A pint-size star

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:31 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Issaquah 6-year-old dazzles with X-Games level skateboard skills

By Geoff Baker

Seattle Times staff reporter

Fox Rio Brunner has an Instagram account with 32,000 followers, while his parents screen calls from agents and would-be sponsors, all seeking business with a kid fresh out of kindergarten.

“I’ve never really been afraid when I’m on my skateboard,’’ Brunner says.

By Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times Fox Rio Brunner Brunner and his dad Jamie react as another skateboarder takes a tough fall.

By Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times
Fox Rio Brunner Brunner and his dad Jamie react as another skateboarder takes a tough fall.

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Issaquah Farmers Market needs your vote

July 27, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. July 27, 2015

The Issaquah Farmers Market is in the running to receive national recognition from American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving farmland for the next generation.

The community is encouraged to visit the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 26 and then endorse the market by visiting the website markets.farmland.org.

The American Farmland Trust’s seventh-annual Farmers Market Celebration calls on shoppers to help identify the best of America’s farmers markets. The organization asks market visitors to focus their evaluation on four special areas — Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment.

Visitors are also encouraged to post pictures and videos of Issaquah’s Farmers Market to Instagram using American Farmland Trust’s hashtag #OnMyFork and our market hashtag #FreshFromIssy.

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Former Skyline standout Kasen Williams signs with Seahawks

June 25, 2015

The Seattle Seahawks signed former University of Washington and Skyline High School standout receiver Kasen Williams on June 12.

Williams impressed the Seahawks during May’s rookie mini-camp, in which he participated as a tryout player. Before that, he had signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was waived after failing his physical, apparently due to concerns over a foot injury he suffered as a junior at the UW.

By Corky Trewin/Seattle Seahawks Kasen Williams gathers a pass during drills in the Seattle Seahawks minicamp June 18 at their Redmond practice facility.

By Corky Trewin/Seattle Seahawks
Kasen Williams gathers a pass during drills in the Seattle Seahawks minicamp June 18 at their Redmond practice facility.

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Skyline alums sign with NFL teams

May 5, 2015

Two Skyline High School football stars are headed to the National Football League.

While wide receiver Kasen Williams and quarterback Jake Heaps didn’t hear their names called during the NFL draft, both will reportedly get shots as undrafted free agents.

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Strike a pose — Issaquah High School prepares for annual fashion show

April 7, 2015

About two-dozen students stood on the Issaquah High School stage and nervously peered out into the sea of empty seats April 1.

They suddenly burst into movement when, with the press of a button, music began to blare from the auditorium’s speakers — it was time to strike a pose.

One by one, the Issaquah students walked the tape-lined stage, a mock-runway of sorts, each stopping three times for full fashion-show effect. They weren’t perfect — some turned the wrong direction, while others failed to hold a pose long enough — but it didn’t matter, this was just practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

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King County Elections debuts Instagram campaign for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23

September 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 22, 2014

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 23, and election officials remind residents that now is a good time to be sure your voter registration is updated and encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.

In addition, King County Elections has launched an Instagram campaign to encourage voter registration in a new, fun way. Voters can take a “selfie” with a sign saying “I’m registered to vote, are you?”

Tag your photos #kceNVRD and @kcelections and your photo could be featured on its Instagram feed.

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Social media profiles

April 21, 2014

NEW — 4:55 p.m. April 21, 2014

For most of us, social media facilities are the holy grail of our entertainment. Pressing the refresh buttons on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest on our various smartphones, laptops and tablets is a concerning addiction that we are perfectly content to acknowledge and live with.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

And most of the time, this characteristic of our generation is criticized by those who view us as young whippersnappers. However, are we really to blame for the antics of our peers on these social media that makes these facilities so engrossing in the first place? I would like to outline some basic profiles of the average social media users we all see every time we hit that refresh button.

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Local teens take a technology timeout

February 4, 2014

Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig wasn’t supposed to be on her phone, but she checked it anyway.

“I definitely had a slip-up,” she said. “I check my phone every five minutes, even if I know for a fact I don’t have any text messages or any missed calls. That’s what society is these days. You have to be updated constantly with what’s on Twitter, what’s on Instagram.”

Contributed Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

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Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

Lustig and nearly 600 other students at Issaquah High School stopped using technology for three days beginning Jan. 13, as part of a technology timeout hosted by a documentary filmmaker. That meant no computers, cellphones or social media.

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