Home Country — Autumn brings smiles and secrets

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:35 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

It takes us over slowly, this thing called autumn. It slides in quietly and lovingly.

One day, we notice we aren’t sweating as much as we did a week ago. Just this morning, we thought wearing a sweater might be a good idea before the sun gets warm enough for us.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

There is a secret in the soft breeze that follows us around the yard in the afternoon. A secret. The same autumn secret some of us have heard whispered for years and others of us are just learning to add to our vocabulary of life. Read more

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Off The Press — Your contest photos are an inspiration

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!

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

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.

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It’s not my yard

January 27, 2015

I have a question. Are the deer living in our yards, or are we living in theirs? About a year and a half ago I asked this question in a column about deer. I just reread that column, and my thoughts have changed. I used to complain, because they seemed to go for my most prized plants. Now, I see them more as part of the landscape rather than a challenge to it. Low maintenance, sustainability and an environmentally sensitive garden are important. I’m growing lots of natives and feel good when I share those plants with the deer.

If you are trying to grow roses, perennials and amazing flowers in suburbia without a fence, your plants are in harm’s way. You might detest the deer and if so, you are looking for plants they don’t like. We can’t remember everything they like and don’t like, so it’s best to know just the generalities. Here are a few: Read more

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Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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Watch out for deer on the roads this fall

November 5, 2013

Fall is deer collision time on Washington roadways.

This is the season for deer activity, such as migration to lower elevations for easier foraging and breeding season when bucks are less wary. Human behavior contributes, with more drivers on the roads during shorter daylight hours.

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