Volunteers needed to raise funds for new park

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

With “the best playground in the state” coming to Lake Sammamish State Park, volunteers are needed immediately to work on raising the remaining needed funds.

Meetings with a Washington State Parks development team have already begun with a targeted playground installation in late spring 2016. At that time, there will be a volunteer call to the community so people can work together to install the playground over five days.

However, organizers need to raise $250,000 to match the $750,000 the state has allocated to the effort.

Organizers are setting up a website for information and donations. Watch for it at www.playground4all.com. They will publicize the website on Twitter and on the Friends’ Facebook site, and ask that you share it with your friends when you see it. 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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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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Editorial — Be a safe driver, not a dangerous one

July 9, 2015

School is out and that means one thing — children are everywhere you look during the hours they used to be in school.

What does that mean?

It’s up to every one of us to keep them safe.

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Get Granny on Fallon — Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

May 5, 2015

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

The 90-year-old musician, author extraordinaire wanted to join Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and sing her mother a song.

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Local Mount Everest climber is safe after earthquake, avalanche

April 28, 2015

Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell and his team of climbers from Issaquah-based Mountain Gurus are safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal and the Mount Everest area on April 25.

Dennis Broadwell

Dennis Broadwell

A post on the group’s Facebook page later in the day confirmed that Broadwell, 43, and the rest of the team were OK. News reports on April 27 said the earthquake killed more than an estimated 4,000 people in and around the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, and the death toll was expected to rise as search efforts continued.

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Let’s Talk About It — Learn the terminology of the LGBTQ community

April 22, 2015

You may know the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but there are several other terms of which you might be unaware.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Sexual orientation and romantic orientation are completely different and independent of each other. Sexual orientation is the sexual/physical attraction toward a gender, while romantic orientation is the possible development of romantic feelings for a gender.

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Suspect drives stolen vehicle to Washington State Patrol office

March 19, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. March 19, 2015

Washington State Patrol detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.

An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, saw the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area on Wednesday, according to a WSP news release.

The motorist got video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and used his cellular phone to report his observations, and then continued following it along Interstate 90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.

The vehicle exited I-90 and drove into the Washington State Patrol district office parking lot in Bellevue, where troopers arrested the driver for auto theft at about 3 p.m.

Contributed Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Klahanie Fitness closes — Despite public outcry, gym shutters its doors after losing its lease

March 3, 2015

Gym member Trevor Griffith said he had gone through different levels of depression after hearing of the impending closure of Klahanie Fitness.

By Greg Farrar Trevor Griffith, longtime local resident and triathlon, ironman and ultramarathon athlete, pauses after his workout Feb. 26 to lament the last day of business for Klahanie Fitness Center.

By Greg Farrar
Trevor Griffith, longtime local resident and triathlon, ironman and ultramarathon athlete, pauses after his workout Feb. 26 to lament the last day of business for Klahanie Fitness Center.

“This really was a community gym,” Griffith said.

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Editorial — Neighbors should help police and themselves

October 7, 2014

Last year, thieves broke into vendor booths overnight during Salmon Days, making off with merchandise that support people’s livelihoods. This past weekend, Issaquah police were being extra vigilant for that and caught some would-be thieves in the act, arresting them on the spot.

You being vigilant can also help prevent crime.

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