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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A foundation to a clean lifestyle

March 25, 2015

Peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol regularly plague teenagers in today’s society.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

The two main factors that can galvanize a clean lifestyle are whom you choose to spend time with, and what sorts of positions you put yourself in.

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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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