January 29, 2013
The next City Council member comes from a roster rooted in civic participation — seven residents involved in city boards and commissioners, homeowners associations and community organizations.
The council expected to reach a decision Jan. 29 on a successor to former Councilman Mark Mullet.
The council interviewed applicants Michael Beard, Tim Flood, Joe Forkner, Mary Lou Pauly, Bill Ramos, Mark Rigos and Chantal Stevens in 10-minute segments Jan. 22.
January 29, 2013
The fourth-grade students of Maple Hills Elementary School got an inside look at how laws are made Jan. 17 when they visited the state Capitol in Olympia.
While there to learn about state government, the children met up with state Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and asked him questions about his new job.
January 29, 2013
QuickMedical medical supply company recently celebrated its 20th year in business in Issaquah.
In 1993, Scott Hanna and a couple of friends created the first digital height measuring device, Heightronic 23, to measure height to .01 centimeters. Sales were managed from Hanna’s garage in North Bend.
The company grew so quickly, it was moved to a warehouse in Snoqualmie and then finally a bigger facility in Issaquah.
January 29, 2013
Relationships change due to social media
The Issaquah Press is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah.
The most-followed title goes to Issaquah-based medium Margaret McElroy. The getaway masterminds at Costco Travel rank near the top, too.
The newspaper, at more than 5,100 followers at last count, is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah, but it is quintessential to the conversation.
Behind the jumping salmon avatar, I answer questions, offer encouragement and, yes, respond to criticism amid the daily stream of information.
I am grateful to dedicated group of followers on Facebook and Twitter, and I am often humbled at the importance readers place on a personal relationship with the newspaper.
January 15, 2013
Words aren’t always what they seam to be
Yes, the headline has the wrong word on purpose!
During one of my recent columns, the Twitter and Facebook revolution was under discussion and how it was shrinking our attention spans and thought processes to a maximum of 140 characters at a time.
There’s something else going on in this new way of communication that drives me crazy, not only in the social media universe but in the good old everyday world of newsprint and magazines.
Homonyms! Or in current smartphone texting lingo, autocorrect errors. Nowhere does the absence of good proofreading drive me as crazy than when it comes to them.
When there are a whole lot of people attacking a strategic position, they are a “horde.” When a storm is coming and we stock up on batteries, we are saving up a “hoard.”
January 1, 2013
Stores will soon introduce an innovative tandem of new Jones Sodas, featuring pictures and ideals furnished by nearby Issaquah High School and Eagles event coordinator Tim Baynes.
Baynes has been working in unison with Eric Chastain, vice president of operations with Jones Soda Co.’s Seattle headquarters. The tiny inscription on the back of the Grape Soda bottle reads:
“Issaquah High School is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in the heart of Issaquah. We pride ourselves in our ability to serve and support one another and the world around us. Whether that is building wells in Ethiopia and Nepal or joining the fight against cancer, we impact our world when we work together.
December 26, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012
The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.
The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.
December 18, 2012
Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of the fragile economy to even more risk — financial trouble, utility shutdowns and, in extreme cases, homelessness.
December 11, 2012
Since the economy entered a nosedive in 2008, and throughout the fragile recovery since, volunteers at Issaquah Community Services keep hearing a familiar story.
The breadwinner for a household, laid off during the recession, needs help to make ends meet. The volunteers listen and, in many cases, offer assistance to pay the rent or to keep the electricity on.
Milicent Savage, Issaquah Community Services president, remembers the stories from two men recently at the organization’s office.
The men, both fathers and husbands, needed assistance to cover rent expenses for the month. Savage recalled how one man — a former Microsoft employee now working as a custodian — broke down.
December 4, 2012
The “fiscal cliff” is dominating the national conversation, and The Issaquah Press seeks residents concerned about the ongoing negotiations and potential fallout.
White House officials estimate a typical middle-class family of four could see taxes rise by $2,200 if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal to avert the crisis.