Issaquah tops list of cities on the rise

April 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2014

Issaquah has topped the Estately Blog’s list of 10 Washington state cities on the rise in 2014. Sammamish came in fifth.

Estately ranked every Washington state city with a population over 30,000 on six criteria:

  • Increase in population
  • Increase in home values
  • Reduction in poverty levels
  • Decrease in crime rate
  • Increase in income
  • Increase in residents with bachelor degrees

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Citywide cleanup is tomorrow

April 25, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. April 25, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association hosts its citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.

Individuals, businesses and local organizations are invited to spend a few hours making the community a better place by picking up trash and planting flowers. Check in at the Hailstone Feed Store, 220 Front St. N.

Contact Karen Donovan at or 391-1112 to learn more.

Spring will bring a warmer home-buying and selling season

April 25, 2014

The preparations made by homeowners to put their homes on the market are initiated with a clear objective in mind. That is, to garner the highest possible price the home will bring based on location, living space, quality of construction and design.

The spring/summer of 2014 could be the first time since the Great Recession of 2007-2008 that home sellers can truly be optimistic about getting an acceptably good price for their homes within a reasonable period of time. What makes this possible is the fact that mortgage interest rates remain very low, and home values have recovered considerably and have been seen to sustain positive growth for the long term.

Vincent M. Rosanova

Vincent M. Rosanova

According to the Jann Swanson article, “Fannie survey hints at warmer spring for housing,” published on the Mortgage News Daily website, Fannie Mae’s “most recent National Housing Survey” indicates that home buying and selling activity will pick up substantially this spring. It also says expectations for continued increases in home prices over the next 12 months have been high (45 percent to 50 percent of respondents over the past year shares this opinion) and remain so today, according to the survey.

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Weeds like it here, too

April 25, 2014

My weeds are gorgeous. They almost break into song at this time of year.

As I laboriously pulled them last weekend, I was marveling at their lush green texture and the brilliant flowers of buttercups, dandelions and Dirty Robert. Good gardeners shouldn’t have this stuff in their yards, so don’t tell anybody.

Jane  Garrison

Jane Garrison

As I looked at each plant, I thought, that’s a nice specimen. What’s the big deal anyway? These are lovely plants. If you’re near-sighted, a field full of dandelions can look like the sought-after wildflower meadow. Buttercups make a cheerful year-round groundcover, and Dirty Robert in dappled shade on the forest floor is so pretty it brings tears to your eyes. I suppose it could be its rank odor.

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Spring Home 2014

April 25, 2014

Schools foundation online auction begins today

April 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind online auction goes live at 8 a.m. April 25.
There are more than 150 items to place a bid upon.
The auction closes at 8 p.m. May 6. The fundraising continues, however, May 8 at the 16th annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon. Donate, become a table captain or learn more about either event here.


Work sucks

April 24, 2014

NEW – 10:35 a.m. April 24, 2014

My first day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos. My second day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

I am praying with all of my heart that my third day of work will involve the excitement of (gasp) putting items in bags for four hours! It will probably be more training videos.

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City hosts tree planting party Saturday for Arbor Day

April 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2014

Join the city of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department in planting trees April 26 and celebrating Arbor Day.

Volunteers are needed to plant trees along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail. Participate by checking in at the information booth near the Pickering Trail entrance between 9 and 11 a.m. Planting is from 11 a.m. to noon.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring a pair of gardening gloves to wear. Volunteers will provide tools.

Police nab mobile phone burglars at Issaquah T-Mobile store

April 23, 2014

NEW — 12:28 p.m. April 23, 2014

Issaquah police arrested three Seattle residents for breaking into a T-Mobile store April 23.

On patrol in the area, officers spotted the suspects forcibly enter the store, 1171 N.W. Sammamish Road, at 3:22 a.m.

Police apprehended the men leaving the store. Officers caught two of the burglars immediately, while a third fled on foot. Assistance from a Redmond Police Department K-9 unit caught the runaway suspect near Lake Sammamish State Park.

The suspects were booked into the King County Jail for second-degree burglary.

Let’s Go! April 24-April 30

April 23, 2014

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