Council adopts Costco agreement

October 21, 2014

Move paves way for headquarters expansion

The nation’s second largest retailer is free to expand its headquarters, and it will continue to happen here in Issaquah.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a 30-year development agreement with Costco Oct. 13, giving the company flexibility to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its international headquarters housed in Pickering Place.

“It’s really a very, very big deal for Issaquah and for Costco,” Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer said at the Oct. 13 meeting. “It ensures that, for years to come, when people around the country and around the world speak of Costco it will be in connection with the words ‘An Issaquah, Washington-based corporation.’”

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Business community raises concerns about new B&O tax

October 21, 2014

As the city of Issaquah considers raising its business and occupation tax for the first time since 2004, local business owners gathered to offer their concerns about the proposal at an Oct. 15 roundtable at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce-hosted event showed business leaders have plenty of questions about the tax increase, including where the extra revenue will be spent.

“I don’t want to pay for fluff,” said Norma Stephens, Curves of Issaquah owner.

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Give input on city’s proposed 2015 budget

October 21, 2014

Residents can offer their input about the city’s proposed 2015 budget at two upcoming public hearings.

The Issaquah City Council will hold a public hearing to consider revenue sources, including a possible increase to property tax revenues, at its Nov. 3 regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

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Eastside Baby Corner names new board members

October 21, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner recently appointed the following new members to its board of directors:

Rick Lessley, of Sammamish, vice president of the Supply Chain Group at Nintendo of America Inc. He has served as an executive at Nintendo since 2001

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Fern Life Center welcomes new provider

October 21, 2014

Fern Life Center welcomes new provider Kristen Brown.

The center’s well woman, urgent care and functional medicine practitioner is in the office Thursdays. Ask the front desk about her schedule.

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Issaquah dentist Ajay Dhankhar wins award

October 21, 2014

Issaquah dentist Ajay Dhankhar won the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2014 Fellowship Award at its June conference in Detroit.

The award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession.

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Captain’s Cleaners receives county aid for service upgrade

October 21, 2014

Issaquah business Captain’s Cleaners was one of four King County dry cleaners to receive a $15,000 grant from the county hazardous waste management program to help purchase dry cleaning machines that use safer cleaning solvents.

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Issaquah angus ranch named to top 10

October 21, 2014

Blue Drifter Ranch in Issaquah tied for 10th largest in registering the most angus beef cattle in Washington with the American Angus Association during the fiscal year 2014.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2014 registered 298,369 head of Angus cattle.

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Jeff Nadeau joins Ancient Arts Bodywork

October 21, 2014

Ancient Arts Bodywork has announced the addition of Jeff Nadeau to the Issaquah healthcare clinic.

Nadeau attended the Brian Utting Massage School (now Cortiva Seattle) and graduated in 1995. He was a Boeing inspector for 16 years until he found his new career as a licensed massage practitioner in Bellevue.

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Seahawks honor teacher

October 21, 2014

By Greg Farrar Melissa Norman (holding check), a ninth-year special education teacher at Maywood Middle School, was surprised in front of her students and honored by the Seattle Seahawks and Bellevue-based Symetra Financial Corporation in September as a ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom,’ one of just 16 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area chosen during the 2014 National Football League regular season. Norman received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, tickets to a Seahawks home game including a pre-game visit on the field, and a jersey and football. With Norman were (from left) Jane Harris, assistant principal; Jason Morse, principal; Shaun Angell, Seahawks corporate partnership manager; and Candace Bailey, Symetra customer service representative.

By Greg Farrar
Melissa Norman (holding check), a ninth-year special education teacher at Maywood Middle School, was surprised in front of her students and honored by the Seattle Seahawks and Bellevue-based Symetra Financial Corporation in September as a ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom,’ one of just 16 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area chosen during the 2014 National Football League regular season. Norman received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, tickets to a Seahawks home game including a pre-game visit on the field, and a jersey and football. With Norman were (from left) Jane Harris, assistant principal; Jason Morse, principal; Shaun Angell, Seahawks corporate partnership manager; and Candace Bailey, Symetra customer service representative.

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