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All-star band closes out Salmon Days Festival on a high-caliber note Depth propels Issaquah past Liberty 4Sports, Page B4 4A&E, Page A6 The IssaquahPress Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Locally owned since 1900 • 75 Cents Issaquah Press honored By Greg Farrar Families fill Front Street Oct. 6 as they take in the crafts, food, kids’ games, music and hatchery at the 2013 ‘Streaming Live’ edition of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. See more photos on pages A6 and B1. Salmon Days hauls in the crowds By Peter Clark SLIDESHOW “Abundant sunshine” was how described the forecast for this year’s Salmon Days and it did not lie. From the Field of Fun to the Go Fish! Stage, many smiles could be seen in the bright October air that accompanied 70-degree temperatures, talented art vendors and delicious food from all over the world. Though an exact number of how many came to celebrate the return of the salmon to Issaquah Creek was unavailable at press time, Festival Director Robin Ban appeal bags enough signatures By Peter Clark The petition is in the bag. After consumer group Save Our Choice fought a long battle to gather enough local support, King County officially approved the petition asking to end the ban on plastic bags Oct. 4. “King County Elections has completed verification of the signatures submitted to our office for the City of Issaquah Initiative Petition regarding the Repeal of Plastic Bag Ban and Forced Paper Bag Charge,” Sherril Huff, director of King County Elections Department wrote in her letter notifying Save Our Choice of the findings. “Of the signatures that were compared against those on file with our office, 2,597 were determined to be registered voters of the city of Issaquah,” she wrote. See BAG Find more photos from the Salmon Days Festival at Kelley said it seemed the festival might have seen more than last year’s 180,000 visitors. “There’s been an increase in some way,” Kelley said. “I know that some of the first indicators say that the shuttles were almost overwhelmed.” The Issaquah Police Department is responsible for estimat- ing crowd attendance and Kelley said a number would not be available for another few days. She did not have to estimate that the festival went swimmingly. “It was amazing,” she said. “It was just amazing.” Much of that was due to a last gasp of summer weather. “We had the best weather for the parade,” Kelley said, about the participants making the most out of the warm weekend. “It’s lovely to see them get to be in the sunshine. The weather was just stellar. I looked at them and thought to myself, ‘This is what it’s about.’” Still, the success of festival did not rest on a cloudless sky. “That’s the great thing about living in the Northwest,” Kelley said. “People come out even if it is raining.” Not only the weather complied, but most everything else seemed to as well. Kelley said no major hiccups threatened the celebration. The only slight problem over the weekend was the displacement of the familiar park & ride spot near Costco. As the company builds a new parking structure, shuttle services See SALMON DAYS, Page A5 Issaquah Mom creates fix for messy foods — Little Eaters Downtown schools go into lock down over umbrella By Christina Corrales-Toy There is currently an epidemic of squeezable foods for kids. Just ask Issaquah mom Katrina Faber, whose car, clothes and furniture have the stains to prove it. At one point, the single mom was simultaneously responsible for the care of five children younger than 5, after moving to Issaquah a year ago and taking a job as a nanny. In an effort to balance the needs of the kids, two of which were her own, Faber often took the children to parks and playgrounds, but come feeding time, things were never easy. “When you’re out traveling and kids need a snack, I had two infants, I couldn’t sit and spoon feed them while making sure that the 2-year-old wasn’t getting lost,” she said. The solution was squeezable baby food pouches, so the infants could eat, while Faber managed the others. It wasn’t much of an answer, though, when she noticed that most of the food ended up on the child, rather than in his or her mouth. That’s why Faber decided to find her own fix to a sticky situation with the creation of Little Eaters — On the Go Feeders. The squeeze-proof bottles include vacuum technology to push the BAN, Page A5 See LITTLE Inside The Press A&E................ A6 Obituaries....... B3 Classifieds....... B7 Opinion........... A4 Community..... B1 Sports...........B4-5 Let’s Go!.......... B2 EATERS, Page A5 By Christina Corrales-Toy Katrina Faber, of Issaquah, launched a Kickstarter campaign to support her business enterprise Little Eaters — On the Go Feeders, travel bottles for children ages 4 months to 6 years. Quotable “This is beautiful. This is so beautiful.” — David Harris Issaquah music man who has been organizing entertainment for Salmon Days for 30 years (See photo on Page A6.) The Issaquah Press was named the best paper of its size in the state at the 2013 Washington Better Newspaper Contest at its annual awards dinner Oct. 4 in Olympia. “Offers the strongest news for readers; has more going for it than other entrants — community news, hard news, clean, timely editorial pages and an advertising department that knows how to use color, messaging and design to entice action,” the judges’ comments said in awarding The Press first place in the General Excellence category. “Clear winner in this group.” The Press competes in the 12,501 highest circulation category. Seventy-eight newspapers entered the contest. The Press also won first-place awards for Lest We Forget, its annual veterans section, in the Topical Special Section category. The paper also won a secondplace award for Special Events/ Festivals Special Sections for its 2012 Salmon Days guide. Reporter/page designer David Hayes won first-place awards for Best Front Page Design in The Press’ circulation category and Best Feature Page Design in all newspapers competing. Reporter Christina Corrales-Toy won first place in the Best Sports Personality Profile category for her story about Dan Braillard, the longtime voice of the Liberty High School Patriots, who died last October. Photographer Greg Farrar won a first-place award in the Color Feature Photo category for his photo called “Littlest graduates.” He also won a second-place award in the Color Sports Photo – Feature category for a photo at the annual Gravity Car races. Ad Design Director Dona Mokin won a first-place award for Community Service Advertising for all newspapers competing, and second place for Use of Clip Art in an Ad in The Press’ circulation category. Production Manager Breann Getty won two second-place awards for Most Effective Use of Small Space and Use of Process Color in advertising. Former reporter Lillian O’Rorke won two awards — second and third places — for Best Personality Profile – Long and Best Personality Profile – Short. Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School, Tiger Mountain Community High School and Clark Elementary School went into lockdown at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 7 after school administrators received a report of a man in the Issaquah High parking lot carrying a gun. Police responded immediately and conducted a thorough search of the building and grounds. After determining the school was “all clear,” officers located the man. It turns out he was carrying an umbrella, according to an email from the school district. Police lifted the lockdown at 3:20 p.m. Social Media Connect with The Issaquah Press on social media at and Scan the QR code to go to


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