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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY9 APRIL 6~ '~Oll PRESS EDITORIAL he Issaquah Press is calling on its readers to tell us how they read the newspaper. If you have your favorite sections, wish we'd organize the news differently, don't understand why some things are the way they are, or dislike some policies, this is your opportunity to speak up. We often hear from readers with an opinion, but one voice is but a whisper among the estimated 30,O00-plus people who read The Press each week. Readers are invited to apply for a spot in our readership focus groups, to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14, or I p.m. April 15. A dozen readers will be selected for each group to meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, the historic gas station, along Front Street North. A facilitator will lead the group through a discussion. Last year, the Society of Professional Journalists named The Press the best nondaily newspaper in a five-state region. While we are proud of the honor, we get more excited by good, local readership. We also recognize that the way people get their news has changed dramatically in the last decade, and will transform along with technology in the next decade. For example, would you read a recipe in the newspaper, or just find one online? Are letters to the editor still applicable in print now that comments are attached to stories on the Web? What school news is important, now that schools email newslet- ters? Do newcomers care about local history? Do long- timers care about growth and development? We invite you to join us as we adjust our news coverage to keep it relevant. To apply, go to and click on the application form. Selection will be made to rep- resent a varied demographic mix. OFF THE PRESS y grandma spoils the only ones my sweet tooth. For in town. holidays, birthdays QFC recy- or just for a lark, cles plastic she'll whip up a bags. Best chocolate cherry cake or a mar- Buy, another ble pound cake, box it and mail it business in across the whole county, straight Issaquah, re- to me. cycles elec- Her famous kiffles -- thin tronics and dough wrapped around a bounty screens up to of nuts and jelly -- always disap- 32 inches in LAUI~A pear quickly, but the packaging size. If the ap- GEGGEL peanuts stick around, and not pliance has a~ _ ._ __ g~I 6t~ just static-electricity wise. ~lass screen, For years, I am ashamed to the store charges a $10 fee, but admit, I would throw them away. then gives you a $10 store credit. In my defense, I didn't know* Staples also takes a range of what to do with them. I would stuff-- alkaline batteries, print- reuse them if I could, but it was- ers, old phones, speakers and n't often I needed packaging computer monitors, for which it peanuts to send presents, also charges $10. Customers can Now. as an avid recycler, I enter a program toget money know just what to do with pack- back for their ink cartridges, aging peanuts. The UPS Store on General Manager Dennis McRae Northwest Gilman Boulevard will said. take and reuse them. The store The store is getting a new also recycles bubble wrap, an- Dumpster so it can recycle plastic, other helpful packaging tool that and McRae said he couldn't wait often gets tossed into the trash because now the store throws once its work is done. away its plastic packaging. Now that I have a venue to re- AtWork!, an organization that cycle packaging material, I helps people with disabilities started thinking of places I could, learn valuable work skills, has a recycle other things, like plastic recycling center that draws peo- bags, cellphones or alkaline bat- pie from as far east as Sno- teries. qualmie Pass, Director of Devel- It turns out that Issaquah is a opment Jane Kuechle said. haven for recycling just about The 24/7 drop-off center sells everything, its recycled materials to various The nonprofit I Green Planet, companies and uses the profits on Northwest Maple Street, pro- to support its mission of helping rides free recycling and pickup people with disabilities. Learn services. Anyone who calls its more at hotline at 866-422-3755 can recy- AtWork! Is the king of recy- cle vehicles, cellphones, ink and cling, taking all things paper and toner, medical equipment, batter- cardboard, including phone ies, computers, scrap metal, elec- tronics and appliances. Not a bad deal, but they're not See RECYCLING, Page A5 TO THE EDITOR Ruth Kees award Maureen McCarry is ideal pick to be honored for environmental legacy Thank you for the front page coverage of the Ruth Kees award to Maureen McCarry and also for reviewing the accomplishments of past re- cipients on page A5. Maureen is a classy lady who speaks her truth and acts on her intentions. Ruth would be proud. and council members can create a calendar and process for future years that will give Ruth's vision and award the notice, integrity and celebration that they deserve. Each year as the skunk cabbage -- Ruth's favorite flower -- begins to bloom and its pun- gent essence draws our attention, I think of Ruth and the importance of paying attention to of the trolley. Historic