Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Off The Press — How much could I do with a legion of me?

July 16, 2015

I received an intriguing bundle of postcards in the mail here at work the other day — all had images of “my” art exhibits from across the United States.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

No, I’m not moonlighting as a modern artist on the East Coast. Rather, I share a more common name than I thought.

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Off The Press — Sports coverage gets a much-needed boost

June 17, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Get Granny on Fallon — Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

May 5, 2015

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

The 90-year-old musician, author extraordinaire wanted to join Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and sing her mother a song.

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Skyline alums sign with NFL teams

May 5, 2015

Two Skyline High School football stars are headed to the National Football League.

While wide receiver Kasen Williams and quarterback Jake Heaps didn’t hear their names called during the NFL draft, both will reportedly get shots as undrafted free agents.

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Issaquah’s Fab 14 accept scholarships

April 21, 2015

Coaches and players on opposing basketball teams knew how good Ty Gibson was, but the Issaquah High School senior might not have convinced any colleges of his talents until a virtuoso performance at the state tournament in March.

Over the course of three games, Gibson set a new tourney scoring record with 87 points. His last two games in an Issaquah uniform were superstar material — a career-high 42 points against Moses Lake, and 32 more against Kentwood as the Eagles clinched the fourth-place trophy.

By Greg Farrar Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

By Greg Farrar
Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

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Eastside Writes sponsors Salmon Days tweets

October 14, 2014

Made popular by Twitter, six-word memoirs summarize their writers’ lives in just six words.

Eastside Writes, an Issaquah-based literary arts organization, gave the trend a Salmon Days twist by inviting visitors to write six-word salmon memoirs.

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Editorial — Neighbors should help police and themselves

October 7, 2014

Last year, thieves broke into vendor booths overnight during Salmon Days, making off with merchandise that support people’s livelihoods. This past weekend, Issaquah police were being extra vigilant for that and caught some would-be thieves in the act, arresting them on the spot.

You being vigilant can also help prevent crime.

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Meet the heat on the beat during National Night Out

July 29, 2014

 The Issaquah Police Department will really work the community beat Aug. 5.

In the city’s sixth celebration of National Night Out, officers from the department will join thousands of communities nationwide in reaching out to residents to create a stronger bond between the department and the people it serves.

“We’re going to continue with our previous program and let the community have an opportunity to chat with our officers,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said. “I think it’s an opportunity to engage with that community-policing model that we have. It’s an extension of how we approach our policing focus in Issaquah.”

Behrbaum said the goal of National Night Out is to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention and provide support for local anti-crime efforts. He said it also gives officers a connection to residents, helping with outreach and building a relationship.

Free food, giveaways, music and tips on topics such as emergency preparedness and home security will be made available at the event on the steps of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Citizens can also bring their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service for free.

“National Night Out doesn’t have to be only at the police department event,” Behrbaum said. “We invite other people to throw their own block parties and get to know their neighbors.”

He said the officers really respond to the opportunity to learn more about Issaquah’s citizens and introduce themselves in a more laidback, social atmosphere.

“We really enjoy it,” he said. “Yes, this is official business, but it gives us the chance to talk to people. It’s a chance to chit chat on a one on one basis.”

City Communications Director Autumn Monahan said residents should interact with the city on social media to share their communities’ experience and, if neighborhoods hold separate block parties, receive an informational visit from an officer.

“We encourage people to let us know beforehand if they are holding a block party and want an officer to visit,” Monahan said. “Residents are welcome to share their events with us and with their communities as well.”

Residents can connect with city staff on Facebook and Twitter, or email to schedule a visit at Monahan said the city would use the hashtag #PartywithPolice and invited others celebrating the event to join.

“It’s a really fun way to spend a night out in Issaquah,” Monahan said. “You can attend and walk across the lawn and join the Concerts on the Green. It’s a great way to piggyback two fun events.”

Behrbaum said the event offers the chance to benefit all Issaquah’s residents.

“It’s about building relationships and that comfort level,” he said. “If people feel comfortable with us, then people will be more willing to call us. We care and it’s all about the quality of life in Issaquah.”

If you go
National Night Out

  • 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5
  • City Hall

4130 E. Sunset Way

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Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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