Councilman Tola Marts will run for re-election

May 11, 2013

Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts will run for re-election to Position 7 in the November election.

Marts was elected to the City Council in 2009 in a contested race for the seat vacated by longtime Councilman David Kappler. In his first year, Marts voted for the final acquisition of the Park Pointe property, and organized the Mountain Biking Task Force, according to a press release from Marts.

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Some city streets to close for runners

May 10, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. May 10, 2013

Motorists should prepare for street closures the morning of May 11 for the Mother’s Day Dash, according to a press release from the city.

The Mother’s Day Dash is a family-oriented activity to celebrate mothers and raise funds for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Runners will start at 12th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard, proceed along Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Rainier Boulevard North, and then return along the same route.

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Bear sighted near Pine Lake Middle School

May 9, 2013

A bear was reportedly sighted on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road near the fire station, according to an email from Pine Lake Middle School.

The school asks parents to continually remind children that they are in the presence of wildlife every time they walk to and from school or play outside their home.

“A community “sighting” is just a reminder that coyotes, cougars, bears, bobcats and other animals always live around our residences and schools,” the email stated.

The school gave these safety tips to keep in front of your students and family year round:

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Let’s Go! May 9 -15

May 8, 2013

Annexation of Klahanie could cost $6 million

May 7, 2013

The area would add $600,000 annually to city coffers

Should the city annex the Klahanie area, preliminary reports say that it will come with a $6 million one-time cost and provide almost $600,000 in annual revenue.

The large sum was derived by Nesbitt Planning and Management Inc. Owner Tom Nesbitt presented a draft cost report to the Land & Shore Committee on April 9. The largest draw of funds from the initial annexation would be from Public Works operation and maintenance, including more than $5 million for things such as road improvements and storm water management.

Additionally, an estimated $500,000 would go to expanding the police force to provide adequate service to the area. However, while Nesbitt’s report called for an additional five officers, Chief Paul Ayers expressed a desire for a greater number.

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Issaquah City Council sets 2014 goals

May 7, 2013

Developing city’s brand, combined government campus among objectives

At its annual goal-setting retreat May 4, the City Council continued to look into the future.

During the five-hour meeting, attended by most of the city’s department heads and representatives from other regional authorities, the council members presented their individual goals for consideration. Once discussion was held regarding each prospective goal, council members voted on what would comprise their 2014 agenda.

Ultimately, they decided to take on such things as looking into the feasibility of a combined city campus for the government, a marketing packet to develop the city’s brand and adding metrics of the city’s current state to the official website.

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High schools ranked among state’s best

May 7, 2013

Issaquah and Skyline high schools were ranked among the highest performing schools in Washington in this year’s Best High Schools report from U.S. News and World Report.

Both Issaquah and Skyline earned national and state rankings and were also awarded silver medals, among 45 schools in Washington, according to the U.S. News and World Report website.

The annual review recognizes top performing high schools based on math, reading and college readiness. Issaquah High School placed 17th out of 587 high schools in Washington and 837th out of 21,035 in the country. Skyline High School placed 41st in the state ranking and 1,535th in the national ranking.

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Swedish wants to extend facilities, development agreement

May 7, 2013

Swedish executives met with the City Council Land & Shore Committee on April 9 to discuss potential future expansion of their current Issaquah Highlands site.

Specifically, they asked to directly manage their own titled site from the city instead of going through developer Port Blakely, and for an extension on their development agreement, from 2013 to 2017. The extension would give hospital leaders time to decide how to expand and when.

A year after opening, the hospital has met with a greater amount of success than anticipated and the group that met with city leaders wanted to discuss possible avenues to capitalize on that performance.

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Homeowner shoots intruder

May 7, 2013

A 56-year-old Issaquah man shot an intruder breaking into his home May 3.

In the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive, the as-yet unidentified homeowner heard someone ringing his doorbell just before 1 p.m. After failing to recognize the man who appeared to be in his mid-20s who was outside his door, the homeowner ignored it. A few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door and entered the home.

The homeowner responded to the sound and the two men struggled. The homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the shoulder.

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Mary Lou Pauly announces City Council candidacy

May 7, 2013

Mary Lou Pauly

Mary Lou Pauly

A week before the King County candidate filings begin, Mary Lou Pauly has thrown her hat into the City Council ring.

Having lived in Issaquah since 1993, the Canadian born 53-year-old has served on the Development Commission for the past 19 years and has had a growing interest in taking a larger role in the city.

“I’ve spent the last three months looking at campaigning,” she said about her decision to officially announce her candidacy. “I figured it was the right time to run.”

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