Holiday Inn Issaquah receives Northwest modern upgrade

June 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2014

Holiday Inn Issaquah has received a $3.5 million dollar upgrade.

The new Northwest modern theme extends throughout the interior of the hotel and includes a complete refresh of all guest rooms, including new deluxe televisions and indulgent finishings.

All public guest areas have been upgraded with the restaurant and lounge also receiving new large-screen televisions.

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Public is invited to June 28-29 Ham Radio Field Day operation

June 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2014

The annual Issaquah Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day operation will be June 28-29 at the Sunny Hills Elementary School playground, by the ball field.

Set up begins about 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28, with the goal of getting on the air at 11 a.m. Operations will continue until 11 a.m. Sunday, when members will begin tearing down their installation.

The public is invited to come by anytime to see the operation. If conditions permit, they may even try to get you on the air to experience ham radio for yourself during this American Radio Relay League event.

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Diane Holt to leave Issaquah Valley Elementary School, take survey to help find new principal

June 26, 2014

NEW – 11:40 a.m. June 26, 2014

Diane Holt, the principal at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, has accepted a new job with the Federal Way School District.

Holt, principal at Issaquah Valley for the past five years, will be the new director of leadership support for Federal Way schools.

She has been working for the past year to become a nationally certified principal mentor, and the position in Federal Way will allow her to put those skills into practice, Holt said in an email to Issaquah Valley families.

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Law enforcement agencies to conduct on-the-water emphasis patrols Friday and Saturday

June 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 26, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in Washington state will participate in a national special emphasis campaign to target people who are operating boats while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Operation Dry Water campaign and emphasis patrols are June 27-29 throughout Washington and will focus on preventing injury and death in accidents resulting from boating under the influence.

The program is aimed at raising awareness of the problem and getting impaired boat operators off the water by actively enforcing the law that prohibits using alcohol and drugs while operating a boat, according to a news release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Learn about joining library board at informational session June 25

June 25, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. June 25, 2014

Care about books and the services the King County Library System provides to Issaquah residents?

The city is looking for Library Board members, and will hold an informational session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. There, you can learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Library Board member.

The board acts as a bridge between the library and the community, and communicates with the city, library system and library staff members about needs in the community that the local library can help address.

Has time run out on Beaver Lake Triathlon?

June 24, 2014

After 20 years, the Beaver Lake Triathlon might have met its end.

Former triathlon Director Debbie Dodd confirmed that the race, with its quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run, would not take place this year on its usual third weekend in August.

“I had done it the last couple of years, and it was just too much to handle for one person,” Dodd said. “There was just too much responsibility for just one director.”

After her decision to step down, she said a few organizations considered handling the event, but none were able to find the resources to carry the race on for its 21st year.

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Cancer survivor sets sights on Ironman Canada

June 24, 2014

To the untrained eye, Paul Weigel, 44, seems like your typical Issaquah resident — a healthy, hardworking family man with an unquenchable thirst for fitness and the great outdoors.

While most use the summer months for leisure, Weigel spends his time training to compete in the Ironman Canada competition in July in Whistler, British Colombia.

Contributed Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Self-described as “5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds,” Weigel arrives for an interview in a tan T-shirt, green khaki pants and running shoes. A bike sits securely latched atop his car, which he said was in need of a tune-up.

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City weighs needs as 200 bus comes to end of the line

June 24, 2014

As Issaquah’s 200 “freebee” bus faces Metro Transit’s chopping block, city officials are evaluating alternatives.

After the failure of April’s Proposition 1, which would have given King County Metro Transit the necessary funds to avoid service cuts, the regional authority plans to begin phasing out 17 percent of its routes in September. The 200 is among those routes.

“Though it still serves riders, Route 200 is identified as among the lowest performing routes in Metro’s current system,” Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said.

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Issaquah startup wins TechCrunch award

June 24, 2014

Essay Mentors, an Issaquah-based startup that helps students draft college application essays, won news site TechCrunch’s Seattle Meetup June 12.

The Meetup featured startup businesses competing through a “60-second pitch and a barrage of questions from local venture capitalists and TechCrunch editors,” according to TechCrunch.

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Design phase begins for skate park

June 24, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city is gathering public input on its design.

The Issaquah City Council approved a parcel at Tibbetts Valley Park for the construction of the skate park May 19. The budgeted $350,000 will go to remove the current one, which caused ongoing community concern due to the presence of drug use and illicit activities, and build a new one sometime in 2015.

The Parks & Recreation Department held the first of three community public input meetings June 18 to collect ideas from local residents about what they would like to see in the new attraction.

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