Registration is open for citizen’s police academy

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will hold a free 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.

Meet the men and women who serve and protect the community every day, ride along with a police officer and become a more informed citizen.

Each course of the Citizens’ Police Academy will be taught by Issaquah officers. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, the interactive courses will cover: Read more

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State OKs Tiger Mountain logging, surprises residents

July 23, 2015

“I’ve lived here 47 years and that’s the first time I’ve seen any logging,” Tiger Mountain resident Lorie Graff said. “It was shocking.”

Graff said the clear-cutting of trees in what many thought was Tiger Mountain State Forest was the talk of her neighborhood. It’s not clear when it started, but the logging ended about a week ago.

“It now looks disgusting,” resident Mike Shimchick wrote in an email.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Council President Paul Winterstein draws two challengers in primary

July 16, 2015

For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.

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Off The Press — Sports coverage gets a much-needed boost

June 17, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Learn about summer meals and snacks for kids resources

June 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2015

The Washington State Summer Meals Program feeds children and teens 18 and younger.

Sites are at places such as schools, parks and community centers.

Call the Family Food Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, both toll free, or go to www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for more resources for Washington families.

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Editorial

December 31, 2013

2014 goals for a better Issaquah

The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.

February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.

Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.

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Give feedback about Issaquah schools by Dec. 12

December 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 10, 2013

The Issaquah School District PTSA is looking for parents and community members to take an online survey and give their views of what they value most in schools.

The PTSA has conducted similar surveys prior to its last two rounds of teacher contract negotiations. District teachers are about to engage in a new round of negotiations for contracts that expire in 2014.

Input collected from the survey, along with information from last spring’s districtwide homework survey, will be presented in January to district administrators, school board members and teachers’ union representatives.

Find the survey, which closes at midnight Dec. 12, here.

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