September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:01 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
Newly released data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that marijuana is increasing as a factor in deadly crashes.
The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014.
From 2010-2014, nearly 60 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were tested for drugs. Among those tested drivers, about 20 percent (349 drivers) were positive for marijuana.
However, just testing positive for marijuana doesn’t necessarily indicate whether a driver was actually affected by the drug at the time of the crash since marijuana can be detected in a person’s blood for days (possibly weeks) after a person uses the drug. This new data is able to distinguish between drivers who test positive for THC, the impairing substance in marijuana and those who have residual marijuana in their system from prior use that may have occurred days ago. Read more
September 16, 2015
NEW — 6:44 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
A 64-year-old man died in a crash on northbound Interstate 5 on Sept. 10 near Conway, Skagit County, according to trooper Mark Francis, of the Washington State Patrol.
The man, Joseph Gibbons, was from Issaquah, the State Patrol reported.
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
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.
“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more
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.
July 23, 2015
Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.
The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.
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.
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.
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.
In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!
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.