Register for FEMA flood relief by March 31

February 3, 2009

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

King County’s Solid Waste Division is providing vouchers through Feb. 26 for residents affected by last month’s floods to dispose of flood debris at no cost at any King County solid waste transfer station.

Get vouchers by calling 206-296-4466, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read more

Bird watchers wanted

February 3, 2009

The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 13-16. Anyone who can identify even a few species can take part in this free event. Just count birds you see at your chosen site for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the event and then report your sightings online at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

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Schools foundation seeks funding to move Project GLAD to new heights

February 3, 2009

Issaquah Schools Foundation officials and volunteers may call your home Feb. 11. 

They are trying to raise $180,000 to help school district officials purchase additional professional training opportunities for Project GLAD Training, or Guided Language Acquisition Design Training. Read more

Intelligent Transportation System worked during January flooding

February 3, 2009

The city’s messenger boards improved traffic flow through the city during last month’s flooding, said Bob Brock, the city’s Public Works director.

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Swedish Medical Center officials unveil hospital plans

February 3, 2009

Representatives from Swedish Medical Center have provided the City Council with a glimpse of their new 175-bed hospital and medical center in the Issaquah Highlands, a change from their previous plans.

The site will include three towers, each six to seven stories tall. The original artist’s rendition from five years ago depicted a single, five-story building. A rendering of the project is not yet available. Read more

Guest Column: Education reforms should include funding education first, accountability

February 3, 2009

By Rep. Glenn Anderson

There is a simple solution to the false argument that we need to raise taxes to adequately fund the education of our children. The Basic Education Finance Task Force put forward a bold bipartisan restructuring plan for our K-12 system that eliminates the unfair and damaging inequities in our current system. Along with that plan, I believe the state should adopt the “fund education first” approach to budgeting. Read more

ISD board: Go live on Internet

February 3, 2009

For years, we have advocated for the Issaquah School Board to televise its meetings. But we have also understood the reluctance of working with many different cable franchises that serve the cities and unincorporated areas that make up the district.

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Sims move to D.C. is timely for elections

February 3, 2009

King County Executive Ron Sims, who’s been a fixture in politics since he was first elected to the County Council in 1985, is moving on to a post in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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IssaquahPress.com has come a long way

February 3, 2009

The Issaquah Press was one of the early newspapers to get a Web site, back in 1992. We were proud of it then, but it didn’t grow and morph into something better as time went by. 

Last fall, we started over. New format, new features, the whole paper page-by-page, reader comments, better archives, photo galleries and more.

Best of all, we are posting fresh news stories every day. We learned just how important that was during the recent storms. Read more

Pflug seeks constitutional amendment to limit government spending to projected revenues

February 3, 2009

In response to the state of Washington’s unprecedented $6 billion budget deficit, Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, has introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would limit state spending to projected revenues.

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