Bartell Drugs seeks school supply donations

August 17, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 17, 2013

Through Aug. 31, Bartell Drugs stores welcome donations of schools supplies for their 10th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need.” The drive supports students in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife.

The school supplies help restock the center, where teachers with students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs “shop” free of charge for school supplies to meet students’ needs.

As many as 58,000 local students begin the school year without basic school supplies, according to World Vision.

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Beaver Lake will get
 1,200 large hatchery rainbow trout for Aug. 21

August 16, 2013

NEW – 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013

Get out your fishing pole. It will soon be time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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Citizen Advisory Board seeks members for affordable housing group

August 16, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2013

If you have something to say about affordable housing funding and programs in the region, here’s your chance to make your voice heard. Join A Regional Coalition for Housing’s Citizen Advisory Board.

The volunteer board consists of 12-15 residents and housing professionals that work with the staff of ARCH, a partnership of King County, the city of Issaquah and other East King County cities to preserve and increase the supply of housing for low- and moderate-income families. Together, they evaluate local housing funding proposals and increase awareness of housing issues on the Eastside.

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N.C. crash kills young couple, including Sammamish native

August 15, 2013

With permission from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Two young Philadelphia schoolteachers who were married less than three months, one of them a Sammamish native, died Aug. 11 in an auto accident in Asheville, N.C. A joint funeral in Philadelphia is planned for Aug. 17.

Jamie Soukup Reid and Will Reid were married in May. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Aug. 11.

Jamie Soukup Reid and Will Reid were married in May. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Aug. 11.

William Reid, 26, and Jamie Soukup Reid, 25, went to Philadelphia through Teach for America and met in the urban education master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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New bridge construction gets under way today for Fifteen Mile Creek near Issaquah

August 15, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2013

Workers from the King County Road Services Division will begin constructing a new bridge spanning Fifteen Mile Creek on 240th Avenue Southeast, north of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, beginning today.

During construction, there will be a temporary road to provide access until the new bridge is completed, estimated to be in late October or early November.

The aging bridge is structurally deficient and the foundation is “scour critical,” according to the King County page on the project. Since sustaining flood damage in 2009, it has supported only one lane of traffic.

With the new bridge, drivers will have a wider precast slab structure that ensures construction that is more efficient and more economical than other designs.

Find additional project details and see a map of the area here.

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Marijuana dispensary plan in historic downtown draws fire

August 13, 2013

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

The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application that was completed 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 First Place Northwest, said she is very concerned by an application making its way through the city that would allow for the dispensary to open its doors on the building’s ground floor.

“When the city of Issaquah set up the zoning for this, they did not take into account that the library, train museum and senior center are all less than 1,000 feet from this proposed location and which fit the city’s own definition of a community center,” Brewer said.

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Officials seek witnesses of fiery I-90 crash

August 13, 2013

The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a fiery crash the morning of Aug. 10 that left a woman in critical condition.

Trooper Chris Webb said that at 2:40 a.m., on Interstate 90 at the Sunset Way exit, a Honda Civic driven by 20-year old Kyle Allar, with 20-year-old Angela Christoulis in the passenger seat, collided into a guardrail. The force drove the vehicle over the edge of the road and down into a ravine, where it caught fire.

Troopers did not find the car until 4 a.m., when they spotted a pedestrian walking down the side of the interstate. Webb said Allar was shirtless and intoxicated, with a seatbelt mark across his chest indicating a wreck. After questioning the Woodinville man, troopers searched for the vehicle.

“It was burned beyond recognition,” Webb said. “The troopers heard and eventually located the female.”

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Swedish hospital eyes 2014 expansion

August 13, 2013

City planners expect to finalize a Swedish/Issaquah development agreement to expand the hospital in October.

Executives introduced plans to convert 28 acres adjacent to the existing hospital into an additional facility this past spring. To accomplish the goal, Swedish seeks the establishment of a new development agreement that will allow the addition of 150,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet in the form of a new multi-use building.

Talks with the city continued during the Aug. 6 Urban Village Development Commission meeting. City planners and Swedish leaders had hoped to come to an agreement by the end of the summer. However, the timeline has since shifted, according to city Development Services Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman.

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Press burglar suspect caught

August 13, 2013

Detectives have located a suspect in the springtime burglary of the new Issaquah Press office; coincidentally, other authorities found him first.

“We really didn’t have a whole lot of leads,” Issaquah Police Detective Brian Horn said about the March 27 burglary.

At least 12 computers and miscellaneous equipment were stolen.

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