Editorial — Help children succeed with Tools 4 School

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.

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Indian classical music is pianist’s gift, passion

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 29, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

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Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Baby boom — Cougar Mountain Zoo unveils newest animals

June 17, 2015

There are eight new reasons to visit the Cougar Mountain Zoo, and they are all irresistibly adorable.

Cougar Mountain recently welcomed two emu chicks, two reindeer calves and four grey wolf pups to its zoo family.

They don’t all have names yet, but the precious eight are already welcomed additions for zoo staff and fans, said Peter Rittler, president of the Zoological Society of Washington, which runs the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

By Greg Farrar The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

By Greg Farrar
The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

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Editorial — Capital-gains tax is best education funding option

June 17, 2015

A capital-gains tax is the best option on the table to fully fund education in Washington state.

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree more revenue will be needed — about $3.5 billion every two years — but now need to decide where it should come from.

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Mariner emissaries — Players speak to Cougar Ridge students about pursuing dreams

June 10, 2015

The cheer went up from one side of the room like a jet engine firing to life: “Go!”

By Greg Farrar Seattle Mariners (from left) Brad Miller, Tom Wilhelmsen and Carson Smith get a kick out of the player introductions by broadcaster Rick Rizzs, who also presented Seth Smith, James Paxton and Kyle Seager to the Cougar Mountain Elementary School students and teachers.

By Greg Farrar
Seattle Mariners (from left) Brad Miller, Tom Wilhelmsen and Carson Smith get a kick out of the player introductions by broadcaster Rick Rizzs, who also presented Seth Smith, James Paxton and Kyle Seager to the Cougar Mountain Elementary School students and teachers.

It was immediately answered with an equally emphatic cheer from the other side of the room: “Mariners!”

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To the Editor — June 4, 2015

June 3, 2015

Thank you

Many people made Relay for Life a success

On May 9, our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2015 Relay For Life. For 20 hours, we celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those no longer with us and learned about how we can continue to fight back against cancer. This year’s Relay For Life was an outstanding event, made possible by everyone involved.

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Issaquah teachers join walkout to protest state’s education funding

May 27, 2015

About 80 percent of the approximately 1,100 teachers in the Issaquah School District were part of last week’s one-day walkout May 19, said Doug Jones, president of the Issaquah Education Association, the local teacher’s union.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

In most cases with parents and students joining them, teachers lined the streets in eight locations, calling for state legislators to fully fund education, to meet the demands of the state Supreme Court McCleary decision, which makes paying for basic education the fundamental job for the state.

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Issaquah teachers walk out to protest lack of state funding

May 19, 2015

NEW — 12:10 p.m. May 19, 2015

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District teachers along with the support of students and their parents picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state Constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District teachers along with the support of students and their parents picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state Constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 16, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. May 16, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Nourish Every Mind continues next week with the second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20 at Eastridge Church. Proceeds of both events will fund programs that benefit students throughout the district.

Reserve your seat or learn more by calling the foundation at 391-8557 or emailing becky@isfdn.org.

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