Fireworks sales begin June 28

June 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 25, 2015

Consumer firework sales across the state will begin at noon June 28 and continue until 9 p.m. July 5.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminded residents in a news release to “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”

This year, 1002 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

With fireworks sales just days away it is a good time to remind everyone that personal fireworks require personal responsibility. With a little care and planning you can ensure that your family has a fun and safe Fourth of July: Read more

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Paragliding flights to benefit Nepal earthquake victims

June 24, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. June 24, 2015

Karma Flights Seattle will hold a unique Issaquah fundraiser to benefit victims of the deadly Nepal earthquake June 27.

The organization, which is made up of paragliding pilots that work around the world to raise money for developing communities, will provide instructional tandem paragliding flights at Tiger Mountain.

“If anyone has ever thought about paragliding, now’s the time to do it,” said instructor Paul Moyes. “Not only is it for a great cause, but it’s a bargain. The minimum donation is $150 whereas commercial tandem flights are typically $200.”

The flights are off of Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain. The donation will go directly to a relief team already active in rural Nepal.

Email to reserve your spot in the sky. Learn more about Karma Flights Seattle here.

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Area is under burning moratorium

June 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.

The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

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It’s time to renew: 2015 boat decals expire June 30

June 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2015

Boating season is here, and the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals is right around the corner. All Washington state boat registrations expire on June 30.

Don’t let an expired registration spoil your day; remember to renew before you get out on the water.

Boat registrations can be renewed online at the state Department of Licensing website ( or in person at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. Those who choose to renew at an office should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to the office.

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Help out-of-school children, families and senior citizens in need this summer

June 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 21, 2015

Bartell Drugs’ tradition of helping to fight hunger in the Puget Sound area continues with the Bartell’s Community Food Drive, a community partnership with Food Lifeline, through June 27.

Bartell Drugs locations throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are accepting nonperishable food items to replenish local food banks in the summer months when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.

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Register now for summer food bank program

June 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 20, 2015

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch and snacks each week of summer break.

Families can register at or in person at 179 First Ave. S.E., Issaquah.

Call or email Rebecca with questions at 392-4123, ext. 11 or

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Two juveniles charged with Issaquah burglary

June 19, 2015

NEW — 5:41 p.m. June 19, 2015

Issaquah Police have charged two 17-year-old males suspected of breaking into a home June 10.

A description from the homeowner led police to the suspects, who were arrested and charged with burglary June 18.

The suspects entered the home in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast through an open door at about 4:30 a.m. June 10, according to police. The suspects fled when confronted by the homeowners.

As temperatures rise, police say some simple steps can help keep your home secure. For example, keep doors and windows locked when you’re sleeping or away from your home.

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School surplus sale is June 23

June 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 19, 2015

The Issaquah School District will hold a sale of surplus computer systems, furniture and equipment from 3-5 p.m. June 23.

The sale will be held at the May Valley Service Center, 16430 S.E. May Valley Road, Renton.

Questions? Call the district Purchasing Office at 837-7071.

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Baby boom — Cougar Mountain Zoo unveils newest animals

June 17, 2015

There are eight new reasons to visit the Cougar Mountain Zoo, and they are all irresistibly adorable.

Cougar Mountain recently welcomed two emu chicks, two reindeer calves and four grey wolf pups to its zoo family.

They don’t all have names yet, but the precious eight are already welcomed additions for zoo staff and fans, said Peter Rittler, president of the Zoological Society of Washington, which runs the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

By Greg Farrar The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

By Greg Farrar
The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

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AtWork! to phase out recycling center

June 17, 2015

Due to the arrival of improved curbside recycling and other recycling services, the need for a recycling drop-off center in Issaquah is much smaller than it used to be.

With that and other factors in mind, such as the age of the equipment in the recycling center, AtWork!, the Bellevue based nonprofit, is starting to phase out its Issaquah recycling center at 970 Seventh Ave. N.W.

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