Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens in Issaquah

July 2, 2013

Texas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened a franchise in Issaquah June 27 at 5704 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, directly behind Bartell Drugs.

The new restaurant is owned and operated by mother-and-son duo Sarah and Alex Forest.

Dickey’s serves beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with complimentary ice cream and dill pickles.

Learn more by calling 296-1425 or go to www.dickeys.com.

Pine Lake student lauded for handling bus emergency

July 2, 2013

On the afternoon of June 11, Pine Lake Middle School student Ernie Yang nearly caught a ride a home with his mother, but his decision to ride the school bus turned out to be an important one.

Yang, 14, was on his way back to his Sammamish home with bus driver Adrienne Gelfer, whom he’d been riding with for three years. Gelfer made three stops, and most of the 70 students she typically carries got off.

Then Gelfer began coughing, and she couldn’t stop. The bus sat alongside the road at a regular stop, which may have caused the dozen or so children aboard to believe nothing was wrong.

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Board gives go-ahead for Issaquah school levies

July 2, 2013

The Issaquah School Board approved a recommendation June 26 to bring three levy proposals before district voters.

The approval concluded months of planning and discussion within the district. A 45-member levy development committee did much of the work, paving the way for three separate ballot measures in February 2014.

The largest proposal in terms of money is a four-year, $193 million maintenance and operations levy. District officials and board members emphasized the M&O levy pays for current programs and staffing levels, with enrollment growth projections and inflation factored in from 2015 to 2018.

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Bellevue College campus plan is moving forward

July 2, 2013

Bellevue College is slowly but surely still coming to the Issaquah Highlands.

Though the project was prolonged due to the economic recession and the replacement of college President Jean Floten with David Rule, Bellevue College has continually expressed its intention to move forward and develop an Issaquah campus.

Public Relations Manager David Sandler said the campus, now referred to as the East Campus, has begun to pick up speed in its realization. In a couple of weeks, Bellevue College is expected to seek a site development permit from the Development Service Department.

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Issaquah, Bellevue police nab woman for prostitution

July 2, 2013

After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.

Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.

“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”

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Eastside police team up to investigate internal incidents

July 2, 2013

A number of Eastside police departments are teaming up in an effort to foster cooperative, transparent investigations into internal incidents.

Issaquah joins Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Black Diamond and Mercer Island in an interlocal agreement to share resources in investigations.

“Each party has the power, authority and responsibility to investigate officer-involved fatalities or serious incidents occurring within its boundaries,” the agreement reads. “The parties want to maintain community trust and recognize best practices when investigating such incidents by creating a King County Investigative Response Team. KCIRT will provide expert investigative aid to any party to this agreement when a party requests such aid.”

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King County introduces drug take-backs

July 2, 2013

The King County Board of Health has passed rules and regulations to create a prescription drug take-back system for King County residents.

It’s the second system of its kind in the country; the other is being implemented in Alameda County, Calif.

Residents can drop off leftover or expired medication at retail pharmacies and law enforcement offices free, and the collected medicines will be incinerated at “properly permitted facilities,” according to a Board of Health press release. The program will be implemented free of charge to taxpayers; drug manufacturers selling medication in King County will fund the program.

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Speakers raise South Cove concerns at Transportation Improvement Program hearing

July 2, 2013

Thirty-five projects were on display at a June 17 public hearing to discuss the six-year Transportation Improvement Program.

Improvements to Northwest Lake Sammamish Road garnered all of the public comment as residents around South Cove asked for higher priority for pedestrians.

Road widening, intersection improvement and pedestrian corridors are included. The projects are staggered through 2019. The total cost of the projects is estimated at more than $384 million.

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Museums benefit to feature Chuck Brodsky

July 2, 2013

Chuck Brodsky

Chuck Brodsky

The Issaquah History Museums are sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds to expand the museums’ family programming.

Chuck Brodsky, a renowned singer-songwriter, will perform a selection of his lyrical and witty folk music at 7:30 p.m. July 11 in the setting of the historic Train Depot Museum’s freight room.

Brodsky, who lives in North Carolina, likens himself to a musical storyteller. He said his music is infused with a humanity, humor and emotion that resonate profoundly with his audience.

“They come to listen to every word, to get inside the songs and the stories, and they come to feel connected to a community of other folks who also crave a deeper, richer experience,” he said.

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Concerts on the Green series features diverse lineup

July 2, 2013

Hairstorm

Hairstorm

Music will play on the community center green again this summer as the city and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah bring back the 17th annual Concerts on the Green series beginning July 9.

For eight weeks, different bands will bring a variety of performances and sounds for the free and family friendly occasion, regarded by many as an event special to Issaquah.

“We do have a great lineup this year,” said Jera Gilmore, the city’s event coordinator who has helped set up the concerts for the past nine years. “There is a lot of diversity. It’s kind of been a focus for us.”

In the interest of involving as many people as possible to enjoy the music, the Parks & Recreation Department has made a special effort to bring as much variety as possible in the acts that will perform. Gilmore said organizers strive to find good tribute and cover acts that can engage a large number of people. Bands listed on the schedule range from a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act to a Latin fusion group.

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