September 2, 2014
The Microsoft Alumni Foundation and the Microsoft Alumni Network has joined to foster and build a broad alumni network for former Microsoft employees.
The new network will continue to celebrate the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit cultivated at Microsoft and continued throughout career changes and retirement.
August 26, 2014
Arena Sports, the parent company that purchased the Sammamish Club, is changing the name to Issaquah Fitness.
The name change, official Sept. 1, is to alleviate confusion about where the club is.
“When the Sammamish Club was originally started, the city of Sammamish did not exist,” Ramon Velasquez, general manager the club, said in a news release. “The club actually resides in the city of Issaquah not Sammamish. We are proud to announce that we will be changing our name to Issaquah Fitness to better reflect our location and our purpose.”
The club is at 2115 N.W. Poplar Way. Call 313-3131.
August 25, 2014
NEW — 6:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2014
Costco Wholesale has leased an Issaquah office building developed by Vulcan to provide growing room for its headquarters staff, which now numbers about 3,000.
The 177,000-square-foot building at Sammamish Park Place, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway at S.E. 51st St., is about a mile from the warehouse retailer’s headquarters at 999 Lake Drive.
Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the lease gives Costco more room for part of its information technology staff and other operations.
July 15, 2014
The Washington State Society of Prosthodontists has recognized Dr. Mike Hamid Mirsepasi at Noble Dental Care, in Issaquah, for his service to the society.
He served as secretary in 2010-12 and president 2012-13.
Mirsepasi is the only trained prosthodontist in the Issaquah and Sammamish area.
Recognized by the American Dental Association, prosthodontists are experts in the prevention and treatment of tooth loss.
Mirsepasi treats patients of all ages to make their smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. He specializes in the complex restoration of teeth, including dental implants, dentures, cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns and bridges.
May 20, 2014
New dental group opens in Issaquah Highlands
The Issaquah Highlands Dental Group has opened.
Issaquah Highlands Dental Group, a Smile Generation-trusted office, is equipped with advanced technologies including online registration, digital X-rays and CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry. The use of this technology affords patients high-quality dental care and convenience.
The office utilizes only digital X-rays, which are safer for patients due to 90 percent lower radiation exposure as compared with traditional X-rays.
With the use of CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry, patients no longer have to worry about messy impressions and scheduling multiple trips to the dentist in order to have a crown molded.
February 8, 2013
NEW — 12:05 p.m. Feb. 8, 2013
High on Squak Mountain, pink plastic strips tied to trees mark 216 acres of forest as a timber harvest area.
Since a timber company purchased the forest and started the process to permit logging on the site, conservationists and nearby residents mobilized to fight the proposal to clear cut the land. The logging opponents said cutting trees on the land could lead to more flooding downhill, damage sensitive fish and wildlife habitat, and add a timber harvest site near conservation lands.
The proposal from Eatonville-based Erickson Logging to harvest timber on 216 acres on the mountainside above Renton-Issaquah Road Southeast galvanized residents on Squak Mountain and near May Creek, a destination for runoff from the mountain.
February 7, 2013
NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013
The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.
The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.
The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting in the summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.
BevMo! — a chain based in Concord, Calif. — intends to expand to Issaquah after opening outposts in Bellevue and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region after the state privatized liquor sales in June 2012.
February 6, 2013
NEW — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013
Change is coming to the Sammamish Club fitness and tennis facility at the base of Cougar Mountain.
Seattle-based Arena Sports intends to purchase the property. Plans call for the company upgrade the pool and fitness areas, and convert the tennis courts into a soccer field and indoor inflatable playground.
Arena Sports also operates facilities at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, South Seattle and Redmond.
The closing date for the Sammamish Club property is set for March 1.
The property consists of adjoining structures — a 24,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility built in 1978 and a 24,148-square-foot fitness facility built in 1999 — on 4.46 acres visible from Interstate 90 and Newport Way Northwest.
February 6, 2013
NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013
REI leader Sally Jewell, a leader in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, is President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. interior secretary.
Jewell is Kent-based REI’s president and CEO, in addition to serving as a board member for the nonprofit organization underpinning the greenway — a 100-mile greenbelt stretched along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington.
Obama announced Jewell’s appointment Wednesday at a White House ceremony. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she is poised to succeed outgoing Department of the Interior chief Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado.
“Sally Jewell is a respected leader and passionate advocate for conservation, recreation and outdoor education,” Cynthia Welti, greenway trust executive director, said in a statement. “We are delighted with this news. Sally will serve our country well.”
February 5, 2013
In Mirrormont, longtime homeowner Cathe Avila can no longer keep windows open at home, or walk black Labrador retriever Django in the neighborhood.
The problem, she said, is the odor from the Cedar Grove Composting facility in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley, about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.
Avila said the odor is traceable to 2004, once Cedar Grove starting accepting food scraps for composting.
“Then, after that, the smell just started getting worse and worse,” she said.