November 19, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012
Before the feast, Thanksgiving launches the holiday travel season.
The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out during the holiday weekend.
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 Thanksgiving weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.
Thanksgiving weekend is typically ranks among busiest period all year for I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass.
November 13, 2012
Washington voters’ groundbreaking decision to approve same-sex marriage elicited a simple — but heartfelt — response from a Sammamish couple: thank you.
Referendum 74, buoyed by strong support in King County, authorized same-sex marriage in Washington. Dana and Sage Alixander, longtime partners married in California before Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage, hailed the historic decision in Washington.
Dana Alixander offered a “collective thank you” to R-74 supporters not long after the measure inched ahead in election night results.
November 13, 2012
The indefatigable team behind recent cash mobs at Issaquah businesses is asking consumers to shop BOGO — buy one and, in a holiday season change-up, give one.
The next cash mob is due to descend on specialty grocer Champion Grocery on Nov. 17, and organizers encourage shoppers to buy something for themselves, and something extra for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media services. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop.
November 13, 2012
Sleep Country USA is hosting the annual Secret Santa Toy Drive for Foster Kids through Dec. 16.
The public can drop off new, unwrapped toys, books, electronics or musical instruments for children of all ages at any Sleep Country store, including the Issaquah location, 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C-110. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Donors can also snap a photo as they donate and enter the Sleep Country Be a Secret Santa Photo Contest on Facebook. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HD. Learn more about the contest at https://www.facebook.com/sleepcountryusa.
Sleep Country USA hopes the social promotion increases donations by at least 10 percent. The toy drive for foster children collected 21,387 toys and gifts last year.
October 30, 2012
With Twitter, WYSIWYG in 140 characters
With new skinny papers come new short Off The Press columns, 450 words max. Future is here. Better learn to tweet, too, max 140 characters!
Warren is great @ this, won big WNPA social media prize. Better get some tips from him. Don’t want to be left back by march of progress!
Someday will prob have to tweet for Press myself. To get a lot of thoughts in that limit is big challenge! Practice x 3! So far, WDY think?
H8 to misspell wrds to sav space. What about contractions? Leave out punctuation for dont, whats, cant? Better get ruling from the editor.
Googling ‘texting shortcut glossary.’ Results! Aha, netlingo.com should help. Big list! TIME doesnt mean time, it means ‘Tears In My Eyes’!
October 23, 2012
King County Sheriff’s Office investigators could soon crack down on cyberbullying, after the King County Council approved a motion introduced by Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn.
Cyberbullying is the use of information and technology to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior. The crime exploded in recent years due to the prevalence of social media services, and gained national attention last year after classmates targeted a then-12-year-old Issaquah girl online.
Dunn said cyberbullying is increasingly a concern for law enforcement agencies.
“In recent months, all across the country, we have seen tragedies unfold as a result of cyberbullying,” he said in a statement. “This motion will allow the sheriff’s office to study this issue thoroughly and ensure King County has a plan to deal with any of these troubling bullying trends.”
(Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.)
October 23, 2012
Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845
Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com
Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.
October 16, 2012
Zombie motorcyclists, like a flock of bats out of hell, should roar from the dark to claim a Sammamish Plateau park as passers-by watch in terror.
The scene sounds lifted from a zombie flick, but Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers planned a zombie motorcycle ride to open the annual Halloween haunt.
The motorcyclists, led by former child star Danny Bonaduce, a radio host for KZOK-FM — a Nightmare at Beaver Lake sponsor — plan to open 11 nights of frights in the park. The event returns Oct. 19 and continues through Halloween.
Nightmare attendees should prepare for characters lifted from tales by Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Wells, plus a ransacked cityscape reminiscent of “The Walking Dead” before a finale inside a haunted house.
Event organizers expect more than 10,000 people to venture into the dark forest and more than 20 scenes arranged along a trail and inside park buildings. Nightmare hosted more than 12,000 attendees last year, and organizers hope for 14,000 people to head into the haunt in the coming nights.
October 16, 2012
The tense days after Issaquah School District administrators closed Skyline High School due to a shooting threat spurred chatter on Facebook and Twitter.
In the aftermath, though, a video from Skyline junior Jake Barokas turned into a bona fide viral sensation.
Inspired by the unity students displayed after administrators closed school in response to the Sept. 19 threat, Barokas created a video based on a simple message: Be nice.
October 9, 2012
Police said a trail of Facebook comments led investigators to a suspect in the Sept. 20 shooting threat against Skyline High School.
Facebook taunts directed at Skyline High School students linked the incident to a 16-year-old Edmonds boy, a former Skyline student. Police said Parker N. Mace posted the Skyline threat on the online bulletin board 4chan just before midnight Sept. 19.
Then, after frightened Skyline students created a Facebook group to discuss the threat, police said Mace posted mocking comments. The taunts, plus information from friends, led police to a surprising arrest in the case.
King County prosecutors filed a felony harassment charge against Mace on Oct. 4, after King County Chief Juvenile Court Judge Helen Halpert ordered electronic home detention and restricted computer access for him. Mace pleaded not guilty to the charge Oct. 5.