Local

Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.

So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.

“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”

Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.

“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Read more »

Sports

Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.

Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.

They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

Read more »

Schools

Failing-school letters to go out

School districts include retort

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.

But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.

“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.

Read more »




This Week


Local News

Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

Scenes from suitcases

Failing-school letters to go out

Talus trees are still standing for now

BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

Cutie Pies grand opening is Aug. 22-24

Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

Get a photo with mermaid at aquarium workshop

Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

Taco Time grand opening to benefit FISH

Volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

State seeks to purchase forest conservation easements

Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

Petty Fever brings Tom Petty’s rock to Concerts in the Park tonight

Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

Issaquah-Hobart Road construction finished for now

Potential state park annexation is given more time for discussion

Everyone needs a night out


Opinion

Editorial — The kids are (probably) all right

Off The Press — Recent sightings of the ridiculous

To the Editor

Editorial: Did ballot envelope issue deter voters?

Off The Press — Election envelopes create sticky situation

To the Editor


Sports

Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

Fire Dash comes to state park Aug. 16



Schools

Failing-school letters to go out

Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost


Community

Sky riders — Tandem flights help everyone take wing

Rock out at Nudestock 2014

Contests, games rule at Grange appreciation day

Opening the archives

Families Beat the Heat at Splash Day

A half-century of caring hearts

Issaquah Women’s Club elects officers

Local students graduate


Arts & Entertainment

Local artist perpetrates acts of creativity, hosts discussion

Get your tickets now for fun, fresh ‘In The Heights’ at Village Theatre

Young Issaquah violinist to play in Pioneer Square

Sammamish Symphony to play Concerts in the Park on Aug. 21

Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

Petty Fever brings Tom Petty’s rock to Concerts in the Park tonight