Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

April 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Documentary ‘Hunger in America’ is May 6

April 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2015

Imagine Housing and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank present the Eastside premiere of “Hunger in America,” a documentary about the nation’s hunger epidemic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. May 6, for a 7 p.m. screening at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

After the film screening, stay for a community conversation to discuss the impact and significance of hunger in our community.

Public comment session on Snoqualmie, Olympic forests is April 28 in Issaquah

April 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2015

Responding to requests by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, the U.S. Forest Service plans additional “listening sessions” to accept public comment on the ongoing study of the Northwest Forest Plan.

With the main topic being the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests, a listening session is slated from 6-8 p.m. April 28 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah. The Issaquah session is meant to solicit public opinion on what changes to the Northwest Forest Plan might be needed, said Kelly Spute, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

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Federal legislators urge emergency federal funding for I-90 overpass

April 22, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 22, 2015

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant Emergency Relief program funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs for the Interstate 90 overpass, according to a news release from Murray’s office.

On March 13, a Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the overpass above Front Street.

“The Front Street I-90 overpass is critical to in King County and to the State of Washington,” the members of Congress wrote. “As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods across Washington and to our ports, creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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Issaquah mother Relays for more time

April 21, 2015

When doctors diagnosed Issaquah mom Sheila Cecil with a rare sarcoma in 2000, her three children were just 5, 9 and 10 years old.

“For a long time, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to be here for them, to see them grow up,’” she said.

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Civil War custodians

April 21, 2015

By Greg Farrar Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

By Greg Farrar
Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

Voters to decide on county levy to replace emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

Ballots went into the mail April 8 for the upcoming April 28 special election.

In Issaquah, voters have only one issue before them: Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communications system.

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