Officials still seek threatening letter writer at Pacific Cascade

January 13, 2015

Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat

There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.

But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.

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Time remains to donate to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 13, 2015

Fund has record number of donors

When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis.

Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family.

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I-90 a focus of talks between Issaquah, Olympia lawmakers

January 13, 2015

Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5.

A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said.

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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Police & Fire

January 13, 2015


  • At 2:42 p.m. Jan. 2, a resident in the 100 block of Northeast Creek way reported someone stole a pocketbook containing a wallet and cell phone. The items were valued at $1,150.
  • At 3:36 a.m., someone in the 100 block of East Sunset Way reported someone had stolen between $40 and $80 in tip money.
  • At 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4, someone stole $70 in medication in the 3600 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 3:34 p.m. Jan. 5, someone stole a UPS package, valued at $63, in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest.

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Issaquah police recover $48,000 in winter sports equipment

January 12, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 12, 2015

Issaquah police have recovered more than $48,000 of winter sports and snowmobile equipment stolen from a local business.

Police arrested a 55-year-old Ronald, Wash., man on Jan. 7, for first-degree possession of stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to a city press release.

The suspect owns a competing business in Ronald, in Kittitas County, that allegedly was used to sell the stolen merchandise.

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Public invited to Reflections art exhibit Jan. 13

January 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2015

Come be inspired by incredible artworks produced by Issaquah School District students.

Through visual arts, dance, music and literature, students have produced outstanding works reflecting on the theme “The world would be a better place if….”

The exhibition reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Commons at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The event is sponsored by the Issaquah PTSA.


Merry Christmas Issaquah fund inches closer to goal

January 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 10, 2015

After a flood of donations cascaded into the Issaquah Community Services office last week, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is now less than $25,000 away from its ultimate goal.

Every penny matters as we gather donations to keep needy Issaquah families sheltered and warm during the year.

Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Pine Lake Middle School evacuated after threat

January 9, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015

Administrators evacuated Pine Lake Middle School toward the end of the school day Jan. 9, after a student found a note referencing a bomb in a boys bathroom.

Per the school’s emergency procedures, staff ushered students onto the school’s track and notified police.

“As this was at the end of the school day, buses were arriving,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents. “Students where walked over to our adjacent transportation facility where they were picked up and driven home as normal. Staff waited with students in the evacuation area until students were boarded on the buses. Walkers and parent pick-up was moved to the Park and Ride across the street from PLMS.”

Caponigro said her staff, law enforcement and bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the building, but she had “reason to believe this is not a credible threat.”
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Bring children to free dental screenings Saturday

January 9, 2015

NEW — Noon Jan. 9, 2015

Free dental screenings by the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry are being offered for low-income youths ages 1-18 from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the YWCA Village, 930 High St.

No appointment is necessary. All forms will be provided at the screening site.

Parents are asked to accompany their children. Screenings will include application of fluoride varnish to help protect the child’s teeth. Each child will receive a screening report detailing any dental needs.

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