Old hands hope to offer city new leadership: Joe Forkner

October 8, 2013

Joe Forkner wants to talk things out.

As he moves stridently forward in what he admits is an “underdog” mayoral campaign, the multitasking commission, committee and City Council member hopes to translate some of his many experiences into responsible administration leadership.

He has worked in three governments and volunteered countless hours in citizen groups and spent seven years on the City Council. Forkner, 60, considers this variety of roles a strength.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

“You get a perspective having been on both sides of the table,” Forkner said. “I’ve seen a lot of things in the past 20 years, and I think it’s time to get somebody to balance the future with the cost.”

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Ballot drop locations open Oct. 17

October 8, 2013

King County Elections will begin sending ballots for the general election Oct. 16 and open ballot drop locations the next day.

Ballots need to be returned by mail, using a first class stamp, or deposited at a ballot drop box. The deadline to return ballots is Election Day, Nov. 5.

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or in a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day.

By law, ballots cannot be accepted at ballot return locations after 8 p.m. Nov. 5.



Two candidates file for fire district 10 seat

October 8, 2013

Two candidates have filed to run for the open commissioner seat No. 3 position in King County Fire Protection District No. 10.

Financial adviser Larry Rude will run against Snoqualmie Tribe member Ray Mullen.

Retired fire officer Rick Gaines remains unopposed to retain his commissioner’s seat No. 4.

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Money, endorsements are lopsided in mayor race

October 8, 2013

Money, time and people make an election successful, and the next mayor of Issaquah will need all three.

With only a month left until the general election, mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner are heading into the home stretch and collecting all the donations, endorsements and votes they can.

Butler has pulled far ahead in terms of raising money. He has collected more than $22,800, which state records, going back to 2000, show is the most an Issaquah candidate has raised.

Butler’s donors are from all over the area, where he has received money from individuals and companies that all want to assist his bid for Issaquah’s mayor. He even received $500 from Microsoft.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 8, 2013

Public meeting is set for Oct. 11

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a public meeting Oct. 11 to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting the homeless encampment, which provides meals and overnight shelter.

After the meeting, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall at 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish, the pastoral council will meet and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.

Rich Shively, pastoral administrator, said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

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Fire District 10 assures Klahanie residents of continued service

October 8, 2013

Fire District 10 wants the Klahanie area to know it will have continued service in an uncertain future.

In a quickly planned meeting announced just the day before, administrators of Eastside Fire & Rescue and board members from Fire District 10 met Oct. 3 to pass a resolution seeking the first right to purchase Fire Station 83 should Sammamish decide to leave EFR and close the site. In short work, the leadership discussed the rationale behind the resolution and adopted it unanimously.

“There was a lot of speculation of what was going to happen to the fire protection there should Issaquah annex Klahanie or Sammamish choose to close Fire Station 83,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said. “We have these different scenarios floating out there. And paramount in my mind is that I think it’s important to let them know that District 10 has a responsibility to continue fire service in that area.”

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EFR expands prevention week to all of October

October 8, 2013

For 91 years, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Because it receives so many requests from the community and schools during this time of year, Eastside Fire & Rescue will use the entire month of October to meet the many requests it receives.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 19, EFR hosts open house at the following fire stations:

Station 71 — 190 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah

Station 72 — 1575 N.W. Maple Street, Issaquah

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New Facebook account invites entrapment

October 8, 2013

With all the buzz about social media and its influence on our culture, it was time to face up to Facebook, especially since I read that kids are abandoning it because it has become popular with their parents. So, I finally opened a Facebook account.

(Actually, there was an account that bore my name a few years ago, started by some nefarious students, and I had to threaten Facebook with legal action to get it taken down.)

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

Since opening the account, I have made contact with former friends whom I had not heard from in 25 or 30 years and have gleaned a lot of news from relatives not normally heard from.

Then one day came a suspicious posting: “What’s her face” would like to be your friend. Along with the request for friendship was a picture of a cute little filly. I assumed she was a friend of one of my friends, trying to expand her universe of friends, so I confirmed the request.

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October 8, 2013

Klahanie belongs in Sammamish

The King County Boundary Review Board will meet Thursday to set the final geographic outline of the Klahanie annexation land whose fate will be decided in a February election. Voters will then decide to become part of the City of Issaquah — or not.

Sammamish is another option, just not on the ballot —yet.

We understand why some Klahanie residents want to join Issaquah. It’s about lower taxes. It’s about better police protection. It’s about the desire for better roads and parks. And for many, it’s an emotional connection to the city where they work, shop and play now.

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To the Editor

October 8, 2013

School board election

Alison Meryweather is a tireless advocate

I am privileged to write in support of Alison Meryweather’s candidacy for the Issaquah School Board, Position 4.

I have worked closely with Alison for the past several years on education advocacy issues, and have been consistently impressed by her intelligence and her deep understanding of challenges faced by our public education system in general and our school district in particular.

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