Police & Fire

July 16, 2013


A married couple called to report their credit card was used without their knowledge between 8 a.m. June 27 and 6 p.m. June 28. Someone had charged $142.24 at American Eagle Outfitters via the Internet. The clerk at the store would not say where the package was being shipped, but confirmed it was not being sent to the couple’s home. When a police officer called, the store asked for a letter to be faxed on city letterhead with details of the information the officer was requesting.



A police officer responded after a woman reported items were missing from her tool shed in the 4300 bock of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road between 3 p.m. June 26 and 9 a.m. June 27. Most of the items were found nearby, on the other side of a fence in an adjacent condo complex. Still missing were a chainsaw, wine openers and an air compressor. The shed is secluded, and the woman suspects that only someone who knew of its existence would have thought to break into it.

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Sammamish to survey Klahanie residents

July 16, 2013

Within the next few months, residents of Klahanie will get calls from pollsters wondering how much they like Sammamish.

The triangular wedge of unincorporated King County borders Sammamish on two sides and Issaquah on the third. State law assumes that at some point one city or the other will absorb the area, which is home to more than 10,000 people.

Under current standards, only Issaquah has the option to do so. The city may put it to a vote as soon as April 2014.

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City Council to decide on Klahanie annexation vote

July 16, 2013

A potential Klahanie annexation election was to be decided at the July 15 regular council meeting.

Just a week after the City Council referred a resolution calling for an April 2014 election to the Land & Shore Committee, that committee readily handed it back to the council with a full recommendation.

The resolution declares the city’s intent to annex the Klahanie potential annexation area, calls for an election to be held for Klahanie-area voters to decide and asks the voters to take on a proportionate share of Issaquah’s indebtedness. The proportionate share would be determined upon property assessment in the area.

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New long-range policies drive financial update

July 16, 2013

City Finance Director Diane Marcotte laid out strategies to secure the city’s long-term financial standings during a council work session June 10.

Marcotte addressed policies by which the city sets the budget in part one of a two-part discussion. Though she said she remained sure that the general fund was strong, she wanted her department to educate the council about building the budget and introduce the possibility of revising budgetary policies.

“The fund balance in our general fund is strong,” she said in a private interview. Still, she said improvements could be made. “There are lots of ways of getting there. It’s just working with the council and seeing what would be their preferred approach.”

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Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes

July 16, 2013

In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.

WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.

Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.

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July 16, 2013

Maxwell’s replacement needs east district roots

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-41st) has served the northwest side of Issaquah well. We are anxious to learn more about her replacement in the Legislature.

Last year, the 41st District got new boundaries and now includes most of Sammamish, as well as the South Cove area of Issaquah, Newcastle, Renton and Mercer Island. With the district’s other two legislators — Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Steve Litzow — both from Mercer Island, we hope the Democratic leadership selecting Maxwell’s replacement will give some extra consideration to candidates from Sammamish, the opposite side of a sprawling district.

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To the Editor

July 16, 2013

Plastic bags

We need to do the right thing for our planet

The letter to the editor concerning the plastic bag ban that I just read in the July 10 issue of The Issaquah Press had me rolling on the floor with laughter! Inconvenient to carry reusable bags and finding bags inadequate for your purchases, are you kidding me?

I’ve spent the past seven or eight years being almost 100 percent plastic bag free.

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Off The Press

July 16, 2013

The money’s been spent so enjoy the ride

Shortly after I moved here, the bike trail along East Lake Sammamish Parkway was blocked off and construction began. As I watched men, women and equipment at work, I concluded I was watching an overly constructed, public works project in progress.

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

The paving of 2.2 miles of bicycle trail for $2.7 million seems a little steep. I suppose all this was hashed out long before I got here.

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Tree house guy, Pete Nelson, tapped for reality show

July 16, 2013

When Animal Planet was developing a reality show about building tree houses, producers knew there was only one person suited to be their host — Tree House Guy Pete Nelson.

Renowned locally for the five tree houses that make up Tree House Point in Fall City, Nelson has been creating the designer nature retreats for more than 25 years.

Courtesy of Animal Planet Pete Nelson, of Preston, stands on the bridge to the Treehouse Taphouse that his crew from Nelson Treehouse and Supply constructed for an Ohio family.

Courtesy of Animal Planet
Pete Nelson, of Preston, stands on the bridge to the Treehouse Taphouse that his crew from Nelson Treehouse and Supply constructed for an Ohio family.

Nelson built his first tree house with his dad when he was 5. With more than 200 of the structures under his belt, the head of Nelson Treehouse and Supply initially balked at the idea of appearing on television.

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Annual race is a pleasure, challenge

July 16, 2013

As a child, Tim Finnegan watched as his siblings raced soapbox derby cars every year.

Due to a developmental disability, he was never able to participate, until his father Leo Finnegan built a doublewide car that could fit two kids. With his siblings at the wheel, Tim could finally participate in the activity he watched for so long.

On July 20, the Rotary Club of Issaquah and Life Enrichment Options will put on their 16th annual Challenge Series Race, where people with disabilities can race in their own soapbox derby cars alongside their peers.

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