FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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Issaquah Salmon Days is named best festival in the world

September 20, 2013

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013

The 2012 Salmon Days Festival earned 11 international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 17.

The annual event earned the coveted gold for the Haas Wilkerson Grand Pinnacle Award, given to the best overall festival. Issaquah bested festivals from all around the world. Salmon Days also received the prestigious honor in 2009.

“I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of people who have made Salmon Days what it is for the last 43 years,” said Robin Kelley, festival director. “It has always been the best to us. It’s nice and humbling to see it recognized on the world stage.”

The International Festivals and Events Association is the governing body and association responsible for the festival awards each year. This is the 57th IFEA award for Salmon Days since 2004 and the second time it has won gold in the Grand Pinnacle.

Select boys basketball hosts tryouts

September 20, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2013

Issaquah Select Boys Basketball is hosting tryouts for the 2013 season Sept. 22-23.

Tryouts Sept. 22 are at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., and Sept. 23 tryouts are at Issaquah Middle School, 400 First Ave. S.E. and Pacific Cascade Middle School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

Learn more here.

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Issaquah mayor, school board candidates face off in first forum

September 19, 2013

NEW — 11:22 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

Differences became apparent between candidates in the Sept. 17 candidate forum.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce welcome the two mayoral contenders and the two seeking a school board position to Blakely Hall for the kickoff of campaign season.

City Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner met each other for a first public appearance directly related to seeking November votes.

Moderated by Erin McCallum, of the Strategic Campaign Group, the forum allowed candidates 90-second answers to a variety of questions asked by McCallum and the audience.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to host benefit breakfast

September 19, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank will host an Oct. 17 benefit breakfast at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Fall City Road.

Register now to help fill the shelves at the food bank that serves an average of 4,934 people per month.

The Recipe for Hope Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, will be the keynote speaker, while state Sen. Mark Mullet will emcee the event.

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Darigold union talks break down

September 18, 2013

NEW – 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 2013

Representatives from Darigold walked out of federal mediation Sept. 16, setting the stage for a potential lockout or strike at the company’s production facilities in Issaquah.

The walkout left no one with authority at the bargaining table, which could possibly lead to a labor dispute, according to a news release on the PR Newswire.

Bargaining between the union and the company began in April and continued throughout the summer, but talks broke down when Darigold insisted on significantly increasing the amount workers pay for their health care. On Aug.18, the workers voted 130-1 to authorize a strike.

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Let’s Go! Sept. 19-25

September 18, 2013

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City accused of cybersquatting

September 17, 2013

Water district customers hoodwinked

A city of Issaquah employee was directed to register websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. That move could open the city up to possible lawsuits.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter that 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 the city of Issaquah, not only resembled established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”

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Bag ban petition is in limbo

September 17, 2013

More than 1,500 signatures are invalid, county says

King County has preliminarily invalidated more than 1,500 signatures from the bag ban appeal Sept. 13.

In a letter sent to City Clerk Tina Eggers and Save Our Choice co-founder Craig Keller, King County Voter Services Program Manager Julie Wise wrote that the submitted petition had failed the department’s first review. However, it has still not released an official certificate of insufficiency.

Save Our Choice has sought to bring the recent ban on plastic bags to a public referendum, discontent that it passed through the City Council without receiving a larger vote.

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Co-founder stops by Ben & Jerry’s

September 17, 2013

Jerry Greenfield, the titular co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, stopped by the Issaquah Highlands Sept. 13 to share his support for labeling genetically modified foods.

Hosted by State Sen. Mark Mullet, who owns a Ben & Jerry’s franchise on 10th Avenue Northeast, Greenfield showed up to lead an event bringing attention to state Initiative 552, which would mandate food producers to label genetically modified foods if passed on the November ballot.

By Greg Farrar Jerry Greenfield (second from left), co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, poses Sept. 13 with Sabath and husband State Sen. Mark Mullet with daughters Penelope, 3, and Caroline, 4, during the I-552 event at Mullet’s Issaquah Highlands franchise.

By Greg Farrar
Jerry Greenfield (second from left), co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, poses Sept. 13 with Sabath and husband State Sen. Mark Mullet with daughters Penelope, 3, and Caroline, 4, during the I-552 event at Mullet’s Issaquah Highlands franchise.

“We’ve been in the area for a week, scooping out free Ben & Jerry’s and having a grand time,” Greenfield said. “Ben & Jerry’s is courting yes on I-552.”

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