Public invited to Reflections art exhibit Jan. 13

January 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2015

Come be inspired by incredible artworks produced by Issaquah School District students.

Through visual arts, dance, music and literature, students have produced outstanding works reflecting on the theme “The world would be a better place if….”

The exhibition reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Commons at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The event is sponsored by the Issaquah PTSA.

 

Pine Lake Middle School evacuated after threat

January 9, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015

Administrators evacuated Pine Lake Middle School toward the end of the school day Jan. 9, after a student found a note referencing a bomb in a boys bathroom.

Per the school’s emergency procedures, staff ushered students onto the school’s track and notified police.

“As this was at the end of the school day, buses were arriving,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents. “Students where walked over to our adjacent transportation facility where they were picked up and driven home as normal. Staff waited with students in the evacuation area until students were boarded on the buses. Walkers and parent pick-up was moved to the Park and Ride across the street from PLMS.”

Caponigro said her staff, law enforcement and bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the building, but she had “reason to believe this is not a credible threat.”
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Pacific Cascade students return with no leads on author of threating letter

January 6, 2015

The investigation into the author or authors of a threatening letter that closed Pacific Cascade Middle School for three days in December was continuing even as the school reopened Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar
Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

For students returning to the Issaquah district school after winter break, the day at Pacific Cascade started an hour later than usual to accommodate a meeting for parents that attracted between 250 and 300 people to the school gym.

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is only about halfway to goal

December 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2014

With just two weeks left, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is almost halfway to its $100,000 goal.

That total is less that half of what will be needed to meet Issaquah Community Services’ client demands in 2015.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout; they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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School threatened in letter will reopen after winter break

December 23, 2014

Issaquah School District officials were being largely quiet last week regarding the continuing investigation into a threatening letter found Dec. 17 outside a classroom at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

“We aren’t at liberty to talk about the specifics of an investigation while it is underway,” L. Michelle, district director of communications, said in an email.

“At this point, we haven’t identified a suspect,” she added Dec. 19.

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Pacific Cascade Middle School remains closed Thursday while threat investigation continues

December 18, 2014

UPDATED — 3 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School remained closed Thursday, Dec. 18 while authorities continue an investigation into the letter that threatened four teachers.

The Issaquah School District announced that “no new information has come to light,” therefore the decision was made to keep the school closed for the second straight day.

The school was abruptly closed Wednesday, after staff members found a typed note “threatening violence,” according to the Issaquah School District.

The note was left outside a teacher’s classroom and specifically threatened four Pacific Cascade staff members. Read more

Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed after teacher threats

December 17, 2014

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Dec. 17, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed today because of a threat to four teachers.

The decision was made this morning, according to an email to parents.

“We have just learned this morning of a typed letter left outside a teacher’s classroom threatening violence against four PCMS staff members this Friday,” the email read. “The note also contains unspecified threats to do violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Friday and makes reference to having access to a gun.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps new resident get on her feet

December 16, 2014

Shannon Winkler has called Issaquah home for only a few weeks, but already, she knows it’s a special place.

It’s a place filled with people and nonprofit organizations that take care of their own through good times and bad.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah offers hope

December 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2014

Issaquah Community Services comes into a family’s life when they need it most.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout, they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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