Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Editorial — Celebrate safely this graduation season

June 3, 2015

You did it, grads!

You endured the tests, the homework, the projects, the classes, the early start times and the occasional sleepless night to get to this point — right here, right now, the finish line is in sight.

Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school seniors will receive their diplomas June 12 at Safeco Field. Tiger Mountain Community High School seniors will celebrate graduation June 11 at the school.

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Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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Alcohol category (first place) — ‘Remember’

April 22, 2015

Liberty High School student Anna Woldstad earned first place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Alcohol category (second place) — ‘Influence the Choice: Alcohol’

April 22, 2015

Skyline High School student Evan Minicucci earned second place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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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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Schools seek lessons from new Healthy Youth Survey

March 31, 2015

Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.

At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.

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Student athletes and the consequences of drugs

March 25, 2015

Among student athletes, the pressure to do drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing, may seem to run high.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

However, the opposite is actually true. The pressure not to take part in drug use, due to strong punishments and repercussions, keeps athletes clean and less liable to the harmful effects of drugs.

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Off The Press — Hey, big government, keep your mitts off my barbecue

March 25, 2015

I’m a live-and-let-live kinda guy. As long as what you do doesn’t bother what I do, I usually don’t have a problem with it, legal issues aside.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Well, now I might have a beef with the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems the EPA is encroaching on my territory, specifically, my backyard.

That’s where I keep my barbecue grill.

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Editorial – Don’t drink this prom season

May 13, 2014

Prom season is upon us. All across America, high school seniors are finding new and creative ways to ask each other to the big dance, girls are searching for the perfect dress and at least one boy is determined to be that guy wearing the white tux with tails and a top hat. (Special private note to him: You don’t actually want to be that guy.)

While parents are watching this unfold — and “Sunrise, Sunset” plays somewhere in their minds — they must remember how important it is that they continue the work they’ve done to keep their children safe.

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