July 29, 2014
And now, the rest of the story
Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.
The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.
July 29, 2014
Please don’t feed the bears, ever
“A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.
They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.
We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.
July 22, 2014
Sometimes, people do really good or smart things. And sometimes, they do really bad or stupid things.
And I’ve always felt it is a newspaper’s job to share not only bad news, but good news as well.
With that in mind, The Issaquah Press is kicking off a new feature on its Opinion page — Picnic or Poo Poo.
July 1, 2014
Small businesses help keep taxpayer dollars in Issaquah
Last week’s Issaquah Press contained an interesting article in its Living magazine. “A Startup’s Startup” spoke very tellingly about Issaquah’s potential to become to Seattle what Mountain View is to San Francisco.
Startups are technological ventures and, supposedly, there’s a lot of them happening all around us, behind closed doors. According to Jay Weeldreyer, founder of Lendjoy and director of business strategy with Lender Gear, Issaquah is an “untapped market … a bedroom community for startups. And I mean literally. It’s full of people doing this stuff in their bedroom.”
June 10, 2014
The 2014 Salmon Days Festival will be groovy, baby.
Event organizers exclusively announced to The Issaquah Press June 4 that they’ll throw it all the way back to the festival’s 1970’s origins with this year’s theme — “Coho Mojo.”
“The salmon are going to shag this year, instead of spawn,” joked Robin Kelley, festival director.
June 3, 2014
Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.
Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.
“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.
May 27, 2014
The Issaquah Press
Thank you for a great community newspaper
Thank you for publishing a newspaper that I have enjoyed reading for more than 40 years. This may be a bittersweet email, though, because after subscribing to The Issaquah Press for many years, I must tell you that I am not renewing my subscription.
I believe that The Press is still a great community newspaper — but I’m just not as active in Issaquah as I once was.
While I grew up in town and was a member of Issaquah Rotary for more than 20 years, my wife and I live in Seattle, and that’s where we’re more active.
So, best wishes on the continued publication of The Issaquah Press. I’m sure that I’ll check-in from time-to-time via the online version and when I’m out for various community events such as Salmon Days. Thank you for producing a great community newspaper.
If you think you can do better, go ahead and try
I ( a teacher for many years who certainly didn’t do it for the money) recently heard an NPR news interview concerning preschool children being sent home due to behavior and not allowed to return to school. The reporter was upset that the school district — California was being skewered in this particular interview — was unwilling to serve these poor children.
Did she mention class size? Whether those teachers had any adult help with behavior issues? The kinds of behaviors that caused the children to be sent home? A need to provide districts with funding for additional personnel? Well, no.
This outsider went on to cite statistics regarding the high number of ethnic preschoolers being sent home in relation to the lower percentage of white preschoolers. Moreover, she suggested this discrepancy was due to racial bias on the part of the preschool teachers. What?
Does she personally know any preschool teachers, especially teachers biased against their nonwhite students? Did she look into a possible correlation between poverty and behavior issues? Whether poverty in the U.S. is more often found in nonwhite families? That many families are so stressed about their situation and are working so many hours to make ends meet that they have little time for teaching social skills? Well, no again.
I am sick to the bone of hearing about the failures of our teachers, our schools. Schools are now expected to provide before and after care, to feed, counsel, entertain students. Oh, and get great test scores out of them, as well. Teachers are grading papers in the evening, planning lessons on weekends, attending after-school events.
My wish? I wish every teacher would resign his/her job and leave the complainers to deal with the issues of educating children. The well needs to run dry!
May 20, 2014
Thanks to all who helped put on special event
Christina Corrales-Toy truly captured the feeling of Life Enrichment Options’ second annual Mother’s Brunch — the feeling of comfort and acceptance that many families with children with special needs don’t always feel — in her recent story on the event.
This event, celebrating the moms of children with developmental disabilities and all that they do, is a particularly appropriate event for LEO and the Tavon Center to collaborate on as both local organizations were started by moms of children with special needs.
May 17, 2014
NEW — 10 p.m. May 17, 2014
The Issaquah Press has again been named the best nondaily newspaper in five states by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Press received the first-place General Excellence award May 17 at the 2013 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism banquet at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.
Announcers noted that The Press was the only news organization in the state to receive a first-place award in the category.
February 18, 2014
Debbie Berto joined a growing, distinguished list within the past year when she announced her retirement. After 40 years at The Issaquah Press, she was ready to move on to the next challenge in her life.
She wasn’t the only one to call it quits on service in the public eye.
Locally, Ava Frisinger ended her run in January as Issaquah’s longest-serving mayor after 17 years. When Frisinger announced in 2009 she would not run for another term, her reasoning was simple.
“I didn’t want to become stale,” she said. “It’s important to let others in and run things with a fresh set of eyes.”