Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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Reign of the roaming rooster

July 9, 2013

One tough old bird rules an Issaquah parking lot

He’s not exactly a wild creature, but he’s too independent to be considered a farm animal or a pet.

He’s a free-range kind of guy.

Since the bantam rooster known as McNugget first showed up in a downtown Issaquah parking lot 11 years ago, he’s stuck around and brought smiles to shoppers and passers-by.

Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times Katheryn Parker, as she leaves Staples, admires McNugget the rooster, which has been wandering the parking lot for 11 years.

Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times
Katheryn Parker, as she leaves Staples, admires McNugget the rooster, which has been wandering the parking lot for 11 years.

Michelle Schneider, owner of the Your Espresso stand on Front Street North, said she was terrified when the black-feathered bird suddenly appeared one day at her window.

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Off the Press

July 3, 2012

The paper or plastic battle isn’t over yet

Ahh, plastic bags. I don’t know of a time in my seven years here when there has been so much controversy. And most of it after a decision.

(There was that brouhaha in December 2009 over McNugget, the rooster that lives on Front Street across from Darigold, which brought so many comments I thought they would never end! I just checked our website and the main story brought 134 comments there alone.)

As for the bags, the comments and letters are still coming in. The most astonishing thing to me is the people who say they’re going to drive to other cities to shop. Seriously? Take the gas guzzling SUV to another city to get plastic bags and avoid the 5-cent paper bag fee? That just sounds ludicrous. How many bags of groceries do people get per trip?

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Off The Press

September 7, 2010

Photo contest entries provide fun for staff

Ahh, our annual photo contest. The people, the animals, the scenes.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Everyone on our staff can help judge the contest every year and it’s one of the most enjoyable things we do. We have some really amazing amateur photographers in our coverage area!

This year we had 208 entries — 64 in the animal category, 52 in the people category and 92 in the scenic category. Each first-place winner gets $100. Not bad for doing something most people enjoy — capturing a fun, silly, spiritual, beautiful, inspiring moment in time.

The contest will be held again next year, so start saving your best photos now!

Congratulations to all of the people who won. See their photos on the front of our Community section this week, Page B1.

But I’d also like to congratulate the finalists in each category, who don’t get prizes, but will be in our online slideshow along with the winners and who took some awesome pictures. It was really hard to choose the winners! Read more

Rooster wranglers ruffle feathers

December 15, 2009

McNugget the rooster, the center of controversy in a dispute to move him to a warmer climate, gets some sun in the Staples parking lot last week. By David Hayes

McNugget the rooster, the center of controversy in a dispute to move him to a warmer climate, gets some sun in the Staples parking lot last week. By David Hayes

Issaquah icon McNugget the rooster became the center of controversy Dec. 8 and 9 when a group of concerned citizens were blocked from moving him to a warmer environment.

Kristen Parshall and her friend Debby Welsh, both of Fall City, became worried about McNugget’s welfare in the face of temperatures reaching overnight lows in the teens and below.

“Our biggest concern is the winters,” said Parshall, a former employee of Pasado’s Safe Haven. “He needs to be in a coop with a heat lamp.”

Their efforts were met by those who disagreed, saying McNugget had ample care at the Your Espresso stand and had survived just fine in previous winters.

“McNugget eats three times a day and gets fresh water provided as a second source of water intake,” barista Candice Mercado wrote in an e-mail. “McNugget uses the small creek mostly for all his drinking needs. He never leaves the property and if a rooster were unhappy, he would have left over five years ago.” Read more

Tempers boil in dispute over Issaquah rooster

December 10, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2009

Issaquah icon McNugget the rooster became the center of controversy Tuesday and Wednesday when a group of concerned citizens were blocked from moving him to a warmer environment.

Kristen Parshall, and her friend Debby Welsh, both of Fall City, became worried about McNugget’s welfare in the face of the freezing weather reaching overnight lows in the teens and below.

“Our biggest concern is the winters,” said Parshall, a former employee of Posado’s Animal Rescue. “He needs to be in a coop with a heat lamp.”

Their first effort to catch McNugget was met with resistance from a barista who alerted Issaquah Grange Supply staff.

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Off The Press

August 25, 2009

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Maybe the newspaper in front of you arrived at your doorstep, fashioned from ink and paper and delivered in a plastic bag. Perhaps you steered your browser to the Web counterpart, www.issaquahpress.com. Now, another option exists: The Issaquah Press has joined popular microblogging site Twitter. Follow us @issaquahpress.

Wait. What? Microblogging?

Let me explain how it works: Twitter users — tweeters — post updates, known as tweets, capped at 140 characters, or about the length of a text message. Each tweet is a condensed burst of information — a useful device, especially as news breaks and reporters gather information piece by piece.

Users follow other tweeters to build a network. As a user follows others, their tweets appear in his or her timeline. A conversation begins.

Like other news outlets worldwide, we utilize Twitter to speed information to our readers. Unlike other news providers, we strive to deliver hyperlocal content and news about regional issues that affect Issaquah residents. Since we first tweeted July 27, we’ve used the medium to chronicle a record heat wave, City Council decisions, ArtWalk and Concerts on the Green, the arrival of new businesses and the departures of others. Read more

Beloved rooster McNugget survives pit bull attack

August 18, 2009

McNugget

McNugget

McNugget the rooster was attacked by a customer’s pit bull Aug. 2, but it seems he’s going to be OK.

McNugget lives near The Grange, Staples and Your Espresso.

“I was here when it happened,” said Teresa Mercado, who works at Your Espresso, previously known as Espresso Time. “Basically, I was working and I heard the rooster screaming — the pit bull had the rooster in its mouth.”

Luckily, the rooster was freed from the pit bull’s jaws, but after the attack “he was limping and scared, and he was hiding for three days,” she said.

Now, McNugget is back to his normal habits. Read more