Eastridge Church to offer Thanksgiving groceries to families in need

November 18, 2015

NEW — 3:46 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

Eastridge Church will hand out free Thanksgiving groceries to families in need Saturday, Nov. 21.

The church’s Issaquah location will begin offering turkeys and bags of groceries at 9 a.m. until supplies last. Eastridge is also offering free haircuts from licensed stylists, and winter coats and gloves.

“November is a natural season when we begin to think about the people and things for which we are thankful. But for many families with limited resources it can also be a stressful season,” Lead Pastor Steve Jamison said in a statement.

The church expects to hand out 1,500 dinner packages between its Issaquah and West Seattle locations. The groceries are first-come, first-served, with no demonstration of need required to receive the assistance. Read more

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Holidays, weather could alter waste collection schedule

November 18, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

The holiday season and potential for winter weather could create changes for Issaquah residents’ garbage and recycling service.

For Recology CleanScapes customers with a Thursday collection date, garbage and recycling will be picked up the day after Thanksgiving. And for Friday customers, garbage and recycling will be picked up Saturday, according to a city of Issaquah news release.

No collection occurs on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day. If your collection day falls on or after one of those holidays, your collection will be one day later that week.

Winter storms could make it unsafe to collect your curbside containers. To find out about temporary service changes: Read more

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Deputy Chief Greg Tryon named EFR interim chief

November 18, 2015

NEW — 3:27 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Greg Tryon will serve as the department’s interim chief starting Dec. 1.

Tryon replaces Fire Chief Lee Soptich, who is set to leave at the end of November. The EFR board of directors, with the assistance of a consulting firm, is currently searching for a permanent replacement.

Soptich called Tryon’s appointment “right for all the right reasons.”

“He has the institutional knowledge, professional skills, and well-tuned abilities to take on this next personal challenge and will not be one to just fill the seat,” Soptich said in a news release. Read more

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City moves forward with Confluence Park plans

November 18, 2015

NEW — 2:17 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

The city is moving forward with the $1.9 million rebuild of the 15.5-acre Confluence Park on Rainier Boulevard.

Those plans won’t include the Anderson farmhouse, quietly torn down in October after no new location for the 1896 home could be found.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, in May. It was torn down Oct. 18.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, in May. It was removed Oct. 19.

“I certainly think it’s a loss for the city of Issaquah,” said Chris Moore, executive director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Read more

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Eagles host annual turkey luncheon Saturday

November 18, 2015

NEW — 2:05 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 3054’s annual turkey luncheon, bake sale and holiday bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at its Issaquah location, 175 Front St. N.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., consisting of a traditional turkey dinner with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce and dessert.

Tickets are $8 and include entry to the bake sale and bazaar and a raffle for a Christmas quilt. You need not be a member to attend.

To learn more, go to www.foe3054.org or call 392-6751.

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Windstorm causing havoc on region

November 17, 2015

NEW — 3:38 p.m. Nov. 17, 2015

Many in Issaquah are still without power after a powerful wind and rain storm rolled through the region Tuesday.

Several schools canceled afternoon activities due to power outages. Pine Lake Middle School postponed a concert.

Downed trees and power lines caused Sammamish to close Southeast Duthie Hill Road. Nearby Cascade Ridge Elementary, which was without power, recognized in an email blast that parents would likely be late to pick up children due to the closure.

There were also reports of downed power lines on May Valley Road. Do you have photos of storm damage in your area? Tweet them to us @IssaquahPress or email them to newcastle@isspress.com. Read more

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Police blotter

November 17, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Nov. 17, 2015

Gummies gone

At 8:44 a.m. Nov. 6, $9.99 in gummy bears were reported stolen from the 1400 block of Highlands Drive Northeast. Read more

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City is monitoring hillside Talus construction site

November 16, 2015

NEW — 5:18 p.m. Nov. 16, 2015

Construction work has stopped and the city is watching the hillside above Northwest Talus Drive and Shangri-La Way after what Issaquah officials called “hillside movement” was spotted on Nov. 13.

In a released statement, the city said the following steps were taken immediately:

  • An evaluation of the situation was completed by two separate geotechnical experts.
  • A temporary wall was built at the base of the hillside.
  • The city began monitoring utility lines.

The location of the hillside movement, or landslide, is to become the site of 90 homes on the side of Cougar Mountain. Read more

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Prepare for high winds, rain

November 16, 2015

NEW — 4:56 p.m. Nov. 15, 2015

The region is in for a wet and windy Tuesday.

Seattle’s National Weather Service issued a “High Wind Watch” for most of Tuesday. Expect the highest winds to occur mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Especially after last weekend’s wet weather, the high winds can down trees and damage properties. Prepare now for power outages.

Puget Sound Energy offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here. Read more

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Backing for senior center funding takes another hit

November 15, 2015

NEW — 4:57 p.m. Nov. 15, 2015

The question of whether to fund the Issaquah Valley Senior Center remains up in the air, but there is almost no support for funding among city council members.

“I am not in favor of granting money to the same service provider,” said Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly.

Pauly said while she wants to fund senior citizen services, she is bothered by some of the actions of the center’s current administration.

Among other incidents, she specifically mentioned using “no trespassing” orders issued by police to bar seniors from the center. Read more

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