Visit Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday and park for free

March 29, 2013

Washington State Parks announces Saturday, March 30, is a “free day” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The March 30 free day commemorates State Parks’ 100th birthday month. The state park system was established March 19, 1913, when the Washington State Legislature established the State Board of Park Commissioners. Washington State Parks invites the public to celebrate the Centennial of the state park system all year, with events and activities in parks all over the state. Visit for details.

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Studded tire season ends

March 28, 2013

NEW — 1:05 p.m. March 28, 2013

March 31 marks the end of using studded tires without the possibility of incurring a fine.

The Washington State Department of Transportation sent out a reminder to all drivers that the legal season to use studded tires runs from Nov. 1 to March 31 unless they issue an extension due to inclement weather. With the rising of mild temperatures, WSOT does not planning on extending the deadline.

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City’s Transportation and Utilities committees to most likely combine

March 27, 2013

New on March 27, 3:30 p.m.

The city’s four council committees appear poised to turn into three.
Discussed at the March 26 Whole of the Council committee meeting as members looked through recommendations from the Services and Safety Committee on how to more efficiently structure the government, the five present council members all voiced their initial support for folding the Transportation and Utilities committees together.

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District officials consider school safety concerns

March 26, 2013

The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School may have happened on the other side of the country, but phones were ringing in the Issaquah School District.

In the weeks following the shooting in Connecticut, district officials said they had an influx of parents calling to find out what was being done to keep students safe. In response to the heightened concerns, principals across the district sent out newsletters on the topic and held parent safety meetings.

“What we know is effective is being prepared,” said Jodi Bongard, the district’s executive director of elementary schools.

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Issaquah school board leaves boundary decisions with superintendent

March 26, 2013

Three months after Kevin Ham was told a boundary change would send his children to a new school next year, he went in front of the Issaquah School Board and asked them to change the way such decisions are made.

According to district policy, it is up to the superintendent to make boundary adjustments. In the case of small adjustments, the district does not open the process to public input.

After hearing Ham’s request, the board discussed the matter at its March 13 meeting and ultimately decided to leave the policy as is.

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Robbery suspect found in Alaska

March 26, 2013

Eleven days after fleeing the scene of a thwarted robbery attempt at an Issaquah Arco station, a female suspect was arrested in Kenai, Alaska.

Task force members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service captured the woman on March 21, according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department. Echo Kaylee Paden, 19, of Issaquah, was charged with first-degree robbery, according to charging papers from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

contributed This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at the Arco am/pm convenience store, 1400 N.W. Sammamish Road.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at the Arco am/pm convenience store, 1400 N.W. Sammamish Road.

After the failed robbery, Paden fled Washington state, and efforts to locate and capture her were turned over to the marshals. An arrest warrant was issued by King County Superior Court on March 15.

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Committee hears park bond survey results

March 26, 2013

A survey says the citizens of Issaquah care deeply about establishing parks and renovating the Julius Boehm Pool.

The results of a City Council-directed survey was brought before the council Services and Safety Committee during its March 4 regular meeting. Regarding a possible parks, recreation, pool and natural area park bond, EMC Research conducted a telephone survey to gauge the mood and priorities of local residents.

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Annual filing of B&O taxes now available for small businesses

March 26, 2013

Small businesses can now file their taxes annually instead of quarterly with the city of Issaquah.

In line with demands from business owners, those who earn $20,000 or less in gross, taxable income will be able to file city business and occupation taxes on an annual basis. If gross annual income is greater than $20,000 in 2013, the taxes will revert back to quarterly filing in 2014.

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Parks information — there’s an app for that

March 26, 2013

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has entered its 100th year and is launching an iPhone and Android app to celebrate.

The Pocket Ranger smartphone application is a free, interactive app that provides users with information about more than 100 state parks, historical sites and campgrounds. Each listing includes information about amenities, maps and directions.

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Donated flower baskets will brighten downtown

March 26, 2013

The flower baskets in downtown Issaquah will return to Front Street soon.

Thanks to contributions from local residents and businesses, 20 baskets will be hung along Front Street. Each year, the Downtown Issaquah Association campaigns for donations to hang flower baskets in downtown Issaquah.

Several local businesses donated $250 for the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months. Amante Pizza on Front Street will receive a plaque to hang downtown for its $1,000 contribution.



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