Off The Press — Proud to be a graduate of Tiger Mountain

June 25, 2015

In keeping with tradition, this is the commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!  — Greg Farrar

By Ivy Catlin, student speaker

Tiger Mountain Community High School

Words cannot describe the tears of sorrow and relief I’ve cried over being a part of this graduating class of Tiger Mountain Community High School. I think we can all agree that this is a bittersweet moment for us all.

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Off The Press — Sports coverage gets a much-needed boost

June 17, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Off The Press — When does a life’s phase become an obsession?

June 10, 2015

I’ve been through many phases in my life, but nothing as dramatic as Bruce Jenner’s new phase, mind you.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

There was that 10-year period right out of high school where I served my country in the Navy.

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Off The Press — All lives mattered to Dr. Martin Luther King

June 3, 2015

You had to have been living in a pretty secluded bunker somewhere not to have heard recently about shootings involving police and the subsequent riots complete with the rallying cry, “No justice, no peace.”

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Echoing from sea to shining sea, unrest over alleged police misdeeds has ripped through plenty of places: Ferguson (Missouri), Baltimore and, of course, close to home, in Olympia, where police opened fire on youths who allegedly attacked them with skateboards. All of these incidents have a racial twinge, as the police were mostly white and the dead and injured were all black.

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Off The Press — Lives depend on paying attention, driving well

May 27, 2015

“Ninety-five percent of Washington drivers believe typing messages or emails while driving is a serious threat, yet more than one in four are still sending messages while on roadways.”

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

That’s according to recently released data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers said they frequently speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that more than one in four have a loved one that has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, the study said.

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at www.issaquahpress.com/category/photogallery and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Off The Press — Don’t forget to nominate your hero

May 12, 2015

They come in all shapes and sizes.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

They build water wells, schools, homes and churches in foreign countries. They make quilts or sweaters or socks or wigs for people with cancer. They give their time to animals at local animal shelters, help victims of domestic violence and give up birthday presents, instead asking that they go to others.

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Off The Press — Air travel is for the birds

May 5, 2015

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m surely not alone in feeling this way, but going away to a foreign city or a secluded beach resort would be a lot more enjoyable if it weren’t for those pesky airports.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Unfortunately, we haven’t invented a more efficient mode of transportation, like those rocket ships sci-fi master Robert Heinlein envisioned. And even if we had, they would certainly fall under the governance of everyone’s favorite bureaucracy — the Transportation Security Administration.

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Off The Press — You’ll hear no tall tales from Mariners’ Rick Rizzs

April 28, 2015

How many of us actually end up doing what we’ve always dreamed of since we were kids?

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I love what I’m doing, but I kinda grew into it. My mom likes to joke I always wanted to be a brain surgeon. I guess I gave that up when I found out how hard it would actually be.

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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