Group plans upstream Issaquah Creek habitat restoration

February 1, 2011

Salmon and other creatures in the Issaquah Creek basin receive a boost soon from citizens and the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

The nonprofit organization has planned creek habitat enhancement projects for Feb. 5. Friends of the Cedar River Watershed needs Issaquah-area residents to participate in the effort.

The restoration is scheduled to take place inside the Log Cabin Reach Natural Area on a section of creek upstream from Issaquah and near the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.

The daylong program is the inaugural Issaquah-area effort for the Seattle-based Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed is in the process of expanding efforts to restore habitat and educate residents throughout the Cedar River and Lake Washington watersheds. The local project is a collaboration between the nonprofit organization and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

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Muni League honors transit group, councilman

February 1, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine congratulated Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler and other members of a transit task force last week for receiving a prestigious honor from the Municipal League of King County.

The recommendations from the 28-member Regional Transit Task Force represent a potential roadmap to long-standing differences related to Metro Transit bus service. The group released the report to county leaders in November.

The group has received the James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award for the effort, the Municipal League announced Jan. 27.

“We asked 28 local leaders to set aside arbitrary political divisions and come up with transit recommendations that meet the needs of the entire county, and they exceeded all expectations,” Constantine said in a statement. “That takes real leadership, and I’m pleased to see their hard work and vision recognized by the Municipal League.”

The award honors individuals and organizations for contributing significant leadership in tackling regional public policy problems. The league recognized task force members for efforts “to clarify and organize the priorities and implementation processes for local transit during a time of budget reductions.”

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Metro Transit updates Issaquah bus routes

February 1, 2011

Some King County Metro Transit bus routes in Issaquah and Sammamish change Feb. 5.

Riders throughout the Metro Transit service area should check winter schedules for the routes they use most often to see what has changed.

The changes for local riders include:

  • The southbound trip to Issaquah from Providence Point at 6:18 a.m. and the northbound trip to Providence Point from Issaquah at 6:23 a.m. will be discontinued.
  • The changeover includes routing and bus stop changes for about 20 bus routes from various areas of the county that pass through downtown Seattle. Metro Transit has made the changes to accommodate the Alaskan Way Viaduct and seawall replacement project on First Avenue between South King Street and South Holgate Street.

Metro updates routes and scheduling three times per year to improve service and meet the changing needs of transit customers.

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Off the Press

February 1, 2011

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Jazz horns are all that cars should have

There are times when I really enjoy a good horn. When I’m feeling rather mellow, there’s nothing better than listening to the soft, silky sounds of Miles Davis. Or, if I’m really feeling up, I enjoy the sound of ol’ Satchmo —  Louis Armstrong.

Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severson, Clifford Brown are some of my other favorite trumpeters.

I like listening to music from great saxophone players like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Stan Getz, too. There are times when I play CDs of big bands and listen to Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey on the trombones.

Yes, I like a good horn.

There is one horn, though, that I have found quite offensive —  that’s the one used by some motorists.

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See’s Candies opens Issaquah Commons shop

February 1, 2011

Issaquah is a little sweeter, because See’s Candies has opened a shop at the Issaquah Commons.

The candy shop offered free chocolates to customers during a grand opening celebration Jan. 28.

Operators applied for a city building permit at the end of September. Construction started on the store in late November, and city inspectors issued a temporary certificate of occupancy Jan. 5. The candy shop replaces a teriyaki restaurant in the space.

See’s Candies — based in South San Francisco — operates more than 200 stores throughout the West and the Midwest. The chain also has outposts in Seattle and elsewhere on the Eastside.

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Rapid Response

February 1, 2011

The ambitious Central Issaquah Plan has recommended tall buildings and dense development in the business district. How do the recommendations jibe with Issaquah’s existing character?

It doesn’t. Five percent to 10 percent pervious should never be allowed and 150-foot buildings were never in the vision that the community recommended.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

The city recently received $100,000 to study another transfer of development rights, with the receiving site in the business district. Should the area along Interstate 90 be redeveloped into a dense neighborhood?

It does not make sense to make a dense neighborhood area and at the same time talk about opening up an area for a park complex.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

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King County councilwomen host Eastside transit forum

February 1, 2011

The future of mass transit on the Eastside is the topic at a Feb. 8 forum hosted by King County councilwomen Kathy Lambert and Jane Hague.

The focus of the meeting is a recent report from the Regional Transit Task Force about potential impacts to the Eastside. The report represents a possible roadmap for future King County Metro Transit bus service.

The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

The task force recommended for Metro Transit to tie bus service to productivity, connections to job markets and demand for transit — instead of adding or reducing service based on geographic formulas.

Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler, a longtime expert on regional transit issues, served as a member of the 28-member task force.

Lambert is the Issaquah representative on the King County Council. Hague represents Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island.

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YWCA hosts Passage Point open house

February 1, 2011

In preparation for the opening of the Passage Point housing project this summer, the YWCA is holding a community open house from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Maple Hills Elementary School, 15644 204th Ave. S.E., Renton.

Passage Point allows the YWCA to provide housing for men and women recently released from incarceration or hospitalization who wish to reunite with their children. The residents of Passage Point will have access to housing, employment and counseling services.

The open house will feature YWCA staff knowledgeable about Passage Point, employment, mental health services, children’s services and Family Village Issaquah, a YWCA permanent housing facility opening this fall.

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Roll Call

February 1, 2011

House Resolution 4610, establishing permanent rules for the state’s House of Representatives, passed the House, 56-41. In particular, the bill establishes a 24-hour waiting period before a budget bill may be considered on final passage. Amendments to require a 72-hour, and a 48-hour, waiting period before final consideration of budget bills failed, 42-55.

-5 Rep. Glenn Anderson,

(R-Fall City) N

-5 Rep. Jay Rodne,

(R-North Bend) N

-41 Rep. Judy Clibborn,

(D-Mercer Island) Y

-41 Rep. Marcie Maxwell,

(D-Renton) Y

-45 Rep. Roger Goodman,

(D-Kirkland) Y

-45 Rep. Larry Springer,

(D-Kirkland) Y

Source:, a free, nonpartisan website to find plain-English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator’s votes.

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Donate men’s winter clothing at Issaquah churches

February 1, 2011

Start spring cleaning early — and help the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at the same time.

Issaquah churches collect men’s clothing for the food pantry throughout February. Any overflow donations benefit Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The local food pantry needs men’s winter coats, casual pants and jeans in larger sizes, hats and gloves in adult sizes, rain ponchos, shirts and sweaters, plus new underwear in sizes 38 and larger, and new warm socks.

Participants can drop off the clothing in marked bins in front of the following Issaquah churches:

  • Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.
  • Foothills Baptist Church, 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.
  • Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd.
  • Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, 165 Front St. N.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road
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