downtown Issaquah is a great place and the trolley might make it'better, but so would cheese. Note :from the editor:. how we nurture our environment. Emily Lee's third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently learned about Pa- Baler ShMtm cific salmon, and how "responsible citizens h~quah have an obligation to speak out to make posi- Maureen was instrumental in guiding Is- Downtown Issaquah troll . saquah away from the proposed Southeast By- pass to more effective traffic solutions and in the process of saving Park Pointe as green We should not all be asked to pay for space for future generations. These two issues some ing eveff0ne won't use "were front and center for Ruth while she was alive, and to see them accomplished would I like trolleys. I also like cheese. But I would make her tremendously happy. Congratulations never ask the government (taxpayers) to front to Maureen and thanks for your efforts on be- more than $500,000 for my like of cheese. Yet half of Issaquah's environment[ that is exactly what is happening with our Is- tire change in our world." Letters to The Press are the students'first foray into persuasive writing. Did you know that there are many things that are so cool about salmon? Clearly, peo- ple in Issaquah enjoy salmon, so it makes sense that we should try to help the salmon habitat. Did you know that a female salmon can lay The Ruth Kees award is a big deal, and many saquah Valley Trolley. up to 8,000 eggs? And did you know that the environmentalists throughout the city would be Issaquah never had a trolley before, yet, male salmon has a hooked jaw and sharp teeth excited to participate ... ffthey knew. There like cheese, because of some people',s great so when they go back to where they were born, was no public notice to call this out ahead of love for it, it's now our trolley. I don t know they use them to fight other male to get a fe- time so people could arrange their schedules to how much a trolley ride would cost, but I male? Another thing about salmon is their in- attend. It was on the council agenda that came could imagine that at $1 to traverse Front credible sense of smell. And they're incredible out on Friday (before the Monday meeting) -- Street, we would need 500,000 people. That is swimmers. hardly a timely and effective way to let people about two years worth of Salmon Days visi- We couldn't have salmon days without know. tors, assuming that each of them rode the salmon. There is no fun without salmon in our When'we conceived of this award in 2003, trolley during that two-day period, which is world. Also, when we take care of our own we had intentions of it being a celebration of pretty difficult to imagine, habitat, we take care of the habitats of other all of the environmental initiatives and their in- So the payback on this is going to be several animals in the world. Salmon are fascinating to stigators in and around Issaquah. As with years, or more, or less ff you start adding eco- study. Finally, ff they go extinct, we won't be many other awards, this should be a public nomic vitality factors and phases of the moon. able to eat them anymore. process wherein the fiominees are notified and But this only works ffwe become a troiley-cen- I will be so inspired by you people if you published, a committee of peers (past recipi- tric town -- not only a North and South Trolley want to help salmon. Because of all the reasons ents? reps from environmental organizations? but also East and West. We could be the Leav- to help salmon, I would be so delighted if you River & Streams Board?) reviews and recom- enworth of trolleys. Funicular to the highlands help Pacific Salmon, too. mends the winner tO the mayor and City Coun- perhaps? Thank you for reading this so you can help cil. The thing about trolleys, and cheese, is that save salmon, too. Maureen and Ruth have been adamant that not everybody likes them, yet we are all being ~ M. public participation and comment are key to a asked to pay. And yet, somehow, I moderately Ore/R/dyeth/rd-gnder healthy city. I hope that Mayor Ava Frisinger look forward to the eventual, whenever, arrival SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. Councilman Mark Mullet, 681-7785; Conndlman Joshua Schaer, 643-0665; Write to the mayor and City Council at the City of Issaquah, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027. Call 837-3000. Mayor Ava Frisinger, 837-3020; ]$saquah School Board Council President John Traeger, 392- President Jan Woldseth, 641-9941; wold- 9316; Council Deputy President Fred Butler, Director Brian Deagle, ?85-8623; dea- 392-5775; Councilwoman Efleen Barber, 392-1467; Director Chad Magendanz, 391-3318; ma- Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, Director Marnie Maraldo, 220-3379; mar- Councilman Tola Marts, 427-9314; to- Director Suzanne Weaver, 313-2494; LETTERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. E-mail is preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to verify authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday for the fol- lowing week's paper. Address:RO. 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