Costco leases Vulcan building for growing Issaquah headquarters staff

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2014

Costco Wholesale has leased an Issaquah office building developed by Vulcan to provide growing room for its headquarters staff, which now numbers about 3,000.

The 177,000-square-foot building at Sammamish Park Place, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway at S.E. 51st St., is about a mile from the warehouse retailer’s headquarters at 999 Lake Drive.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the lease gives Costco more room for part of its information technology staff and other operations.

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Eastridge center expands, hosts open house Aug. 26

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2014

The Eastridge Childcare and Learning Center has completed construction on additional classrooms, adding about 30 more openings for children to its Issaquah-Pine Lake campus.

There will be an open house for the public from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 26 to view the new classrooms and tour the entire childcare center.

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State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.

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Humane society offers fun, educational program for teenage animal lovers

August 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2014

Apply today for the Humane Teen Club at the Seattle Humane Society.

The club is a great program for teens 13-17 who are interested in learning about companion animal welfare and becoming volunteers at the humane society before they turn 18. Application deadline is Aug. 28.

Accepted applicants will learn about companion animal care and training as well as develop leadership skills. The Humane Teen Club promotes a service ethic in teens, and prepares them for volunteer service opportunities at the humane society.

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End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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Issaquah High School hosts sustainability ‘workout’ Aug. 22, public invited to evening forum

August 21, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2014

Fifty student leaders at the middle-school and high-school levels will convene Aug. 22 at Issaquah High School for the first 2050 Workout.

The workout will feature systems thinking, scenario mapping and public speaking practice. Student teams will present their findings at a free public forum from 6-7 p.m. at the school theater.

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Lake Sammamish Triathlon takes place Aug. 23

August 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Triathlon returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on Aug. 23.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile swim, a 14.7-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run, mostly over trails.

Participation fees range from $45 to $100, depending on the division being entered. They increase after online registration closes, at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Get a free Brown Bear car wash tomorrow

August 20, 2014

NEW – Noon Aug. 20, 2014

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 57th anniversary with free car washes Aug. 21.

Brown Bear will give away free “Bear Essential” car washes at 21 of its automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.

For the past eight years, the Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear has provided more than 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 27,223 complementary washes.

The local wash is at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

August 19, 2014

Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.

So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.

“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”

Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.

“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

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Scenes from suitcases

August 19, 2014

Photos By Greg Farrar Above, Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history. At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

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