Issaquah Christian Church starts Run with Faith

April 16, 2013

Putting faith in the efforts of Compassion House, the Issaquah Christian Church will hold a 5K fun run April 27.

The Run with Faith race will mark the church’s first endeavor at an exercise-based fundraising event. They invite those interested to register and meet at the church at 10 a.m. to join in an effort to support Compassion House.

A growing relationship between the two organizations is what sparked the consideration for the race.

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Nine locals ran in Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 EST on April 15, reportedly killing two and injuring upwards of 100 depending on the source.

Nine entrants in the race listed Issaquah as their city of residence: Mike Bates, Sumanth R. Donthi, Shannon Harrison, Brian E. Maher, Sue Maybee, Ashley C. Mehrens, Rebecca M. Tollefson, Shelby J. Tueffers and Leslie Vona.

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Election 2013: Candidate Workshops offered

April 16, 2013

Voters will decide important races this fall that will shape the future of the city.

Before campaign season starts, voters interested in running for public office can learn what it takes to be a candidate.

King County Elections is hosting two complimentary, two-hour 2013 Candidate Workshops to discuss important information about filing for various offices.

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Amendments adopted for Comp Plan

April 16, 2013

Land & Shore Committee Chairwoman Stacy Goodman proposed a number of amendments for Issaquah’s Comprehensive Plan at the April 1 regular City Council meeting.

Every year, the process to amend the plan begins with the establishment of a list of potential amendments. With state law limiting changes to once a year, the amendments are taken under consideration and then approved by the council.

Outside of annual updates, there were two new amendments and seven carryovers from 2012. Goodman recommended a high priority for a bike/pedestrian plan and an evaluation of the Klahanie potential annexation area.

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Mayor proclaims public safety telecommunications week

April 16, 2013

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week began April 14 with help from a mayoral proclamation.

Public safety telecommunications employees in the city will be honored through the week for their continued service. Issaquah annually observes the week to celebrate those 911 services and staff members who alert police and Eastside Fire & Rescue about emergencies.

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Adventures in getting from point A to point B

April 16, 2013

I have seen a number of mixed signals in the past few weeks regarding the transportation situation in Issaquah.

As I affiliate with this beautiful place and meet with as many people as I can to gain context, I have heard repeatedly about the snarled traffic situation and the lack of public options. More than that, I have seen it. Only two months in and I’ve spent my fair share of time on Front Street.

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

The first matter arose two weeks ago when Metro Transit released the news that, without additional funding, bus lines in Issaquah face deletion or revision next year. With education the big issue in the Legislature, Sen. Mark Mullet called transportation consideration an “uphill battle.”

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City signage forum to hear public concerns

April 16, 2013

Signage continues to be an evolving issue for Issaquah and the city wants to hear what the public has to say.

The city Economic Development and Development Services departments will host a discussion about possible modifications to the sign code in hopes of enhancing business visibly and to address public concerns. At 9 a.m. April 25, members of the city will let citizens weigh in with questions about sign-related issues.

Open to business owners, property owners, employees, residents and all interested members of the public, the event will be at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

 

To the Editor

April 16, 2013

Plastic bags

Repeal the ban, let citizens decide

Our local businesses are losing money. A television station recently reported the shoplifting rate is eight times higher in cities with p slastic bag bans.

Are our shop owners going to have to be “bag police” and check all bags customers bring to their stores? Isn’t that what the city has compelled them to do?

Our businesses know they have upset customers. It’s embarrassing when visitors to our town are forced to pay for a bag.

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Five local schools win state’s highest award

April 16, 2013

Five schools in the Issaquah School District are among this year’s recipients of the 2012 Achievement Awards, which the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction calls the state’s highest honor.

The awards are based on progress made from 2010 to 2012 using test scores, graduation rates and the shrinking of education gaps. This year, 381 schools are being recognized for being top performers in seven categories, including:

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Editorial

April 16, 2013

Honor the Earth with participation

Issaquah is a city that prides itself on being environmentally friendly. Beyond the great schools and prime location, people move to this city for the tall green trees and deep blue lakes.

With Earth Day next week, there are plenty of opportunities to honor the Earth.

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