Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

May 12, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

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Issaquah Press Inc. changes newspaper publication dates

May 12, 2015

The publication dates of the Issaquah Press Inc. newspapers — The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star — are changing.

The Press and the Review, which currently come out on Wednesdays, will be delivered on Thursdays beginning next week.

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May’s Hometown Hero Bill Merritt saves lives

May 12, 2015

Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.

By Greg Farrar Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

By Greg Farrar
Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.

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Former highlands hotel site up for sale

May 12, 2015

A roughly 53,976-square-foot site in the corner of the Issaquah Highlands, once slated for a Marriot hotel, is now on the auction block for $1.8 million.

The property sits next to Grand Ridge Plaza, at the corner of 10th Avenue Northeast and Falls Drive.

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King County communications upgrade passing voter muster

May 12, 2015

Issaquah voters in the April 28 special election had only one issue in front of them, Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communication systems.

The latest election figures available before press time had the issue passing countywide, 191,385 to 101,184, or 65 percent to 34.5 percent. Results won’t be official until they are certified May 15.

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EFR may seek nonprofit status

May 12, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts Diaper Derby

May 12, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner presents its inaugural Diaper Derby through June 5.

Businesses and organizations get points based upon the number of diapers collected. There will be a winner in each of three categories:

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City celebrates Bike to Work Day

May 12, 2015

Join city employees and other community members for annual Bike to Work Day May 15.

The city will set up commuter stations from 6-9 a.m., where cyclists can grab free snacks and learn more about bicycle commuting, along the bike route along state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road.

Police blotter

May 12, 2015

Car break-in

Someone broke into a car in the 2600 block of Northwest Oakcrest Drive before 9:06 a.m. May 2 and stole some sunglasses and loose change. The total loss was valued at $240.

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Meerwood Park playground work resumes this week

May 12, 2015

Work on a new playground is resuming at Meerwood Park.

The city is upgrading outdated playground equipment at the park.

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