Congratulate 2015 Golden Acorn winners

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah PTSA Council recently recognized the Issaquah School District’s outstanding volunteers at a reception at Swedish Hospital.

Contributed Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

Issaquah PTSA Council award recipients, from left to right, are Korista Smith-Barney, Caroline Brown, Dianne Bugge, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Council — Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney, Becky Gordon and Dawn Peschek; Outstanding Advocate: Dianne Bugge; Honorary Life Membership: Caroline Brown

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Julia Bamba will lead Issaquah’s new alternative high school

April 21, 2015

Julia Bamba, an assistant principal at Issaquah High School, will become principal at the Issaquah School District’s new alternative high school, set to open in fall 2016.

Julia Bamba

Julia Bamba

Bamba will begin working immediately to help plan the development of the new school, a district news release stated.

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Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

April 14, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.

Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at

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Police activity puts schools into short, modified lockdown

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3:35 p.m. April 13, 2015

Four Issaquah School District buildings went into a modified lockdown at the request of city police at about 11:50 a.m. for just shy of a half-hour April 13.

Schools involved were Clark Elementary, Issaquah High, Tiger Mountain Community High and Issaquah Middle schools.

The lockdowns were done as a precaution, said L. Michelle, district communications director, and were due to unspecified police activity in the areas around the schools.

Michelle said she did not know what the police activity was that brought about the lockdowns. A police spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Such modified lockdowns are common and probably occur about once a month or so somewhere in the 110 square-mile district, Michelle said. She added police often don’t share the cause of the lockdowns with district officials.

Under modified lockdown, any children outside the building are brought in and the outer doors to schools are locked. Otherwise, the school day continues as normal.

Volunteer, human values award nominees wanted

April 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 13, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is accepting nominations from the greater Issaquah community for its two annual awards to be presented in May at the Community Awards Banquet.

Volunteer of the Year is awarded to someone who has exhibited a commitment to the betterment of the community by contributing a large number of hours over a significant period of time.

The Human and Spiritual Values Award recognizes a person or institution with a religious foundation or affiliation who works for the betterment of people through leadership and/or participation.

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Off The Press — Dear NFL: You need Kasen Williams

April 7, 2015

All right, you NFL football scouts, listen up.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

More than four-dozen of you were here in Seattle last week at the Huskies’ Pro Day workout, looking over stars from the University of Washington, salivating over the prospects.

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Schools seek lessons from new Healthy Youth Survey

March 31, 2015

Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.

At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.

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Editorial — Raise smoking age to 21 to save lives

March 31, 2015

Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.

The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.

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