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.

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Nominate an Issaquah Press Hometown Hero

January 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2015

Do you know someone in our community who does wonderful things?

Maybe he helps build water wells in a foreign country. Maybe you know a group that makes quilts for people with cancer.

Maybe it’s a family that gives time to animals at local animal shelters. Maybe it’s a group of children who saved their pennies to help victims of domestic violence. Or maybe you know a child who gave up birthday presents and instead asked that they go to others in need.

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Pine Lake Middle School on alert after another suspicious message discovered

January 15, 2015

UPDATED — 4:20 p.m. Jan. 15, 2015

Pine Lake Middle School was again on alert, after a student reported a suspicious message written on the wall of a boys bathroom.

“The message references the school blowing up, but was not at all specific as to by what means or when,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents.

Caponigro said the message was likely a prank, but that law enforcement was quickly alerted. After a thorough sweep, police found no evidence of any explosives. School will resume normally on Friday, she added.

“We will continue our investigation and certainly hope to identify the individual responsible,” she said.

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Take time to view Comet Lovejoy

January 14, 2015

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2015

Skywatchers should enjoy a good view of the Comet Lovejoy, or C/2014 Q2, which should be visible to the unaided eye under good conditions for the next few nights.

“Should we get a clear sky, Comet Lovejoy should appear to the right side of the constellations Orion and Taurus, now visible in the southern sky,” Bruce Palmquist, Central Washington University professor of physics and science education, said in a news release.

To see the comet, viewers should face due south, and look to the three stars that make up Orion’s belt.

NASA/MSFC/Jacobs Technology/ESSSA/Aaron Kingery

NASA/MSFC/Jacobs Technology/ESSSA/Aaron Kingery

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Recreational marijuana store could open by month’s end

January 13, 2015

Due to state rules, Issaquah can be home to only one recreational marijuana store and that could open by the end of the month, according to store manager Cliff Gehrett and others.

In a Notice of Decision dated Jan. 8, city officials conditionally approved a site permit for the Issaquah Cannabis Co., which is aiming to open in second-floor retail space at  230 N.E. Juniper St.

By Greg Farrar A sign marks the future location of Issaquah’s only approved recreational marijuana store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co.

By Greg Farrar
A sign marks the future location of Issaquah’s only approved recreational marijuana store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co.

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Officials still seek threatening letter writer at Pacific Cascade

January 13, 2015

Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat

There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.

But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.

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Time remains to donate to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 13, 2015

Fund has record number of donors

When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis.

Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family.

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I-90 a focus of talks between Issaquah, Olympia lawmakers

January 13, 2015

Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5.

A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said.

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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Police & Fire

January 13, 2015


  • At 2:42 p.m. Jan. 2, a resident in the 100 block of Northeast Creek way reported someone stole a pocketbook containing a wallet and cell phone. The items were valued at $1,150.
  • At 3:36 a.m., someone in the 100 block of East Sunset Way reported someone had stolen between $40 and $80 in tip money.
  • At 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4, someone stole $70 in medication in the 3600 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 3:34 p.m. Jan. 5, someone stole a UPS package, valued at $63, in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest.

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