King County executive to join local discussion of coal trains

May 7, 2013

Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine will join a discussion of controversial coal trains, coal ports and their impact on the Pacific Northwest at the May 15 meeting of Democrats in the 5th Legislative District in Issaquah. The public is invited.

Constantine, who opposes the plan to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Northwest to proposed ports at Cherry Point near Bellingham and Longview, will be joined by representatives of two leading opponents of the plan — Washington Conservation Voters and Power Past Coal, according to a press release from the 5th District Democrats.

The coal train meeting is the focus of the May 15 monthly meeting of the 5th District Democrats at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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Win a prize in Lake Sammamish kokanee fry count contest

May 7, 2013

The Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a contest to see who can correctly predict the number of kokanee fry counted in the 2013 migration of fry from Ebright and Lewis creeks into Lake Sammamish.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Coho Cafe in Issaquah.

During the past seven years, chapter volunteers have been counting the number of fry that migrate downstream from the spawning areas into Lake Sammamish to help in the kokanee recovery efforts for Lake Sammamish.

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Sign forum draws crowd, no consensus

May 7, 2013

There was almost no vacancy as 40 people gathered at City Hall Northeast to discuss the future of the city’s signage.

Led by Keith Niven, executive director of the Economic Development Department, he welcomed the full room to discuss thoughts about the current sign code.

“We want to see what it is that comes out of this meeting, and take that info to the Economic Vitality Commission,” he told the group. “We want to see whether or not there are things we might want to suggest changing.”

Even though the meeting was held in the morning of a workday, many business owners and city leaders came to discuss the city’s evolving standards. The Pickering Room was plastered from wall to wall with examples of signage from various cities.

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Community Caring Award nominations due May 17

May 7, 2013

Life Enrichment Options, AtWork!, Special Olympics Issaquah and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate volunteers who dedicates themselves to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a Community Caring Award, as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.

Awards will be presented at the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 30, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Deadline for nominations is May 17. Nominees need to be from the Issaquah area (within the Issaquah School District boundaries).

Submit a nomination at


Give big to support the Issaquah History Museum

May 7, 2013

Last year, the annual GiveBIG campaign, hosted by the Seattle Foundation, raised $7.43 million to support local nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah History Museums.

This year, the local organization is hoping to take part in the success again, according to a press release from the history museums.

This year, GiveBIG will increase every donation made between now and midnight May 15. A share of every donation made through the Seattle Foundation’s online giving website will be matched by the Seattle Foundation and the GiveBIG corporate sponsors.

Founded in 1972, the Issaquah History Museums serves 15,000 people with two museums and only two full-time employees. By donating to the museums through the GiveBIG campaign, the museums will be able to continue to preserve and share the history of Issaquah. Donate at

Hot dogs not cool in the summer

May 7, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County wants to remind pet owners to keep their furry friends safe and cool as we head toward summer.

Because animals can’t sweat like humans, they are more likely to overheat, especially when the temperature rises above 70 degrees, according to a press release from the Regional Animal Services of King County.

Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets, and shade from the sun. Your pet’s paws can be burned when walking on hot pavement, and the skin on a dog’s nose can sunburn.

On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or late evening hours. Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can easily get very sick. In warm weather, leave your pets at home instead of taking them with you on errands.

For additional warm weather precautions, consult your pet’s veterinarian.


Home and garden show returns to Pickering Barn

May 7, 2013

The second annual Issaquah-Sammamish Home and Garden Show, held in conjunction with the weekly Issaquah Farmers Market, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Admission to the show is free. Attendees can visit with more than 20 local businesses and organizations specializing in home and garden products, and services.

Learn from local experts on how to remodel, decorate and finance your home, inside and out. Get insight into patios, outdoor rooms, painting services, shelving and cabinets, heating and cooling systems, landscapes and more.

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Local businesses work to keep Issaquah clean

May 7, 2013

In honor of Earth Day, employees of the Hilton in Issaquah worked together to pick up litter to help keep the town clean. The efforts were part of a citywide Spring Clean Up for Issaquah, according to a press release from Hilton. Employees from all departments suited up in boots, gloves and orange safety vests. “Team Issaquah” worked its way through the rain and mud to fill 15 trash bags.

Several other individuals and groups in Issaquah were a big part of the Spring Clean Up on April 20, including Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Downtown Issaquah Association, CleanScapes, Tavon Center, Friends of Youth, Bellevue College, Drug Free Community Coalition and the Boy Scouts.

This year, the beautification party concentrated on areas south of Interstate 90.


Meet the Reptile Man at Family Night on May 10

May 7, 2013

Encompass has teamed up with Virginia Mason Medical Center Issaquah for a free Family Night on May 10 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The Reptile Man is the featured performance for the evening, providing kids with the opportunity to pet alligators, hold snakes and learn amazing things about these fascinating creatures.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for activities, crafts and snacks. The Reptile Man performance begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 per family.

Encompass has historically co-sponsored Family Nights with other local organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley. This will be the first Family Night in Issaquah.

Learn more at or call Encompass at 888-2777.


Send veterans photos for memorial section

May 7, 2013

This year, again for Memorial Day, The Issaquah Press will print its fourth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at and email your photo to


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