Come to state park today to welcome salmon back

September 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek from noon to 5 p.m. today at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

Volunteer guides will explain the characteristics of the ideal creek habitat for salmon, identify the salmon species swimming in Issaquah Creek and describe the salmon lifecycle. The newly constructed boardwalk will be open for the public to explore the delta and lake shore at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Vehicle access to Lake Sammamish State Park requires a Discover Pass or a $10 daytime parking pass.

Learn more about the hatchery here. Like the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District customers

September 13, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

A city of Issaquah employee registered websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter the move directed by the administration was designed to counter a “misinformation campaign” from the district.

In a Sept. 12 press release, the district pointed to two domain names it found similar to ones it employs in business practices. Both sites, owned by Issaquah, not only resembled the established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”

“The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District recently learned that the city of Issaquah has created at least two misleading Internet domains similar to those used by the district to redirect customers to Issaquah’s websites,” the press release reads. “This came to the district’s attention when a customer called and explained how she kept ending up on the Issaquah city website every time she typed in what she thought was the district’s website URL.”

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Cycle the WAVE rolls through Issaquah

September 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors, will roll through Issaquah once again Sunday.

Riders begin and end at Issaquah High School, traveling through city streets along the way. More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate.

There are four different routes that riders can choose from. The longest, the 59-mile Burly Girl, will take cyclists through Issaquah, Bellevue and Renton. The shortest, the 15-mile Little Sister, travels along Issaquah’s Newport Way.

Learn more about Cycle the WAVE and view bicyclist route maps here.

Issaquah motorcyclist injured in state Route 202 accident

September 12, 2013

NEW — 12:43 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013

Timothy Wartchow, 43, of Issaquah, was transported to Harborview Medical Center after a vehicle struck his motorcycle on state Route 202 at 244th Avenue Northeast Sept. 11.

Wartchow was traveling eastbound on the road at 5:09 p.m., when he was struck by a vehicle exiting the Shell gas station, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol.

He was ejected 30 feet and the vehicle was pushed off the roadway. The road was closed for more than three hours.

The driver and three passengers were not injured. The accident is under investigation.

See free film Saturday at City Hall

September 12, 2013

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013

The city of Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture presents classic films for free with their Second Saturday Film Series Sept. 14 with “They Made Me a Criminal.”

Airing at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, the 1939 classic movie “They Made Me a Criminal” stars John Garfield as boxer Johnny Bradfield.

Bradfield, after thinking he killed a man he knocked out in a post-fight brawl, flees to an Arizona ranch, run by Goldie (Ann Sheridan) and her mother (May Robson). Hot on his trail is detective Monty Phelan (Claude Rains).

Find out if he takes Johnny back east in handcuffs.

Let’s Go! Sept. 12-18

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Penneys celebrate 50th anniversary

September 12, 2013

Fifty years after marrying in Spokane on Sept. 15, 1963, John and Carol Penney are joyfully celebrating a half-century as husband and wife.

The couple first met in kindergarten and attended grades K-12 together in the Spokane Valley. They began dating in high school, followed by a memorable courtship while Carol attended Washington State University and John attended the University of Idaho. Marriage soon followed.

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol lived in Omak and Olympia before moving in 1972 to Issaquah, where they resided on Squak Mountain.

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Lane reductions begin on Coal Creek Parkway in Newcastle

September 11, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2013

Newcastle Elementary gives kids extra time to get to class

The city of Newcastle began work to repave a segment of Coal Creek Parkway in mid-August, but lane reductions relating to the project began Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 21, weather permitting.

Only one southbound lane and one northbound lane will remain open at all times between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says to expect significant delays.

Newcastle Elementary School is giving kids extra time to get to class due to construction. Students have until 9:25 a.m. to be in their seats without receiving a tardy citation. School starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 10-minute cushion for late arrivals will be in effect until Sept. 20. Read more

Police nab sex offender, former basketball coach

September 10, 2013

Issaquah Police arrested convicted sex offender and former basketball coach Tony Giles after he frightened a teenage girl.

The 56-year-old Giles, a Level 3 sex offender, of Renton, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, for making lewd comments to a 16-year-old girl.

Tony Giles

Tony Giles

According to probable cause documents, Giles approached multiple people Aug. 28 in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard near the Issaquah Target and Safeway stores. Three people reported he was driving around taking pictures of women and making derogatory remarks.

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Plastic bag ban appeal gets enough signatures

September 10, 2013

An appeal to the Issaquah bag ban is now in King County’s hands.

Save Our Choice, a volunteer organization working throughout the Seattle metropolitan area in opposition to bans on plastic bags, submitted well over the requisite number of signatures to seek a citizen referendum on the six-month-old ordinance Aug. 30. An as-yet-unverified 3,400 signatures were given to the city, which then passed them to the county elections department.

Save Our Choice Co-founder Craig Keller, who has gone door to door since the inception of the effort March 1, said he was not celebrating yet. Although the organization turned in more than the 2,549 needed, he said he would still collect signatures in case the county invalidated any of the ones already collected.

“We’re still collecting signatures just in case we need any,” he said. “I’m not worried that we’re going to get enough. It’s a relief.”

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