Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015

In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.

Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.

Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.

“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more

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Off The Press — When did social media become so unsocial?

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?

One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more

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Vigil for Velasco — Family hopes overdose victim’s memory inspires change in others

July 23, 2015

“Learn from this

Something has to change”

First displayed at a memorial held last year, a white cross bore dozens of handwritten messages, including the one above, memorializing 18-year-old Kevin Velasco.

By Greg Farrar More than 50 friends and relatives of Kevin Velasco hold hands as they ring the skate park bowl near the Issaquah Community Center for a memorial gathering July 14, the one-year anniversary of his death.

By Greg Farrar
More than 50 friends and relatives of Kevin Velasco hold hands as they ring the skate park bowl near the Issaquah Community Center for a memorial gathering July 14, the one-year anniversary of his death.

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Hometown Hero Barbara de Michele is education superstar

July 23, 2015

Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.

By Greg Farrar Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

By Greg Farrar
Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.

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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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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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Let’s Talk About It — Why do teens use drugs?

March 25, 2015

Issaquah High School students take four semesters of health between sixth and 12th grade, heralding the emotional and physical danger of substance abuse. That, believe me, is plenty. Why, then, does drug abuse persist among teenagers?

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

That’s a complicated question.

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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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