Learn about corridor plan involving Tiger Mountain at Dec. 10 public meeting

December 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014

The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.

Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.

The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.

The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.

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See Lake Sammamish State Park playground designs at Dec. 9 open house

December 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014

Design plans for a new, all-accessible playground at Lake Sammamish State Park will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 during an open house at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W.

The open house is hosted by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

The state park has two playgrounds that are not up to standards for safety or accessibility. The new playground, not yet funded, will be accessible for all ages and abilities, according to a news release from the group.

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Author to read ‘The Giving Tree’ at Issaquah Barnes & Noble on Saturday

December 5, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2014

Tim Castner, a firefighter and author from the Eastside, will read his Christmas Book “The Giving Tree” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Issaquah Barnes & Noble, 1530 11th Ave. N.W.

Castner is a bestselling author of a series of children’s books sharing emergency calls with kids through the characters Nozzlehead, Halfcap, Scout and their fire dog Spotnot.

During the event, the Eastside Fire & Rescue Reindeer Engine will appear and Castner will accept donations for the Adopt-a-Family program he has run for the past five years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in the 200 square miles of area that Eastside firefighters cover.

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Lake Sammamish lighted boat parade is Dec. 6

December 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014

The second annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish, sponsored by Lake Sammamish Yacht Club, is at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

The best viewing will be from the beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. Enjoy lighted boats, singing carols, a bonfire and hot chocolate, compliments of the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

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New owners mean big changes for Heritage Square

December 3, 2014

The Denny’s restaurant is probably the most noticeable recent departure from the Heritage Square shopping plaza.

But it may not be the last.

Heritage Square consists of about 20 storefronts and outbuildings in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Built in 1985, the plaza boasts roughly 52,000 square feet of retail space on about six acres of property.

Denny’s abruptly closed its doors and left the square in late October. The only notice was a yellow letter taped to a door reading, “Thank you for your Patronage. Unfortunately, This Denny’s Has Closed.”

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Water and sewer district considers rate increase

December 3, 2014

Serving most of Sammamish and a sizable portion of northern Issaquah, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District is considering increases of 5 percent and 4 percent in water and sewer rates, respectively.

The district plans a public hearing on the proposed increases Dec. 8. The district board of commissioners will consider adoption of their 2015 budget following the public hearing.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps residents at their lowest

December 3, 2014

The clients that come to Issaquah Community Services are often at one of the lowest points in their lives.

It’s the single mother struggling to find money for rent; it’s the family about to endure long nights without electricity or water; and it’s the job seeker that needs money for gas or bus fare just to make it to his or her interview.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Issaquah’s David Harris wins Newcastle Diamond Award

December 3, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce honored Issaquah resident David Harris, and other top community members, at its 2014 Diamond Awards ceremony Nov. 20.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (left) beams as he receives the Mayor’s Award from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri during the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards on Nov. 20.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (left) beams as he receives the Mayor’s Award from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri during the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards on Nov. 20.

Harris received the evening’s top honor — the Mayor’s Award, presented by Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri.

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Resident fights on for rent control

December 3, 2014

Resident Bruno Lange, 80, said he had about enough in September when his rent jumped 15 percent from September 2013.

Bruno Lange

Bruno Lange

“For years, I’ve been watching rents go up and up and up,” Lange said.

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Police blotter

December 3, 2014

Thefts

  • At 11:35 a.m. Nov. 21, a resident in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue Northwest reported someone stole his wallet. The loss was valued at $20.
  • At 12:43 p.m. Nov. 25, a resident in the 3700 block of Providence Point Drive Southeast reported someone stole a computer, valued at $800.
  • At 5:49 p.m. Nov. 25, someone stole a $50 iPod Touch in the 100 block of West Sunset Way.

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