City of Issaquah presents Feet First tours of downtown

August 27, 2013

Residents and the city of Issaquah are partnering with Feet First to create a series of fun neighborhood walks intended to motivate people who live, work and play in Issaquah to explore their environment, share their observations and encourage people to walk more.

Trained neighborhood ambassadors will facilitate walks and conversation to highlight what they love about their community, and how they can make their neighborhood safer, easier and more inviting to walk in. Information will be collected and incorporated into the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.

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DNR advises public to be cautious of wildfires in dry conditions

August 27, 2013

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to be cautious, alert and aware of burn restrictions across the state.

With thunderstorms, many with little or no moisture, moving across parts of California, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, wildfire activity has escalated. The fire forecast for most of the western U.S. calls for hot and dry weather to continue into the fall.

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Become a savvy gardener in time for fall and winter

August 27, 2013

With fall on the horizon, it is a great time for gardeners to get new plants in and off to a good start. Join “The Savvy Gardener Gardening for Fall and Winter Beauty” class provided by the city of Issaquah, Cascade Water Alliance and the Saving Water Partnership.

The free class takes place 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. NW.

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Spend a day online with the state patrol Aug. 29

August 27, 2013

Get an inside look at operations of the Washington State Patrol Aug. 29, courtesy of Twitter and Facebook. The WSP will tweet events that happen around the state in real time via #daywithWSP.

While the public may recognize the troopers in white cars who respond to collisions and disabled vehicles, they may not know the WSP employees who work behind the scenes to keep the public safe on the roads, at work and at home.

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Enter your best in the 2013 Washington State Fair

August 27, 2013

“Do the Puyallup” with your best entries for the 2013 Washington State Fair.

Find the list of conditions for entry and awards or register online at www.thefair.com/participate/exhibit-entries. Contest rules are listed on links for each competition.

Learn more by calling the Washington State Fair Entry Office at 253-841-5074 or emailing CompExhibits@thefair.com.

 

Sasquatch family helps drivers avoid $99 ticket

August 27, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has launched a video campaign featuring a Sasquatch family to remind people that a Discover Pass is required when visiting Washington state-managed recreation lands.

The video is available at bit.ly/SquatchFamily.

The Discover Pass is a vehicle access pass required on all Washington state-managed recreation lands. The fine for not displaying a Discover Pass is $99.

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To the Editor

August 27, 2013

Annexation vote

Is Klahanie’s emergency response in jeopardy?

If Klahanie votes in favor of annexation by Issaquah, several life- and property-saving minutes will be stripped from our community. The facts: The building that contains Eastside Fire & Rescue Station No. 83 — the one closest to and referred to as “Klahanie’s Fire Station” — is actually owned by the city of Sammamish.

If Klahanie becomes part of Issaquah, Sammamish is likely to move the fire station to better serve its community. Sammamish approached Issaquah to find out if it would be interested in purchasing the fire station if annexation were to occur. Issaquah said no. The result? Klahanie’s fire station would probably no longer exist.

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Common Ground Gospel choir opens school

August 27, 2013

The Common Ground Gospel choir, led by director Dan Hegelund, will open an Issaquah academy Sept. 1.

Hegelund’s choirs are big, energetic affairs, giving participants the chance to sing music by contemporary secular and gospel artists in a fun, inviting atmosphere, he said.

He started the choirs in March 2013, shortly after moving his family from Sweden to Issaquah. He has choirs for children, adults and seniors, offering a variety of singing styles and genres.

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Off The Press

August 27, 2013

Put your clothes on for back to school

It’s almost time for young people to go back to school, which means for weeks we at the newspaper have been receiving emails and phone calls galore about what students and parents need to know.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Last week, I got several emails from schools about dress codes for students. This reminder in one of them from a high school made me howl with laughter:

“At all times, your chest/cleavage, thighs/buttocks and shoulders must be covered, and all underwear must be UNDER another piece of clothing and not visible.”

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Editorial

August 27, 2013

Next step: one less garbage bag a month

Issaquah shoppers are already getting the hang of carrying their own bags into grocery and large retail stores. The plastic bag ban has been in effect for nearly six months. Ready for the next step?

King County is getting in on the action of reducing plastic and other materials in the landfill by encouraging residents to use one less plastic garbage bag a month by recycling more of the basics.

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