Remodeled Julius Boehm Pool reopens to public

August 25, 2015

NEW — 1:53 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

By Greg Farrar Youngsters cavort in Julius Boehm Pool Aug. 25 for the first time at the grand reopening of the remodeled facility. Click the photo for more pictures from the celebration.

By Greg Farrar
Youngsters cavort in Julius Boehm Pool Aug. 25 for the first time at the grand reopening of the remodeled facility. Click the photo for more pictures from the celebration.

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Food bank hosts charity breakfast

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank presents the Recipe for Hope breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Eastridge Church, 24025 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Doors open at 7 a.m.

The suggested minimum individual donation is $100, with proceeds going to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Table captains and participants can register online at

Learn more by calling 392-4123, ext. 12.

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Power failure leads to overflow at county’s Sunset Pump Station

August 24, 2015

NEW — 5:20 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

Crews with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded quickly to an overflow that occurred shortly after noon on Monday at the Sunset Pump Station, located at 3730 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue.

An apparent fuse failure caused a power outage that shut down pumping equipment, causing sewage to overflow from the pump station into nearby Vasa Park, according to a news release.

Crews restored power in about an hour and the pump station is now operating normally.

To protect public health, King County posted affected areas at Vasa Park as closed, took water quality samples and notified health and regulatory agencies. Read more

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Corner Bakery Cafe to replace Issaquah Denny’s

August 24, 2015

NEW — 1:02 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

After sitting vacant for nearly a year, plans for the vacated Denny’s property on Northwest Gilman Boulevard are beginning to take shape.

Retail Properties of America Inc., owners and operators of the Heritage Square shopping center, announced in an Aug. 24 news release that Corner Bakery Cafe will fill that spot.

 (PRNewsFoto/Retail Properties of America Inc.) The state's first Corner Bakery Cafe, like the one pictured, will fill the spot vacated by Denny's in Issaquah's Heritage Square.

(PRNewsFoto/Retail Properties of America Inc.)
The state’s first Corner Bakery Cafe, like the one pictured, will fill the spot vacated by Denny’s in Issaquah’s Heritage Square.

Described as a “neighborhood gathering for people to relax, meet up with friends and enjoy great food,” Corner Bakery Cafe focuses on innovative and flavorful offerings featuring artisan breads, freshly baked sweets, sandwiches, soups and salads. Read more

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Issaquah safety traffic study moves forward

August 24, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 24, 2015

Already underway and involving more than 20 crosswalks and intersections around Issaquah, the city’s promised and highly publicized traffic safety study will look at any number of factors, from average car speeds to the crosswalk “treatments” already in place.

At the same time, city staffers will look at numerous additional crossings around the city, said Autumn Monahan, assistant to the city administrator.

“Each of the corridors we’ll be looking at has a different character,” said David Markley, founding principal of consultant Transportation Solutions Inc.

Mayor Fred Butler authorized the safety study following a fatal June accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Hairstorm closes out Concerts on the Green season

August 24, 2015

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2015

The Concerts on the Green series comes to a close Aug. 25 with 1980s hair rock band Hairstorm.

The free, family-friendly concert is from 7-8:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Issaquah Community Center. Crowds typically begin gathering as early as 6 p.m. to lay claim for choice seating for community picnicking.

On-site concessions are for sale by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and benefit multiple charitable programs. Concertgoers should leave alcohol and pets at home.

Hairstorm recreates the experience of the mid-1980s hair rock scene with powerful and highly melodic performances, including outfits and stage show. Hairstorm celebrates a time in rock where men looked like women and the women looked like even hotter women. Join Hairstorm for the sights and sounds of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Gun N’ Roses and more. Read more

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Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

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Register now for American Red Cross lifeguard training

August 23, 2015

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

As the city hires lifeguards for the newly renovated Julius Boehm Pool, it is also offering American Red Cross lifeguard-training classes.

Job openings are immediately available at the pool. The training program is a condensed, four-day course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27-30.

Participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and pass the pre-course requirements prior to the start of class.

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Dispose of medication safely during Prescription Drug Take-Back day

August 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2015

Saving unused or expired medication is a bad idea that can lead to improper and illegal use.

However, there is a safe and responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicines, while protecting family members and the environment.

The Issaquah Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is offering a responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicine during National Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition, Issaquah residents can drop off their unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at the police headquarters inside City Hall.

Drop off the medication sealed in a clear zip-lock plastic bag. Vitamins and food products will not be accepted. Any personal information and the prescription number may be crossed out. Do not include needles or sharps of any kind. Read more

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

August 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015

For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.

They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.

“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.

Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.

Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking.  Read more

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