Fatal accident victim identified

February 11, 2015

Issaquah police are investigating a fatal traffic accident after a 25-year-old man struck a tree in the 1200 block of Front Street South.

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25-year-old killed in fatal accident on Front Street

February 11, 2015

NEW – 11 a.m. Feb. 11, 2015

Issaquah police are investigating a fatal traffic accident after a 25-year-old man struck a tree in the 1200 block of Front Street South.

A silver sedan traveling northbound struck a tree in the roadway median at about 12:45 a.m. The driver was alone in his car.

Front Street South is open in both directions after an earlier closure at Sixth Avenue Southeast while police investigated and cleaned the scene.

As of early the morning of Feb. 11, Issaquah Police Sgt. Jeff Johnson said the King County Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet released the victim’s name, so it was not yet going to be made public. Johnson added the investigation was ongoing and he had nothing to add to earlier reports from the city.

Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

February 10, 2015

Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.

“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.

Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.

Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”

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Lee Soptich to retire after 16 years as EFR chief

February 10, 2015

Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.

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Mirrormont leader Linda Shepherd is first Hometown Hero

February 10, 2015

“Linda has a very unpretentious way of getting things done,” said Heidi Kayler, of her friend Linda Jean Shepherd. “She is just a very grounded individual. She’s a natural leader.”

By Greg Farrar Linda Shepherd shows off some of the plants growing in her raised garden plot at the Mirrormont Pea Patch during summer 2011.

By Greg Farrar
Linda Shepherd shows off some of the plants growing in her raised garden plot at the Mirrormont Pea Patch during summer 2011.

Now serving her second year as president of the Mirrormont Community Association, Shepherd was also the driving force behind the founding of the Mirrormont Pea Patch.

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Metro to offer service between Issaquah Highlands, Snoqualmie

February 10, 2015

Beginning later this month, King County Metro will offer customized shuttle service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley.

The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County, according to a press release.

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Issaquah, Renton make top 10 cities for millennial job seekers

February 10, 2015

The financial website NerdWallet was curious to find the top Washington cities that appealed most to millennial job seekers. Issaquah was ranked fifth and Renton 10th.

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Community center closed for holiday

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., will be closed for Presidents Day Feb. 16 and reopen Feb. 17 with normal hours.

Police & Fire — week of Feb. 11, 2015

February 10, 2015

Burgled drugging

A resident in the 900 block of 10th Place Northeast reported at 2:47 p.m. Feb. 3 that she believes a person broke in her house and put drugs in her liquid drink so she would purposely fail a urine test. By failing the test, she was refused certain prescription drugs by her doctor and wanted to say this was wrong.

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State audit finds fault with EFR books

February 10, 2015

State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the record-keeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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