Sound Transit wants public input on long term plan

November 2, 2013

NEW — 9:29 a.m. Nov. 2, 2013

Sound Transit wants help to decide where regional transit services could expand after current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023.

The effort to update the region’s long-range plan will provide the vision for transit expansions many years into the future and the regional authority will host several public meetings to gather opinion.

Voters in Central Puget Sound approved the formation of Sound Transit to develop a high-capacity transportation system for our region, where about 40 percent of the state’s residents live. Updating the plan will address how to respond to rising demand and congestion as the regional population grows approximately 30 percent by 2035.

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2013 Parents Guide

November 1, 2013

Tickets remain for artEAST’s Swirl Cabaret

November 1, 2013

NEW — 9:59 a.m. Nov. 1, 2013 

A few tickets still remain for artEAST’s annual Swirl Cabaret fundraiser Nov. 2.

Held at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn at 6 p.m., this year’s Swirl Cabaret promises to be a high-spirited, entertaining evening. Pat and Chris Cashman return as the hosts and will preside over silent and live auctions filled with art, art escapades, travel adventures, dining, wine, jewelry and more.

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City flags lowered in memory of former House Speaker Foley

October 31, 2013

NEW — 9:13 a.m. Oct. 31, 2013

The City of Issaquah will lower its flags in memory of former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley, who passed away Oct. 18 from complications related to a stroke.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff Nov. 1, and will remain at half-staff until the close of business that day or the morning of Nov. 4.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Long awaited Grand Ridge Plaza opens to mass crowds

October 29, 2013

New Safeway jams with eager shoppers

By Greg Farrar A sizeable audience looks on and gets ready to shop at the Safeway grocery store grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 25 in the Issaquah Highlands.

By Greg Farrar
A sizeable audience looks on and gets ready to shop at the Safeway grocery store grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 25 in the Issaquah Highlands.


Long lines and scarce parking greeted the grand opening of Grand Ridge Plaza Oct. 25.

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Council delays EFR funding consideration

October 29, 2013

Issaquah residents could end up paying more for fire protection in the next few years.

Issaquah City Council chose to delay discussing the concept of changing the Eastside Fire & Rescue funding model Oct. 21.

The EFR board asked all of its members to discuss the idea of changes Oct. 10. However, the Issaquah City Council voted 5-1, with an absent Tola Marts, to defer discussion until Nov. 12 with action Nov. 18.

EFR is a regional fire protection agency for Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, King County Fire Districts 10 and 38.

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$10 million park bond will renovate pool, upgrade parks

October 29, 2013

City voters face a $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements in the November election.

$5 million would go to renovations to Issaquah’s Julius Boehm Pool.

The Park Bond Commission which studied the issue looked at a number of different uses for the bond and ultimately decided that half should be spent on large improvements to the public pool.

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Plastic bag ban goes to citizens for February vote

October 29, 2013

Voters will ultimately decide the fate of Issaquah’s plastic bag ban.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a special election Feb. 11 to ask voters whether a ban on plastic bags should continue.

“Over 60 percent of the citizens that contacted me were in favor of that ordinance,” Councilman Paul Winterstein said, defending his vote in favor of the original ban. “And I followed that duly and I take that very seriously. But we’re also a city of laws. I’m in favor of putting it in front of a vote, and I can accept whatever outcome that comes.”

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Swedish Medical Center names new CEO

October 29, 2013

Swedish Health Services recently named Anthony (Tony) A. Armada as its chief executive officer, beginning Nov. 1.

Armada is president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an academic and research hospital that operates the only Level I trauma center in the northwest Chicago region.

Prior to joining Advocate, Armada served as president and chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Mich. He also served as senior vice president for Kaiser Permanente’s Metropolitan Los Angeles Service Area.

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PSE seeks increase in natural gas rates

October 29, 2013

Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with Washington state regulators to increase natural gas rates for the upcoming winter season by an overall 1.5 percent, effective Nov. 1.

If approved by the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the proposed purchased gas adjustment will increase a typical household’s natural gas bill (based on 68 therms of average monthly usage over a 12-month period) by 1.4 percent, or $1.07, to $78.55. That is about what PSE customers were paying in 2010. Commercial rates would increase by about 1.6 percent.

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