Civil War custodians

April 21, 2015

By Greg Farrar Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

By Greg Farrar
Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

Voters to decide on county levy to replace emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

Ballots went into the mail April 8 for the upcoming April 28 special election.

In Issaquah, voters have only one issue before them: Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communications system.

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City’s comprehensive plan review includes various rezoning efforts

April 21, 2015

As part of the regular update of the city’s comprehensive plan, city staffers reviewed three rezoning proposals at a meeting of the Planning Policy Commission on March 5.

2015 zoning mapThe potential rezonings drew what was potentially a record crowd of residents to the usually unattended policy meetings. Some residents might not have needed to show up.

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Projects will add new housing to Issaquah and Sammamish

April 21, 2015

Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes of Washington announced that they have begun home model construction on four projects in King County that will add 106 new homes to the area.

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Police blotter

April 21, 2015

Attempted purse snatching

A woman reported at 12:26 p.m. April 10 that someone tried to take her purse in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. However, the suspect, wearing a red hat and blue shirt, dropped the purse and left the area on foot.

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City of Issaquah offers water conservation tips

April 21, 2015

City officials are encouraging residents to check their toilets for leaks.

The average American home may waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks, which can significantly raise your water and wastewater bills.

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually.

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Issaquah City Council moves ahead with expanded skate park design

April 21, 2015

NEW — 12:13 p.m. April 21, 2015

While the last word still has yet to be decided, the Issaquah City Council on April 20 agreed unanimously to pursue funding for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park with a price tag of approximately $486,075.

Council authorized city staff members to pursue a $75,000 King County grant to help pay for the park. At the suggestion of Councilman Tola Marts, the city also will seek other means to close the funding gap for the skate park.

With available dollars currently sitting at $350,000, if the city earns the county money and gains the necessary matching funds, Issaquah still would be about $52,000 short. Council President Paul Winterstein said the public might be asked to close the gap.

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Issaquah City Hall ballot drop box is open

April 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 21, 2015

Ballots for the latest King County elections may be dropped off at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way through 8 p.m. April 28.

Learn more about what’s on the ballot by using the elections office’s online voter guide tool here.

Talus townhome construction to start soon

April 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 20, 2015

Construction is starting soon on a new community in the Talus urban village at the intersection of Northwest Talus Drive and Northwest Shy Bear Way.

When completed, the project — Talus 28 — will include 28 townhome units with garages, as well as three commercial spaces.

The initial work will include site grading and utility construction, with the first foundation work scheduled for June. The anticipated completion of the first home is March 2016, with the entire project expected to be done by July 2016.

Construction will occur from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers are asked to use caution when driving near the work site, and watch for signage and personnel.

Hundreds of lakes open April 25 
for biggest fishing day of the year

April 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2015

Beaver and Pine lakes in Sammamish join several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — for fishing’s opening day April 25 for a six-month season.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2016. Purchase licenses online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453 toll free; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. Get details about license vendor locations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendor.

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