Issaquah Arts Commission seeks outdoor sculpture

July 20, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. July 20, 2013

Help make the city more beautiful by participating in the loaned art program.

The Issaquah Arts Commission seeks to borrow a piece of outdoor sculpture for a one-year period for the northwest corner of Northwest Sammamish Road and 17th Avenue Northwest, a highly-visible location.

The piece should be at least 8 feet in height for appropriate scale to the site. The lender of the artwork will receive a $1,000 stipend and assistance with the installation.

Submit images of the proposed loan, an artist biography and a letter of interest describing the piece to Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes at by Aug. 9.

Second Avenue Southeast will close temporarily Saturday

July 19, 2013

NEW – 3 p.m. July 19, 2013

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 20, Second Avenue Southeast between Southeast Andrews and Southeast Darst streets will close for Issaquah Rotary’s Challenge Series Races.

For 16 years, the races have allowed those with disabilities to experience the fun and excitement of a soapbox derby race. Other activities at the event include face painting, an awards ceremony and lunch for participants, parents/caregivers and volunteers.

For the participants’ safety, the road they are using will be closed during the event. Access to Donnelly Lane will be provided.

Learn more about the Rotary Club of Issaquah here.

Join Community Garden Tour on Saturday

July 19, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2013

Take a tour of five community gardens in the Issaquah area from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

Meet at Pickering Farm Community Teaching Garden, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. by Pickering Barn. The group will carpool for the tour.

The tour is sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah. Cost is $5.

Space is limited so reserve a spot by emailing

King County is sending out election ballots, adding drop-off locations

July 18, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2013

Ballots and voters’ pamphlets are arriving in King County mailboxes this week for the Aug. 6 primary elections. All ballots should be delivered by July 24.

There are now 25 locations, including Accessible Voting Centers, at which voters can return their ballots, according to Sherril Huff, King County elections director.

The locations include 10 24-hour drop boxes, one of which is located in Issaquah City Hall. Get information here about where you can drop off your vote.

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Let’s Go! July 18-24

July 17, 2013

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Hatchery eyes new aquarium exhibit

July 16, 2013

Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery looks to replace an exhibit aquarium and is holding a fundraising meeting July 26.

In the public entryway to the hatchery, an aquarium gave an underwater view of the spawned salmon. After the old aquarium sat on display for more than 10 years, the hard-working docents who give their time to educate the community determined that it would be better for hatchery tours if the tank were replaced.

“It was just a real chore to keep the aquarium clean,” FISH Executive Director Jane Keuchle said. “Volunteers discovered that the whole thing needs to go. Then, they got this idea to make it like Issaquah Creek.”

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Save our Choice still seeks to reverse ban

July 16, 2013

Save Our Choice will not give up its continuing effort to repeal Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags.

Organizer Craig Keller said that, although volunteers were not able to secure the 2,843 signatures needed to appear on the August ballot, they would not halt the work.

“We’re making good progress,” Keller said.

The organization’s largest argument revolves around the issue being decided by the City Council without input from Issaquah’s citizens. Keller said a measure that affected business and shopping practices should have been brought to the voters in a referendum.

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Trolley open house is July 23

July 16, 2013

There will be an Issaquah Valley Trolley open house July 23 to inform the public about future trolley service in Issaquah and volunteer opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The event is free.

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23. By David Johnson

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23.
By David Johnson

The open house will feature displays and videos about car No. 519 and the history of the trolley project, as well as speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to a press release from IVT, an all-volunteer operation.

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Local legislator Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 16, 2013

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser.

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement.

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State park debuts watercraft launch

July 16, 2013

Lake Sammamish State Park’s newly improved watercraft launch will officially open July 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new launch includes metal piers, replacing old wooden pieces. It also includes docks that extend farther into the lake than before, resolving flooding issues and addressing changes in water levels occurring over time.

The improvements also include a new lane configuration and new ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. In addition, local jurisdictions worked together on rain gardens to treat storm water from an adjacent parking lot.

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