Send photos of what you love, or not, about Issaquah’s architecture by Jan. 1

December 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 15, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums is seeking digital images of Issaquah’s architecture.

The winter history program, “Issaquah’s Architecture,” at the Issaquah Depot Museum on Jan. 10, will showcase community members’ photos of Issaquah as seen through an architectural perspective.

Send photos of what you like and don’t like about architecture in Issaquah. Images of architectural features, details and streetscapes are welcome. Consider not just what is already historic, but what might be historic — something that might not be old but could be of significance or interesting to future Issaquahans.

Email JPEG images to by Jan. 1.


Attend public hearing on state park annexation Monday

December 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2014

While the plan needs the approval of the Issaquah City Council, local and state officials seem ready to move forward with the annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park into Issaquah.

The park currently is in unincorporated King County.

City officials have long worked with state officials on park improvements and planning for its future, said Trish Heinonen, the city’s long range planning manager. The proposed annexation would continue the partnership, she added.

The council formally takes up the annexation at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. during its regular Dec. 15 meeting.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah offers hope

December 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2014

Issaquah Community Services comes into a family’s life when they need it most.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout, they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Four Issaquah schools closed due to power outage

December 12, 2014

UPDATED — 8:07 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School, Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School are closed Friday, Dec. 12 due to a power outage.

Initially, Issaquah High and Issaquah Middle were slated for a two-hour delay, but the district announced just after 8 a.m. that the schools will now be closed the entire day.

A powerful windstorm rolled through the Puget Sound region last night, knocking out power across Western Washington.

Amateur singers invited to Christmas caroling event

December 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet. Come and help sing all of the classics, like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas.”

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or tambourine or just yourself and be prepared to sing.

High winds expected after 6 p.m., use caution with alternate heat sources during power outages

December 11, 2014

NEW — 5:46 p.m. Dec. 11, 2014

A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The lowlands, including Puget Sound and the North interior, will have high wind gusts developing after 6 p.m.

South to southwest winds across the southwest interior and Puget Sound will rapidly rise to 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph this evening, then gradually ease later in the evening.

Strongest winds will occur along shorelines and locations exposed to southerly wind. Winds will diminish across Western Washington by daybreak Friday.

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Send your letters to Santa from community center

December 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 11, 2014

Santa Claus wants to hear from you as he makes a list and checks it twice.

You can send your letter to the North Pole from a mailbox in the lobby of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. N.

The mailbox will be available during regular business hours, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 18. Find letter templates next to the mailbox.

Make sure you include a home mailing address so Santa can respond.

PSE urges residents to prepare now for potential windstorm

December 10, 2014

NEW — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 10, 2014

The Puget Sound region is bracing for a damaging windstorm set to cause havoc on Thursday.

Puget Sound Energy is on standby preparing for the worst, but the company is encouraging residents to get prepared now, before the winds hit.

On Twitter, PSE offered several tips to get its customers through the coming power outages.

First, PSE encourages residents to download its new mobile app. MyPSE allows residents to report power outages, view a map of outages, get estimated restoration times, see the number of customers affected in neighborhoods and report natural gas emergencies. This is the best way to get the most up to date information. Read more

Traffic plan may cost $300 million

December 9, 2014

Package would include 500 percent increase in impact fees

Looking to accommodate expected residential and retail growth without creating gridlock on city streets, Issaquah’s administration has come up with a $300 million transportation plan that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.

But to help pay for all the needed road improvements, administration officials have proposed a 500 percent hike in the traffic impact fees developers pay.

For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were adopted, that figure jumps to $8,600.

The impact fees would not cover the entire cost of the plan, which includes $250 million for roadwork and an additional $50 million for bike paths and pedestrian accommodations, city consultant Randy Young said in an interview.

Young said the city would need to fund the remainder at a cost of approximately $165 million for roadwork and roughly $26 million for bike and pedestrian pathways.

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Never too busy to read

December 9, 2014

By Lynn Juniel Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

By Lynn Juniel
Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District superintendent, and his wife Jill read to more than 30 students Dec. 3 at Pajama Storytime at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and sugar cookies while listening to classics old and new. Among the books Thiele read included his favorite, ‘Carrot Seed.’

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