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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Online scare, response unfurl on social media

September 25, 2012

The threat against Skyline High School unfolded almost entirely in the social media realm — as students took to Twitter and Facebook to dissect the threat, school district officials used the tools to calm parents’ fears and investigators probed online for clues.

In the late-night hours of Sept. 19, as police and school administrators determined how to address a purported mass shooting on the Skyline campus the next day, students traded information and innuendo on social networking services.

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Spurred by Skyline threat, absences jump 70 percent at Issaquah schools

September 20, 2012

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Student attendance in the Issaquah School District tumbled Thursday, and absences spiked by 70 percent, as police investigated a shooting threat against Skyline High School.

District administrators decided late Wednesday to close Skyline on Thursday and keep other campuses open. Staffers and students at other schools felt the ripples early.

Districtwide, absences increased at 18 of 25 schools Thursday, although not every instance is attributable to the Skyline threat.

Officials counted 1,158 students absent Thursday, up from 680 a week earlier, Sept. 13, according to a comparison of attendance data. The district serves about 17,000 students from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.

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Investigation into Skyline threat continues as attendance drops elsewhere

September 20, 2012

UPDATED — 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Police continue to investigate a shooting threat against students at Skyline High School, as attendance at other Issaquah School District campuses — particularly Sammamish Plateau schools near Skyline — declined Thursday.

District administrators announced a decision late Wednesday to close Skyline after a threat made online targeted the school for a mass shooting. The district kept all other schools open.

Skyline also canceled all extracurricular activities and school athletics events scheduled for Thursday.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said police continue to follow several leads on the identity of the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if the user is a Skyline student.

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Compassion House seeks votes in grant contest

September 18, 2012

Issaquah-based Compassion House, a nonprofit provider of transitional housing for homeless families, could receive a boost in a national contest.

Through the Chase Community Giving program, the banking giant is offering $5 million to charities. Chase Community Giving allows fans to help choose charities to receive grants from Chase.

Participants can cast votes for Compassion House at the Chase Community Giving program Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving, or through the Chase website, www.chase.com/ChaseGiving.

Each Facebook voter is allowed one vote. Participants voting through the Chase website can cast two votes. The voting period is open until Sept. 19.

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