Issaquah’s neighborhood walk series kicks off this month

August 10, 2013

NEW — 1:28 p.m., Aug. 10, 2013

Issaquah residents have partnered with Feet First to create a series of fun neighborhood walks throughout August and September intended to motivate people to explore their environment, share their observations and encourage others to walk more.

Trained Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors will facilitate walks and conversation to highlight what they love about their community and how they can make their neighborhood safer, easier and more inviting to walk in. Information will be collected and incorporated into the city’s evolving Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Plan.

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City invites public to comment on Swedish Hospital expansion Aug. 20

August 9, 2013

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Aug. 9, 2013

The city’s Urban Village Development Commission will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on Aug. 20 regarding the Swedish development agreement.

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public testimony on the proposed Swedish Development Agreement.  The approximate 28-acre property is partially developed with a hospital and is envisioned to allow more medical office space.

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Medical Reserve Corps to hold orientation tonight

August 8, 2013

NEW — 8:20 a.m., Aug. 8, 2013

The Issaquah Medical Reserve Corps hosts an orientation for the King County Public Health Reserve Corps from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the King County Library Service Center 960 Newport Way N.W.

The corps is a national program under the Office of the Surgeon General. Communities across the country have units to aid with disaster relief and to educate the public about health emergency preparedness. The Issaquah and King County corps units are looking for volunteers trained in medical professions as well as support volunteers.

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Residents rally to keep marijuana dispensary out of Old Town

August 7, 2013

NEW — 12:56 p.m. Aug. 7, 2013

A medical marijuana dispensary looks to open in Old Town and residents are raising their voices in protest.

The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application that was completed on July 10 to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed use building housing both residential and commercial units.

Robin Brewer, President of the Issaquah Court Condominiums in the 100 block of 1st Place Northwest, is very concerned by an application making its way through the city that would allow for the dispensary to open its door on the building’s ground floor.

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Let’s Go! Aug. 8-14

August 7, 2013

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Voters approve park bond, narrow contenders for November election

August 6, 2013

NEW — 8:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 2013

King County voters approved the park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election this November.
Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.
For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014 which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.

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Issaquah’s trolley is ready to roll

August 6, 2013

All aboard!

By Peter Clark After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

By Peter Clark
After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

The Issaquah Valley Trolley, a committee of the Issaquah History Museums, invites the public to hop on renovated streetcar No. 519 as it begins 2013 service Aug. 10.

Traveling a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the bridge near the Darigold Creamery, the trolley will carry passengers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends through summer and into fall.

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Hatchery calls for volunteers to fill Aug. 24 training class

August 6, 2013

As the salmon return every year, so does the need for volunteers at the hatchery.

On Aug. 24, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will host the annual volunteer class to initiate new recruits into public educators on the subject of the salmon life cycle.

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery operates around the year with only two paid employees. Beverley Lee, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery volunteer coordinator, said those who dedicate their time keep the local institution running.

Though many sign up to assist, and there are about 60 active volunteers, she added that the hatchery could always use more help.

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Agreement protects Squak from logging

August 6, 2013

An agreement was finalized July 18 to protect 216 acres on Squak Mountain from logging.

After months of negotiation, King County reached a definitive deal with the Trust for Public Land to purchase the land from Erickson Logging for $5 million. Through the July 18 agreement, the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that purchases land for conservation, would buy the parcel as early as 2014 and then the county would make payments over time to obtain ownership.

County Executive Dow Constantine’s office was important in completing the deal with the Trust for Public Land.

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Man arrested for cyberstalking

August 6, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a 26-year-old man July 31, for cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend.

The woman, who lives in Issaquah, first contacted police when she found several suggestive photos of herself posted online without her permission.

In one case, the suspect pretended to be his ex-girlfriend online by posting the photos with a fake Craigslist ad for a massage escort.

Commander Stan Conrad said the victim had been subject to the abuse for some time and police had to navigate through many legal hurdles in order to produce enough evidence to charge the suspect.

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