Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015

In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.

Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.

Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.

“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more

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Hometown Hero Barbara de Michele is education superstar

July 23, 2015

Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.

By Greg Farrar Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

By Greg Farrar
Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.

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Learn how drugs impact the brain at presentation

May 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2015

Chemical dependency counselor Jerry Blackburn will share how drug use impacts the brain at a May 11 presentation.

In “The Neurological Aspects of Drug Abuse,” Blackburn, a faculty member in Bellevue College’s chemical dependency counseling program, will explain complicated neurological concepts in a way that’s easy to understand.

The presentation, which includes a light dinner, is from 5-6 p.m. May 11 at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. After the presentation, community members are welcome to stay for the regular meeting of the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition.

Email Pat Castillo at bjager1205@gmail.com to RSVP for the presentation.

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Support the Drug Free Community Coalition by taking survey

May 9, 2015

NEW — noon May 9, 2015

The Drug Free Community Coalition is asking for your help.

Fill out a survey by May 30, and encourage others to do so as well.

The information will give the coalition a baseline to evaluate the progress of the coalition and Healthy Youth Initiative programs over the coming years. The survey is important for the organizations’ future success. Both help youths with substance abuse issues.

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Overall winner — ‘Life is Beautiful’

April 22, 2015

Skyline High School student Trevor Thacker-Beach won the overall prize, along with a $1,ooo grand prize, in the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition’s annual Influence the Choice video contest. Learn more about the contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Alcohol category (first place) — ‘Remember’

April 22, 2015

Liberty High School student Anna Woldstad earned first place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Alcohol category (second place) — ‘Influence the Choice: Alcohol’

April 22, 2015

Skyline High School student Evan Minicucci earned second place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Alcohol category (third place) — ‘Influence the Choice: Alcohol’

April 22, 2015

Skyline High School students Terrence Steenman and Frank Sparling earned third place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Marijuana category (first place) — ‘Dare’

April 22, 2015

Liberty High School student Ashton Herrild earned first place in the marijuana category for this “Dare” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Marijuana category (second place) — ‘Influence the Choice Marijuana’

April 22, 2015

Skyline High School student Autumn Maddux earned second place in the marijuana category for this “Influence the Choice Marijuana” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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