artEAST presents 150 Feet of Art

April 27, 2013

For the 7th year in a row, artEAST will bring the 150 Feet of Art to their art center on Front Street on April 27.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a closing reception and a bidding frenzy on juried art by artEAST members and special guests. It is their biggest benefit auction of the year.
With $20 admission, according to their press release attendees will receive wine, food and fun. With tickets limited, they encourage those interested to come early and eager.
The artEAST Art Center is located at 95 Front Street. Find out more by calling 425-392-3191 or at

Paula Phelps to become next director of high schools

April 26, 2013

NEW — 4:36 p.m. April 26, 2013

In a letter sent to Issaquah High School families, the school’s principal, Paula Phelps, announced that she would leave her post at the end of the school year to become the district’s executive director of high schools.

“For the past 15 years, this school community has been such a family to me,” Phelps wrote. “I can’t tell you what a rich experience it has been to watch your students learn, grow, laugh and leave here ready to pursue their dreams.”

Phelps said she originally turned down the offer from Superintendent Steve Rasmussen. Now that she is making the move, Phelps told families that the district wants to work closely with them in the process of selecting a new principal. A survey to help shape the selection criteria is on its way, she added.

Let’s Go! April 25 – May 1

April 24, 2013

Former Skyline benchwarmer’s long road nears the NFL

April 23, 2013

Luke Marquardt could be the first Spartan drafted by the NFL

Luke Marquardt

Luke Marquardt

God gave Luke Marquardt gifts that he gives very few people.

The first is size, the kind that makes him look like Gulliver surrounded by Lilliputians. Marquardt is 6-foot-8 ½ and weighs about 315 or 320 pounds, depending on the week. The second is coordination, the kind that allows him to operate that frame without looking foolish. The third is athleticism — the quickness of foot to not just be huge but also swift.

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Don’t drip, drive this spring

April 23, 2013

Vehicles in Washington leak more than 7 million quarts of oil every year that eventually finds their way into local streams and into Puget Sound, according to a press release.

In an effort to preserve the quality of the aquifer, Nate Bean, owner of Integrity Automotive Repair in Issaquah, has partnered with other repair facilities and regional conservation agencies to perform free leak inspections on any vehicle that comes into his shop at 80 N.W. Gilman Blvd. before the end of April.





Issaquah native among injured at Boston Marathon

April 23, 2013

As the nation watched in horror while two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring about 180, Issaquah residents and natives were among those affected.

According to the official registration site of the race, nine people who ran listed Issaquah as their place of residence. While one local man had a relatively calm experience, native Adrianne Haslet suffered a life-changing injury.

According to various news reports, Haslet and her husband Adam Davis ran in the marathon, only to be knocked off their feet from the second bomb that exploded a few blocks away from the finish line. She lost her left foot and hearing in her left ear from the shrapnel and impact of the explosion. Davis suffered broken bones and lacerations throughout his body.

Contributed Brian Maher had already finished the Boston Marathon, earning his best time for the 26.2 miles, when the bombs exploded April 15. It was not until he saw the empty streets and heavy military presence that he realized the severity of the situation.

Brian Maher had already finished the Boston Marathon, earning his best time for the 26.2 miles, when the bombs exploded April 15. It was not until he saw the empty streets and heavy military presence that he realized the severity of the situation.

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Send veterans photos for memorial section

April 23, 2013

This year, again for Memorial Day, The Issaquah Press will print its fourth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Residents settle in to bag ban

April 23, 2013

After almost two months of the Issaquah bag ban, which bars large-scale retailers from distributing plastic shopping bags to customers, the reception has been generally positive.

The ban went into effect March 1 for retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet.

Prior to the implementation, the city’s Department of Sustainability launched an extensive education campaign for citizens and retailers. Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski was pleased to find that most of the affected stores were prepared for the law.

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King County holds landfill meeting in Issaquah

April 23, 2013

King County will host a community landfill meeting in the continued effort to gather feedback and share ideas.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division will host an ongoing forum for area residents from 7-9 p.m. April 24 at the King County Library Service Center, at 960 Newport Way N.W.

Topics for the meeting will include updates from county staff about landfill activities and updates from Bio Energy Washington staff members on its landfill gas-to-energy plant.

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Issaquah honored as a Tree City USA

April 23, 2013

Issaquah joined 81 other cities this year being recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Issaquah has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 20 years.

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