Three proposals arrive to invigorate state park

September 17, 2013

Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city’s Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9.

In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.

By Issaquah Soccer Club Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

By Issaquah Soccer Club
Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

“I see all of these to be viable choices for the park,” he said. “I think they can all fit. I don’t think there is anything on the table that can’t be mitigated.”

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‘Salmon Seeson’ arrives

September 17, 2013

Fall has arrived, and with it comes the return of salmon to Puget Sound streams and rivers. Sightseers can get a good look at the fish at several local waterways.

Spectators can watch the salmon return to Issaquah Creek from the bridge or through viewing windows at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through November.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the hatchery daily, but the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery offers guided tours on weekends through Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Student League hosts mountain bike program

September 17, 2013

The nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Washington Student League hosts the Dirt Explorers Club for students in grades seven through 12.

The Dirt Explorers Club lets teens explore new trails, make new friends, work on basic mountain bike skills, stay fit and have fun riding in the outdoors. Dirt Explorers is open to bike riders of any ability or fitness level.

The club meets from 10 a.m. to noon:

  • Sept. 21 and 28 — Des Moines Beach Park, Des Moines
  • Oct. 5 and 12 — Philip Arnold Park, Renton

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Matthew West hopes third trip to Issaquah is a charm

September 17, 2013

The son of a preacher, Matthew West never really considered following in his father’s footsteps.

“It’s too hard of a job,” West said by phone from his home in Nashville.

But this four-time Grammy nominated singer/song writer doesn’t consider himself a stereotypical rebel, either.

Matthew West

Matthew West

“I’d say, I haven’t really drifted too far from my father,” he said. “I guess in my own ways, I am a bit of a preacher.”

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Lake Sammamish earns federal designation

September 17, 2013

Lake Sammamish is one of only two places in the nation to earn a new federal designation. While the details of the program are unclear, it seems to mean that local officials will get some federal help in explaining the importance of the lake and its ecosystem.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish, and Masonville Cove in Baltimore, in its Urban Partnership Program, according to Denise Hawkins, of fish and wildlife.

The idea for the program came from the group that designates wildlife refuges. Typically, that means designating huge tracts of land as a refuge in order to protect wildlife habitat, Hawkins said. These typically end up in more rural areas, so in order to allow more people to be able to visit an area and learn about it, they decided to work in more populous settings.

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Evergreen Ford donates cars to city, police

September 17, 2013

Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.

“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.

Contributed The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

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The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.

“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”

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City considers setting up contingency fund

September 17, 2013

City Finance Director Diane Marcotte introduced plans for a city contingency fund during the Aug. 5 regular City Council meeting.

Previously discussed during Marcotte’s presentations to the council as a part of new financial policies to explore, she said a contingency fund could help prepare for major unexpected expenses as well as improve the city’s bond rating.

The introduction for the agenda bill explains the motivation behind the idea.

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City receives drug control grant

September 17, 2013

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has announced the list of 2013 Drug Free Communities grant recipients and Issaquah is on it.

Drug Free Communities grants provide $125,000 per year for up to 10 years targeted at reducing teen drug and alcohol abuse.

“This grant will really enable us to make a positive difference in the greater Issaquah School District service area,” Vicki Hoffman, chairwoman of the Drug Free Community Coalition, said in a news release. “We are so excited for the community and for our kids.”

The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition was formed in 2011 as a standing subcommittee of the Issaquah Community Network, a state-funded organization with a mission to support healthy youth and strong families.

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Volunteers needed for annual haunt

September 17, 2013

The 10th annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake needs youth and adult volunteers for a variety of roles, especially actors.

An orientation is from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21-22 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E. Besides acting, roles are available for casting assistant, construction, security, driving, line control, traffic control, ticket sales, food service and more.

Nightmare takes over Beaver Lake Park from Oct. 18-31. Nightmare is 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent charity, produced by the Rotary Club of Sammamish in partnership with Scare Productions and the city of Sammamish. Learn more by emailing volunteer@sammamishrotary.org or go to www.NightmareAtBeaverLake.com.

Editorial

September 17, 2013

City’s cybersquatting is wrong on all levels

The city of Issaquah spent tax dollars to trick taxpayers.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District have been involved in a series of disagreements of late. One of the more recent involved Issaquah’s plan to use a water filtration system a few hundred feet from one of the district’s wells. Issaquah says it will be fine; the district fears contaminated water.

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