Officials look to increase meager percentages of local affordable housing

August 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015

Like the rest of the Eastside of the Seattle area, Issaquah ranks low in the proportion of housing available to people with lower income levels.

That was one of the messages delivered to the Issaquah City Council at a work session held July 13.

The Eastside has a low proportion — about 7 percent — of overall housing affordable by low- and very low-income households, according to information presented by Arthur Sullivan, program manager for A Regional Coalition for Housing, an areawide affordable housing organization.

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Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Issaquah joins national Farmers Market Week —Aug. 2-8

August 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2015

Celebrate Farmers Market Week with a visit to the Issaquah Farmers Market.

Issaquah’s market is joining other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and farmers markets to recognize the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week — Aug. 2-8.

Farmers markets offer fresh, seasonal food grown by small farms in Washington. Those purchases create stronger local food economies and support more than 1,000 unique farms.

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Protect yourself and others from wildfires

July 31, 2015

NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015

Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.

Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.

A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.

And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.

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Crews battling brush fire near Preston

July 31, 2015

NEW — 12:38 p.m. July 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews are battling a brush fire near Interstate 90 in Preston, just east of Issaquah.

By Matt Holt A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

By Matt Holt
A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

The fire is under control, though crews are expected to be on-scene for sometime overhauling the fire, according to the Eastside Firefighters Twitter account.
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City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

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Aegis breaks ground on region’s only Chinese-focused retirement community in nearby Newcastle

July 30, 2015

NEW — 9:15 p.m. July 30, 2015

History is one of Newcastle’s greatest assets.

The Eastside suburb’s story dates back more than 150 years, when it was the second largest town in King County. During that time, coal was king, and Newcastle had plenty of it.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region's first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region’s first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

That history was at the forefront of attendees’ minds July 30, when nearly 300 people gathered in Newcastle to celebrate the groundbreaking of a unique Aegis Living retirement community. Read more

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Paving projects planned throughout Issaquah

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The city has several paving projects planned.

Work started July 27 at the intersection of Newport Way and West Sunset Way as crews replace ADA-accessible ramps. Traffic in the intersection was to be reduced to one lane in all directions. Pedestrians were asked to prepare for detours through the intersection as well.

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Police blotter — July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. July 30, 2015

Vandalism

  • At 9:04 a.m. July 16, an EFR firefighter discovered damage to his vehicle before leaving for work in the 100 block of East Sunset Way.
  • Someone caused $100 damage to a lock in the 5200 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 7:04 p.m. July 16.
  • At 9:28 a.m. July 20, someone caused $1,500 in damage to a rear hatchback of a car in the 1600 block of Northeast Juneberry Street.

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel tonight

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues July 30 with Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages.

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