Teen seriously injured in Highlands Drive accident

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015

A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.

The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.

She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.

The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.

Sheriff’s office to host 911 Citizen’s Academy

March 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2015

Local residents can learn about the internal workings of the 911 emergency dispatch center when the next 911 Citizen’s Academy is held March 28.

The academy will educate citizens about the role 911 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare them should they ever need to dial 911.

The all-day informative class includes everything from the history of 911 to how citizens can help 911 help them. A tour of the KCSO 911 Center is included, and optional “plug-in” time will be offered to academy attendees on follow-up dates for those interested.

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Issaquah City Council seeks public input on goal setting by March 16

March 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2015

The Issaquah City Council has begun the process of setting its goals for 2016.  Residents are invited to provide direction on services and priorities.

Using such documents as the city’s comprehensive plan, the Central Issaquah Plan and the Olde Town Subarea Plan, the council annually adopts goals for the future.

Residents are invited to offer their input on the city’s website, www.issaquahawa.gov.

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Whooping cough cases reported at local schools

March 13, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 13, 2013

Students at three local schools have been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to an email from the Issaquah School District.

Multiple students at Issaquah High and Pacific Cascade Middle, as well as one at Grand Ridge Elementary, were diagnosed with the bacterial infection that causes a severe cough.

The district and King County Public Health sent out letters today alerting parents of all children at affected schools.

In the note sent to the Issaquah High School community, it said the students diagnosed with pertussis “were at school and potentially contagious” from Jan. 30 to March 11. Read more

Truck hits Front Street overpass of Interstate 90

March 13, 2015

UPDATED — 6:02 p.m. March 13, 2015

As of 5:37 p.m., WSDOT says all lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 in Issaquah are scheduled to reopen to traffic by 10 p.m.

As of 4:30 p.m. WSDOT reports that the Front Street and off-ramp lane closures are done for the day. The right lane of eastbound Interstate-90 is still closed, though.

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street at 10 this morning.

The driver of the truck, who was not being identified yet, was taken to a hospital and “thankfully is in stable condition,” said Kevin Kelly, a Recology CleanScapes spokesman.

The company hauls the city’s waste.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A Recology CleanScapes truck was totaled after it hit the overpass of Interstate 90 at Front Street.

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Truck damages Interstate 90 overpass; expect traffic delays

March 13, 2015

NEW — 11:25 a.m. March 13, 2015

WSDOT photo A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday.

WSDOT photo
A Recology CleanScapes truck punctured the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street North on Friday, causing delays.

Drivers should prepare for delays at Interstate 90 and Front Street North after a truck hit the interstate overpass earlier today, according to a city news release. Read more

Reps. Rodne, Magendanz to hold local town hall

March 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 13, 2015

Fifth District state Reps. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, and Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, are holding three town hall meetings, in Maple Valley, Issaquah and North Bend, on March 14.

At the hour-long meetings attendees can ask questions, and the lawmakers will offer an update on the legislative session.

The Issaquah meeting is from 1-2 p.m. Issaquah Fire Department Station, 71 190 E. Sunset Way.

Issaquah School District seeks members for bond feasibility study committee

March 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 12, 2015

The Issaquah School District is embarking on a community process to study the feasibility of a 2016 school bond.

The district is seeking interested community members to apply to serve on the committee, comprised of community members, parents and school personnel.

Applications are due by Friday, March 20.

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Leadership Eastside hosts forum about the environment Thursday

March 11, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. March 11, 2015

Leadership Eastside hosts a free State of the Eastside Morning Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. March 12 at the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah Highlands, 930 N.E. High Street.

State of the Eastside Forums represent an opportunity to bring together community leaders, stakeholders and other interests to discuss a specific issue of community importance.

The event is free to public, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.

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Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High School

March 10, 2015

Issaquah police officer Karin Weihe has worked with Issaquah High School students for the better part of a decade, and her pending departure is a source of concern for some people at the school.

Karin Weihe

Karin Weihe

For Jody Mull, who had two daughters graduate from Issaquah and a third who is currently enrolled, the decision to replace Weihe isn’t right.

“It’s about what’s best for the adults and not about what’s best for the kids,” Mull said.

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