Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery seeks volunteer coordinator

April 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2014

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is looking for an energetic individual with a supportive outgoing personality as its next volunteer coordinator.

The part-time position begins July 1; send applications by May 31. Successful candidates will have experience as a volunteer or a volunteer coordinator, demonstrated commitment to the environment, be at least 21, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

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Issaquah police ask for help with investigation of man’s death

April 10, 2014

NEW — 3:35 p.m. April 10, 2014

Issaquah police have identified the man found dead in Issaquah on April 5 as Jose Tavares.

Tavares, 49, left Swedish/Issaquah on March 20, according to a news release from the city. Police are asking the public to help figured out what happened to Tavares after that.

If you think you  saw Tavares after March 20, call Issaquah police at 837-3200 and ask for a detective.

Jose Tavares

Jose Tavares

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Issaquah is named a Tree City for 21st year

April 9, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. April 9, 2014

Issaquah was named a Tree City USA for its 21st year today in honor of Arbor Day.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA. The department said in a release that cities that earn the Tree City USA title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.

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Issaquah, Sammamish reach preliminary Klahanie deal

April 8, 2014

Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.

The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.

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City, chamber get tourism guidance

April 8, 2014

How can Issaquah attract more visitors?

That questions lies at the heart of a burgeoning effort by the city’s Economic Development Department and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The “kickoff” for the effort was delivered March 31 by local tourism guru Roger Brooks.

“For more than 30 years, he has worked to change ordinary places to extraordinary destinations,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said, introducing the keynote speaker.

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Issaquah High School students receive C-SPAN prize, special visit

April 8, 2014

C-SPAN brought awards and a traveling studio to Issaquah High School students April 4.

Seniors Olivia Marcus and Paige Montague won third prize in the network’s 2014 Studentcam video competition, in which high school students tailor a message to Congress on what they see as the country’s most pressing issue.

By Peter Clark Olivia Marcus (left), one of Issaquah High School’s two third-prize winners in C-SPAN’s annual Studentcam competition, listens to C-SPAN Marketing Manager Heath Neiderer explain how the visiting media bus educates the public about the network’s public service.

By Peter Clark
Olivia Marcus (left), one of Issaquah High School’s two third-prize winners in C-SPAN’s annual Studentcam competition, listens to C-SPAN Marketing Manager Heath Neiderer explain how the visiting media bus educates the public about the network’s public service.

The duo submitted a video, “Clean Energy Legislation: A Message to the U.S. Congress,” which was chosen as one of 13 third-place winners from the western United States. They won framed awards and $750.

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After Oso, fears of local landslides arise

April 8, 2014

After the devastating Oso mudslide March 22, long-held fears arose in Issaquah.

“It’s scary,” resident Philip Cherian said about the large hill steeply rising over Southeast Black Nugget Road, blocked from the roadway, Home Depot and Fred Meyer by a wall. “We live in the area and drive by there, and you can see water seeping through.”

Rapid earth movement at that site, and at others around town, has long been a concern for the city. Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said the city has remained vigilant over the Southeast Black Nugget Road site, performing studies on the private property.

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Floodwater details presented in Seventh and Gilman redevelopment

April 8, 2014

After two public meetings, the Seventh and Gilman redevelopment continues through the city’s application stages and might go beyond expectations.

Lennar Multifamily Investors again presented plans to the Rivers and Streams Board on March 18 regarding how its planned residential redevelopment would handle floodwater. The corner of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard, now called Cadence by the potential developers, has a long history of suffering from flooding events and Lennar Multifamily Investors Development Director Tom Bartholomew knows it.

“Issaquah is unique in terms of flooding,” Bartholomew said after the meetings. “It’s an issue and I understand the sensitivity. I understand the visceral reactions to the meetings.”

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Celebration is May 10 for Squak Mountain land

April 8, 2014

A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.

The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.

“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”

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Police & Fire

April 8, 2014

Warrant arrest

Police contacted a male and female sleeping on the ground outside a business in the 2800 block of 228th Avenue Southeast at about 11:05 p.m. March 18. The female stated she had been banned from Tent City 4 for seven days. She had two felony warrants for her arrest, so police took her into custody. The male returned to Tent City.


A man in the 3200 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast reported someone broke into his house between 7:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 18. He reported a laptop, guitar and pair of heirloom rings, worth a combined $2,500, were stolen. Someone seems to have attempted to enter through the garage door and a bedroom window, before entering through a bathroom window.

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