Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

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.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake returns to offer Halloween scares

October 16, 2012

Samantha Gavin, Nightmare at Beaver Lake makeup artist, practices creating fake wounds Oct. 14. By Lillian O’Rorke

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.

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Skyline High School student spreads ‘be nice’ message after threat

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.

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Facebook, friends lead police to suspect in Skyline threat

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.

Parker N. Mace

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.

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Join King County budget discussion through meetings, Twitter

October 9, 2012

Residents can comment on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed 2013 budget at a series of meetings countywide.

The meetings, hosted by the King County Council budget team, continue Oct. 10 in the City Council Chambers at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

The last meeting is Oct. 17 in the 10th floor King County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Residents can watch coverage from the meetings the next day on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22.

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 6, 2012

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter to find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret clue words to become a winner.

The first person to find the Roving Fish Fan at different locations within the festival is provided with a booth number or business card to claim a prize.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Facebook clues led police to suspect in Skyline shooting threat

October 3, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Police said a trail of comments on Facebook led investigators to the suspect in the Sept. 20 shooting threat against Skyline High School.

Parker Mace, shown as a freshman in the 2011 Skyline High School yearbook.

Facebook taunts directed at Skyline High School students concerned about a school shooting threat linked the incident to a 16-year-old Edmonds boy and 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.

Information from friends of Mace also aided investigators.

Police arrested Mace for harassment and cyberstalking — both felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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The Issaquah Press earns statewide journalism, social media honors

October 2, 2012

Bolstered by minute-by-minute coverage from a downtown standoff last year, The Issaquah Press earned top honors for reporting and use of social media — plus awards for photography, design and advertising — at a statewide journalism conference Sept. 28.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 25 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The staff earned news, photography and social media awards for coverage during and after a gunman menaced downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011.

Reporter Warren Kagarise earned first place for Best Use of Social Media for documenting the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Issaquah Press earns statewide journalism, social media honors

October 1, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 1, 2012

Bolstered by minute-by-minute coverage from a downtown standoff last year, The Issaquah Press earned top honors for reporting and use of social media — plus awards for photography, design and advertising — at a statewide journalism conference Sept. 28.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 25 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The staff earned news, photography and social media awards for coverage during and after a gunman menaced downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011.

Reporter Warren Kagarise earned first place for Best Use of Social Media for documenting the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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Skyline High School closes for day due to online shooting threat

September 25, 2012

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan speaks during a news conference Sept. 20 at Sammamish City Hall, across the street from the Skyline High School campus. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School closed Sept. 20, after a still-unidentified online bulletin board user threatened to unleash a Columbine-style attack and shoot students on campus.

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