Issaquah environmentalist Ruth Kees dies

May 12, 2009

Ruth Kees sits with her formidable Rolodex at the dining room and worktable of her Tiger Mountain home, where much of the work done in her 50 years of local environmental activism took shape. By Greg Farrar

Ruth Kees sits with her formidable Rolodex at the dining room and worktable of her Tiger Mountain home, where much of the work done in her 50 years of local environmental activism took shape. By Greg Farrar

Longtime environmental activist Ruth Kees died May 6. She was 84.

Kees was a longtime local advocate for preservation of open space and environmental protection. The city created the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community in her honor. The award recognizes others if they have “demonstrated outstanding commitment to protecting and preserving Issaquah’s natural resources for a sustainable community.”

Issaquah Alps Trails Club co-founder Harvey Manning was honored posthumously with the award May 4. Kees did not attend the ceremony.

Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler said Kees was an amazing person.

“All her work was with so much life and energy to make Issaquah a better place,” said Kappler, who had known Kees since the mid-1970s through his work with the trails club. Read more

Highlands grocery deal collapses

May 12, 2009

City could allow a gas station

Issaquah Highlands residents will not be stocking up on groceries at a Central Market anytime soon. Plans to open a 50,000-square-foot highlands store in mid-2010 have been canceled due to the down economy, a project developer and city officials said last week. Read more

City Council confirms, lauds board appointees

May 12, 2009

City Council members confirmed Mayor Ava Frisinger’s appointees to municipal boards and commissions last week. All told, 41 appointees will fill seats on 11 boards and commissions. Read more

Council considers limit on campaign donations

May 12, 2009

Candidates for city offices could face new limits to donations in the next election. Legislation to limit contributions to $500 from a single party will be considered by the City Council May 18. Read more

Job seekers will get career help

May 12, 2009

A local group wants to make it easier for the unemployed to find work and network with each other. Read more

Filing for fall election begins June 1

May 12, 2009

Ava Frisinger seeks last term as mayor

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

After she won re-election to a third term four years ago, Mayor Ava Frisinger figured she was done with her trademark cobalt blue-and-white campaign signs.

“My husband said, ‘We don’t need to be storing all of these signs,’” Frisinger recalled last week. “And I said, ‘No, we probably don’t.’”

So, Frisinger did what any candidate who thought she had run her last campaign would do: She tossed out the signs.

Looks like the mayor will need new signs. Frisinger will seek re-election to a fourth and what she said would be her final term. No opponents have yet announced their intention to run against her.

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Purrfectly Coiffed

May 12, 2009

cat-show-pets-20090509Bev Stobbe, of Edmonds (left), brushes Periferi Reddick, also called Punkin, a red Persian tabby male, being held by co-owner Faye Koty, of Everett, in preparation for final judging May 9 at the Issaquah Community Center during the North Pacific Siamese Fanciers All-Breed Cat Show. See a video of the event at www.issaquahpress.com. By Greg Farrar

County girds for 500,000 more residents

May 12, 2009

King County officials are considering updating growth targets for the region in anticipation for about a half-million more residents in the next 22 years. Read more

Chamber, local businesses begin tourism push

May 12, 2009

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced plans last week to begin a new era of tourism promotion, including a partnership with Outside Seattle, a Web-based tourism bureau that will encourage Seattle visitors to come east. Read more

Officials tackle transportation priorities

May 12, 2009

City officials will consider how and when to spend dollars to update facilities and roads as they review the voluminous Capital Improvement Plan during the next month. Read more

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