Patriot Way becomes a reality

September 7, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013

The long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6.

The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen.

“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly.

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Olde Town medical marijuana dispensary denied

September 6, 2013

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

A medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to open in Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood, the city announced.

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

The city denied the application due to the site’s proximity to a nearby community center. The proposed collective garden would have been located within 1,000 feet of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which is considered a community center according to the city’s land use code.

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Rain brings fish ladder construction trouble

September 6, 2013

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

Thunderstorms lifted the Issaquah Creek over its construction boundaries Sept. 5.

Work crews on the weir construction to allow for easier fish passage and an updated intake for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery were scrambled late in the night as storm water rose over the temporary dam placed in the creek. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Project Manager Tim Ward said workers had to quickly remove harmful materials before they were swept downstream.

“We did have a high water event,” Ward said. “The upper intake was flooded and every pollutant was pulled out. It was way too much.”

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2013 Fall Freetime

September 6, 2013

Nearly 300 King County drivers are arrested during patrols

September 6, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 6, 2013

King County officers arrested 292 motorists on suspicion of impaired driving during a drive-sober campaign from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.

During the same period last year, 374 people in King County were arrested for DUI, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a nationwide effort put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is also a part of King County Target Zero, a project to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington state by 2030. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn likely to be tapped for state rep next week

September 5, 2013

NEW — 8:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Washington’s newest state lawmaker is likely to be Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn, who likely will be appointed to the state House next week.

A Metropolitan King County Council committee unanimously voted this week to send Senn’s nomination to the full council on Monday, spokesman Al Sanders said. She had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill a vacancy created by former state Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.

If the selection is formalized, it will mark a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who work for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago. Read more

Police nab sex offender who approached 16-year-old girl

September 5, 2013

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Issaquah Police said they have arrested a convicted sex offender after he frightened a teenage girl Sept. 5.

The 56-year-old man, a Level 3 sex offender, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl, police said in a news release.

The girl ran and alerted her parents, who recorded the man’s license plate information and provided a description of the suspect to the police. That information assisted the police in the investigation and allowed detectives to confirm his identity.

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School is back in, and so are traffic cameras

September 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2013

School is back in session and so are the speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast.

The cameras were installed to reduce speed and increase safety.

The cameras, which operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, monitor traffic in both directions along Second Avenue Southeast near Clark Elementary, Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools.

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Council passes recreational marijuana moratorium

September 4, 2013

NEW — 11:01 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013 

The Issaquah City Council approved a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities Sept. 3.

The state has yet to decide on official rules for licensing the growing, processing and retail of recreational marijuana, as approved by Initiative 502. While the Liquor Control Board goes through the public revision process, the council, during its regular meeting, decided to wait for the state to decide on specifics.

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Two local businesses are nominated for awards

September 4, 2013

NEW — 9 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013

Two Issaquah businesses are finalists for the third annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

Artitudes Design Inc. is a finalist in the Woman Small Business of the Year category, while Fox Hollow Family Farm made the cut in the Rural Small Business of the Year division.

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