Local fifth-grader selected for AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

April 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 12, 2014

Davis Franklin, a fifth-grader at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, Franklin will be recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field on May 9.

Contributed Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state and will be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Exchange project

April 1, 2014

Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors

Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.

He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

The March feast was for the benefit of his foreign visitor, Kazuyoshi Hirata, as 20 Liberty High School families hosted 24 students from Japan through a cultural exchange program.

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Is spring here yet?

March 25, 2014

“Beware the Ides of March.” What’s that supposed to mean? It seems so important, so relevant, but no. It’s only the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, not the beginning of spring, as we might hope.

Around here, we should celebrate the sun’s arrival into the northern hemisphere, not the passing of an emperor 2,000 years ago. We need something reliable to tell us spring is here.

My husband says he can tell spring has arrived when the taxes are due. I thought, I can do better than that: I know it when I see the Indian plum blooming in the woods. But wait. I really know Indian plum will bloom way before spring starts, even under cover of snow.

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We are the best

February 18, 2014

Not only do we Western Washingtonians have the best football team in the country, but we have many great Olympians as well.

It bowls me over to hear about our Northwest contribution to the rest of the country, not just in sports but also in health care, technology and aeronautics. Our unemployment isn’t too high, and our economy seems to be bubbling along. On top of that, to the chagrin of everybody else, we just happen to have the best climate in the continental United States. Shh! It’s a secret. Everybody else thinks it rains all the time, so let’s keep it that way.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire unveils official portrait by local artist

January 15, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled her official portrait — a 44-inch by 30-inch piece by a local artist — Jan. 11, days before she hands the reigns to Gov.-elect Jay Inslee.

Joined by family and friends at the state Capitol in Olympia, Gregoire unveiled the portrait by Michele Rushworth, a Sammamish artist known for creating portraits of leaders in government, academia, business and sports.

“To have my portrait displayed among our state’s past governors is a tremendous honor,” Gregoire said in a statement. “If only my Mom could have been here to see this today. Here I am, the daughter of a short order cook from Auburn, and the first in my family to go to college. And now my portrait will be hanging in the office of the governor of Washington, alongside those who came before. I am truly humbled.”

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Community mourns longtime sports editor Bob Taylor

January 1, 2013

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his son, David, 34, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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Community mourns former sports editor Bob Taylor

December 28, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2012

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his adult son, David, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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Who’s News

September 25, 2012

Elks Lodge takes Special Olympians to Mariners game

The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge in Issaquah took 60 Special Olympics youths and their caregivers to a Seattle Mariners baseball game Sept. 23 thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.

The money also paid for transportation and refreshment costs.

The Mariners acknowledged the Special Olympians in attendance at the end of the fourth inning on the large scoreboard. The youths are members of the Issaquah Special Olympics baseball team.

Press Editorial

September 11, 2012

Excess campaign funds need clarification

Some state lawmakers have been taken to task for using leftover campaign funds in ways that may or may not be within bounds. There’s the problem. The rules are too vague and open to interpretation, so it’s unclear if there was a violation. More definitive guidelines should be developed.

An Associated Press reporter combed through records detailing the way politicians spend money left over from campaigns. The law allows them to hold onto the cash for the next election or use it for “public office-related expenses.” The vast majority of expenses are above board, though some are borderline and strain credulity.

One Issaquah legislator, state Rep. Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City, had used some funds to help with car maintenance. Anderson reportedly said he has logged miles on the vehicle for official business, so it was reasonable to use the funds for maintenance. But that same car likely also made trips to the grocery store or the movies. Where is the line between official and unofficial use?

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Off the Press

August 28, 2012

When news photographs whistled through wires

Our recent story about the book by Barry Sweet, the Seattle Associated Press photographer for more than three decades, brought back a lot of memories. I visited with Barry at the Issaquah Costco and enjoyed reliving old times.

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Would you believe that once upon a time, it took 10 minutes to send one black-and-white photograph to newspapers across the country? And 40 minutes to send color?

While studying at the University of Washington, I landed a job in 1977 as one of five wirephoto operators at the Seattle bureau, working right next to Barry Sweet at the same desk and the same darkroom for two years.

A wirephoto — or Laserphoto — transmitter was about the size and weight of a carton of 10 reams of office paper. We typed a caption on sticky paper, put it on the margin of an 8-by-10 print, put it in the slot and pressed start.

The picture would slowly feed at an inch per minute as the laser would scan 120 lines an inch, turn the shades of gray into a constant rapid whistling of high- to low-pitched sound frequencies and send it across telephone lines.

Receivers at the nation’s newspapers would expose glossy thermal paper with synchronized lasers at the same time and spit out their reproductions when the transmission was done.

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