May Valley Road traffic will get worse before it gets better

July 29, 2014

Southeast May Valley Road has been down to only one lane near the 22500 block for months, and it may stay like that for a while.

A March downpour led to a landslide and damaged the road, causing pavement to crack and settle, according to the King County Department of Transportation website. For safety reasons, the county closed the road and installed a temporary signal to shift traffic.

“This was kind of an act of God,” King County road engineer Rick Brater said. “After the prolonged rains we got last winter, we start to see these slides happen. We have a lot of roads that are old, and it’s in these areas where we have found unsteady ground.”

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Seattle task force seeks Summertime Heat Robber

July 29, 2014

BankRobberyCrime 20140222 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140625 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140711 copyThe Seattle Safe Streets Task Force now believes the Summertime Heat Robber may be responsible for three robberies in Issaquah: at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22, at about 12:15 p.m. June 25 and at about 2 p.m. July 11.

All three robberies were of the KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Further investigation led the task force to revise its consideration of a connection between the subject and the June 21 Des Moines robbery, while identifying two other robberies as possibly connected, according to a news release from the FBI.

The subject hit the same bank three times in the past six months but at different times in the middle of the day.

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County has world’s highest survival rate for cardiac arrest

July 29, 2014

Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials.

The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

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To the Editor

July 29, 2014

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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picnic or poopoo

July 29, 2014

Picnic: This is a heartfelt thank you to the lovely couple at the Issaquah Bed, Bath and Beyond who each shared a mobile coupon from their cellphones with me on Saturday, July 19. I found out only one of mine worked at the cash register, and said that was fine — no worries! Then, the couple behind me spoke up and went to the trouble of pulling up coupons on two separate cellphones just to give me 20 percent off on each of the three items I was purchasing. You made my day with your lovely gesture! I smiled through the rest of the day, and I promise you I will pay it forward. Since I don’t know who you are, it’s the least I can do to say thank you for your act of kindness.

Heidi Rodgers

 

Picnic: Kudos and a great big picnic with all the fixin’s to Kathleen Merrill for starting the Pets of the Week column!

Kathleen has taken homeless cats and dogs and provided them with a chance to find their forever home and family! Kathleen, you are literally a life saver!

The joy and companionship a pet brings to a family is immeasurable. Kathleen, you brought many, many people and their pets more love, happiness and comfort than you can possibly imagine with your compassion, kind heart and your Pets of the Week feature!

Most gratefully!

Pamela Timmons

 

Poo Poo: Here’s a Poo Poo to the drivers who block intersections and driveways, especially when signs clearly indicate you’re not supposed to do so!

 

Picnic: “The waving lady” deserves a picnic. She brightens city streets with her sunny personality and enthusiastic greetings. And she stands out there no matter what the weather.

Off The Press

July 29, 2014

And now, the rest of the story

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.

The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.

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EDITORIAL

July 29, 2014

Please don’t feed the bears, ever

 

“A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.

They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.

We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.

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Queen of the KING FM contest

July 29, 2014

Alena Hove wins Young Artist Award

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

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Embrace the artistic you in your garden

July 29, 2014

A few years ago, a friend of mine from the East Coast visited her son in Seattle. She is a professional floral designer with an eye for the artistic, as opposed to the scientific.

We decided it would be fun to visit a nursery together and check out the plants. We each grabbed a cart and started out across the colorful, lush, potted landscape. She started filling her cart with everything colorful and beautiful. I was interested in odd specimens and natives that fit the peculiar conditions in my yard. We went our separate ways for a while, searching and looking at each and every morsel.

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Randal Philip Nelson

July 29, 2014

Randal Nelson

Randal Nelson

Lifetime Preston resident Randal Philip Nelson, 94, passed away peacefully July 19, 2014, at home.

A celebration of Life will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Preston Cemetery, Preston.

Randal was born Oct. 22, 1919, at Swedish Hospital, in Seattle, to Florence E. (Holmgren) and Philip C. Nelson. He grew up in the Swedish community of Preston. He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1937 and attended the University of Washington.

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