Parking lot, trail access for Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park open

January 20, 2015

The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, according to a King County Parks partnership project news release.

Work has been completed on the new 74-space parking lot at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road that will serve as the main access point for the mountain bike park. The lot opened Jan. 17, and will be open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

The lot includes spaces for two truck-and-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone and restrooms. A new, quarter-mile connector trail has also been built that links the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. The trail provides park users with a safe, dedicated path. Read more

Fresh foliage

January 20, 2015


By Greg Farrar Luis Estrada, one of the team of Issaquah Parks Maintenance workers on the site, pours sandy soil around the rootball of a columnar tulip tree, one of the 21 liriodendron tulipifera ‘fastigiatum’ trees that were planted Jan. 13 aside the baseball diamond at Veterans’ Memorial Field downtown. The previous windbreak of 30 old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous poplars were cut down in November. The new species was selected by city arborist Alan Haywood to be better-growing, have a wider-diameter crown, age better, and be more resilient against weather extremes, disease and insects. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.


Police & Fire

January 20, 2015

Editor’s note: Due to Eastside Fire & Rescue installing a new records system, fire reports were not available. 

Car break-ins

  • At 12:49 p.m. Jan. 9, the owner of a 2002 Ford F350 reported someone broke into the truck and stole a guitar, compound bow, gift cards and cash. The total loss was estimated at $2,700.
  • Before 3 a.m. Jan. 11, someone broke into a car in the 600 block of Front Street South and stole a pack of cigarettes valued at $7.
  • At 8:51 p.m. Jan. 12, a resident in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast reported someone broke into their car and stole a computer, tote bag and books, with a total value of $420.
  • At 7:34 a.m. Jan. 13, someone broke into a vehicle in the 900 block of Northeast Ingram Street, causing window damage and stealing medical equipment. The total loss was estimated at $1,000.

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Value Village to open Feb. 19 in long vacant supermarket space

January 20, 2015

The move first was announced in December 2013. Now, after months of planning and remodeling work, Value Village is ready to open in the former Albertson’s supermarket space.

The store, at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, will open its doors at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 19.

A large network of thrift stores, Value Village operates off donations of clothes, housewares, appliances, kitchen items and so on. The items are resold for charity, particularly Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Puget Sound, according to information released by Value Village.

Instead of going to landfills, unused items are recycled or sent to developing countries. Read more

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel construction reaches top floor

January 20, 2015

Homewood Suites by Hilton, an upscale, all-suite, residential, extended-stay hotel will be coming soon to the Hyla Crossing neighborhood of Issaquah.

Contributed GLY staff, subcontractors and Rowley’s team signed a beam to mark the topping off of the Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton. The beam was flown by GLY’s crane operator to the top of the building where it was then permanently installed.   The extended stay hotel is scheduled to open this summer.

GLY staff, subcontractors and Rowley’s team signed a beam to mark the topping off of the Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton. The beam was flown by GLY’s crane operator to the top of the building where it was then permanently installed. The extended stay hotel is scheduled to open this summer.

Last week, key players in the project participated in a topping-off ceremony organized by GLY Construction. Read more

Get Wine Walk tickets now

January 20, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association kicks off its fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series Feb. 6.

Enjoy live music, art, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations along Front Street. Shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event. Check-in is 6 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Purchase tickets or learn more at

Issaquah Alps Trails Club announces new schedule

January 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has just published its new hike schedule for January, February and March.

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‘Let’s Get Certified’ business workshop coming to Issaquah

January 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee recently proclaimed Jan. 20-23 as “Minority and Women-Owned Business Week.”

“We recognize the vital role minority and women-owned businesses play in our daily lives and the significant contributions they make to Washington’s economy,” Inslee said in the proclamation.

Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises has been the lead agency in certifying minority and women-owned businesses, so those businesses may obtain state contracts and procurement opportunities. The enterprise will host a workshop at 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Issaquah Library meeting room, 10 W. Sunset Way, to tell people about all of the various certifications that are available to enter into government contracting.

The workshop is free and open to the public for any business or private individual thinking of starting a business. Learn more at

Next state parks free parking days are Jan. 18-19

January 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s next free days are Jan. 18-19, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day visits at state parks.

The two dates are to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Some late-season cyanobacteria in Lake Washington is toxic to people, can be fatal to dogs

January 16, 2015

NEW — 12:09 p.m. Jan. 16, 2015

Generally mild weather this fall has extended the algae-growing season on lakes across King County. Toxic cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are currently blooming along some shorelines on Lake Washington.

The King County Environmental Laboratory found concentrations above the state recreational guideline that are potentially dangerous for human health, according to a news release from Public Health — Seattle & King County.

“Scums” or accumulation of toxic algae were found at Arrowhead Point in Kenmore, Mercer Island, Magnuson Park and Gene Coulon Park in Renton, but they may be found in other areas because the blooms float and are moved easily by the wind.

Advice for people and dogs:

People and dogs should not swim, wade or play in the lake if blue-green algae or scum are present. Dog owners should not allow their dogs to have any contact with the water if there is an algae bloom or scum nearby. If a dog has contact with an algae bloom, do not let it lick its fur; rinse the dog with clean water and then rinse your hands and any exposed skin.

Warning signs: Read more

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