January 20, 2015
Homewood Suites by Hilton, an upscale, all-suite, residential, extended-stay hotel will be coming soon to the Hyla Crossing neighborhood of Issaquah.
Last week, key players in the project participated in a topping-off ceremony organized by GLY Construction. Read more
January 20, 2015
The Downtown Issaquah Association kicks off its fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series Feb. 6.
Enjoy live music, art, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations along Front Street. Shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event. Check-in is 6 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Purchase tickets or learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.
January 20, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2015
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has just published its new hike schedule for January, February and March.
January 19, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee recently proclaimed Jan. 20-23 as “Minority and Women-Owned Business Week.”
“We recognize the vital role minority and women-owned businesses play in our daily lives and the significant contributions they make to Washington’s economy,” Inslee said in the proclamation.
Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises has been the lead agency in certifying minority and women-owned businesses, so those businesses may obtain state contracts and procurement opportunities. The enterprise will host a workshop at 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Issaquah Library meeting room, 10 W. Sunset Way, to tell people about all of the various certifications that are available to enter into government contracting.
The workshop is free and open to the public for any business or private individual thinking of starting a business. Learn more at http://omwbe.wa.gov/certification.
January 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s next free days are Jan. 18-19, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day visits at state parks.
The two dates are to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
January 16, 2015
NEW — 12:09 p.m. Jan. 16, 2015
Generally mild weather this fall has extended the algae-growing season on lakes across King County. Toxic cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are currently blooming along some shorelines on Lake Washington.
The King County Environmental Laboratory found concentrations above the state recreational guideline that are potentially dangerous for human health, according to a news release from Public Health — Seattle & King County.
“Scums” or accumulation of toxic algae were found at Arrowhead Point in Kenmore, Mercer Island, Magnuson Park and Gene Coulon Park in Renton, but they may be found in other areas because the blooms float and are moved easily by the wind.
Advice for people and dogs:
People and dogs should not swim, wade or play in the lake if blue-green algae or scum are present. Dog owners should not allow their dogs to have any contact with the water if there is an algae bloom or scum nearby. If a dog has contact with an algae bloom, do not let it lick its fur; rinse the dog with clean water and then rinse your hands and any exposed skin.
Warning signs: Read more
January 16, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2015
Do you know someone in our community who does wonderful things?
Maybe he helps build water wells in a foreign country. Maybe you know a group that makes quilts for people with cancer.
Maybe it’s a family that gives time to animals at local animal shelters. Maybe it’s a group of children who saved their pennies to help victims of domestic violence. Or maybe you know a child who gave up birthday presents and instead asked that they go to others in need.
January 15, 2015
UPDATED — 4:20 p.m. Jan. 15, 2015
Pine Lake Middle School was again on alert, after a student reported a suspicious message written on the wall of a boys bathroom.
“The message references the school blowing up, but was not at all specific as to by what means or when,” Principal Michelle Caponigro wrote in an email to parents.
Caponigro said the message was likely a prank, but that law enforcement was quickly alerted. After a thorough sweep, police found no evidence of any explosives. School will resume normally on Friday, she added.
“We will continue our investigation and certainly hope to identify the individual responsible,” she said.
January 14, 2015
NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2015
Skywatchers should enjoy a good view of the Comet Lovejoy, or C/2014 Q2, which should be visible to the unaided eye under good conditions for the next few nights.
“Should we get a clear sky, Comet Lovejoy should appear to the right side of the constellations Orion and Taurus, now visible in the southern sky,” Bruce Palmquist, Central Washington University professor of physics and science education, said in a news release.
To see the comet, viewers should face due south, and look to the three stars that make up Orion’s belt.
January 13, 2015
Due to state rules, Issaquah can be home to only one recreational marijuana store and that could open by the end of the month, according to store manager Cliff Gehrett and others.
In a Notice of Decision dated Jan. 8, city officials conditionally approved a site permit for the Issaquah Cannabis Co., which is aiming to open in second-floor retail space at 230 N.E. Juniper St.