City officials simplify zoning codes

January 27, 2009

Changes make code more property-owner friendly

 

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved changes to the city’s zoning codes involving nonconforming uses Jan. 20. Read more

City Council approves exemption to traffic impact fees

January 27, 2009

Change makes it easier to find tenants for large storefronts

City Council members unanimously approved amendments to several of the city’s traffic impact fees Jan. 20, in hopes of making it easier to find tenants to fill vacant storefronts. Read more

Officials: Children should still be taught to stay safe

January 27, 2009

 

While an alleged child abduction Jan. 19 turned out to be a hoax, school district officials said child abductions do happen, and it’s best to be cautious around strangers. Read more

Focus groups to discuss equity in the high schools

January 27, 2009

District officials and community members are examining the future of programming and curriculum at Issaquah’s high schools. Read more

Public meetings

January 27, 2009

 

 

Feb. 2

City Council Regular Meeting

7 p.m.

City Hall South

Council Chambers

135 E. Sunset Way Read more

To The Editor

January 27, 2009

Garbage service

If service providers get to skip a week, then residents should get to skip a bill Read more

Off The Press

January 27, 2009

The possibilities are at last endless for all

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar Press photographer

An open letter to the students in Susan Adler’s fifth-grade classroom at Issaquah Valley Elementary School:

Congratulations on your opportunity to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration as president! You set a great example of patriotism and knowledge about how our government works by the amount of attention you gave to the ceremony. It sounded like your teacher had taught you a lot leading up to the day. Read more

Press Editorial

January 27, 2009

Your state government began meeting two weeks ago, and is grappling with one of the most challenging state budgets ever. Essentially, every revenue stream available to the state is drying up. At the same time, the more vulnerable members of society need added assistance from a host of state-funded programs.

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AtWork! is feeling recession bite

January 27, 2009

Berkeley Smith, an eight-year veteran employee of AtWork!, stands next to a mountain of recycled cardboard while throwing pieces onto a conveyor belt to a compactor, which compresses the pieces into 1800-pound bales. By Greg Farrar

Berkeley Smith, an eight-year veteran employee of AtWork!, stands next to a mountain of recycled cardboard while throwing pieces onto a conveyor belt to a compactor, which compresses the pieces into 1800-pound bales. By Greg Farrar

 With market prices for recyclable goods dropping along with everything else, local recycling centers have struggled to maintain the status quo.

Hardest hit has been AtWork!, which saw its revenue drop by about 75 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Still, both AtWork! and Waste Management are accepting all recyclable goods, though AtWork! is holding onto shredded office paper until the markets improve and it becomes profitable to sell it.

Waste Management, which handles the recycling for all of the city of Issaquah except for South Cove/Greenwood Point, has seen the cost of recycling inch close to the cost of disposing garbage and waste, but that hasn’t and shouldn’t affect its recycling practices in the future, Community Education Director Rita Smith said. Read more

Flood still causing struggles

January 27, 2009

* Editor’s note: This story contains corrected information.

Owners of Gilman Square shops are asking for you to help keep them from closing and aid them in their recovery.

“Speaking for all of the tenants at Gilman Square, we need to let the entire community know who we are, what we are going through and that we are open for business,” said Patty Green, owner of Sisters Antiques. “We are all cash-flow businesses and without our wonderful customers, we cannot survive.”

The six businesses are Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Casual Dining Counterstools and Dinettes, West Coast Armory, Sisters Antiques, Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories and Graybeard’s Gilman Antique Gallery. All are open except Lombardi’s. Read more

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