Senator’s office will sponsor student pages

January 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 27, 2015

Students ages 14 to 16 may serve as Senate pages through the office of Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, during the 2015 legislative session.

“Each year, hundreds of students enjoy this opportunity, and it’s one that I strongly recommend to 5th District residents,” Mullet said in a news release. “The page program lets young men and women see the workings of the Legislature from the inside and learn the real-world mechanics of how their government functions.”

Senate pages perform administrative tasks and participate in civic educational activities that demonstrate the operation of state government. Each page earns $35 a day for the five-day experience, performing tasks that range from making deliveries to Senate offices, to running errands, to working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. Read more

Learn how to keep kids safe online at Jan. 29 program

January 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 26, 2015

The Briarwood Elementary School PTSA presents “Teaching Your Child How To Share Smart & Stay Safe Online” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the school library, 17020 S.E. 134th St., Renton.

Everyone is welcome. The free program, sponsored by the Issaquah District PTSA Council, will teach practical strategies that can be put into action as soon as you get home.

Join presenter Anne Livingston to learn about what activities elementary school kids are doing online, understand the risks they may encounter, and get scripts to help establish rules and contracts. Read more

Volunteers needed to serve on city boards, commissions

January 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers to serve on its boards and commissions.

The boards/commissions cover a broad range of topics — arts, economic development, environmental issues, growth and even international diplomacy.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 30.

Following the interview process, appointments will be made by Mayor Fred Butler and confirmed by the City Council in the spring. Terms for board members and commissioners will start in May. Read more

Join in on first ever Track-a-thon Feb. 10

January 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 24, 2015

Issaquah Track & Field presents its first ever Issaquah High School Track-a-thon Feb. 10. Their goal is to raise $15,000 for a new pole vault mat to replace the one that has been injuring their pole vaulters.

To participate, download a sponsor form and inherent risk form online at

Ask everyone from family, friends and neighbors to sponsor you a certain amount of money per lap you run/jog/walk, per foot you jump in the long jump, or a flat donation amount.

Then go to the IHS track at 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Be sure to bring your inherent risk form. Complete as many laps as you can or jump as far as you can in an hour (you can only choose one). During the event, there will also be a timed mile, fun relays and more, all of which go toward your total lap count. Read more

Nominate an Issaquah Press Hometown Hero

January 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 23, 2015

Do you know someone in our community who does wonderful things?

Maybe he helps build water wells in a foreign country. Maybe you know a group that makes quilts for people with cancer.

Maybe it’s a family that gives time to animals at local animal shelters. Maybe it’s a group of children who saved their pennies to help victims of domestic violence. Or maybe you know a child who gave up birthday presents and instead asked that they go to others in need.

Read more

City to host 12SAQUAH rally Friday

January 22, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2015

If, on Feb. 1, a stranger asks where you live, and you reply “Issaquah,” you will have, inadvertently, misspoke.

To celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, Mayor Fred Butler will change Issaquah’s name to 12SAQUAH for Feb. 1, 2015 — the day of Super Bowl XLIX.

The mayor will issue the proclamation at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 23, during a rally at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

“As 12s, our community is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire nation,” Butler said in a news release. “We are thrilled to rename our city as a tribute to our Seahawks and their fans. I am proud to stand with our community of 12s and say, I’m in — again!”

This is the second straight year Issaquah has elected to change its name for the big game.

Father-daughter Valentine dance returns Feb. 7

January 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 22, 2015

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department will celebrate the 15th year of its Father-Daughter Valentine Dance Feb. 7.

The annual ball for fathers and daughters in grades from one through five is from 7-9 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Come dressed casual or formal. Refreshments will be provided and photo packages are available.

Tickets are $20 per couple in advance or $40 at the door.

Register at Learn more by calling 837-3300.

City’s $308 million traffic package faces Jan. 20 council vote

January 20, 2015

At its regular meeting Jan. 20, the Issaquah City Council was slated to vote on the $308 million concurrency plan that could set the stage for local infrastructure development for the next 15 years.

One highlight of the plan that has garnered a lot of attention is a possible 500 percent increase in the impact fees paid by developers.

For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were approved, that figure would jump to $8,600.

City Council President Paul Winterstein said council members have been studying the proposal for some time. State law requires cities develop concurrency plans that mitigate the effects of development on traffic and the city at the same time that development occurs. Winterstein said Issaquah really needs to update that plan about every three years, but the last major revisions happened in 2003. Read more

Flying Pie Pizzeria hopes to reopen by Super Bowl

January 20, 2015

The Flying Pie Pizzeria has been closed due to fire damage since Jan. 2.

Notes in the window of the restaurant at 30 Front St. S. say owners hope to be back in business by Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

Calls for comment were not returned. The latest posting on the Flying Pie Facebook page thanks customers for their patience and says a new oven is on its way to Issaquah and should arrive sometime this week. The posting further states a firm date for a reopening will be set as soon as the new oven is put in place and tested.

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New fire station dedication and open house is Jan. 24

January 20, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue will hold a dedication of Station 78, 20720 S.E. May Valley Road, at 10 a.m. Jan. 24, followed by an open house lasting until 1 p.m.

The free event is open to the public.

Fire commissioners from District 10, directors from EFR, fire administrators and firefighters will be on hand to greet those attending.

Station 78 was funded by a bond measure approved in 2012 by Fire District 10 voters. The new facility replaces a station that was located at S.E. 113th Street and state Route 900. Read more

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