State Parks offers two days of free parking

June 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are June 7 and 8.

National Get Outdoors Day on June 14 also features a free day of parking.

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D-Day Ceremony 2014

June 6, 2014

Issaquah Little League hosts Championship Day tomorrow

June 6, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. June 6, 2014

The community is invited to join Issaquah Little League for a day full of fun, food and championship games June 7.

It all goes down from noon to 2 p.m. at Dodd Field, 565 N.W. Holly St., where fans can watch baseball and softball teams battle for the championship title.

Attendees can munch on free hot dogs, drinks and ice cream, while taking a turn at the dunk tank, testing their throwing arm against a speed machine or playing in a bouncy house.

Coaches and managers will engage in a water balloon toss competition, and prizes and giveaways will be awarded.

ArtWalk returns tonight to downtown Issaquah

June 6, 2014

NEW — noon June 6, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns tonight for its 13th season.

The free event entices visitors to downtown from 6-9 p.m. Some of the region’s best artists will set up in 19 venues demonstrating their craft.

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D-Day flyover remembrance begins at noon June 6

June 5, 2014

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 5, 2014

The community is invited to gather June 6 to remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Community members and World War II veterans will come to watch a rare “Diamond Four” formation of World War II P-51 Mustangs fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Refreshments will be provided in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The event will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. The planes are expected to fly over Issaquah at 12:40 p.m., although the exact time depends on air traffic control.

The Issaquah Singers will also perform at the event.

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City plans closure of Rainier Boulevard North starting June 9

June 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2014

The city of Issaquah is improving Rainier Boulevard North between Northwest Juniper Street and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek.

As a result, the road will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking from June 9 to Oct. 1.

Local access will be provided only to residents and businesses.

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Sammamish woman cites VA delay as cause of brother’s death

June 3, 2014

A Sammamish woman is suing the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System for causing her brother’s death as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lack of care scandal hits home.

Constance Olberg filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in December, alleging that long delays led to a fatal spreading of cancer in her brother Donald Douglass.

Delayed treatment

According to the official complaint, Douglass, who attended Issaquah High School, went to a VA medical center in May 2011 because of a lesion on his forehead. A biopsy was taken and the practitioners there informed him the biopsy was cancerous and they recommended surgery.

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City to install flashing yellow turn signals at troubled intersections

June 3, 2014

Flashing yellow turn signals will come to seven intersections by November.

In the interest of addressing some traffic problems in Issaquah, city leaders have looked into solving large-scale snarls and smaller hiccups. The city aims to affect particular hotspots where traffic is slowed unnecessarily.

The city will install the lights at the following intersections:

  • Front Street and Sunset Way (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 51st Street (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)

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WWII Mustangs will fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field June 6

June 3, 2014

Come out June 6 to watch a rare “Diamond Four” formation of World War II P-51 Mustangs fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Several area senior living communities are planning to bringing their resident veterans to the event, which is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Amante, Las Margaritas, Stan’s BBQ, Mandarin Garden Restaurant and Top Pot Donut. The Issaquah Singers will also perform at the event at 120 Second Ave. N.E.

Although the “time over target” depends on air traffic control, the planes should fly over Issaquah at 12:55 p.m. Check Friday morning for the final flight time.

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City achieves best possible bond rating

June 3, 2014

Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Issaquah’s bond rating to AAA — the highest possible score — in recognition of the city’s enduring commitment to fiscal responsibility.

The bond rating is a reflection of creditworthiness and affects the cost to the city of issuing debt. The upgraded rating helps lower the interest rates for the city’s bond sales, which reduces borrowing costs for the city and taxpayers.

“Our citizens will benefit the most from our upgraded rating,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “It’s the result of our sound fiscal policies and responsible management of the public’s dollars. Our commitment to the best possible practices is a top priority for our city team and elected leaders every day.”

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