City hosts tree planting party Saturday for Arbor Day

April 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2014

Join the city of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department in planting trees April 26 and celebrating Arbor Day.

Volunteers are needed to plant trees along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail. Participate by checking in at the information booth near the Pickering Trail entrance between 9 and 11 a.m. Planting is from 11 a.m. to noon.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring a pair of gardening gloves to wear. Volunteers will provide tools.

Police nab mobile phone burglars at Issaquah T-Mobile store

April 23, 2014

NEW — 12:28 p.m. April 23, 2014

Issaquah police arrested three Seattle residents for breaking into a T-Mobile store April 23.

On patrol in the area, officers spotted the suspects forcibly enter the store, 1171 N.W. Sammamish Road, at 3:22 a.m.

Police apprehended the men leaving the store. Officers caught two of the burglars immediately, while a third fled on foot. Assistance from a Redmond Police Department K-9 unit caught the runaway suspect near Lake Sammamish State Park.

The suspects were booked into the King County Jail for second-degree burglary.

Life Enrichment Options hosts Ask a Cop! event on Thursday

April 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 23, 2014

Join Life Enrichment Options for Ask a Cop! from 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 at Tibbetts Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

The event is a fun and informative evening with Issaquah police officers as they discuss the expectations of police in various encounters and help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities to interact safely.

The officers will present multiple scenarios to explain what a law enforcement officer expects of disabled community members and ways to communicate their disability.

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April showers, market flowers

April 22, 2014

First farmers market of the season finds a hardy crowd despite wet conditions

Photos by Greg Farrar Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

 

The 2014 Issaquah Farmers Market season got off to a wet start April 18.

The rain, which fell just before noon, did little to keep the usual Pickering Farm crowds from the host of vendors, exhibitors, farmers and demonstrations. It was the first day of this season’s market, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11, rain or shine.

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City Council divided as marijuana moratorium deadline draws near

April 22, 2014

Marijuana was the sole agenda item at the April 14 Issaquah City Council work session as the administration gave an updated presentation to the council.

Through the state’s definition of business rules and an ultimate lack of response from this year’s legislative session, the council has maintained a reflective stance on the future of recreational marijuana.

The council established a six-month moratorium in September and extended it again in February, as it explored how the city should extend the state’s base regulations or consider banning marijuana business practices all together.

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Food bank adds hours, services as needs grow

April 22, 2014

As need grows, so does the effort to help.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.

“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.

The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.

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New Police Chief Scott Behrbaum plans to follow same strategies

April 22, 2014

Newly confirmed Police Chief Scott Behrbaum does not expect to make a lot of changes to the department anytime soon.

After serving 17 years with the Issaquah Police Department, and the past seven of those as patrol commander under retired Chief Paul Ayers, Behrbaum said he believes in the ongoing direction of the department.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

“I’m excited for the appointment,” he said. “I’m really proud of our department and the positive impact it has established in our community.”

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Schools’ committee looks for public input on student nutrition

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah School District’s nutrition advisory committee will host a public meeting regarding new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for student nutrition and activities.

The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. April 30 at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The committee will listen to public comments for 10-20 minutes at the beginning. The public is invited to stay and listen to the remainder of the meeting.

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Sign up for executive function workshop

April 22, 2014

Join Encompass at a free Executive Function Workshop from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

Kerry Beymer, manager of the Parenting Education Program at Encompass, has taught families for 15 years and is a certified Parenting Counts educator.

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EFR hosts Tiger Mountain Fire Station open house on April 27

April 22, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Tiger Mountain Fire Station, 15132 Tiger Mountain Road S.E.

The meeting will let residents get acquainted with local responders, receive information about services provided and learn how to become a local responder in their community.

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