October 7, 2014
Last year, thieves broke into vendor booths overnight during Salmon Days, making off with merchandise that support people’s livelihoods. This past weekend, Issaquah police were being extra vigilant for that and caught some would-be thieves in the act, arresting them on the spot.
You being vigilant can also help prevent crime.
September 30, 2014
Here fishy, fishy!
It’s that time, Issaquah. Time to welcome our returning salmon and about 150,000 people to town.
September 23, 2014
Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.
When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.
Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.
September 16, 2014
What would you do if an earthquake affected your home? Mudslide? Flood? Fire? What about a minor emergency, like the occasional winter storm or power outage?
September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?
September 9, 2014
The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.
The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.
There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:
September 2, 2014
It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.
We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.
State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.
August 26, 2014
On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah School District will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.
Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.
But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.
August 19, 2014
Sometime soon, some area parents will get a pair of letters. One is a federally mandated notice informing them their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.
The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some.
Here we are: 2014 was the year that every child in America was supposed to be at grade level standard in math and reading, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The idea was well-meaning, but obviously flawed. While pretty much everyone agrees the law needs revisions, revisions mean Congress needs to get involved. Since Congress can barely agree on the color of the sky, it’s unlikely to see revisions any time soon.
August 12, 2014
Remember how simple voting used to be? You would drive or walk to your neighborhood voting place, sign in, get your ballot, go to the private voting area, drop your ballot in the secure box and be on your way. That wasn’t simple enough or possibly cost effective enough for King County, so we now have all mail-in voting.
In the recent primary election “some” (undisclosed number) return envelopes for ballots were found to be already sealed when voters opened the voting packets sent to them by King County Elections. That “some” was significant enough for King County Elections to send out a press release July 25 to the media in hopes of informing voters of the potential issue.
August 5, 2014
Coordination, new ideas needed on tolling
The feared 10-mile backups never materialized when the state took Interstate 90 down to one lane for construction. As often seems to happen in these situations, a thousand people made a thousand little changes, and we pulled through.
One big change, however, might have helped keep things flowing with a minimum of angst, toll relief on the state Highway 520 bridge.
In the weeks leading up to the closure, there was a bit of finger-pointing about whether or not one part of the state government gave a different part of the state government enough advanced notice.