December 10, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 10, 2013
The Issaquah School District PTSA is looking for parents and community members to take an online survey and give their views of what they value most in schools.
The PTSA has conducted similar surveys prior to its last two rounds of teacher contract negotiations. District teachers are about to engage in a new round of negotiations for contracts that expire in 2014.
Input collected from the survey, along with information from last spring’s districtwide homework survey, will be presented in January to district administrators, school board members and teachers’ union representatives.
Find the survey, which closes at midnight Dec. 12, here.
December 9, 2013
NEW — 4:45 p.m. Dec. 9, 2013
Need some holly or ivy for your holiday decorating? Join Janet Wall and friends Dec. 10 as they head up Tiger Mountain’s Ruth Kees Big Tree Trail to remove these invasive plants.
Meet at 10 a.m. at the High Point Trailhead. Cars will either need a Discover Pass or can park outside the gate.
Light snacks will be available. Bring your own drinks and lunch if you want.
December 9, 2013
NEW – 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2013
Movoto Real Estate, in its search for top cities in each state, has named Issaquah its top representative for Washington.
Movoto wrote about Issaquah:
“Coming in at No. 1 is Issaquah, not only for having one of the cooler names on our list, but also for scoring well in almost all of our criteria.”
December 8, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 8, 2013
Holiday waste reduction has never been easier, and King County’s Green Holidays program is here to help. The program offers fun, festive new resources for the 2013 holiday season.
Here are a few examples, from King County residents who are also experts on making the holidays greener, featured on the newly-revamped Green Holidays website.
Green giving: Use your skills — If you’re an accomplished photographer, for example, take pictures of families as a gift. Or give a digital copy of your favorite recipes, especially if the gift recipient has ever asked for your recipes.
December 7, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2013
A new tradition begins tonight with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. at the state park beach.
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.
December 6, 2013
NEW — 4:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013
Water expands when it freezes. This puts tremendous pressure on its container, including metal or plastic pipes, often causing them to burst during exceptionally cold weather.
The American Red Cross offers these easy tips to get your pipes through the current cold spell and the rest of winter:
Preventing frozen pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
December 6, 2013
NEW — 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013
With snow and freezing temperatures here, it’s time to prepare pets for the winter weather. Seattle Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe when the temperature dips.
Keep pets indoors
Pets can get frostbite, too. Never leave pets outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. On freezing cold days, keep their walks and snow-romps short. Never let dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become easily lost. Always make sure pets are microchipped and wear ID tags.
A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
December 6, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2013
In its first year of eligibility, Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center has earned the distinction as one of the top hospitals in the nation at providing the highest quality of patient care, according to The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey of more than 1,300 hospitals.
The designation was awarded to only two hospitals in Washington state.
Swedish/Issaquah, which opened in 2012, is one of only 55 urban hospitals named as a “Top Hospital” by Leapfrog, which also recognized 22 top rural hospitals and 13 top children’s hospitals.
December 5, 2013
NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2013
The Issaquah Valley Trolley will operate this weekend, Dec. 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Riders board at the Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The fare is by donation.
The route covers a half-mile of track from the depot to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek and back. Riders will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds and feel of car No. 519 in action and be able to imagine what it was like to arrive in Issaquah via rail a century ago.
December 3, 2013
King County certified the general election results Nov. 26.
No changes were made to the initial local results.
Mayor-elect Fred Butler slightly widened his lead against Joe Forkner, ultimately gaining 74 percent of the vote. The four City Council races were all unopposed, handing Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and newcomer Mary Lou Pauly four-year terms.