FBI investigates Gilman bank robbery

February 24, 2009

Issaquah bank robbery suspect

Issaquah bank robbery suspect

A man robbed the Gilman Boulevard Washington Mutual bank branch Feb. 17, brandishing a handgun before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities said the suspect entered the bank just after 3 p.m. and approached a teller. The suspect then presented a note demanding money and flashed a handgun. The teller handed money to the suspect, who then left the bank. Authorities said he was last seen climbing into a red Ford Mustang.   Read more

Chamber names new executive

February 24, 2009


Matthew Bott

Matthew Bott started his new role as CEO of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23.

“I am very excited to join the leadership team at the chamber,” Bott said in a chamber news release. “I look forward to working with the business community and local leaders as we continue to support and promote Issaquah as an outstanding community to live in and conduct business.”

Bott brings prior experience in selling membership, which chamber leaders said would be critical in his leadership role.

“Increasing Issaquah Chamber membership is very important and we are excited about having Matt take this chamber to the next level,” Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Bob Ittes said in the release.

Bott recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. He served for six years as assistant executive director for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity International headquarters. Bott also brings about seven years of nonprofit experience to his chamber role.

Bott recently completed a master’s in business administration from George Washington University, where he studied marketing and strategy. In addition, Bott served as student government president at Boise State University.

Outgoing Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Larry Ishmael filled the interim CEO position through the end of February to allow a smooth transition.

Critics slam Park Pointe proposal; developer touts preservation

February 24, 2009


City planners are seeking comments from residents regarding the latest proposal for Park Pointe, a proposed Tiger Mountain housing development announced more than a decade ago and since revised numerous times. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 27, and will be included in a city environmental report about the controversial development.

How Park Pointe will be built — with 344 homes or 251 homes — and even the location of the development remain unanswered questions. The developer, which proposed two options for the 67-acre Tiger Mountain site, is also pursuing a development-rights swap with another homebuilder. If the swap was successful, homes would be built in the Issaquah Highlands instead of the proposed Park Pointe site. Read more

Kindergarten registration deadline nears

February 24, 2009

Kindergarten registration dates for this fall for the Issaquah School District are March 4 and 5. Read more

Loopy volunteers

February 24, 2009







The Squak Mountain Equestrian Loop Trail received updating and rebuilding the weekend of Feb. 14-15

with the work of volunteers from the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, Interlake and Skyline high schools,

Bank of America, Overlake Medical Center and the University of Washington. Here, Karim Ghandour and

James Ingersill put logs in place to build a new section. 

By Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Education reform bills are squashed

February 24, 2009

Hopes for education reform in the state were partially dashed Feb. 18 when both legislative bodies rejected further discussion on House Bill 1410 and Senate Bill 5444, two bills Issaquah School Board members and the PTSA fully endorsed.

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Schools budget is a work in progress

February 24, 2009

With this year’s state budget deficit, district officials are keeping a close eye on their budget development process and are asking for community input. Read more

City considers encouraging solar panels, wind turbines for homes

February 24, 2009

City planners are working to streamline the process for homeowners who want to add solar panels or wind turbines to their homes.

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To The Editor

February 24, 2009

Education funding

Support sexual education bill to help keep young people well informed

We are living in a time where our limited funding needs to be put to the best use possible. Education is always a wise investment. Read more

Off The Press

February 24, 2009

hayesd-press-staffbw-20080Ever seen a grown man giddy? Usually, it’s not a pretty sight.  Well, luckily, no one was around to see my attack of giddiness Saturday.

I am a lapsed novice pianist, having taken 10 years of lessons growing up, but have only dabbled since. So, I was ecstatic to interview one of my favorite artists, David Lanz.

And it was the interview that almost wasn’t. Read more

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