Combat Flip Flops expands its catalog through crowd-funding

August 26, 2014

Local veteran-founded business Combat Flip Flops has secured more than $15,000 in crowd-sourced funding to launch another product.

Contributed Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

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Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

The Cashmagh is a cashmere shemagh, or scarf. The material is sourced from goats in Afghanistan, and then processed and woven in India.

The money was raised through VetLaunch, which began its mission to fund veteran-owned small businesses July 4.

“We wanted to be a front-runner,” Combat Flip Flops co-founder and former Army Ranger Matthew Griffin, “Griff” to his friends, said. “We ran a couple of crowd-funding campaigns before. We know how those things work.”

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Firefighters work to prevent people texting while driving

July 29, 2014

The International Association of Eastside Fire Fighters recently launched the public safety campaign #JustifyIt, which asks, “Can you justify the next text message from your driver’s seat?”

#JustifyIt uses firefighters’ first-hand experience with texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe from these violent accidents.

More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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Social media profiles

April 21, 2014

NEW — 4:55 p.m. April 21, 2014

For most of us, social media facilities are the holy grail of our entertainment. Pressing the refresh buttons on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest on our various smartphones, laptops and tablets is a concerning addiction that we are perfectly content to acknowledge and live with.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

And most of the time, this characteristic of our generation is criticized by those who view us as young whippersnappers. However, are we really to blame for the antics of our peers on these social media that makes these facilities so engrossing in the first place? I would like to outline some basic profiles of the average social media users we all see every time we hit that refresh button.

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Students post racist messages regarding Garfield players

March 11, 2014

TACOMA — Issaquah and Garfield high school administrators worked together to ensure a safe environment when the schools faced each other in the Class 4A boys semifinal basketball game March 7.

The extra effort came after racially charged messages appeared on social media following the schools’ matchup Feb. 21.

Garfield’s school resource officer reached out to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to inform it of the situation. The WIAA decided additional security for the game was not necessary. Issaquah planned to have more school administrators on site than usual to provide extra security.

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Local teens take a technology timeout

February 4, 2014

Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig wasn’t supposed to be on her phone, but she checked it anyway.

“I definitely had a slip-up,” she said. “I check my phone every five minutes, even if I know for a fact I don’t have any text messages or any missed calls. That’s what society is these days. You have to be updated constantly with what’s on Twitter, what’s on Instagram.”

Contributed Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

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Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

Lustig and nearly 600 other students at Issaquah High School stopped using technology for three days beginning Jan. 13, as part of a technology timeout hosted by a documentary filmmaker. That meant no computers, cellphones or social media.

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Issaquah cook is finalist in Del Monte recipe contest

February 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Del Monte asked home cooks to freshen up recipes in the Add Some Garden Contest.

The company challenged consumers to submit creative tips on how they make good meals great by adding a can of Del Monte fruit or vegetables to a recipe.

Del Monte’s Facebook fans then voted for the best tips. Now, Facebook fans can vote to select the grand prize winner.

The finalists include a home cook from Issaquah — the creator of Peachy Keen Ceviche. Consumers can vote for a semifinalist recipe through Thursday on Del Monte’s Facebook page.

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Salmon Days Festival is ‘Streaming Live’

January 29, 2013

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

Salmon Days Festival organizers adore puns. For the next festival theme, expect a blend of homespun and high-tech.

The theme for the October celebration is “Streaming Live” — a nod to instantaneous communication and salmon habitat.

“Even after 44 years, our Salmon Days Festival promises to be more current than ever,” Robin Kelley, lead Salmon Days organizer, said in unveiling the theme Jan. 24. “Innovation and interpretation, pixilation and Pinterest, in the cloud, going viral, browsing and blogs. This year’s theme is today and looking to the future.”

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City Council reviews applicants for open seat

January 29, 2013

The next City Council member comes from a roster rooted in civic participation — seven residents involved in city boards and commissioners, homeowners associations and community organizations.

The council expected to reach a decision Jan. 29 on a successor to former Councilman Mark Mullet.

The council interviewed applicants Michael Beard, Tim Flood, Joe Forkner, Mary Lou Pauly, Bill Ramos, Mark Rigos and Chantal Stevens in 10-minute segments Jan. 22.

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Maple Hills Elementary School students visit Capitol

January 29, 2013

The fourth-grade students of Maple Hills Elementary School got an inside look at how laws are made Jan. 17 when they visited the state Capitol in Olympia.

While there to learn about state government, the children met up with state Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and asked him questions about his new job.

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