Public hearing is Thursday to discuss environmental impact of Park Pointe housing development

January 24, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2008

A public meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for a proposed 67-acre housing development site behind the grandstand of Issaquah High School.

The project, called Park Pointe, would be built in an area on the lower west slope of Tiger Mountain, directly east of the school. Access would be provided by an extension of Southeast Evans Street, east of Fourth Avenue Southeast.

The draft statement was issued Jan. 14. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 13.

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Send us your inauguration photos!

January 22, 2009

NEW — 12:44 p.m. Jan. 22, 2008

Did you go to the historic inauguration? See some celebrities, cool sights or even the new president himself? E-mail your three best photos to editor@isspress.com. Include the name of the person who took the photo, a description of what’s happening and who’s shown in the picture.

Child abducted in Klahanie, released unharmed

January 20, 2009

This report was later revealed to be a hoax.

A 10-year-old Endeavour Elementary School girl was abducted while riding her bike in the Madison Place neighborhood of Klahanie at about 4 p.m. Jan. 19.

A man driving a blue, beat up pickup with tinted windows “grabbed her and threw her in the truck, put her bike in the back and drove to the Issaquah Highlands, where he panicked and let her go,” according to an e-mail sent to the community from an unnamed neighbor.

The girl was unharmed, according to an e-mail from the Issaquah School District.

 

The King County Sheriff's Office has released this sketch of the alleged kidnapper. Sheriff's Office officials say the victim calls the sketch a very good representation of the suspect.

The King County Sheriff's Office has released this sketch of the alleged kidnapper. Sheriff's Office officials say the victim said the sketch is a very good representation of the suspect.

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Manga club attracts teens

January 20, 2009

Audra Mullen, an Issaquah Middle School student who helped launch the manga club at the Issaquah Library, shades a pencil sketch during the club's Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Greg Farrar.Audra Mullen, an Issaquah Middle School student who helped launch the manga club at the Issaquah Library, shades a pencil sketch during the club’s Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Greg Farrar.

 

The artist sits alone, lightly pressing pencil to paper, sketching every detail of her character from the long, ankle-length coat to the short, unnaturally spiked hair. 

The sign in the corner of the room reads, “Please be quiet; this is a library,” but on this day, the meeting room of the Issaquah Library is charged with the excited voices and laughter of more than a dozen children, none of which distracts the artist from her character. 

The character, no doubt a hero in an epic tale of fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles, Read more

Jailers, dispatchers get new contract one year later

January 20, 2009

After a 20-minute executive session, the Issaquah City Council unanimously voted Jan. 5 to approve the Issaquah Police Support Association contracts.

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EFR defers on job of emergency coordinator

January 20, 2009

Amid talks about its 2009 budget, Eastside Fire & Rescue staff members recommended filling a new emergency coordinator position. But EFR’s commissioners chose to defer filling it, saying it isn’t necessary right now. Read more

Habitat for Humanity to build 10 homes here

January 20, 2009

Currently, nothing but an empty lot exists at the intersection of 25th Street and Northeast Logan Street. But this year, Habitat for Humanity of East King County will begin construction on 10 new homes that will provide affordable housing in Issaquah Highlands.

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Chamber organizes fund drive to help flooded businesses

January 19, 2009

Businesses at  Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Businesses at Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Issaquah city and chamber officials are asking for your help to aid several Gilman Square businesses severely affected by the January flooding.

“We need to coalesce around these local vendors and help them in any way we can,” said Larry Ishmael, interim president of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure these businesses are able to continue, because they bring revenue into the city, tax dollars into the city and add to the vibrant economy that we have.” Read more

Amendment empowers cities in regional policy decisions

January 19, 2009

Local residents will have a larger voice on countywide commissions as early as this month.

A ballot measure passed by King County voters Nov. 4 changes the dynamics and procedures of county advisory boards, empowering cities like Issaquah. Read more

Transition-Center students help food and clothing bank

January 19, 2009

Lauren Wise, Kelley Boehlke and Kelly Pitcher (front row from left) represent fellow Academy for Community Transition students to show the Safeway gift cards purchased for Issaquah Valley Community Services. Behind them are (from left) Akram Ghorishi and Kim Ortego, of the food bank, and Kathy Barron, Debbie Moore, Nancy Tauber and Kara Young, of the academy.By Greg Farrar.Lauren Wise, Kelley Boehlke and Kelly Pitcher (front row from left) represent fellow Academy for Community Transition students to show the Safeway gift cards purchased for Issaquah Valley Community Services. Behind them are (from left) Akram Ghorishi and Kim Ortego, of the food bank, and Kathy Barron, Debbie Moore, Nancy Tauber and Kara Young, of the academy. By Greg Farrar.

Students in the Issaquah School District’s Academy for Community Transition program reached out to help the community by donating their time and hard-earned money to Issaquah Valley Community Services.

The program is designed for students with special needs and developmental disabilities who are of high school age. Students learn career and life skills in the program through community-based volunteering and employment to help them move toward independent lifestyles.

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