Kiwanis Club kicks off coat drive

November 7, 2013

NEW — 8:51 a.m. Nov. 7, 2013

As temperatures turn colder and the holiday season approaches, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is spearheading its annual Coat and Shoe Drive on behalf of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to benefit families in our community.

Donate new and gently used coats and shoes at locations throughout Issaquah, including the lobby at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

For a complete list of collection box locations, visit the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah website. The collection boxes will be in place until Nov. 30, 2013

Fatal collision on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 6, 2013

NEW — 4:12 p.m. Nov. 6, 2013

A fatal car collision occurred on Issaquah-Hobart Road according to the King County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 6.

Though few details are currently known, Public Information Officer Cindi West said a car or small SUV was hit in a head-on collision with a large dump truck around 2:48 p.m. The operator of the smaller vehicle died at the scene. She said it appeared one of the vehicles might have crossed the center line.

West said the through way will be closed between Southeast May Valley Road and Southeast Tiger Mountain Road for an investigation in the events leading to the driver’s death.

Voters overwhelmingly choose Butler to replace longterm mayor

November 5, 2013

NEW — 10:07 p.m. Nov. 5, 2013

Fred Butler will serve as Issaquah’s first new mayor in 16 years.

After a cordial campaign, where Butler and opponent City Councilman Joe Forkner repeatedly praised one another, the city’s voters have loudly spoken with initial reports showing a 75 percent victory for the 12 year council veteran. King County reports having counted 4,414 ballots out of 19,250 registered voters.

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VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony

November 5, 2013

Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members returns to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 100 attendees.

All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military. The headlining guest speaker this year is state Rep. Chad Magendanz. Marilyn Batura, whose brother was killed in the Pacific during World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, will read a poem about veterans.

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University House WWII veterans share their stories

November 5, 2013

In the most inadvertent way, the St. Louis Cardinals might have saved Jack Yusen’s life during World War II.

Had Yusen not correctly identified the baseball team that won the 1944 World Series, his rescuers might have dismissed the group of USS Samuel B. Roberts survivors, taking them for the enemy.

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Pete Peterson, of Issaquah, displays his shadowbox of medals he earned while participating in the invasions of both Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy
Pete Peterson, of Issaquah, displays his shadowbox of medals he earned while participating in the invasions of both Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

“But they heard ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ and they came right to us,” Yusen said.

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Eight-story hotel planned near I-90

November 5, 2013

Rowley Properties’ eight-story hotel could be the first example of the Central Issaquah Plan in motion.

While the city pieced together the parts of its long-term vision of how central Issaquah should develop, approving the final plan late last year, it worked with the local real estate development company. Rowley Properties had an interest in redeveloping its holdings in the area and to specifically build a mixed use, extended-stay hotel near the existing Hilton Garden Inn west of SR 900.

By Greg Farrar Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

“Rowley was gearing up and didn’t want to wait until the CIP was done,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. It led to a great deal of cooperation between the city and Rowley Properties.

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Firefighters offer to hire mediator

November 5, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s firefighter’s union has offered to pay for a mediator to work out problems between Sammamish and Issaquah.

The two cities have been at loggerheads over the funding model for the regional fire agency. For years, Sammamish has been complaining that the current model ends up with Sammamish subsidizing fire services for other partners, in particular Issaquah.

For the past 18 months, Sammamish has been trying to negotiate a new funding model with the other EFR partners —Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38.

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Complaints lead schools to stop weighing students

November 5, 2013

The Issaquah School District will no longer be collecting student height and weight measurements in physical education classes after several parent complaints.

This year, the district’s five middle schools began using a new method for tracking fitness data and helping students achieve goals in P.E. classes. An online tool known as Welnet is being used to gather the data, then communicate the results to teachers, parents and students.

Welnet can help teachers compile body mass index results for their students. The BMI is a percentage-based scale that rates whether a person is underweight, overweight or of normal weight.

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Cascade Mountain Men offer scholarship

November 5, 2013

The Cascade Mountain Men are offering a $500 scholarship to students who submit a winning design to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014.

The Cascade Mountain Men are a traditional black powder muzzle-loading gun club affiliated with the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club. The club encourages and advances organized shooting, especially of muzzle-loading fire arms; promotes higher standards of sportsmanship and safety among those who participate in such sports; and perpetuates the dress, equipment and heritage of their forefathers.

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Klahanie zoning approved by council

November 5, 2013

After two public hearings, the City Council approved preliminary zoning for the Klahanie potential annexation area, in the event voters choose to join Issaquah in the February 2014 special election.

The re-zoning would mostly designate the area for up to 7.26 units per acre, an increase from King County’s zoning allowing six units per acre. Since the vast majority of the potential annexation area is already developed, Issaquah City Council did not expect a rezoning to lead to more houses.

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