City Council sets goals, including plan to make Issaquah a mountain-biking mecca

June 26, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 26, 2010

The ambitious agenda for 2011 calls for the city to turn Issaquah into a mountain-biking destination, decide whether to annex Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods, and continue to promote Issaquah to prospective businesses.

City Council members OK’d goals for 2011 on Monday, and handed Mayor Ava Frisinger a broad set of priorities to be accomplished next year. The decision represents the first step in the process to shape the 2011 city budget.

Department chiefs start to prepare the budget in the summer. The mayor then delivers a proposal to the council by October. Members mold the proposal into a final budget, and the council approves the spending plan in late December.

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Shepherd of the Hills church welcomes pastor Sunday

June 26, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 26, 2010

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will welcome a new pastor to its community on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The public is welcome to come and meet him and celebrate.

The church has spent the past 19 months searching for a pastor and hired Drahus Oslik, of Slovakia.

Shepherd of the Hills is at 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Call 391-8431.

Issaquah Environmental Council digs for natural beauty

June 25, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. June 25, 2010

The Issaquah Environmental Council is looking for volunteers to do their part for the planet and kick-off its summer 2010 restoration events.

The first event will be Saturday at Cybil-Madeleine Park. Plans are to focus on cleanup of debris and invasive plants to prepare the new park for installation of facilities, according to Barbara Shelton, program coordinator.

Events provide a fun and healthy way to maintain the natural beauty of Issaquah, Shelton said.

“It’s really refreshing and rewarding to dig out a blackberry root and to yank on ivy and know that it’s not going to grow up that tree,” she said.

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Help recognize Issaquah restaurant for charitable work

June 25, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. June 25, 2010

You can help put sip. at the wine bar and restaurant on the map for its good deeds.

The eatery’s Issaquah Highlands location, a part of the Washington Restaurant Group, has been selected to represent Washington in the 2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award. In order to advance to the national competition, the restaurant needs your vote by noon Monday. Vote here.

Each year, restaurants throughout the nation compete for the award, which is given to restaurants that contribute to their communities through charitable work.

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Candidates convene in Issaquah for campaign boot camp

June 25, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. June 25, 2010

Political candidates convened in Issaquah on Thursday afternoon to learn how to be better campaigners and, perhaps someday soon, lawmakers.

The right-of-center Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and readies potential candidates for office. The institute, a three-day course held through Saturday at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, includes Republican up-and-comers seeking state Senate and House of Representatives seats.

Think of the session as summer school for candidates, with the first test set for the Aug. 17 primary.

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Man drowns at Lake Sammamish State Park

June 24, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue Chaplain Shelley Frey (right) comforts the wife and son of a 23-year-old man who drowned in Lake Sammamish on Thursday afternoon. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 4:10 p.m. June 24, 2010

Rescuers said a 23-year-old man drowned in Lake Sammamish on Thursday afternoon during a family outing at the state park on a sunny, warm day.

The man had been swimming with his wife and young son when he became fatigued and disappeared beneath the lake’s surface just off the narrow swimming beach at the park. The beach has not had lifeguards since the program was eliminated amid budget cuts last year.

Eastside Fire & Rescue, as well as divers from the King County Sheriff’s Office and Mercer Island Police Department, responded to the scene at about 2:30 p.m.

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Subway, cupcake shop coming to downtown Issaquah

June 24, 2010

NEW — 11:35 a.m. June 24, 2010

The chain famous for $5 foot-longs plans to expand to downtown Issaquah next month.

Subway should open at 98 Front St. N. by mid-July, franchisee Karim Karmali said Thursday.

The city issued a permit for the restaurant Tuesday and, by Wednesday afternoon, green “Coming Soon” banners hung in the windows.

Karmali also operates the Subway along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The upcoming additions to downtown also include dessert. The nationwide cupcake craze reaches Issaquah this weekend.

The other addition, at the opposite end in the same building as the planned Subway — the storefront at 94 Front St. N. — will open Saturday as Confetti Cupcakes. Employees took to Twitter on Wednesday night to announce the opening.

The owner could not be reached Thursday morning.

King County honors Issaquah’s top recyclers

June 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 24, 2010

Efforts to recycle batteries, toner cartridges, cooking oil and construction materials earned Issaquah agencies and businesses kudos from the King County Solid Waste Division.

The county has recognized the Issaquah municipal government, the Issaquah School District and three Issaquah businesses — Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus — as Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

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City phone lines shut down for maintenance

June 23, 2010

NEW — 5:15 p.m. June 16, 2010

City phone lines — except for 911 — will be unavailable from 5:30 p.m. Wednesday until Thursday morning for maintenance.

Though the 24-hour business line to the Issaquah Police Department will be unavailable, calls to 911 will be received.

Issaquah High School grad scores first big-league hit for Yankees

June 23, 2010

NEW — 5:10 p.m. June 23, 2010

Issaquah High School graduate and IHS baseball star Colin Curtis earned his first Major League hit Tuesday to help the New York Yankees defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3. Watch the hit here.

Curtis entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and ripped a two-run double. The hit came not far from where Curtis played college ball at Arizona State University.

“It was an amazing feeling getting out there,” Curtis said in a post-game interview posted to MLB.com. “We put together a big inning, and to cap it off with the first big league hit, I knew I hit it good and I started running.”

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