Issaquah nonprofit receives Bank of America grant

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:37 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Issaquah-based Mentoring Works Washington was one of 13 nonprofit organizations that recently received a total of $311,000 in grants from Bank of America.

The $40,000 will help advance workforce development and education opportunities here in the Puget Sound region — giving low-income individuals and families increased access to financial education, mentorship and job training.

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

Police

Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Issaquah safety traffic study moves forward

August 24, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 24, 2015

Already underway and involving more than 20 crosswalks and intersections around Issaquah, the city’s promised and highly publicized traffic safety study will look at any number of factors, from average car speeds to the crosswalk “treatments” already in place.

At the same time, city staffers will look at numerous additional crossings around the city, said Autumn Monahan, assistant to the city administrator.

“Each of the corridors we’ll be looking at has a different character,” said David Markley, founding principal of consultant Transportation Solutions Inc.

Mayor Fred Butler authorized the safety study following a fatal June accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Issaquah students accepted into Teach for America

August 14, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

Three recent graduates from Issaquah have been accepted into Teach for America’s 2015 teaching corps.

The students are Brandon Boyd, a 2011 graduate of Skyline High School and a 2015 graduate of University of Washington; Max Sugarman, a 2010 graduate of Issaquah High School and a 2014 graduate of University of Washington; and Kelsey Smith a 2011 graduate of Eastlake High School and a 2015 graduate of Seattle University.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

The trio joins a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals and communities for positive change.

To learn more about Teach for America, go to www.teachforamerica.org.

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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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