State seeks to purchase forest conservation easements

August 17, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 17, 2014

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is seeking landowners who wish to apply for permanent conservation easements through its Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program.

Since 2002, the state of Washington has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements through the program.

This year marks the first time funding has been provided by the state Legislature since the program was revised in 2013 to include habitat for species protected by the state as threatened or endangered.

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Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

August 16, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has lifted the ban on campfires in Western Washington state parks.

Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. Those include Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

Washington State Parks wants the public to know that park managers have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds, based on their assessment of conditions, which may change quickly.

Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers may also require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.

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Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

August 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014

The history of railroads in America will literally come to life Aug. 16-17 in a unique, free event at the Issaquah Depot Museum.

The Suitcases Project, directed by artist Joan Laage, presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of Issaquah.

Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums, likened the project to a form of performance art or a living, breathing museum.

A cast will continuously perform scenes in and around the depot from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Spectators are free to walk around and observe the cast of railroad workers, passengers, conductors and more.

“It’s really about capturing the mood of an era when railroads ruled,” Maniez said.

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Petty Fever brings Tom Petty’s rock to Concerts in the Park tonight

August 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 14 with Tom Petty tribute band Petty Fever.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

Petty Fever was named the 2013 Tribute Band of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. The band’s salute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is known for its high-energy performances.

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Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

August 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2014

The Issaquah School District is asking students about their interest in school athletic programs.

The answers will help with future planning of such programs. Responses to the online survey are completely confidential.

Take the survey here. It must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

August 12, 2014

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.

A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.

“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”

By Greg Farrar Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

By Greg Farrar
Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

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Issaquah-Hobart Road construction finished for now

August 12, 2014

After a spring and early summer of traffic snarls along Issaquah-Hobart Road, King County has finished construction.

For the past few months, crews have performed grinding on the road shoulders in preparation for repaving, which happened throughout June, according to the King County Department of Transportation website.

The county restricted the road to one lane and it caused a few backups, but county Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeff Switzer said the paving was overdue.

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Potential state park annexation is given more time for discussion

August 12, 2014

Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.

Presented with an agenda bill to adopt a letter of intent Aug. 4, the council faced a step in taking over jurisdiction of the park from the state. The matter entered council consideration in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials in the form of a petition for annexation.

City Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said the idea came from last year’s securing of $5 million for improvements to the 512-acre state park.

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Everyone needs a night out

August 12, 2014

By Greg Farrar Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

By Greg Farrar
Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 12, 2014

Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.

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