November 15, 2015
NEW — 4:57 p.m. Nov. 15, 2015
The question of whether to fund the Issaquah Valley Senior Center remains up in the air, but there is almost no support for funding among city council members.
“I am not in favor of granting money to the same service provider,” said Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly.
Pauly said while she wants to fund senior citizen services, she is bothered by some of the actions of the center’s current administration.
Among other incidents, she specifically mentioned using “no trespassing” orders issued by police to bar seniors from the center. Read more
November 14, 2015
NEW — 1:50 p.m. Nov. 14, 2015
The city of Issaquah is now in a flood watch, with Issaquah Creek’s level at Phase 1.
At that phase, no flooding typically occurs, but it puts King County personnel on alert and preparations are made to open the Flood Warning Center, according to the King County Flood Warning System.
While there is no immediate threat, the city encourages residents to prepare with a household flood strategy. Additionally, city public works crews will deliver, at no cost, sand and bags to your property. Call 837-3470 for more information.
A portion of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is closed due to water over the roadway. One lane is closed in each direction near Southeast 56th Street. Read more
November 12, 2015
NEW — 4:09 p.m. Nov. 12, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue is about to see some big changes at the top, most notably the retirement of longtime Chief Lee Soptich.
Soptich, 58, had earlier announced he would leave the position he first took in 2000 at the end of January. His plan now is to leave at the end of November.
The fire service also will be losing Deputy Chief Wes Collins and Ingrid Anderson-Boyle, EFR human resources manager. Soptich said all three joined EFR at about the same time and decided they all wanted to leave together. The trio’s last day on the job will be Nov. 30. Read more
November 11, 2015
NEW — 5:17 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015
The Issaquah Chipotle was back in action Wednesday, more than a week after an E. coli outbreak caused the Mexican food chain to close 43 Pacific Northwest restaurants.
The outbreak sickened at least 30 people in Washington state, according to the Washington State Department of Health. There were no deaths reported, but 10 people were hospitalized.
King County knew of six reported cases involving three teenagers, two people in their 20s and a person older than 65. Read more
November 11, 2015
NEW — 3:12 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015
In a 2-1 vote, the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee turned down a plan to install indoor tennis courts at Tibbetts Valley Park via a public/private partnership.
“I think we should have an indoor tennis facility in Issaquah and I’m not opposed to public/private partnerships in general,” said Councilman Tola Marts, chair of the committee. “But this particular plan is not good.”
Marts added he was concerned over a needed zoning change and the possibility of the tennis facility serving alcohol in a public park. But he said the real deciding factor for him was the opposition of the city park board.
“The park board didn’t just not support it,” Marts said, adding they actively voted to not recommend the proposal. Read more
November 11, 2015
NEW — 1:18 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015
Rowley Properties Inc., Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites — all located in Issaquah and owned by the Rowley family — collectively made a $20,000 donation to the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park for an all-accessible playground.
The nonprofit Friends group is seeking partners and individual donations to raise $250,000 for the $1 million playground. The state capital budget will cover the first $750,000. Read more
November 10, 2015
NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015
Transportation and traffic were key topics during the recent City Council elections, so it’s probably not surprising they are among the key issues on the minds of those who appear to have won the elections.
“In 2016, we will take the critical step of defining our funding strategy for transportation,” said Council President Paul Winterstein.
Elections won’t be certified until later this month, but as of Nov. 6, Winterstein was beating challenger Christopher Reh for the Position 6 council seat by a fairly close margin of 2,816 votes, or 54 percent, to 2,336 votes, or 45 percent. Read more
November 10, 2015
NEW — 3:02 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015
A 35-year-old Issaquah woman was arrested at 2:06 p.m. Oct. 30 for shoplifting $113.21 of groceries in the 1400 block of Highlands Drive Northeast.
- The owner of a 2006 Acura MDX reported at 8:58 a.m. Nov. 1 that someone broke into the car in the 4300 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and stole some athletic gear. Total loss, including damaged window, was estimated at $700.
- The owner of a 2012 Honda CRV reported at 5:26 p.m. Nov. 4 that someone broke into the car in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and stole a cell phone. Total loss, including damage, was estimated at $900.
November 9, 2015
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 9, 2015
Controversy continues to plague the Issaquah Valley Senior Center and city funding of the center for 2016 still has not been decided.
City Council President Paul Winterstein and Deputy President Stacy Goodman said in a letter they would not, at this time, support funding the current leadership of the center.
The letter was partially read into the record of the Nov. 2 council meeting.
The council does not have to vote on funding until it approves the budget in December. But at a budget hearing Nov. 4, Winterstein said the issue would be on the agenda of another budget hearing the evening of Nov. 10. Read more
November 8, 2015
NEW — 1:37 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015
Crews will soon conduct maintenance on the retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road behind East Lake Sammamish Center.
Starting the week of Nov. 9., workers will secure timber boards and repair soil anchor heads on the wall face. The work is expected to last for about two weeks, according to a city news release.
There is no indication of any structural weakness in the wall. The planned maintenance will help extend the life of the wall.
During the work, downhill traffic on Southeast Black Nugget Road will be diverted to the center lane. Read more