Car tab fees, sales taxes could help pay for roadwork

December 16, 2014

Funding was a big part of the discussion as the Issaquah City Council took up the roughly $304 million development impact plan proposed by the administration.

While developers would cover some of the cost by way of increased impact fees, the city could be on the hook for approximately $191 million. City consultant Randy Young said there are five means by which Issaquah could raise the needed dollars:

  • a local $50 car tab fee,
  • business license fees based on the number of employees,
  • a voter-approved road levy,
  • bond sales paid for through increased local property taxes,
  • a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent.

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Mad Scrapper loses lease

December 16, 2014

After almost 17 years in the same location, the Mad Scrapper in the Meadows Shopping Center on Gilman Boulevard is closing its doors Dec. 21.

“It’s very sad,” owner and operator Carolyn Elderkin said.

Along with Emerald Smoothies, the Mad Scrapper has lost its lease on the space it occupies in the Meadows, a plaza anchored by a QFC grocery store.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps new resident get on her feet

December 16, 2014

Shannon Winkler has called Issaquah home for only a few weeks, but already, she knows it’s a special place.

It’s a place filled with people and nonprofit organizations that take care of their own through good times and bad.

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City leaders say county may be softening stance on trail issues

December 16, 2014

While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city of Sammamish officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.

The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.

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Squirreling away winter stores

December 16, 2014

By Terry Walker Terry Walker took this photo of a gray squirrel eating crab-apples in the snow Nov. 29 in his garden on Hepler Lane.

By Terry Walker
Terry Walker took this photo of a gray squirrel eating crab-apples in the snow Nov. 29 in his garden on Hepler Lane.

Survey seeks opinions about city issues

December 16, 2014

The city of Issaquah administration wants to know how you feel about the city you call home.

Beginning early this month and continuing until Jan. 10, the National Research Center, a private Colorado firm contracted to determine local opinions about Issaquah in general, has been contacting residents with a variety of questions.

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Math club activities add up to engaged students

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

By Neil Pierson
Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.

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Flowers in December?

December 16, 2014

It’s December. I was sitting by the window looking at my deck this morning. I had set a pot of mums from the supermarket out there, because it was warm and I thought they would like it.

The shocking color of the red and yellow mums against the weathered browns, mossy greens and gray twigs was startling. The flowers didn’t fit with the otherwise perfect Northwest scene that I am used to.

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Sheriff honored as ‘Champion for Washington’s Children’

December 16, 2014

King County Sheriff John Urquhart recently received the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids “Champion for Washington’s Children” Award for his work on behalf of early learning.

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Editorial — Traffic plan is needed, but will it bring results?

December 16, 2014

City officials have recommended a plan to do something about traffic in Issaquah, one that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.

That’s the good news.

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