Send us your New Year’s Eve party photos

December 31, 2008

NEW — 7 p.m. Dec. 31, 2008

Did you go to the best New Year’s Eve party ever? Did people wear funky costumes? Or was something unique about it?

If you have a great photo from your party, send it to And Happy New Year!

When is my garbage getting picked up?

December 31, 2008

NEW — 1:42 p.m. Dec. 31, 2008

Waste Management and Allied Waste are now running regular routes. Delays will only occur where conditions don’t allow pickup.

Thursday customers this week, Jan. 1, will be delayed by one day due to the New Year’s holiday. Thursday customers will be picked up Friday and Friday customers will be picked up Saturday.

Waste Management customers only may drop off household garbage and recycling from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 31 at two cleared sites. Customers must provide a recent Waste Management bill to participate.

The locations are Issaquah City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., and the lower parking lot at Central Park, 1907 Park Drive N.E., in the Issaquah Highlands.

Homeschoolers’ group gives introduction at senior center

December 31, 2008

NEW — 1:35 p.m. Dec. 31, 2008

The Issaquah chapter of the Homeschoolers’ Support Association presents “Introduction to Homeschoooling,” with guest speaker Paula Harper-Christensen, from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Read more

Snow Glow

December 29, 2008



This beautiful snow shot was taken in the South Firs neighborhood. The Freese family used it in an online Season’s Greetings card. By Peter Freese

Top 10 news stories of 2008

December 29, 2008

2008 news stories revisited

From an increase in robberies to the demise of the proposed Southeast Bypass, 2008 was action packed in Issaquah. Lightning and snow storms, a stronger Moroccan connection and business closures all made headlines.

In no particular order, here are updates on our pick of the top 10 news stories of the year: Read more

Schools prepare for cuts

December 29, 2008

State impacts could be $2.3 million

More than $3.5 billion has been cut from the governor’s state budget for the 2009-11 biennium and schools are planning for cuts, even before the legislative session begins.

What school officials, teachers, families and education organizations have their eyes on are $610 million in cuts to public education; $682 million in elimination of pay increases to state employees, including teachers; and $216 million in cuts to higher education. Read more

Elderly couple loses home in Tiger Mountain blaze

December 29, 2008

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters battle a blaze that engulfed a home in the 14500 block of 254th Avenue Southeast Dec. 23.Eastside Fire & Rescue Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters battle a blaze that engulfed a home in the 14500 block of 254th Avenue Southeast Dec. 23.Eastside Fire & Rescue

A house off Southeast Tiger Mountain Road south of Issaquah was destroyed in a Dec. 23 fire. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., several neighbors called 911 to report a fire in the 14500 block of 254th Avenue Southeast. 

Earlier in the day, a neighbor had taken the owners of the house to SeaTac airport, where they flew to Salt Lake City to visit their son for Christmas, said Josie Williams, Eastside Fire & Rescue spokeswoman.

Read more

Christmas fund far from goal

December 29, 2008


christmas-giving-logo-color2The Tuesday before Christmas was “one of the saddest days in my seven years” helping clients who come to Issaquah Church & Community Services for emergency aid, said one of the longtime volunteers there.

“We’re not just helping homeless people here. We are helping people who didn’t plan on needing our help,” she said.

Like the ex-Microsoft employee who had already given up gas heat last summer in an effort to pare household expenses. Now, just as temperatures plummeted, she was in danger of having her electricity cut off, too. Read more


December 29, 2008



Jason Gilluly and Blake Thomson, both from Issaquah, brave the cold weather on Christmas Day to carry on a holiday tradition that was started four years ago. They both remember seeing Santa skiing on the lake Christmas Day when they were young. They skied around the south end of the lake at 3 p.m. Sounds of cheers could be heard coming from the surprised residents. By Gene Gilluly

Snow Sculptures

December 29, 2008













 Many Issaquah residents likely didn’t get to see these professional snow sculptures on Squak Mountain off Greenwood Boulevard Southwest. Ryan Randall helped pack the snow mounds for artist Saul Ramirez to sculpt figures from. There was also a grizzly bear. ‘These sculptures are just amazing. You have to see them,’ Tracy Randall told us. Photos By Kathleen R. Merrill

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