Follow us to Bumbershoot

September 1, 2009

Get ready to rock Labor Day weekend. Follow The Issaquah Press to Bumbershoot, the three-day music and arts festival at Seattle Center. Issaquah indie rockers Modest Mouse will close the festival Sept. 7. Read more

City severance package entices 35-year employee

September 1, 2009

Al Erickson, city parks manager, stands in front of the Issaquah Community Center as young people and their moms gather for lunch on the front steps. By Greg Farrar

Al Erickson, city parks manager, stands in front of the Issaquah Community Center as young people and their moms gather for lunch on the front steps. By Greg Farrar

A gargantuan aerial shot of Issaquah dominates a wall of Al Erickson’s city Parks & Recreation Department office. The map dates from the early part of the decade; land where part of the Issaquah Highlands would eventually rise is nothing but tawny dirt. Sprawling Central Park was little more than a planner’s sketch.

Now, as Erickson prepares to retire after nearly 35 years as a city parks employee, crews are at work in the highlands adding artificial turf to a pair of Central Park fields.

The changes at Central Park are representative of the changes the city park system — and Issaquah itself — has undergone since Erickson signed on with the city three decades ago as a recent Western Washington University grad. Erickson, 57, retired as parks manager Aug. 31.

Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said Erickson’s role as a person who shaped the city park system cannot be overstated.

“He had a huge influence on our whole quality of life in Issaquah,” McGill said. Read more

Gambling on Charity

September 1, 2009

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

Students perform well on SAT

September 1, 2009

This year, 840 Issaquah students took the Scholastic Assessment Exams and scored far better than their state and national peers. Read more

Sierra Jezabell Norwick

September 1, 2009

birth-norwick-20090800Marc and Makisha Norwick welcomed daughter Sierra Jezabell to their Issaquah home June 18, 2009.

Sierra was born in Bellevue, weighing six pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 18 1/2 inches.

She joins brother Nathaniel, 2. Read more

Drive safely, school’s in session

September 1, 2009

On Sept. 2, more than 16,000 Issaquah students will join the morning commute on foot, bicycle and bus for the first day of school. Read more

Feds say woman injected salon customers with counterfeit cosmetics

September 1, 2009

The proprietor of a Bellevue salon was arrested late Aug. 24, after federal authorities said she illegally injected customers with counterfeit cosmetic products. Read more

Community Calendar

September 1, 2009

Events

It’s Labor Day Weekend at the Issaquah Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The Dixie Kings Jazz Band performs at 11 a.m. A Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament is at 11 a.m., with elementary, middle school, high school and adult divisions. Call 837-3300. Read more

Volunteers needed for Hometown Issaquah Reunion

September 1, 2009

The fifth annual Hometown Issaquah Reunion, an opportunity for people to share family stories and memories of Issaquah, and to celebrate their own personal history, is Sept. 12 at the depot. Read more

Summer’s good weather gets school construction projects ahead of schedule

September 1, 2009

Construction is proceeding quickly on new classroom buildings at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

Construction is proceeding quickly on new classroom buildings at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

It’s been a busy summer of construction, but when students return to school Sept. 2, Issaquah School District officials, teachers and construction crews will be ready.
“At all of our major projects, we have contractors that are managing the work well, are focused on getting the work complete, and they are planning and working ahead of schedule,” said Steve Crawford, district director of capital projects. “They are working in multiple areas across the whole construction site.”

Paired with that efficiency, the summer’s good weather allowed construction crews to really pick up the pace at three major sites, the new elementary school (temporarily called Elementary 15) and Issaquah and Skyline high schools, said Superintendent Steve Rassmussen.

Where students will notice the most change is at Issaquah High, Crawford said.

When students left for summer break, construction crews had just started demolition. When they return, they will see the new building taking shape.

Construction crews worked in what Crawford described as rolling phases throughout the summer to ensure as much was being done as possible. Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »