August 24, 2014
NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”
Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.
The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.
May 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2014
Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.
Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”
Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.
November 5, 2013
Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members returns to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.
David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 100 attendees.
All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military. The headlining guest speaker this year is state Rep. Chad Magendanz. Marilyn Batura, whose brother was killed in the Pacific during World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, will read a poem about veterans.
May 15, 2013
Thanks so much for helping us honor our local veterans. We know they appreciate it!
Look for this year’s Lest We Forget Section in the May 21 issue of the Issaquah Press.
January 15, 2013
NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013
Washingtonians can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake Sammamish State Park and other state facilities, Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state forestlands, or in national forests and parks.
Officials at the agencies responsible for state and national public lands waived admission fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain near Issaquah.
Mount Rainier National Park waived entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is waiving fees at more than 74 day-use sites in the forest.
Throughout the year, state and national parks waive entrance fees to promote outdoor recreation.
November 13, 2012
Through a partnership between the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington’s Lottery, lotto players can help veterans by purchasing a ticket.
Funding for the Veterans Innovations Program to aid service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq comes from the Veterans Raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit service members and military families.
Tickets for the Veterans Raffle, on sale through Jan. 1, can be purchased at more than 3,700 lottery retailers statewide for $10.
The program raised more than $247,000 last year for the Veterans Innovations Program.
Participants can also go to www.walottery.com/raffle to learn more about the program and support the cause.
November 12, 2012
November 9, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 9, 2012
King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting Nov. 12, as the nation observes Veterans Day.
The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.
The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, as Metro Transit experiences a reduction in weekday riders — estimated to reach 15 percent or more systemwide.
The mass transit agency uses a Sunday schedule for several of the upcoming holidays. The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but less service than on regular weekdays. Officials estimate the limited schedule saves Metro Transit about $1 million per year.
November 8, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012
Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel for Veterans Day, as local businesses seek to honor military members’ service.
The offerings include complimentary burgers, car washes, haircuts and more. Other businesses rolled out programs to aid veterans and active-duty personnel.
Brown Bear Car Wash is offering free Bear Essentials car washes to all current or former military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The company operates car washes in Issaquah at 22121 S.E. 56th St. and in Sammamish at 3050 228th Ave. S.E.
“The event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, a U.S. Marine veteran, said in a statement. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”
November 6, 2012
Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members will be in a new location this year.
David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, figures the Issaquah Valley Senior Center will be large enough to house the 60 to 70 expected attendees. All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military.