Beat the winter blues with winter brews Feb. 27

February 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

The Beat the Winter Brews Fest is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Possibly because of the close loss of the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game, the winter blues seem to be extra potent this year. Luckily, according to the sponsoring Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, there is an antidote in the form of beer, wine and spirits in a festive indoor/outdoor setting.

Bring on the nasty weather, promoters say, dress warm and help your friends and neighbors toast the warmer, drier days to come.

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City may finally consider dog park

February 24, 2015

“I think there is general feeling a dog park would be beneficial to Issaquah,” Danielle Githens, chairwoman of the Issaquah Park Board said.

However, don’t grab Fido and get him ready for a nice run just yet. Githens said the board is at the very beginning of discussions over a city-owned off-leash dog park and nothing has been settled or planned.

At a meeting near the end of January, the park board heard a presentation from City Parks Planner Jennifer Fink on area off-leash parks, where they are located and how they are run. The presentation was done at the board’s request.

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Vets advocate Dave Waggoner is honored as Hometown Hero

February 24, 2015

Issaquah doesn’t forget.

By Greg Farrar Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.

Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.

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Supporters still pushing for larger skate park

February 24, 2015

Supporters of a bigger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah skate park have taken their case to the Internet and hope to take it directly to Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.

As of Feb. 23, backers had 1,272 names on an electronic petition supporting the larger skate park, resident and park enthusiast Theresa Stoppard said.

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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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Atlas project won’t add traffic, city says

February 24, 2015

With one exception, the new Atlas project at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard will add essentially no traffic volume to neighboring intersections, according to city-mandated traffic studies.

By Greg Farrar A steady stream of dump trucks delivers dirt last fall to raise the grade of the Atlas project site, located at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

By Greg Farrar
A steady stream of dump trucks delivers dirt last fall to raise the grade of the Atlas project site, located at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

To be developed by Lennar Multifamily Communities, the Atlas project, already under construction, will consist of three five-story buildings with 344 dwelling units. Residents and visitors will have use of 310 below-building parking spaces and approximately 100 surface parking spots.

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Police blotter — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Car break-ins

  • A resident in the 100 block of Cougar Ridge Road Northwest reported at 9:57 a.m. Feb. 13 that someone broke into a 2009 Honda Civic there and stole a laptop.
  • At 12:49 p.m. Feb. 15, someone broke into a car at Northwest Oakcrest and Newport Way Northwest, causing $400 in damage to the window, and stole a pocketbook.
  • A resident in the 1000 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard reported at 1:02 p.m. Feb. 16 that someone broke into their car and stole a wallet. The total loss was valued at $330.
  • Someone broke into a car along Southeast 79th Street at 6:01 p.m. Feb. 16 and stole a pocketbook. The total loss was valued at $850.

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Eight-week closure of eastbound I-90 HOV ramp starts Feb. 25

February 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2015

Carpools, vanpools and transit will need to use the mainline exit from eastbound Interstate 90 to Interstate 405 during an eight-week closure of the eastbound I-90 HOV ramp to I-405.

The closure begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 25.

The closure will provide contractor crews from MidMountain Contractors Inc. with the space it needs to realign the HOV ramp. A portion of the work is weather-dependent, and heavy rain or cold temperatures could delay the reopening of the ramp.

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Former resident hosts book launch party in Seattle

February 23, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Feb. 23, 2015

Former Issaquah resident Bruno Gralpois will host a book launch party Feb. 26 for his tome on beauty and branding, “Magnifique Inside & Out.”

The French native interviews former Miss USA winners, business executives, entrepreneurs, authors and students. He found a common theme about these women that make them “beautiful.”

Gralpois shares these women’s remarkable stories of defiance and courage that make them as beautiful to the heart as they are to the eye. Through many years of research, Gralpois gives easy-to-follow tips on how to be beautiful.

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Lowe’s supports annual MDA Shamrock Program

February 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 22, 2015

Lowe’s stores nationwide are joining forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the MDA’s Shamrock program.

Through March 30, Lowe’s customers can support MDA research by adding a paper shamrock to their purchase at checkout for $1, $5 or a larger contribution.

The Issaquah Lowe’s is at 1625 11th Ave. N.W.

Since first teaming up with MDA in 2001, Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $45 million in the Shamrock Program.

Learn more about the MDA Shamrock Program and get involved at mda.org/shamrocks.

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