Press Editorial

October 22, 2008

Corrected — 4:30 p.m. October 24, 2008

Fire station needed sooner or later

At some point, Issaquah will need another fire station. The ballot question before voters Nov. 4 should really ask, “Are you ready to vote for this now, or do you want to wait a couple more years?”

Currently, the fire station is operating from a warehouse near the intersection of Maple Street and state Route 900. It became a temporary station in 2000, expected to house Read more

Off The Press

October 22, 2008

Vote early and often, but not if you’re dead

My wife and I have been deluged by political pollsters and automated calls from candidates to the point where we have turned off the phone for the past month. Now, if only I could tune out all of the negative attack ads on TV. Read more

Dognapped ‘Cookie’ returned to owner

October 22, 2008

 

Cookie, a 1-year-old Maltese, poses for the camera before heading home with her reunited owner, Mark. Photo by David Hayes.

Cookie, a 1-year-old Maltese, poses for the camera before heading home with her reunited owner, Mark. Photo by David Hayes.

The hallways at the Issaquah Police Department were a little noisy today with the excited sounds of a yipping

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To The Editor

October 22, 2008

Decision 2008

Thumbs up on Sound Transit Prop. 1

This year promises to be the most exciting election year ever. So, as you cast your vote, don’t overlook a measure further down on the ballot — one that will improve your commute and is good for the environment. Vote yes on Proposition 1, the regional measure to expand mass transit.

We are supporting Prop 1 for two primary reasons.

One — Prop 1 is the transit solution for the future at the cost of about a tank of gas — $69 a year for the average adult.

Two — Prop 1 is good for the Eastside and it is good for Issaquah. Here are the reasons why:

The Eastside will receive more investment than any other part of King, Pierce or Snohomish counties — 35 percent of the entire regional package.

Prop 1 will bring light rail to Bellevue in 2020 and to the Microsoft campus in Redmond in 2021 while connecting to the light rail system from Seattle to Sea Tac, which will open next year.

There is also a light rail planning study in Prop 1 that would position Issaquah at the top of the list for future light rail expansion. In the interim, our community would receive more vitally needed bus service beginning in 2009.

Some say this isn’t the perfect plan. We cannot afford to debate this any longer. If Prop 1 does not pass, it will be another 40 years before we have an opportunity to provide relief from high gas prices and gridlock while long-term investments in light rail provide jobs, improve our quality of life and protect the environment.

Please join us Nov. 4 and vote yes for Prop 1. Let’s give the Eastside and our citizens the transit system they deserve. It will only cost the average adult about $69 per year — just one tank of gas. It is a small price to pay for improving your commute and making the region a better place for our children.

Ava Frisinger, mayor

Fred Butler, city councilman Read more

Two arrested for armed robbery

October 22, 2008

Two local men have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of an Issaquah convenience store.

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Schools foundation luncheon raises $323,000

October 22, 2008

Community members donated $323,000 to the Issaquah Schools Foundation at its Nourish Every Mind Luncheon Oct. 16.

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County budget cuts scare citizens, officials

October 22, 2008

At their first community meeting to discuss the $93.4 million shortfall in the 2009 King County budget, members of the King County Council came face to face with citizens’ concerns, worries and outright fear.

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Nonprofits make pitch for funding

October 22, 2008

Much of the credit for Issaquah’s high quality of life must go to the volunteer and nonprofit groups who work all year toward that goal. But they can’t do it without a little help from the city.

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Voters to decide on new fire station

October 22, 2008

CORRECTED — 3:28 p.m. Oct. 24, 2008

At Fire Station 72, on state Route 900 at 1770 Maple St., firefighters work from a building that has been considered temporary since 2000.

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City, legislators look into an empty purse

October 22, 2008

I-90 undercrossing among projects to be put on hold

Prior to their meeting with state legislators Oct. 13, Issaquah’s mayor and City Council entertained hopes that state money might be found for local projects. Read more

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