City Council commissions new $3,000 public art piece

December 3, 2013

Steel swallows will soon land on the corner of Northwest Sammamish Road and 17th Avenue Northwest.

The Issaquah City Council approved spending $3,833 on a new public art piece Nov. 18. The piece, by local artist Ed McCarthy, is a 14-foot, 220-pound recycled steel sculpture with a circling flock of swallows flying to the top.

McCarthy named it “Wing on Wing” and the piece will sit on a small triangle of green space in the heavily trafficked intersection. The purchase was funded with the 2013 Municipal Arts Fund budget, which includes $10,000 for public art.

City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said the Arts Commission put out a request for artist proposals at the beginning of the year to find new public works. She said the commission responded strongly to “Wing on Wing.”

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Merry Christmas fund helps Issaquah families at the brink

December 3, 2013

The people that turn to Issaquah Community Services for assistance are often in dire need.

These are families that could lose their home if the nonprofit didn’t step in with the next payment; these are people who would live without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t exist.

Just ask Maria, an Issaquah resident who recently received a helping hand from the organization that provides emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions. (Maria’s last name isn’t being used for her safety.)

“The people that are going to ICS, they really, really need help,” she said.

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Lack of revenue may lead to loss of bus routes

December 3, 2013

Issaquah’s free bus could be on the chopping block

Without funding, King County Metro Transit could leave Issaquah with only five bus routes next year.

As temporary funding expires in 2014, Metro Transit has reacted by exploring possible cuts to services. A state Legislature special session to pass a transportation package might still happen, but the regional agency is planning ahead for the worst.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the great recession, we’ve lost a considerable amount of the tax revenue that we use to operate our system every day,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a video on Metro’s website. “We’ve raised your fare, we’ve spent cash, we’ve improved the efficiency of the system. But we’re running out of the cash reserves and one-time revenue to keep service on the road.”

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Get free native plants

December 3, 2013

Find free, native plants for your garden, yard or restoration project at plant salvage events from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 in the Issaquah Highlands.

The plants will be salvaged from a site before it is cleared for development.

These native plants are adapted to the Pacific Northwest climate. They require less watering, are more resistant to disease, and offer improved habitat for birds and wildlife.

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Issaquah Valley Trolley to run Dec. 7-8

December 3, 2013

The Issaquah Valley Trolley will operate this weekend, Dec. 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Riders board at the Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The fare is by donation.

The route covers a half-mile of track from the depot to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek and back. Riders will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds and feel of car No. 519 in action and be able to imagine what it was like to arrive in Issaquah via rail a century ago.

Riders will receive tickets good for the ride, plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. There is no expiration date; ticket holders may visit the museums at their convenience.

Water district hosts budget, rate adjustments public meeting

December 3, 2013

The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District hosts a public meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the district office, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The Board of Commissioners will consider adoption of the 2014 budget and proposed rate adjustments. The public is invited to provide input and comments.

The district’s cost of service study in 2011 identified annual rate adjustments of 6 percent for water and a range of 17 percent to 25 percent for sewer service from 2012 through 2016. In 2014, the district is proposing a rate adjustment of 4 percent for water and 6 percent for sewer.

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Sea Gals to visit Hop Jacks

December 3, 2013

Hop Jacks Restaurant in the Klahanie Shopping Center welcomes the Seattle Sea Gals, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Sea Gals are the cheerleaders for the Seattle Seahawks. They will sign their 2014 calendar and mingle with fans during their visit to Hop Jacks, known for its American menu and icy drinks.

Happy hour is daily, from 2-6 p.m.

 

 

Julius Boehm Pool hosts Family Fridays

December 3, 2013

Everyone is invited to Family Float-in Night from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

There will be special activities for all ages to enjoy. Bring your own floaties and have fun at the pool.

Learn more by calling 837-3350.

 

Police & Fire

December 3, 2013

We’ll always have Paris

A man received two phone calls Nov. 21 from who he believed to be an adult male telling him he wanted to take him to dinner and then to Paris. It was determined to be a joke played by a cousin.

 

Beats online dating

Police responded to a report from Eastside Kickboxing on Nov. 21 in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard to investigate a suspicious subject. Officers spoke with a staff member who reported a white male entered the business and was watching the female clients work out. He was asked to leave and complied, then said he would return.

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Reindeer Festival welcomes new fliers

December 3, 2013

Santa is celebrating this holiday season with new members on his flying travel team and will debut them at the 25th annual Reindeer Festival at the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Joining the other 10 reindeer at the zoo are Rowley, named after sponsor Rowley Properties, and Issy, named after the town he was born in. Zoo curator, and head elf, Robyn Barfoot said Rowley was born May 9 and Issy came along not far behind, on July 9; both have the same dad.

“Our visitors have a unique opportunity to peer into the joyous world of Santa Claus and learn about his amazing animal friends,” Barfoot said. “It makes for an unforgettable holiday experience.”

If you go

25th annual Reindeer Festival
Cougar Mountain Zoo
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily through Dec. 23
19525 S.E. 54th St.
www.cougarmountainzoo.org

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