King County still collecting household hazardous wastes

December 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 20, 2014

While King County’s Wastemobile has stopped for winter, year-round disposal services are still available.

The closest location is in Factoria, at 13800 S.E. 32nd St., and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Free ‘Celtic Christmas’ show is Dec. 21

December 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2014

Enjoy an evening of free Irish music at the ‘Celtic Christmas’ show with The Fire Inside from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 21, at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The Fire Inside has been playing family friendly concerts in the Northwest with jigs, reels and hornpipes for more than five years.

Learn more about the band here.

Pacific Cascade Middle School closed Friday

December 19, 2014

NEW  — 5:30 a.m. Dec. 19, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School will remain closed Friday, Dec. 19 while authorities continue an investigation into the letter that threatened four teachers.

As no new information has come to light, the district made the decision to keep the school closed for the third straight day. Today would have been the students’ last day before winter break. School is set to resume Jan. 5, after the holidays.

The school was abruptly closed Wednesday, after staff members found a typed note “threatening violence,” according to the Issaquah School District.

The note was left outside a teacher’s classroom and specifically threatened four Pacific Cascade staff members. Read more

Two male teens surrender to police after seven-hour standoff

December 18, 2014

UPDATED — 2:24 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Two people have surrendered to police after being barricaded in an Issaquah home after police responded to a domestic violence call early this morning.

Police arrested two 17-year-old men, according to a news release from the city. The men surrendered to police at about noon. One man was arrested for felony harassment and domestic violence. The other suspect was arrested for felony harassment.

At 5:15 a.m., police responded to a call of domestic violence at a home near Third Place Northwest and Northwest Dogwood Street. A man refused to cooperate with police, instead barricading himself inside the home and making verbal threats to the officers. The officers had been waiting him out since the initial contact.

By Greg Farrar Police gather at Northwest Dogwood Street and Third Avenue Northwest, during a standoff with a man barricaded in his house.

By Greg Farrar
From left, Issaquah Police detective Laura Asbell, a Renton sharpshooter, Issaquah Cmdr. Bob Porter, a Redmond police officer, Issaquah Cmdr. Stan Conrad, Issaquah Sgt. Paul Fairbanks and Issaquah Chief Scott Behrbaum confer on Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18 while two people were barricaded in a home.

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Gas leak at Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900

December 18, 2014

UPDATED — 2:50 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar A Puget Sound Energy crew and other workers dig into the pavement on Northwest Gilman Boulevard a block east of state Route 900 on Dec. 18 to repair a natural gas leak.

By Greg Farrar
A Puget Sound Energy crew and other workers dig into the pavement on Northwest Gilman Boulevard a block east of state Route 900 on Dec. 18 to repair a natural gas leak.

A gas leak at Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900 has emergency crews on the scene and it could be several hours before that situation is resolved, according to the Twitter feeds of the city of Issaquah and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Two eastbound lanes of Northwest Gilman Boulevard between SR 900 and 12th Avenue were initially closed, but one lane was reopened just before 2:30 p.m.

While Puget Sound Energy is on scene responding to the gas leak, the city of Issaquah is encouraging drivers to avoid the area.

Pacific Cascade Middle School remains closed Thursday while threat investigation continues

December 18, 2014

UPDATED — 3 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School remained closed Thursday, Dec. 18 while authorities continue an investigation into the letter that threatened four teachers.

The Issaquah School District announced that “no new information has come to light,” therefore the decision was made to keep the school closed for the second straight day.

The school was abruptly closed Wednesday, after staff members found a typed note “threatening violence,” according to the Issaquah School District.

The note was left outside a teacher’s classroom and specifically threatened four Pacific Cascade staff members. Read more

Come caroling at train depot tonight

December 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. tonight.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet.

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Two people surrender to police after seven-hour standoff

December 18, 2014

UPDATED — 2:24 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Two people have surrendered to police after being barricaded in an Issaquah home after police responded to a domestic violence call early this morning.

Police arrested two 17-year-old men, according to a news release from the city. The men surrendered to police at about noon. One man was arrested for felony harassment and domestic violence. The other suspect was arrested for felony harassment.

At 5:15 a.m., police responded to a call of domestic violence at a home near Third Place Northwest and Northwest Dogwood Street. A man refused to cooperate with police, instead barricading himself inside the home and making verbal threats to the officers. The officers had been waiting him out since the initial contact.

By Greg Farrar Police gather at Northwest Dogwood Street and Third Avenue Northwest, during a standoff with a man barricaded in his house.

By Greg Farrar
From left, Issaquah Police detective Laura Asbell, a Renton sharpshooter, Issaquah Cmdr. Bob Porter, a Redmond police officer, Issaquah Cmdr. Stan Conrad, Issaquah Sgt. Paul Fairbanks and Issaquah Chief Scott Behrbaum confer on Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18 while two people were barricaded in a home.

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Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed after teacher threats

December 17, 2014

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Dec. 17, 2014

Pacific Cascade Middle School is closed today because of a threat to four teachers.

The decision was made this morning, according to an email to parents.

“We have just learned this morning of a typed letter left outside a teacher’s classroom threatening violence against four PCMS staff members this Friday,” the email read. “The note also contains unspecified threats to do violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Friday and makes reference to having access to a gun.

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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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