Costco’s Jim Sinegal receives National Retail Federation Gold Award

February 11, 2014

The National Retail Federation recently awarded Jim Sinegal, Costco co-founder and board member, its 2014 Gold Medal Award.

“Jim was an obvious choice for NRF’s Gold Award, given his commitment to the industry and Costco, and dedication to creating such a well-respected culture throughout the organization he helped build,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release.

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Costco tops best workplaces list

December 10, 2013

Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community where people share information and opinions about the places they work, has unveiled its 2013 retail industry report card, ranking which retailers rate highest among employees, according to Forbes.com.

Glassdoor looked at employee feedback for more than 250 retailers with at least 50 approved company reviews from the past year.

In the No. 1 spot this year is Costco, the Issaquah-based, membership-only warehouse club.

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Parking pickle

June 11, 2013

Farmers market parking change frustrates, but does not stop attendees

By Peter Clark Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

By Peter Clark
Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

Parking changes for this year’s farmers market have left many vexed and it is unclear how deeply they will affect the event.

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Student projects explore history’s newsmakers

April 9, 2013

Liberty High School freshman Tania Nambo-Escobar could literally talk for hours about the history of Che Guevara.

“I love presenting about Che Guevara in general,” she said. “Ask me a question and, whether you like it or not, I will give you a full speech about it.”

Nambo-Escobar knows a lot about the subject, after she spent months researching and putting together an exhibit to enter into the local History Day competition.

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Young philanthropists cook up Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser

February 19, 2013

Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg, like other 12- and 13-year-olds, love making art.

They also love helping others, and two have teamed up to host an afternoon of creative fun for children in the hopes of raising enough money to fulfill one child’s dream through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“Both of us are passionate about art and we like giving to charity, so we came up with an idea to help charity and follow our passion at the same time,” said Amol.

Contributed Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The seventh grade student at Pine Lake Middle School added that as he speaks both Hindi and English, art is his third language.

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Who’s News

February 12, 2013

Students win chance to play with orchestra

During the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Concerto Competition Jan. 26, the following local students were the top three finishers, earning a guest solo with the orchestra June 9:

  • First place — Olivia Marckx, of Bellevue, cello
  • Second place — Amelia Sie, of Bellevue, violin
  • Third place — Karissa Zadinsky, of Issaquah, cello

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Off the Press

January 29, 2013

Relationships change due to social media

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Warren Kagarise
Press reporter

The Issaquah Press is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah.

The most-followed title goes to Issaquah-based medium Margaret McElroy. The getaway masterminds at Costco Travel rank near the top, too.

The newspaper, at more than 5,100 followers at last count, is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah, but it is quintessential to the conversation.

Behind the jumping salmon avatar, I answer questions, offer encouragement and, yes, respond to criticism amid the daily stream of information.

I am grateful to dedicated group of followers on Facebook and Twitter, and I am often humbled at the importance readers place on a personal relationship with the newspaper.

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Legislators’ priorities reflect education, transportation needs

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers confronted a familiar scenario as the Legislature convened Jan. 14 — a budget shortfall, opposing pressures to preserve essential services and rein in government spending, and a court mandate to spend more money on education.

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

Observers expect education and transportation to rank as the dominant issues in the 105-day session. The state faces a $900 million budget shortfall for 2013-15 and, in the meantime, faces a court order to increase education funding by 2018.

In addition to the statewide issues on legislators’ docket, a lobbyist hired by city leaders to represent Issaquah is in search of support for local projects, including dollars to upgrade transportation infrastructure and Lake Sammamish State Park.

Issaquah is also focused on securing state dollars for a transportation improvement district in North Issaquah near Costco headquarters and high-traffic retail centers.

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Liquor sales rebound in months after privatization

January 1, 2013

Consumers stockpiled spirits in May, leading to a June sales slump, but in the months since private liquor sales started, spirit sales rebounded, state revenue officials reported Dec. 4.

The state Department of Revenue said spirit sales by volume increased 2.9 percent between June and September from the same period a year earlier.

Retailers sold almost 13.6 million liters of spirits from June through September, compared to the 13.2 million liters sold at state-run liquor stores during the same period a year earlier.

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Leaders call for 8-cent gas tax hike to fund ailing roads

January 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

King County leaders asked state legislators for a gas tax increase and for the ability for counties to collect a vehicle tab fee for road maintenance.

In a letter to lawmakers last month, Eastside elected leaders joined King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn asked legislators to raise the gas tax by 8 cents to fund ailing roads.

The proposal offered from Constantine, McGinn and the Sound Cities Association calls for 65 percent of gas tax revenue to go to the state and 35 percent to go to local transportation projects.

(Issaquah a member city in the Sound Cities Association, a regional advocacy group once called the Suburban Cities Association.)

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