Issaquah author bares soul in book of romantic poetry

December 18, 2012

‘The Heart of the Phoenix’

Growing up, Ron Howard (of Issaquah, not of Hollywood fame) was quite the loner in high school, adhering to a stereotypical Goth lifestyle.

“I wore dark clothes, was moody, depressed, the whole nine yards,” he said.

With limited human contact until starting a relationship with his first girlfriend, Howard discovered he was best able to share his feelings for her in writing.

“I began writing poetry for her, expressing feelings I was not good at vocalizing, that I’d kept bundled up inside,” he said.

Now, 25 years after high school and a quarter century more experienced at the game of love, Howard has published his third book of poems, “The Heart of the Phoenix.” It’s his first under his pen name.

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Spacelabs Healthcare to leave Issaquah for Snoqualmie

October 2, 2012

Issaquah-based medical device manufacturer Spacelabs Healthcare plans to relocate to Snoqualmie, the company’s CEO announced Sept. 17.

Spacelabs’ parent company, OSI Systems Inc., paid $14 million for a 176,000-square-foot building in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park. Spacelabs should complete the move east by next spring.

In Issaquah, Spacelabs leases space in a corporate office park wedged between East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Sammamish State Park.

Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven said Spacelabs ranks among the largest employers in the city.

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Spacelabs Healthcare to relocate from Issaquah to Snoqualmie

September 17, 2012

NEW — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 2012

The owner of Issaquah-based Spacelabs Healthcare said the medical device manufacturer plans to relocate to Snoqualmie, executives announced Monday.

Spacelabs’ parent company, OSI Systems, Inc., paid $14 million for a 176,000-square-foot building in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park. Spacelabs should complete the move east by next spring.

In Issaquah, Spacelabs leases space in a corporate office park wedged between East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Sammamish State Park.

“We continue to seek opportunities to enhance our facilities while simultaneously reducing our operating expenses in a sustainable manner,” Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems CEO, said in a statement. “The new headquarters in Snoqualmie provides a significant upgrade from our current headquarters and at a lower cost.”

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Officers do time for tips

April 13, 2010

Order-up! Issaquah’s police officers will serve up burgers, shakes and fries at the annual Tip-A-Cop event from noon to 8 p.m. April 17 at Issaquah’s Red Robin restaurant, 1085 Lake Drive.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) receives compliments and an after-meal tip from Karen Price and daughter Sara, during the 2009 Issaquah Red Robin Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. By Greg Farrar

All of the tip money earned by the officers’ service goes directly to Special Olympics Washington. Special Olympics provides year-round sporting activities, including swimming, basketball, track and field for children and adults with special needs.

Local police agencies will also bring several law enforcement vehicles to the event and volunteers will be on hand to take photos for donations.

If having a police officer for your waiter isn’t enough, check out the crowd of motorcycles arriving at Red Robin at 2 p.m. Police officers are leading a motorcycle tour through Issaquah, coordinated with other riders from Costco, Microsoft, Siemens and Spacelabs Healthcare. The ride starts at noon at the Issaquah Microsoft campus, 21295 S.E. 51st St.

Patrons who can’t make the event can donate money to the cause at the restaurant.

Siemens property is up for sale

September 15, 2009

The sprawling Siemens complex, nestled between East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Sammamish State Park, is for sale. Read more