Shop small businesses Saturday

November 26, 2013

Shoppers this holiday season are being asked to join the nation in paying tribute to local venues when purchasing gifts for family and friends.

Several locations throughout Issaquah will participate in the national Small Business Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

In a bit of serendipity, shopping options this year include the new Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village celebrating its 40th anniversary. The two locations are in addition to the shops in the downtown corridor.

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Bellevue College Issaquah campus gets a master plan

November 26, 2013

Seven buildings and an amphitheater are included in a Bellevue College Issaquah campus master plan.

Bellevue College submitted an aspirational plan to the city in August and the Development Services Department is in the process of a land-use review. It makes use of the 20 acres purchased by the college in 2010 and envisions what the area could look like when fully built.

Contributed This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

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This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

“It’s a nice looking plan,” city Development Services Department Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “We’re in the middle of reviewing it, and it should go straight through the Urban Village Development Commission early next year.”

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Merry Christmas Issaquah assists families in need

November 26, 2013

When popular Bellevue eatery Lil’ Jon restaurant went up in flames June 13, it was a heartbreaking blow for regulars that frequented the spot, known for its breakfasts.

It was even worse for Issaquah resident and Lil’ Jon server Marita Davidson, who temporarily lost her job, as the restaurant underwent a major rehabilitation.

“It’s been there so long and nothing tragic has ever happened there before, so we were all in shock and devastated by that,” she said. “It was hard to regroup after that with the loss of income.”

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Additional police officer, skate park relocation included in final budget

November 26, 2013

The 2014 city budget, with more than $97 million in planned expenditures, passed unanimously last week after the City Council removed $300,000 worth of expenses and added $400,000 in revenue.

During its Nov. 18 regular meeting, the council put its final approval on the annual budget after four long work sessions and two public hearings that gathered no criticism. It allows for an additional police officer, funding for relocating the skate park and a new executive human services position. The new additions will cost more than $470,000. In order to add enough revenue to cover the expenses, council approved a 1 percent increase in property taxes.

“The 2014 budget is a balanced budget that continues our commitment to the quality of living to the citizens of Issaquah,” Financial Director Diane Marcotte said. “This goes very much in alignment with our emphasis in sustainability. It maintains our cash reserves at near current levels, and continues to meet our recently adopted financial policies and budget policies.”

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Joe Forkner finishes time on City Council

November 26, 2013

Mary Lou Pauly will be sworn in Dec. 2

Joe Forkner served his last regular City Council meeting Nov. 18.

After former Councilman Mark Mullet was elected to the state Senate, the City Council chose Forkner to fill the interim position last January. This month, Forkner ran for mayor against Council President Fred Butler and lost, while Mary Lou Pauly ran unopposed for the seat Forkner filled. King County expects to certify Pauly’s election Nov. 26, ending Forkner’s commitment to the council.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

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Dump truck crashes into minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 26, 2013

Two drivers received nonlife-threatening injuries as a large dump truck collided into the side of a minivan Nov. 19 on Issaquah-Hobart Road.

Savannah Laseter, the 23-year-old driver of the commercial dump truck, reportedly experienced brake failure on state Route 18, so took the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit. There, Laseter hit 46-year-old Martin Palmas-Ortega’s Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles went through a guardrail, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

“It appears to be mechanical,” Webb said. “Amazingly, there were no life-threatening injuries.”

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Swedish/Issaquah receives new highlands development agreement

November 26, 2013

Swedish Hospital will build new medical offices in the Issaquah Highlands after receiving a new development agreement from the city Nov. 18.

In a unanimous decision, the Issaquah City Council finished a process it began last spring to craft a new agreement with Swedish. The agreement encompasses 28.26 acres north of the existing Swedish/Issaquah campus between Northeast Blakely Drive and Northeast Discovery Drive. Swedish has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase the blocks north of the existing hospital, about 10 acres, for medical offices.

The latest milestone comes as Port Blakely Communities, master developer of the Issaquah Highlands, winds down its active involvement in the urban village. Port Blakely is negotiating with landowners to complete sales of remaining property.

Police & Fire

November 26, 2013

Stolen car

A 1990 red Nissan SX240 was reported stolen Nov. 11 in the 1700 block of 10th Avenue Northeast. The loss was estimated at $2,000.

 

Stolen jewelry

Police received a report of stolen jewelry Nov. 12 in the 3700 block of Providence Point Drive Southeast. The loss was reported at $1,500.

 

Deaf thieves

Police received a report of a hearing aid, valued at $1,000, stolen from a 1993 Toyota pickup Nov. 12 in the 900 block of Northeast High Street.

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CleanScapes sets holiday schedule

November 26, 2013

Garbage, recycling and compost collection customers served by Clean-Scapes in Issaquah may experience a change in collection day during the holiday season.

CleanScapes operates regularly on all holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Issaquah Christian Church hosts Thanksgiving fundraiser

November 26, 2013

Issaquah Christian Church’s 11th annual One Meal, One Hope Challenge fundraiser returns this Thanksgiving with the aim of buying meals for everyone at the Union Gospel Mission.

Since 2003, the challenge has raised more than $61,000, used to purchase more than 34,000 meals for those in need at the mission.

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