City Council votes to redo Newport Way Northwest trail

March 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2010

The city will spend $120,000 on a controversial overhaul for a section of Newport Way Northwest, City Council members decided Monday.

Several months after workers completed upgrades to a section of the road from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard, crews will create bike lanes on both sides of the corridor. Asphalt curbs will be added to create a barrier between the westbound bike lane and a pedestrian path. Meanwhile, road striping and a rumble strip added during the earlier construction will be removed.

Officials hope the redo will prevent drivers from using a multipurpose path for bicyclists and pedestrians as a travel lane. Planners intend for the new curbs to replace unsightly temporary guideposts.

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Roundabout will remain open Sunday; city delays paving

March 19, 2010

NEW — 11:24 a.m. March 19, 2010

The roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way will remain open through the weekend.

City officials had planned to close the roundabout Sunday for paving, but weather has delayed the project.

Officials plan to pave the roundabout from 3 p.m. March 28 to 5 a.m. March 29. The entire roundabout will be shut down for the duration of paving.

If the alternate date falls through, crews will pave the roundabout April 4-5 or April 11-12.

Check the city Web site or 1700-AM radio station for updates. The latest information — as well as detour routes — will also be located on electronic message boards near the roundabout.

Scouts will pick up donated food Saturday

March 19, 2010

UPDATED — 10:54 a.m. March 19, 2010

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will pick up items needed for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank during a Saturday food drive.

Scouts delivered door hangers about the most-needed items to residences in Issaquah and across the Puget Sound region March 13. Scouts will return Saturday to pick up donations as part of the Scouting for Food campaign.

Scouts delivered bags through Issaquah, Sammamish, Cougar Mountain, North Bend, Fall City, Snoqualmie and the Renton Highlands.

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Otters will make new elementary school home

March 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 18, 2010

The newest Issaquah School District elementary school will be the home of the otters.

Issaquah School Board members recently approved the mascot for Creekside Elementary School. The board also approved colors for the new school — brown, silver and blue. The colors represent the woods and water of otter habitat.

School officials made their final recommendation to the board after asking the community for submissions; they received more than 60 mascot and color entries.

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Conservation district voters elect new board member

March 17, 2010

NEW — 11:44 a.m. March 17, 2010

King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board Tuesday.

Prinsen pulled ahead of four other candidates — including former Issaquah wetland biologist Kirk Prindle — to win a three-year term on the five-member board. Prinsen received about 42 percent of the vote; Prindle placed fourth in the race.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners. The all-volunteer governing board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the state Conservation Commission.

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Irene Elizabeth Crotts

March 16, 2010

Irene Crotts

Irene Elizabeth Crotts, of Issaquah, died peacefully Monday, March 1, 2010. She was 86. Read more

Seattle bank forecloses on Park Pointe

March 16, 2010

A Seattle bank foreclosed on the developer behind Park Pointe last week, and took control of the Tiger Mountain land near Issaquah High School where the developer wanted to build hundreds of residences.

Meanwhile, a federal judge dismissed the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case tied to the developer, Wellington Park Pointe LLC.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Karen Overstreet dismissed the case after attorneys for the developer withdrew a plan to finance and build Park Pointe. Court documents dated March 3 allowed Regal Financial Bank to proceed with the foreclosure.

“The parties wish to avoid incurring additional attorneys fees, in what has been a very expensive matter, and what in all likelihood would be a very expensive trial,” the documents state.

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Cities name regional fire district, animal control top concerns

March 16, 2010

Issaquah and Sammamish city council members met last week for a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges faced by the neighboring cities.

Talk about Klahanie Park, how the cities will provide animal-control services after June 30 and the future of emergency services dominated the March 9 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

With county-run animal shelters set to end June 30, members of both city councils said no proposal exists yet to provide the services now handled by King County Animal Care and Control. Although, representatives from both cities said staffers continue to work on a solution.

A solution could result in a regional partnership among several cities, or individual cities could commission animal-control officers. Federal Way officials, for instance, announced a plan to form a city animal-services agency.

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County outlines solution for Klahanie Park

March 16, 2010

Under a new proposal offered by King County, Issaquah could still receive Klahanie Park if the city someday annexed the surrounding neighborhood — even if Sammamish acquired the facility in the meantime.

King County Parks Director Kevin Brown offered a proposal to transfer ownership of the park to whichever city annexes Klahanie. Sammamish has proposed a takeover of Klahanie Park in unincorporated King County, but the offer has riled neighborhood residents.

If Issaquah ever annexes Klahanie — and if neighborhood residents vote for the proposal — Issaquah receives the park alongside the neighborhood.

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Patriots gear up for another big season

March 16, 2010

After 2009 season, Eagles look to rebound, Spartans to reload

Troy Colyer, of Liberty High School, gets a pat at third base from coach Steve Darnell after he smashes a three-RBI home run during a 2009 baseball game against West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team is gearing up for another big season with 12 returning seniors, including powerhouse pitcher John McLeod.

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