QuickMedical celebrates 20 years in business

January 29, 2013

QuickMedical medical supply company recently celebrated its 20th year in business in Issaquah.

In 1993, Scott Hanna and a couple of friends created the first digital height measuring device, Heightronic 23, to measure height to .01 centimeters. Sales were managed from Hanna’s garage in North Bend.

The company grew so quickly, it was moved to a warehouse in Snoqualmie and then finally a bigger facility in Issaquah.

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Off the Press

January 29, 2013

Relationships change due to social media

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Warren Kagarise
Press reporter

The Issaquah Press is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah.

The most-followed title goes to Issaquah-based medium Margaret McElroy. The getaway masterminds at Costco Travel rank near the top, too.

The newspaper, at more than 5,100 followers at last count, is not the largest Twitter presence in Issaquah, but it is quintessential to the conversation.

Behind the jumping salmon avatar, I answer questions, offer encouragement and, yes, respond to criticism amid the daily stream of information.

I am grateful to dedicated group of followers on Facebook and Twitter, and I am often humbled at the importance readers place on a personal relationship with the newspaper.

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Washington senator calls for input on federal budget priorities

January 29, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 29, 2013

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is encouraging taxpayers to engage in the federal budget process.

Murray, Senate Budget Committee chairwoman and a Washington Democrat, announced the start of MyBudget, a platform to share budget ideas and priorities.

“The federal budget is where we lay out our values, our priorities, and our vision for what our government should look like now and in the future,” she said in a statement. “So I believe that it is absolutely critical that the ideas and perspectives of families across America are heard loud and clear in a budget process that belongs to them, but is too often limited to politicians and bureaucrats.”

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Off the Press

January 15, 2013

Words aren’t always what they seam to be

Yes, the headline has the wrong word on purpose!

Greg FarrarPress photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

During one of my recent columns, the Twitter and Facebook revolution was under discussion and how it was shrinking our attention spans and thought processes to a maximum of 140 characters at a time.

There’s something else going on in this new way of communication that drives me crazy, not only in the social media universe but in the good old everyday world of newsprint and magazines.

Homonyms! Or in current smartphone texting lingo, autocorrect errors. Nowhere does the absence of good proofreading drive me as crazy than when it comes to them.

When there are a whole lot of people attacking a strategic position, they are a “horde.” When a storm is coming and we stock up on batteries, we are saving up a “hoard.”

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Sammamish ranks as friendliest town

January 1, 2013

Sammamish is the friendliest town in the United States in a recent ranking by Forbes magazine.

Forbes joined Nextdoor.com — a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods — to assess 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. The assessors ranked cities based on the percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving and the percentage of college graduates.

Nextdoor.com then conducted qualitative surveys among members in the highest-rated towns to finalize the top 15.

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Forbes ranks Sammamish as friendliest city

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Sammamish is the friendlest town in the United States in a recent ranking by Forbes magazine.

Forbes joined Nextdoor.com — a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods — to assess 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. The assessors ranked cities based on the percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving and the percentage of college graduates.

Nextdoor.com then conducted qualitative surveys among members in the highest-rated towns to finalize the top 15.

Sammamish came out on top in the America’s Friendliest Towns list.

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State planners offer tools to ease holiday travel headaches

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.

The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps during hardships all year

December 18, 2012

Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of the fragile economy to even more risk — financial trouble, utility shutdowns and, in extreme cases, homelessness.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah strengthens community ties

December 11, 2012

Since the economy entered a nosedive in 2008, and throughout the fragile recovery since, volunteers at Issaquah Community Services keep hearing a familiar story.

The breadwinner for a household, laid off during the recession, needs help to make ends meet. The volunteers listen and, in many cases, offer assistance to pay the rent or to keep the electricity on.

Milicent Savage, Issaquah Community Services president, remembers the stories from two men recently at the organization’s office.

The men, both fathers and husbands, needed assistance to cover rent expenses for the month. Savage recalled how one man — a former Microsoft employee now working as a custodian — broke down.

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Skyline High School takes to Twitter to beat cyberbullying

December 4, 2012

Macey Knecht asked fellow students at Skyline to make a pledge to not be a cyberbully. By Lillian O’Rorke

Walking into Skyline High School last week, the message “Pause Before You Post” was painted in giant letters across the school’s front windows. Inside, streamers and posters hung above the commons. Signs like “Just Be Nice” were hard to miss.

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