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
August 5, 2015
NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?
One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.
“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 29, 2015
So, you think we’re having a dry summer? Yes, you would be right, and it’s not even August yet. But let me share a personal story of what it’s like to be under the other shoe when it drops.
It’s the summer of 1986, and after four years of dating and a three-year engagement, my wife is finally ready to set a date for marriage.
July 23, 2015
There’s no question that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have to have courage in a world where fears and stereotypes about their so-called “lifestyle” still run rampant.
When Caitlyn Jenner stepped to the podium at last week’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and delivered a stirring speech, it was an important moment for American society in acknowledging transgender people, that they deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.