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Deadline Tuesday to vote in General election

Tuesday is the deadline to have a ballot postmarked or returned to an official ballot drop-off site. A ballot drop-off site in Issaquah is located at Issaquah City Hall, 130 East Sunset Way.

The state’s new reality | Others have cut their budgets; the governor, Legislature can, too | Editorial

Legislators return to Olympia for a special session Nov. 28. For the fourth year in a row they will try to balance the state’s budget. No one should relish what the governor and Legislature will have to face, but that has become the ongoing reality for individuals and other institutions in our state. Others have adapted; the state can, too.

Sen. Pflug seeking Senate pages

Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, is inviting area students ages 14 to 16 to apply to become Senate pages during the upcoming legislative session in Olympia, which runs for 60 days starting Jan. 9.

‘ Firewise’ workshop set

King County will offer a free workshop Nov. 5 in North Bend to give rural residents the information they need to help keep their homes and property safe from wildfire.

Holiday craft fair, estate sale set at Marianwoo

The Marianwood Auxiliary group will host a holiday craft fair and estate sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11-12.

Initiatives and referendums – the good and the bad | Editorial

Five measures are on the ballot this November, three initiatives and two referendums from the Legislature to the public. Here’s our take:

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Issaquah fencing instructor wins World Championship

Wang Yung, an instructor at Issaquah-based Washington Fencing Academy, won the 2011 Veteran Fencing World Championship in saber Oct. 2 in Porec, Croatia.

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Xiaomao Zhu of Issaquah has been named to the dean’s list

Xiaomao Zhu of Issaquah has been named to the dean’s list at The Johns Hopkins University.

Issaquah Women’s Foundation to present a benefit concert

The Issaquah Women’s Foundation will present a benefit concert featuring the big band sound of the swing era from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue.

Hundreds of volunteers needed to plant trees at Lake Sammamish State Park

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is seeking the help of volunteers to help kick-off this fall’s tree planting season in the Greenway by planting trees at Lake Sammamish State Park on Oct. 15.

Colleen Wise's quilt 'Bounce.'

Quilt show coming to Issaquah

“Color Expressions” will be the theme for this year’s Block Party Quilters Quilt Show on Nov. 11-13 in Issaquah.

Colleen Wise's quilt 'Bounce.'

Hikers, mountain bikers – and motorcycles

I had to chuckle when I read the "forests for all" editorial. Most of the trails on Tiger Mountain were made my motorcycle riders back in the 1960s. I used to ride on many of them myself.

Issaquah Police deserve praise for keeping us safe | Editorial

Issaquah Police acted quickly and decisively to protect the community in that fatal confrontation Sept. 24.

Hooray for salmon | Editorial

There’s something fishy about Issaquah – and are we ever happy. Salmon Days are back.

Forests for all | It’s time for hikers and mountain bikes to help get trails for each side to enjoy | Editorial

Two recent articles in the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter on mountain bikes, trails and hikers point to what should be obvious to all: the mountains belong to everyone. In other words, the sniping between hikers and mountain bikers has to end.

Rachel’s good life lives on | Editorial

The remarkable story of Rachel Beckwith continues to amaze. The 9-year-old Issaquah girl died last July in a pileup on I-90. News of her death brought an outpouring of support from people around the world after it was learned that Rachel’s birthday wish raised $300 for a charity to provide water to African villages. More than $1 million has been raised. Now Rachel has provided even more life.

Olympia still doesn’t get it | Tim Eyman

Four times the voters have approved initiatives requiring a two-thirds vote to raise taxes and a majority vote to increase fees. Four times. Yet despite 1053’s 64 percent “yes” vote last year, Olympia repeatedly violated it.

Overlake Medical Clinics Issaquah joins Issaquah Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle

Overlake Medical Clinics Issaquah has become a member of the Chairman’s Circle Membership Program of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Janeen Marie Wells

Janeen Marie Wells

Janeen Marie (Kridler) WellsMet our Lord and Savior August 17, 2011. Born December 27, 1966 to Hugh and Gay Kridler, Janeen loved serving the Lord.… Continue reading

Janeen Marie Wells

Police on the lookout for drunk drivers

Extra law enforcement officers will be out looking for drunk drivers Aug. 19 through Sept. 5 as the annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed DUI campaign returns to King County. The Bellevue Police Department will be part of the effort.