It’s The Wienermobile!

November 3, 2009

Everyone is in love with Mia Sullivan, 6, and brother Max, 4, as they blow on wiener whistles while Alison Kwong, Oscar Mayer hotdogger, looks on Oct. 30 during the Wienermobile’s visit to Fred Meyer on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Kwong and co-driver Mary Kate DeCoursey were in the Puget Sound area during the week, helping communities celebrate Halloweenie. By Greg Farrar

Everyone is in love with Mia Sullivan, 6, and brother Max, 4, as they blow on wiener whistles while Alison Kwong, Oscar Mayer hotdogger, looks on Oct. 30 during the Wienermobile’s visit to Fred Meyer on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Kwong and co-driver Mary Kate DeCoursey were in the Puget Sound area during the week, helping communities celebrate Halloweenie. By Greg Farrar

Share ideas for Newport Way upgrades

November 3, 2009

City officials want to know how nearly a mile of Newport Way near Issaquah Valley Elementary School should be improved. Bring ideas to a city open house at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the school, 555 N.W. Holly St. Read more

Klahanie Park closer to transfer of ownership

November 3, 2009

The King County Parks Department has taken a major step toward ceding Klahanie Park to the city of Sammamish. Read more

City reviews last flood, prepares for future crises

November 3, 2009

David Bramwell (left) shovels sand into a bag held by Bruce Wendt in a sandbagging practice run for CERT volunteers last week. Courtesy of Brenda Bramwell

David Bramwell (left) shovels sand into a bag held by Bruce Wendt in a sandbagging practice run for CERT volunteers last week. Courtesy of Brenda Bramwell

Floodwaters caused about $1 million worth of damage and left behind piles of debris and muck when Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks overflowed in January, but the disaster also readied emergency planners for the next flood.

The next time flood waters rise, volunteers will fan out across flood-prone neighborhoods and city officials will unleash a deluge of information about water levels, road closures and recovery efforts. Many of the procedures were tested during what officials characterized as a successful response to the major flood in mid-January.

But the next flood could occur as early as the next several weeks, and officials said work remains to be done to prepare Issaquah for another natural disaster. On Oct. 27, City Council members received a briefing about the response to the January flood and preparation efforts for the upcoming flood season.

City Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Campbell said readings from a pair of flood gauges did not correlate with the damage caused by floodwaters. A U.S. Geological Survey gauge downstream on Issaquah Creek appeared inaccurate, Campbell said. The gauge indicated about 2,500 cubic feet per second, Campbell said, but flood damage was similar to the 3,500 cubic feet per second estimate from the last major flood to hit Issaquah, in 1996. Read more

Former police officer faces official misconduct charges

November 3, 2009

A former Medina police officer and Issaquah resident was charged with official misconduct after authorities said he forced a woman he had ticketed to have sex with him. Read more

Honor veterans at VFW ceremony on Nov. 11

November 3, 2009

At 11 a.m. Nov. 11, the VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436 will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at Veterans Memorial Field, at the monument between City Hall and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Read more

Weather causes phone problems at district schools

November 3, 2009

Due to stormy weather, telephone lines were out at Challenger and Briarwood elementary schools and Liberty High School Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. But the problems were fixed by Oct. 28. Read more

Senior center seeks new leader

November 3, 2009

Issaquah Valley Senior Center leaders will pick a new executive director in the next several weeks. Read more

Issaquah salon owner faces jail for injecting phony Botox

November 3, 2009

Issaquah resident Xin “Faith” He is guilty of injecting customers with counterfeit cosmetic products at her Bellevue salon, a federal judge ruled Oct. 30. Read more

Issaquah Blockbuster will end run in January

November 3, 2009

Make it a Blockbuster night — but hurry: The Issaquah outpost of the movie-rental giant will close in early January. Read more

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