Robin Earl resigns as Creekside Elementary School principal

June 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2014

Creekside Elementary School is searching for its next principal after Robin Earl announced her resignation June 10 in an email to families.

Earl has worked in the Issaquah School District for more than 20 years, serving as principal at Creekside and Challenger elementary schools, and as one of the original science magnet program teachers at Briarwood Elementary School.

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Public is invited to seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill football event this weekend

June 13, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. June 13, 2014

Skyline High School is hosting the seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-15.

Twenty high schools from around the state are scheduled to participate in the clinic, which involves a series of simultaneous seven-on-seven passing drills on eight different fields.

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City of Issaquah seeks new deputy city administrator

June 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 13, 2014

Issaquah is searching for a new deputy city administrator after Charlie Bush, who recently held the position, moved into the Development Services Department.

Bush will fill the role as its new director after the departure of its former director John Minato earlier this year.

The city posted a job listing May 2 for a new deputy city administrator on various sites like and

Support Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery by shopping at AmazonSmile

June 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2014

You can now contribute to the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery automatically, just by shopping on Amazon.

FISH is participating in the AmazonSmile program. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5 percent of every purchase you make via to FISH. This allows Amazon customers to support FISH at no extra cost.

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Let’s Go! June 12-18

June 11, 2014

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National Geograpic Map Visits Sunset Elementary

June 11, 2014

City Council approves recreational marijuana retail regulations

June 10, 2014

Retail marijuana will come to Issaquah.

After months of discussion and a moratorium installed in September, Issaquah will allow recreational marijuana business practices. The City Council voted on the administration’s proposed regulations during the June 2 meeting and agreed 5-2 to the rules that build on the established state restrictions.

“The proposed regulations would allow marijuana retail in all of Issaquah’s commercial areas — everywhere but the downtown zone,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said. “For the producers and processors, the intent was to limit them to our intensive commercial zone only.”

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New Salmon Days logo has 70’s ‘mojo’

June 10, 2014

The 2014 Salmon Days Festival will be groovy, baby.

Event organizers exclusively announced to The Issaquah Press June 4 that they’ll throw it all the way back to the festival’s 1970’s origins with this year’s theme — “Coho Mojo.”

“The salmon are going to shag this year, instead of spawn,” joked Robin Kelley, festival director.

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Raises may come for City Council

June 10, 2014

The Issaquah City Council wants to evaluate its members’ pay.

During the June 2 regular meeting, the council discussed forming a salary commission, which would look at the council’s monthly salary and determine whether members should receive more, less or the same. It voted 5-2 to direct the administration to draft an ordinance and to have the Services & Safety Committee review it.

Currently, the council president makes $800 a month, the deputy council president makes $750 a month and other council members make $700 per month. The salaries were established in 2002. A salary commission last reviewed the salaries in 2006 without recommending a change.

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Creekside Elementary earns prestigious honor

June 10, 2014

Ines Kaminski’s family moved from Germany to the United States three years ago, and she had very few English skills when she arrived at Creekside Elementary School.

Thanks to the school’s English Language Learners program and its Leader in Me system, Kaminski is not only surviving in her new environment, she’s thriving. The fifth-grader performed an excerpt of a French opera during the school’s third annual Leadership Day on May 28.

Creekside Elementary School students and staff gather around their new banner for becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. By Neil Pierson

Creekside Elementary School students and staff gather around their new banner for becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.
By Neil Pierson

“I am now a fluent English speaker, reader and writer,” Kaminski told an audience of 80 visitors representing 13 school districts, who were in attendance to learn more about the Leader in Me approach Creekside has been using since it opened in 2010.

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