Flood cleanup to be costly, lengthy

February 17, 2009

When Issaquah Creek overflowed its banks six weeks ago, rising waters left the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with at least $20,000 damage. Water damaged the hatchery foreman’s house and an office used by hatchery volunteers. Four inches of mud coated the hatchery parking lot.

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Parks spotlighted in Comp Plan review

February 16, 2009

Improvements to city parks will likely be considered when city officials weigh changes to the comprehensive plan, the document that lays out Issaquah’s long-range growth plans.

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Residents defend Lewis Creek work, now seeking permits

February 16, 2009

George Herold stands on the bank of Lewis Creek at the Southeast 43rd Place neighborhood bridge, as fellow neighbors Laurie Bateman (left) and Paul Burton stand on the bridge deck above.By Greg Farrar

George Herold stands on the bank of Lewis Creek at the Southeast 43rd Place neighborhood bridge, as fellow neighbors Laurie Bateman (left) and Paul Burton stand on the bridge deck above.By Greg Farrar

By the time the floodwaters of Lewis Creek had receded last month, nearly 12 feet of its bank had eroded away in the 18400 block of Southeast 43rd Place.

That portion of bank holds up the only bridge that provides five families living there access to their homes.

The residents said they placed six native boulders along the creek’s remaining bank to help keep the bridge from falling Jan. 24.

“We thought we were able to make emergency improvements,” resident Laurie Bateman said. “We didn’t go out of our way to do something tricky.”

“We thought that was better than allowing the bridge to fall into the river,” said George Herold, another resident.

A downstream neighbor said he noticed the sediment in the creek that day and went to see what was happening. Concerned for endangered kokanee salmon, he called police. Read more

To The Editor

February 16, 2009

Lack of letters

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Off The Press

February 16, 2009

Jim Feehan Press Reporter

Jim Feehan Press Reporter

Inauguration inspires a new generation

A few days after the inauguration, I put two questions to a group of first-graders at Newcastle Elementary School: What do presidents do? And why do we need one?

“To make the world a better place,” “To protect our country” and “To lower taxes and make America a better place” were among some of the responses. Read more

Press Editorial

February 16, 2009

Firefighters pay raise out of line with reality

We certainly wouldn’t want to deny our firefighters their due, but a 7.55 percent pay increase couldn’t come at a worse time for Eastside Fire & Rescue. Read more

Roll call

February 16, 2009


HB 1066, which passed the Senate by a vote of 41-6, authorizes an optional municipal code city to hold a special election for the purpose of changing its form of government. It previously passed the House by a vote of 95-2. Read more

Nice Shot

February 16, 2009



‘I took this the very day they hung the new painting at The National Portrait Museum in D.C.,’ Bill Hemmenway said about his visit to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. ‘She was visiting from the Virgin Islands. I showed (the picture) to her and she had a huge smile. (I will never forget that smile.) If I had to give it a title, I’d call it Hope Upon Hope.’By Bill Hemmenway

If you have a great photo you would like us to consider for   publication, e-mail it to editor@isspress.com along with information about what’s pictured, and when and where it was taken.  All types of subjects are encouraged.

Public meetings

February 16, 2009


Feb. 18

Development Commission

7-9 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall South 

135 E. Sunset Way Read more

City permit numbers remain consistent

February 16, 2009

The city’s Public Works Engineering Department recently released the number of permits approved for 2008 with some surprising results.

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