Triathlon will cause lane closures

May 31, 2013

NEW — 9:30 p.m., May 31, 2013

The annual Issaquah Triathlon returns June 1, and motorists should prepare for lane closures as cyclists zip through the course near Lake Sammamish.

The event is scheduled to start and end at Lake Sammamish State Park, and run from 7-10:30 a.m.

The bike route leads cyclists from Lake Sammamish State Park along Northwest Sammamish Road, through Southeast 56th Street, 220th Avenue Southeast and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

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Top awards given at annual chamber banquet

May 31, 2013

NEW — 9 a.m. May 31, 2013

In a night of honoring local volunteers, the city handed out top recognition at the 34th annual community awards. Cecilia Gambill was named Citizen of the Year and Debbie Berto was named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame.

Those awards finished out the May 30 banquet, held at the Hilton Garden Inn and sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

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Help improve outdoor recreation on National Trails Day

May 31, 2013


NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2013

Volunteers will celebrate National Trails Day on June 1  at locations throughout the Issaquah area, and you can join in to improve the community’s recreation opportunities.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a trail-awareness program to inspire the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities and trail stewardship projects.

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Construction brings changes for motorists, pedestrians

May 30, 2013

Construction in Issaquah Highlands means changes for motorists, pedestrians and transit riders in the days ahead.

Sidewalk closures and detours are needed as part of the Grand Ridge Plaza retail center.

Signage and maps will be provided to direct pedestrians to the open pathways. Certain routes may switch to the opposite side of the road, depending on construction needs.

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Let’s Go! May 30 – 5

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Relay for Life event returns to Issaquah

May 28, 2013

After years away from its home base, Relay for Life will return to the high school where it began.

On June 7 and 8, the 15th annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will bring out teams of people who have collected money from the community for an all-night endurance event. It will involve a 20-hour team walk around the school’s track, coupled with entertainment and additional events to raise money. Last year, nearly 900 people took part. Organizers are expecting even more this year.

“We’re excited to be back at Issaquah High School,” Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said. “We’ve been four years at Skyline High School and we are excited about the new gym at Issaquah.”

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Timeliness of second Klahanie annexation meeting questioned

May 28, 2013

A second public meeting to present data collected in a potential Klahanie area annexation study was led May 22, bringing no new information to a larger audience.

While the last meeting was held in Issaquah, presenters Tom Nesbitt and Cynthia Stuart, from Nesbitt Planning and Management, brought their findings to Klahanie at Challenger Elementary School.

More than 60 people gathered in the school’s multipurpose room to watch a slideshow of the same numbers shown at the first public meeting and to the City Council.

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Palm reader arrested in $25,000 scam

May 28, 2013

A psychic/palm-reading scam that ran on Front Street has been exposed, according to court documents.

Paula Ann Adams, 36, of Issaquah, is accused of stealing in excess of $25,000 from a client of the Psychic Palm Reading Store. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of second-degree theft, according to charging documents.

The victim said in audio interviews with investigating officer Detective Shelby Shearer that she “was going through a divorce with her husband which had created a very vulnerable time in her life.” In November 2012, she said sought spiritual guidance, had seen the store on her commute and began to visit the shop at 195 Front St. N.

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Sunny Hills principal takes position with district

May 28, 2013

Sunny Hills Elementary School Principal Sarah White announced that she will leave the school to become the district’s director of instructional support.

“This was not an easy decision to make. I will miss everyone here tremendously,” she wrote in an email to Sunny Hills families. “However, I am following an important life lesson that we try to teach all of our students: Challenge and change are often necessary for growth and fresh perspectives.”

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Squak Mountain State Park parking area closed

May 28, 2013

The day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park will be closed until late summer or early fall, according to a news release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Forest health issues have been identified in the park. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, are attacking Douglas-fir trees in developed areas. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain conifer tree species, has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning.

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