Puget Sound Blood Center has emergency need for donations

January 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2014

Puget Sounds Blood Center released an emergency request for blood donations at its centers this weekend and into next week.

A multistate network outage is being cited as the cause.

“The network outage caused the loss of both telephone and computer connectivity for most PSBC locations, resulting in cancellation of scheduled blood drives and suspension of collections at all donor centers,” Dr. James AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC, said in a statement.

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Village Theatre receives 4Culture grant

January 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 24, 2014

Village Theatre was one of 42 projects to receive a 4Culture 2013 Cultural Facilities funds.

4Culture’s Cultural Facilities program funds the purchase, design, construction, and remodeling of arts and heritage facilities throughout King County.

The funding assists in creating sustainable organizations and places for cultural activities to take place.

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Tips for studying for finals

January 23, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

Believe it or not, this school year is already halfway over! Though this may be good news, it comes with a heavy weight: finals.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

This week typically involves student all-nighters in a desperate attempt to cram a whole semester’s worth of material in one night, hoping to somehow raise or retain a class grade.

Though finals week may be an incredibly stressful time of year for many, here are some tips to make it more bearable:

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Issaquah City Council applicants present themselves for consideration

January 22, 2014

NEW — 1:19 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

Fred Butler’s move to mayor left a vacancy on the Issaquah City Council and seven people want the job.

The candidates introduced themselves during 10-minute presentations at the Jan. 21 council meeting. The varied field offered far-ranging experience from the worlds of engineering, real estate, software development and communications.

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Let’s Go! Jan. 22-29

January 22, 2014



January 21, 2014

Vote yes for all three school levies

There is no doubt that voters should approve the three Issaquah School District levy requests on the Feb. 11 ballot arriving in mailboxes this week.

There are questions every voter should ask:

1) Is it essential?

The most important funding request is for the four-year M&O levy, paying 21 percent of classroom costs, including 485 teacher salaries. It replaces the current M&O levy. A transportation levy would only be collected for one year, to buy 71 more fuel-efficient school buses with higher safety standards. And the four-year capital levy seeks technology funds and building repairs. Computer replacement and upgrades are a way of life in today’s world, and maintenance of our school buildings is not an option.

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To the Editor

January 21, 2014

School levies

Vote yes for high-quality, award-winning schools

Happy New Year! As an elementary school principal in the Issaquah downtown area I have the amazing opportunity to work and live in the center of our city daily. I love Issaquah!

The families, the businesses, and the amazing art and sport communities make Issaquah a quality place to raise a family or own a home. Another main attraction for people to move and thrive in Issaquah is our award-winning schools.

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Off The Press

January 21, 2014

People, local land are missing Margaret Macleod

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

-Rachel Carson


Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Margaret Macleod would not care if you read any farther than that quotation, as long as you take it to heart and burn it into your mind. That’s my hunch, anyway.

A few of her friends have shared their thoughts with me.

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Sammamish offers promises, without study

January 21, 2014

Of all the outlying, and geographical, factors surrounding the Feb. 11 Klahanie potential annexation vote, Sammamish remains the largest.

The Sammamish City Council adopted a resolution Jan. 7, committing the city to “fast track” an annexation of the Klahanie area, should residents vote against joining Issaquah, the latest move in a long campaign.

Why isn’t the Klahanie PAA already in Sammamish?

Geographically, Sammamish almost surrounds the Klahanie area. However, when the city began incorporating in 1999, it did not include those neighborhoods.

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Police & Fire

January 21, 2014

Not quite William Tell

A Sammamish man reported an arrow had been launched through the rear window of his home in the 2800 bock of 247th Avenue Southeast at 4:19 p.m. Jan. 3. The officer found the arrow next to the window, which had one broken pane. The homeowner said he did not want to pursue criminal charges, only to make sure it did not happen again. The officer checked the area and found nothing. Later, a young man called police to admit he had shot the arrow. He thought it was stuck in a tree, which the officer thought was plausible, noting the vegetation in the area. The officer facilitated the exchange of contact information between the two parties.


Stolen vehicle

A 1987 Honda Accord was reported stolen Jan. 4 in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The report estimated the total at $900.

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