Wheelchair ramp installation to close Eastgate roadway

April 18, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2009

The King County Road Services Division is continuing work this weekend to install wheelchair ramps on sidewalks at the intersection of 150th Avenue Southeast and Newport Way in the Eastgate area south of Interstate 90.

On Monday, the work will move to the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection, requiring the closure of the curb lanes at those two corners. The project should be completed by May 1.

Pay tribute to troops Saturday night at Mostly Americana Concert

April 17, 2009

NEW — 7 p.m. April 17, 2009

Best entertainment bet for this weekend is the fourth annual Mostly Americana Concert, featuring choirs from Issaquah schools paying special tribute to the troops with the music of America and favorite American desserts.

The show is at 7 p.m. in the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus gymnasium, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are on sale at Front Street Market. Veterans get in free.

 

Students sing at last year's Mostly Americana Concert.

Students sing at last year’s Mostly Americana Concert.

DOT urges commuters to prepare for I-90 closures

April 17, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2009

Transportation officials want Eastside and Seattle commuters to plan ahead for the 19-day closure of the express lanes on the Interstate 90 floating bridge.

The lanes will be closed from May 4-23 while crews replace two cracked expansion joints.

Commuters can expect delays up to 40 minutes on stretches of I-90 east of Mercer Island. During the closure, traffic will be restricted to the main roadway on westbound I-90.

Two steel expansion joints — some of the largest in the world — allow the bridge to bend with traffic, weather and the water level in Lake Washington. A pair of new joints weighing 40 tons each will be installed next month.

 

Washington State Department of Transportation guides and news media members walk on the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes to see the worn expansion joints that will be replaced during bridge closures in May. — By Greg Farrar

Washington State Department of Transportation guides and news media members walk on the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes to see the worn expansion joints that will be replaced during bridge closures in May. — By Greg Farrar

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Demolition begins at Issaquah High School

April 16, 2009

NEW — 5 p.m. April 16, 2009

Demolition crews from Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. began work at Issaquah High School yesterday. 

Employees were on hand to begin demolition of buildings J and M, which were completely taken down today. Demolition work on the inside of the gym has started, but major work to tear down that building won’t begin until Monday after students and employees hold a ceremony to mark the occasion.

 

Demolition of Issaquah High School began this morning on the south side of the school where weight rooms and auxiliary gyms were. — Photo by Royce Nourigat/Issaquah School District

Demolition of Issaquah High School began this morning on the south side of the school where weight rooms and auxiliary gyms were. — Photo by Royce Nourigat/Issaquah School District

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Fines start today for speeders caught on camera

April 16, 2009

NEW — 8 a.m. April 16, 2009

Drivers could be fined $124 for speeding near four schools — even if no police officers are present. Officers began to issue citations today for speeders caught by traffic cameras that overlook a busy Second Avenue school zone.

Issaquah Police Department Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the cameras proved to be an effective deterrent to speeders during a test period. He said traffic began to slow down after the cameras were activated.

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Activists brew anti-tax sentiment at ‘tea party’

April 15, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. April 15, 2009

When local Tax Day Tea Party organizer Tom Price arrived at the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street just after noon today, he was alone. Then, he looked down Sunset: Less than 500 feet away, hundreds of protestors were gathered on the steps of City Hall.

Price and more than 200 others were part of a groundswell of frustration with government bailouts, federal spending and the policies of Congress and the Obama administration. Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the government deadline for filing income tax returns for an event modeled on the Boston Tea Party.

See a slideshow of photos here.

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Issaquah Tax Day Tea Party / April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009

Tiger’s second birthday at Cougar Mountain Zoo / April 11, 2009

April 14, 2009

Taxes due today

April 14, 2009

Issaquah post office closes at 5 p.m.

Procrastinating tax filers from Issaquah will have a longer drive than anticipated this year. 

With the U.S. Postal Service struggling financially, the Issaquah post office on Gilman Boulevard will not offer extended hours for collection of tax returns April 15, said U.S. Postal spokesman Ernie Swanson.

“We’ll no longer offer the luxury of late-night collection April 15 in Issaquah,” he said. Read more

April flower showers

April 13, 2009

 

 

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Patrons arrive to chat with vendors and purchase available wares April 11 for the first open Saturday of the year for the       Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Farm. By Greg Farrar

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