Register now to vote in Nov. 4 election

October 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014

People need to be registered by Oct. 27 to vote in the Nov. 4 general election in King County.

To register, you have a choice of going to Renton or Seattle.

The King County Elections Office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Voter Registration Annex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. It’s in the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 440, Seattle.

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Seattle Mariners’ Bill Krueger, Primo Kim headline fundraising event Thursday to benefit Eastside Baby Corner

October 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014

Seattle Mariners postgame analyst and former player Bill Krueger, and jazz musician Primo Kim, confirmed their participation in the Driven to Give event, benefitting Eastside Baby Corner on Oct. 16.

Driven to Give is a national philanthropic effort by the Lincoln Motor Co. Lincoln has pledged to donate $20 to charity for every test drive of a Lincoln vehicle during the Driven to Give campaign.

Issaquah-based Evergreen Lincoln selected the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner as its beneficiary and has scheduled a Driven to Give event at the dealership, at Exit 15 off Interstate 90.

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Patriots get their palace

October 14, 2014

District unveils remodeled Liberty High School

The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.

Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.

By Greg Farrar Marnie Maraldo, Issaquah School District School Board president, cuts the ceremonial ribbon as other board members, Superintendent Ron Thiele, Principal Josh Almy and others applaud and smile, as the completion of the final phase of the school remodel is celebrated Oct. 10 during a community open house.

By Greg Farrar
Marnie Maraldo, Issaquah School District School Board president, cuts the ceremonial ribbon as other board members, Superintendent Ron Thiele, Principal Josh Almy and others applaud and smile, as the completion of the final phase of the school remodel is celebrated Oct. 10 during a community open house.

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Sammamish gets closer to vote on Klahanie annexation plan

October 14, 2014

If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.

Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.

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Police and fire

October 14, 2014

Car break-ins

  • A checkbook was taken Oct. 3 from a 2000 Honda Civic in the 700 block of Front Street South. A $377 check from the stolen checkbook was later cashed.
  • A gym bag with swimming gear was stolen Oct. 6 from a 2006 Toyota Corolla in the 300 block of Northwest Pebble Lane.
  • A vehicle was broken into Oct. 7 in the 500 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. The loss was valued at $125 from a stolen power cord and damaged window.
  • A 2015 Chrysler 200LTD was broken into Oct. 7 in the 900 block of Sunrise Place Southwest. The loss was valued at $1,059 from a stolen gun, backpack, headphones and books.

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Mayor’s budget proposes increase in B&O taxes

October 14, 2014

Issaquah businesses could be paying more taxes in 2015 as Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler unveiled his proposed budget, calling for an increase to the city’s business and occupation tax rate, at the Oct. 6 Issaquah City Council meeting.

The proposal would increase B&O taxes for manufacturing, wholesale and retail companies from 0.0008 to 0.0015 effective April 1, 2015, and 0.002 effective Jan. 1, 2017.

B&O taxes for printing/publishing, retail services and services/other would go from 0.001 to 0.0012 effective April 1, 2015.

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Car crash closes Interstate 90 for four hours

October 14, 2014

At 2:11 p.m. Oct. 9, midday commuter traffic was snarled in both directions of Interstate 90 near Preston after a multicar accident.

Washington State Patrol Two of the vehicles involved in a four-car accident Oct. 9 sit on the side of Interstate 90. The crash caused the freeway to be closed for four hours.

Washington State Patrol
Two of the vehicles involved in a four-car accident Oct. 9 sit on the side of Interstate 90. The crash caused the freeway to be closed for four hours.

Joshua M. Harris, 28, of North Bend, was traveling eastbound in a 2007 Jeep Compass and crossed the center grass median, causing a four-car chain reaction accident, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Talus tree tussle won’t change city approach

October 14, 2014

Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.

“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.

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Tourism recommendations suggest new organization, city branding

October 14, 2014

Defining city branding and forming a destination marketing organization top the list of Issaquah tourism recommendations.

City Economic Development Department Manager Andrea Snyder and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott presented Roger Brooks International’s final draft on tourism recommendations during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 23.

After eight months and $20,000 of city funds, the hired tourism consultant provided a layout of how Issaquah could entice visitors to come and spend money. In order to know where to start, Snyder said they started with basic questions.

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King County executive hosts small business awards

October 14, 2014

The fourth annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards returns Oct. 15.

The awards recognize the achievements and accomplishments of small businesses. The event is held at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue.

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