Design submitted for new skate park

July 22, 2014

Issaquah’s new skate park is moving closer to construction with Grindline Skateparks Inc. providing a near-final design.

After three public input meetings, the city-hired designer gave city officials its vision of what Issaquah’s skaters said they wanted in a new park. Grindline lead designer Micah Shapiro said their plan brought flow and a variety of elements to the 8,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped plot in Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the Issaquah Transit Center.

“We’ve kind of gotten it figured out what the public wants,” Shapiro said. “It’s really all about what they want in their skatepark.”

Grindline Skateparks Inc. Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

Grindline Skateparks Inc.
Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

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$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

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Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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Police & Fire

July 22, 2014

Stalkie talkie

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of 12th Avenue Northwest on report of a male who was speaking to two juvenile females over walkie talkie July 13. The reporting person said it sounded like the male was following the girls. It appeared the two juvenile females walkie talkies were inadvertently on the same frequency as the man’s.

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Get your taste on at Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz Thursday night

July 22, 2014

NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presents its 26th annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 24 at Boehm’s Candies, 255 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

Tickets are $40 and include signature dishes from local restaurants, wine and ale tasting, chocolate samples and more. This year’s featured jazz performer is Phillip Lomax, who competed on the television show “The X Factor.”

Tickets are still available. Get them here.

Attendees must be ages 21 and older.

The chamber also has available for $20 designated driver ticket, which includes everything but alcohol. Learn more by calling 392-0661.

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50th year with Aug. 8 open house

July 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2014

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its 50th year serving the community with a reunion/open house Aug. 8.

The center is at 805 Front St. S.

Join Eastside Fire & Rescue in ‘Stuffing the Boot’ for the Issaquah Senior Outreach Program. There will also be fire truck tours, refreshments, a caricature artist, the Good Vibez Jazz Band and facility tours.

Learn more about the facility here. RSVP for the event by calling 392-1271.

Attend state public meeting July 22, in person or online, about water quality standards

July 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2014

Key interest groups and the general public are invited to a July 22 meeting to learn about next steps in updating the state’s water quality standards for toxics.

The proposed updates have been developed in part by looking at how much fish we eat.

The meeting will discuss the state Department of Ecology’s approach to developing the draft rule. The public meeting will be held as an interactive webinar from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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Big Fish Grill donates $1,000 to Seattle Children’s

July 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 20, 2014

Carrie Orrico, owner of Big Fish Grill, presented a $1,000 check to Katie Fath, of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, July 11.

The money was raised from a wine-tasting event held in the private dining room at The Big Fish Grill in Issaquah on June 24.

The event featured John Bigelow, of JM Cellars in Woodinville. Bigelow presented a select group of his wines to 28 attendees and shared stories about how he entered the wine business, the current wine culture and growing grapes in the state of Washington.

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Issaquah’s Alena Hove wins the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division

July 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2014

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

Courtesy KING FM Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

Courtesy KING FM
Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. The Issaquah 15-year-old won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

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Combat Flip Flops launches crowdfunding campaign

July 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2014

Issaquah company Combat Flip Flops has launched a crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal of starting a cashmere program.

The company hopes to raise $15,000 to jumpstart an initiative that transforms cashmere wool from local goat farmers in Afghanistan into fashion-statement luxury scarves available in First World markets.

With the Rock the Cashmagh campaign, the company hopes to aide in the development of a stable, self-sufficient economy in the war-torn nation.

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