To the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Candidates

Tim Flood for City Council

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.

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KeyBank employees ‘Make the Difference’ for Eastside Baby Corner

June 3, 2015

A dozen KeyBank employees put in a fun afternoon volunteering at Issaquah’s Eastside Baby Corner as part of KeyBank’s 25th Neighbors Make the Difference Day.

Contributed KeyBank employees Leo Palana, James Metcalf, Kristi Deason, Taisha Moore, Eva Fang, Tanya Range, Hoff Hafizi, Jeff Luu, Jimmy Ng, Mike Jelcz, John Roehm and Tyler Hooper volunteered at Eastside Baby Corner as part of KeyBank’s 25th Neighbors Make the Difference Day.

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KeyBank employees Leo Palana, James Metcalf, Kristi Deason, Taisha Moore, Eva Fang, Tanya Range, Hoff Hafizi, Jeff Luu, Jimmy Ng, Mike Jelcz, John Roehm and Tyler Hooper volunteered at Eastside Baby Corner as part of KeyBank’s 25th Neighbors Make the Difference Day.

Neighbors Make the Difference Day is one of KeyBank’s most visible community projects and one of the largest corporate volunteer projects in America, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to helping communities thrive.

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Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Hobos and Homelessness’ April 11

April 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015

In “The Road” (1907), Jack London observed, “The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment.”

The life of the hobo may be of the moment, but the fundamental need for shelter has spanned the ages. In the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, there was a surge of homelessness, and hobos like Jack London hitched rides on trains in search of better opportunities.

Railroad towns like Issaquah were brief stopping points, and sometimes destinations.

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Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

December 30, 2014

Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.

“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.

The situation has not improved.

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Off The Press — It doesn’t take an angel to reach out to the needy

December 3, 2014

I married an angel. That, or she’s been watching too much Hallmark channel.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Michelle came home from grocery shopping the other day and started blubbering, punctuated by actual sobs for air.

Something deeply troubling had obviously happened. I hadn’t seen her this emotional since she read her father’s eulogy.

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Guest Column — All are welcome at community hall lunches

November 18, 2014

On Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Hall, I’m known as “the coffee guy.” I stand near the door as 50 or more people come through for a shared lunch provided by a circle of people of which I’m part, offering my “best in Issaquah,” home-roasted brew.

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