Attend community meeting about Tent City 4 on Feb. 11

February 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014

Faith United Methodist Church will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 to consider the possibility of welcoming Tent City 4 onto its grounds

The traveling homeless shelter applied for a permit to stay at the church, at 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, asking to move there March 1. Pastor John Brewer said the meeting will aim to answer questions about hosting Tent City 4 and hear residents’ opinions.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz appointed to education funding group

February 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 7, 2014

Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, has been tapped to sit on a legislative work group that will consider new ways to fund K-12 education.

The bipartisan group, chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee, will include members of the state House and Senate.

Magendanz, assistant ranking member of the House Education Committee, said lawmakers have their work cut out for them in complying with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, which found that the state was not adequately funding basic education.

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Seahawk Celebration Parade / Feb. 5, 2014

February 6, 2014

Issaquah City Council hosts hearing on extending marijuana moratorium

February 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2014

The Issaquah City Council is hosting a public hearing regarding the proposed extension of the moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities originally adopted by Ordinance No. 2686.

The hearing will be during the regular council meeting at 7 p.m.  Feb. 18, in the council chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Anyone interested may appear at the public hearing and be heard for or against, or provide comments regarding, the proposed moratorium extension.

Learn more by calling Jason Rogers, associate planner, at 837-3097.

Seahawks fans line up for victory parade

February 5, 2014

Zeke Shalawylo (left), 7, and William Simon, 7, both of Issaquah, dash with their 12th Man flags back and forth on the loading platform of Issaquah’s state Route 900 Park ‘n Ride Feb. 5, as a long line of Seahawk fans waits for buses to the victory parade in downtown Seattle. The NFL pro football team beat the Denver Broncos Feb. 2 by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. By Greg Farrar / The Issaquah Press

Zeke Shalawylo (left), 7, and William Simon, 7, both of Issaquah, dash with their 12th Man flags back and forth on the loading platform of Issaquah’s state Route 900 Park & Ride Feb. 5, as a long line of Seahawks fans waits for buses to the victory parade in downtown Seattle. The NFL pro football team beat the Denver Broncos Feb. 2 by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. By Greg Farrar/The Issaquah Press

Let’s Go! Feb. 6-12

February 5, 2014

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Senate bill takes aim at potential annexation tax credit

February 4, 2014

Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.

Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation.

Councilman Don Gerend said the Sammamish City Council did have a hand in bringing the bill to the Senate, and to Hill, chairman of the Senate’s budget-writing committee.

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Schools won’t revise homework policies

February 4, 2014

After an 18-month process that included many discussions with parents, teachers and students, the Issaquah School District has decided not to make any changes to existing policies and procedures about homework.

Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the decision at the Issaquah School Board’s Jan. 29 meeting. While no changes are coming, Thiele said the process sparked an important discussion throughout the district, and administrators reserve the right to make changes when they are deemed necessary.

Thiele also admitted the decision may not satisfy everyone.

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Developers want 7th and Gilman fast-tracked

February 4, 2014

Lennar Multifamily Investors wants to move quickly on the first redevelopment in central Issaquah.

The developer with a Seattle office submitted an official site development permit application Dec. 18. It has an interest in working with the city to construct the first large project under the Central Issaquah Plan. However, it also has an optimistic schedule.

“We’re basically just starting our review,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “There doesn’t seem to be any major issues.”

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Geese likely won’t be killed at state park this year

February 4, 2014

The geese that roam Lake Sammamish State Park are likely safe this year, according to Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for Washington State Parks.

State park officials killed about 90 birds last summer to control the population and mitigate any harmful effects their feces may cause. So far, there are no plans to kill any at the local park this year, Painter said.

A Canada goose balances on one leg, preening among a flock of seagulls recently as one more gull glides in for a landing on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.  By Greg Farrar

A Canada goose balances on one leg, preening among a flock of seagulls recently as one more gull glides in for a landing on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.
By Greg Farrar

“Managers don’t foresee us doing a lethal solution at Lake Sammamish State Park this year,” she said.

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