Labor Day means limited Metro Transit, Sound Transit service

September 1, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012

Sound Transit and most King County Metro Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule Monday for Labor Day.

If a route does not usually run on Sunday, then the route does not operate on the holiday, Monday. Riders should expect to pay holiday and Sunday fares on Metro bus routes on Labor Day.

Metro offices remain closed on the holiday, including the Customer Information Center phone lines. Customers should turn to Metro Online for updates about transit service.

Riders headed to Seattle should prepare for Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center. Use the Trip Planner to determine the best route.

Sound Transit also operates on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day. On holidays with a Sunday schedule, only certain bus routes operate, including Route 554 between Issaquah and Seattle.

Riders should prepare for reduced Labor Day bus service

September 2, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 2, 2011

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day.

If a route does not usually run on Sunday, then the route does not operate on the holiday, Monday. Riders should expect to pay holiday and Sunday fares on Metro bus routes on Labor Day.

Metro offices remain closed on the holiday, including the Customer Information Center phone lines. Customers should turn to Metro Online for updates about transit service.

Riders headed to Seattle should prepare for Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center. Use the Trip Planner to determine the best route.

Sound Transit also operates on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day. Call 206-398-5000 for route and schedule information.

Salmon Days receives international honor

September 21, 2010

Judges ranked the Salmon Days Festival as the No. 2 festival in the world for 2009, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced last week.

Salmon Days received the Silver Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation from the International Festivals & Events Association, after taking the top prize in the category last year. The fish-centric festival picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, held in St. Louis.

Salmon Days received Gold awards for Best Sponsor Solicitation Program, Best Program, Best Pin or Button, and Best Hat.

The Issaquah Press produces the Ohfishal Festival Program for Salmon Days.

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Uncharted waters: Great Waves takes break, for now, after Bumbershoot set

September 7, 2010

Ashley Bullock, lead singer for Great Waves, performs Sept. 4 at the Experience Music Project to open the Bumbershoot music festival. By Tim Pfarr

Shooting for Bumbershoot: Part 3 of 3 — Part 1 and Part 2

Before the doors opened at the Experience Music Project, the Bumbershoot opening act could not be found backstage.

Instead, Great Waves members sat in the corner on the concrete floor near the entrance, using the polished surface as a drum set. Singer Ashley Bullock led the group in a last-minute rehearsal as hip-hop played incongruously in the background

Months after the Sammamish band prevailed in a battle of the bands to earn the opening slot at the largest music fest in the Northwest, members patiently waited through the last moments before a career-defining performance.

“Ready — kind of, sort of,” Bullock said. Read more

Great Waves opens Bumbershoot / Sept. 4, 2010

September 6, 2010

Prepare for reduced bus service on Labor Day

September 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 6, 2010

Most King County Metro Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day.

If a route does not usually run on Sunday, then the route has no service on the holiday. Riders should expect to pay holiday and Sunday fares on Metro bus routes on Labor Day.

Metro offices remain closed on the holiday, including the Customer Information Center phone lines. Learn more about transit service at Metro Online.

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Band beats challenges before Bumbershoot

August 31, 2010

Shooting for Bumbershoot: Part 2 of 3 — Part 1 and Part 3

Just about the same time Great Waves started recording a third EP in early August, bassist Paul Beeman took a spill and broke his left wrist.

The band, primed for a weeklong recording session in Seattle, persevered. Beeman — a lead songwriter, too — gripped his bass with fingers emerging from a blue cast, although he may have to re-record some material. Read more

Band readies for big gig at Bumbershoot

August 24, 2010

Joe LaRosee (left), producer and engineer at Jupiter Studios, looks on as Great Waves members Will Holmes, Paul Beeman, Ashley Bullock and Ryan Sprute listen to a rough track inside the Seattle studio. By Tim Pfarr

Shooting for Bumbershoot: Part 1 of 3 — Part 2 and Part 3

The night before Great Waves played a make-or-break set, the Sammamish band stumbled through the worst performance members could remember.

Holed up in Ballard, the band played to a room empty except for a brooding hipster nursing a beer. Great Waves had not rehearsed in two weeks — and the rustiness crept into the show through botched intros and forgotten lyrics. Read more

Four festivals worth finding

June 29, 2010

There’s just something about festivals that draws the community — from the sweet smells of carnival food, to the sounds of live music and children squealing on a field of fun.

But for Issaquah residents who just can’t wait for October’s annual Salmon Days, the summer is packed with other nearby festivals from which to get their fix.

Following the main points of a compass, here’s a look at what four neighboring cities have to draw locals to their backyard.

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Off The Press

April 6, 2010

Come to tweetup — no nametag required

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Read on while I convey a message I could otherwise encapsulate into the length of a tweet: Come to the inaugural tweetup co-hosted by The Issaquah Press at 5:30 p.m. April 14. Join other tweeps and a few reporters at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

The paper will co-host the event with Chris Pirillo, a self-proclaimed geek, cnn.com tech contributor and Eastside resident.

Bring along suggestions ideas for stories and, yes, gripes. In the meantime, look for updates — where else? — on Twitter @issaquahpress and at www.issaquahpress.com. Help spread the word to fellow Issaquah residents and other Eastsiders. R.S.V.P. to the tweetup here.

A quick primer for the uninitiated: a tweetup equals a meetup for Twitter users. Read more

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