaquah, was killed when his KOMO helicopter crashed March 18, also killing photojournalist Bill Strothman.

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Pilot Gary Pfitzner, of Issaquah, was killed when his KOMO helicopter crashed March 18, also killing photojournalist Bill Strothman.

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered March 22 for the funeral of Gary Pfitzner, one of two men who died in a fiery helicopter crash near the Space Needle last week.

Pfitzner, 59, was the pilot for the KOMO-TV helicopter, which crashed onto Broad Street outside Fisher Plaza on March 18. Veteran Seattle photojournalist Bill Strothman, 62, of Bothell, was also killed.

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Cyberbullying victim puts past behind her

March 25, 2014

The lewd images and messages scrawled across her daughter’s Facebook page in 2011 still burn bright in Issaquah resident Tara Cote’s memory.

In a case that made national headlines, then 12-year-old Leslie Cote was the victim of cyberbullying, as two classmates hacked into her social media page and posted altered photos, including one with “I’m a slut” superimposed on it.

Two Issaquah girls, who also used the site’s instant messaging service to act as Leslie to proposition boys for sexual acts, were charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing.

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Safety, security details changing in Issaquah schools, administration

March 25, 2014

Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students.

They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers.

Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor.

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Legislature ends with basic education funding unresolved

March 25, 2014

OLYMPIA — House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk.

In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Earlier this year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class size reductions. According to the National Education Association, Washington state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes.

House Bill 2797 would have sold $700 million in lottery-backed bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction; it passed out of the House 90-7 with bipartisan support. It failed to make it to the Senate floor after State Treasurer Jim McIntire said lottery-backed bonds were too risky.

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Development permitting fees will rise April 1

March 25, 2014

Issaquah will raise its development permitting fees April 1 for the first time since 2006.

Passed by the City Council at its Dec. 16 meeting, the increase comes after reviewing the current economic state of the city and comparing costs to develop in Issaquah with neighboring cities.

“The fees were changed to ensure Issaquah fully recovers its costs to review permits, offer our customers more flat rates, less itemized fees [and] be more consistent with fees charged in neighboring cities,” according to the city’s website.

One of the reasons for the gap since the last change in fees was the 2008 recession and the fear that higher fees might hamper new development.

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King County seeks trail photos for new regional trail map

March 25, 2014

King County Parks has launched a search for the best photo taken from anywhere on its regional trail system.

The winning photo will become the cover of the Regional Trails in King County map when it is reprinted in September, and will remain on the cover for at least the following six months.

Submitted contest photos should convey trail users’ experiences along the King County regional trail system, whether the photos are taken while commuting along the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park, rollerblading along the Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley or during a long walk with a dog along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail outside Carnation.

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