Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade / Oct. 5, 2013

October 5, 2013

MOD Pizza opening in Issaquah Highlands Sunday

October 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 5, 2013

MOD Pizza will open a location in the Issaquah Highlands tomorrow at 1568 Highlands Drive N.E., Suite 130.

This will be the 11th MOD Pizza location in Washington state.

The store will open at 11 a.m., and the first 52 people in line will receive a free pizza. There will be a retro photo booth in the store all day, and names will  be collected for a grand-prize drawing of pizza for a year. Names will be collected all weekend and a winner will be notified Oct. 7.

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Issaquah plastic bag ban appeal request bags enough signatures

October 4, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013

The petition is in the bag.

After consumer group Save Our Choice fought a long battle to gather enough local support, King County officially approved the petition to end the ban on plastic bags Oct. 4.

“King County Elections has completed verification of the signatures submitted to our office for the City of Issaquah Initiative Petition regarding the Repeal of Plastic Bag Ban and Forced Paper Bag Charge,” Sherril Huff, director of King County Elections Department wrote in her letter notifying Save Our Choice of the findings.

“Of the signatures that were compared against those on file with our office, 2,597 were determined to be registered voters of the city of Issaquah,” she wrote. “Since that number met the requirement of 2,549, it is determined that the petition is sufficient.”

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Mountain bike alliance presents kids day tomorrow

October 4, 2013

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance presents “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at King County’s Duthie Hill Park, 26529 S.E. Duthie Hill Road.
This year’s event includes trail riding, an obstacle course, an exciting jump show from local and pro riders, a bike parade, a barbecue and prizes.
All ages are welcome, they just need a working bike and helmet to participate. Parents are invited to ride, too.
Learn more here.

Keith Wayne Lash

October 4, 2013

Keith Wayne Lash, of Sammamish, loving husband to Judy, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Bellevue. He was 64.

A celebration of Keith’s life will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Issaquah.

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Issaquah Farmers Market extends hours in October

October 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 4, 2013

The city of Issaquah is celebrating the arrival of fall with extended hours at the farmers market.

On the remaining market Saturdays — Oct. 5 and 12 — the market will be open an extra hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The market is at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The market features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, specialty cooking mixes, handmade arts and crafts and more.

Come to the final market day of the season Oct. 12 for Apple Fest 2013 and a taste of fall. Sample a variety of apples and vote for the best from the market vendors.

Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4

October 3, 2013

NEW — 10:19 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a meeting to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting Tent City 4.

The church’s pastoral council met Oct. 2 as part of the church community’s “process of discernment,” said Rich Shively, pastoral administrator. The council did not offer any formal recommendation that evening, Shively said, but discussions were generally positive.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 2, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 2, 2013

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Members of the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church Council are meeting tonight to decide if they want to extend an invitation to the group. If they do, the encampment could be in Sammamish a little more than two weeks later.

Organizers from the Tent City community received a shock late this summer when Bellevue, whose turn had arrived to host the traveling tented encampment, denied Tent City 4′s return.

“There are now two campsites on the Eastside,” Elisabeth Maupin, coordinator of the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition, said, explaining the current Bellevue situation. “The other campsite had already filed for a permit to stay in Bellevue. And because Bellevue has a codicil that only allows for one campsite, the other camp was rejected.”

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Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days

October 1, 2013

As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.

The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.

The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.

By Greg Farrar Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

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Traffic talks jam town hall

October 1, 2013

Traffic talks are in a jam.

To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions.

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions.

By Peter Clark More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

By Peter Clark
More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

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