October 7, 2015
NEW — 5:09 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015
I have to try and write this without being too corny or mushy. I just don’t do sentiment very well.
But understand, I really have no choice but to try. Today, the very day this is being published, is my 10th wedding anniversary, so what else would I write about?
While we were both still living in Cleveland, I met my wife Michelle online, through free listings on AOL. She gave me her phone number and we talked online and on the phone quite a few times. There are a few lines or quotes that became sort of milestones in our relationship. Here’s one: Read more
September 30, 2015
NEW — 4:46 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
He is 4 years old, in red, white and black striped shirt, pale blue jeans and metallic blue tennis shoes, spinning, jumping, crouching, leaping and singing a song in exuberance at a Costco store.
Haochen Xu will be dancing in my iPhone forever.
How did that come to be there? On Monday, June 30, we learned in the newsroom that the boy hit in the Oakcrest Drive crosswalk on Newport Way had died of his injuries, and on a very busy production day the only person with time to return to the neighborhood for following up on the Xu family’s tragedy was me. Read more
September 22, 2015
Wow, that was quick. The summer is over and the first day of autumn was officially Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Looking back, for whatever reason, I got so little done this sunny season, especially when it comes to attending Issaquah events. I didn’t make it to a single Tuesday night Concert on the Green. My wife usually succeeds in dragging me to the Farmers Market at least one Saturday a year. Didn’t happen this time. So I’ll blame her for that one.
September 22, 2015
We recently hosted National Night Out to build neighborhood camaraderie and encourage crime-prevention activities. It was wonderful to spend an evening with so many members of our community.
Many of you shared your willingness to help prevent crime in your neighborhoods. So, we’re taking you up on your offer and answering your question, “What can I do to help keep our community safe?”
September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:41 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
Before coming to The Issaquah Press, I spent more than two years covering the case of Green River killer Gary Ridgway, who claimed his victim count was more than 70 young women and teen girls. (Officials in the case told me it was likely more than 90 and could be more than 100.)
I was the courts reporter for the South County Journal (and later the King County Journal), and I was on the case from the night of Ridgway’s arrest to months after he was sentenced to prison.
The women and girls that Ridgway killed and dumped like trash kept me awake many nights, sometimes in tears, throughout those two years. I wrote hundreds of stories, interviewed as many people as I could, including many family members and friends of the victims, and I read and studied tens of thousands of pages of court documents. Read more
September 9, 2015
NEW — 5:03 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Some things you just can’t shake no matter how much you might want to. Maybe that’s a good thing and maybe it’s not. I guess it depends on whether you can deal with whatever it is or let it fester until you end up spending nights staring at the ceiling.
I am not doing the latter, but I also can’t seem to get past this and maybe I don’t want to.
Not at least until I’ve shot my mouth off.
In August, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-8th Congressional District, came to visit the Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living Facility on 228th Avenue Southeast, roughly on the border between Issaquah and Sammamish. I have nothing against Reichert, I don’t doubt his motives and one of his public relations people said he was visiting Spiritwood to learn about assisted living. And that’s where, for me, things started going off the rails. Read more
September 3, 2015
Hi readers! Here is a heads-up to look forward to the work of some great photographers — your very own friends and neighbors — next week in your hometown weekly newspaper. You are going to be blown away!
I’ve already had an advance peek on account of it was my job to sort and collate the entries, but let me just say how envious I am of the skill and the special moments captured by all of you who have once again entered our annual Issaquah and Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest.
August 26, 2015
Let me ask you good readers a question — when did it become acceptable to aggressively ignore authority, especially officers of the law?
There have been quite a few truly unfortunate incidents in the media in the past couple of years involving the police, with their actions leading to the death of a civilian. While nobody else but those involved were at the incidents, certain common facts emerge from each, leading me to conclude many of those killed would still be alive today if they hadn’t first resisted arrest.
August 19, 2015
NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015
Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?
It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.
Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.
I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.
You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more
August 11, 2015
NEW — 2:40 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
Every week I get an email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, updating me on recalls on vehicles.
I always look for my car first, and then I glance back through the list with family and friends in mind.
I have to confess, this list scares me. Read more