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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Offer input on 2013 King County budget

September 25, 2012

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

The meetings, hosted by the King County Council budget team, start Oct. 3 in Courtroom 3F at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent.

The next meeting, and the closest event to Issaquah, is 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. The budget team also plans to post updates to Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Washington State Patrol answers online safety questions via Twitter

September 12, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 12, 2012

Washington State Patrol detectives experienced in investigations of computer crimes against children plan to answer questions Wednesday about online safety.

Twitter users can use the hashtag #askWSP to ask the detectives questions during the 90-minute Q&A session. The only off-limits topic is anything related to active cases. The event runs from 2:30-4 p.m.

Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez is the commander of Washington’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force and recently involved in the much-publicized arrests of Internet predators in Elma and Spanaway.

Sgt. Jesse Regalado commands the agency’s High-Tech Crimes Unit and is a recognized expert at recovering information off hard drives of missing persons and suspects.

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Use travel tools to make holiday trips less laborious

August 30, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 30, 2012

Labor Day means more traffic on state highways as motorists hit the road to celebrate the last holiday weekend of summer.

In order to ease congestion, the state Department of Transportation and contractors plan to suspend most construction work for the weekend. Crews move off most roads from noon Friday through Sept. 3.

“It’s a popular weekend to travel; traffic is pretty much going to be busy any time you head out the door, but I find knowing what to expect in advance and/or where to find the traffic info makes traveling much easier,” Mark Finch, Statewide Travel Data Analysis Office manager, said in a statement.

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Wanted: Local partisans headed to conventions

August 21, 2012

Election Day is coming, and The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the political parties’ national conventions, especially Issaquah School District residents headed to the events.

Republicans plan to gather in Tampa, Fla., to nominate Mitt Romney from Aug. 27-30. Democrats head to Charlotte, N.C., to nominate President Barack Obama from Sept. 4-6.

Email your contact information to, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at as soon as possible.

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Wanted: Local ties to same-sex marriage debate

August 21, 2012

Washington is poised to decide the fate of a landmark same-sex marriage law on the November ballot.

Referendum 74 asks voters to approve or reject a same-sex marriage measure passed by state legislators and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Washington state has had a domestic partnership law — or “everything but marriage” law — in place since 2009.

The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the R-74 debate, especially same-sex couples in the Issaquah School District.

Email your contact information to, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at by Sept. 5.

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Issaquah donation site established for residents impacted by Taylor Bridge Fire

August 15, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Aug. 15, 2012

The public can donate items to help Cle Elum residents displayed by the Taylor Bridge Fire at a drop-off site in Issaquah.

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce leaders established a drop-off site at Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Organizers requested non-perishable food and water, clothing and blankets, toiletries and items for infants, such as diapers and formula, and pet supplies.

Citizens can also donate cash to the relief effort.

The chamber also established drop-off sites in Ellensburg and Yakima.

The wildfire stretches for 17 miles and, so far, burned more than 28,000 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained, and more than 800 firefighters continue to battle the blaze.
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Wanted: Local Sikhs to discuss faith

August 14, 2012

The shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin focused national attention on the faith.

Now, as the Sikh community mourns the lives lost in the incident, The Issaquah Press is seeking local Sikhs to discuss Sikhism and the tragedy’s impact.

In the Wisconsin shooting, a gunman killed six people.

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Wanted: Issaquah-area residents bound for London Olympics

July 24, 2012

London is prepared to welcome athletes, spectators and others from around the globe July 27, as the 2012 Summer Olympics open in the British capital.

The event is expected to host about 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events in 26 sports. Overall, 205 nations plan to send athletes to London. The games conclude Aug. 12.

Now, as the opening ceremony approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the Olympics for upcoming coverage, especially Issaquah School District residents headed to London for the games.

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