Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

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Register now for American Red Cross lifeguard training

August 23, 2015

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

As the city hires lifeguards for the newly renovated Julius Boehm Pool, it is also offering American Red Cross lifeguard-training classes.

Job openings are immediately available at the pool. The training program is a condensed, four-day course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27-30.

Participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and pass the pre-course requirements prior to the start of class.

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Dispose of medication safely during Prescription Drug Take-Back day

August 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2015

Saving unused or expired medication is a bad idea that can lead to improper and illegal use.

However, there is a safe and responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicines, while protecting family members and the environment.

The Issaquah Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is offering a responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicine during National Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition, Issaquah residents can drop off their unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at the police headquarters inside City Hall.

Drop off the medication sealed in a clear zip-lock plastic bag. Vitamins and food products will not be accepted. Any personal information and the prescription number may be crossed out. Do not include needles or sharps of any kind. Read more

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

August 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015

For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.

They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.

“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.

Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.

Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking.  Read more

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State Parks offers free day Aug. 25

August 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free park day Tuesday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916.

State Parks free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, and the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that Washington State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days. Read more

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Police blotter — Aug. 20, 2015

August 20, 2015

NEW — 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015

Intoxicated man down

An officer arrived at 3:57 p.m. Aug. 7 on the scene of an intoxicated elderly man on the ground in the 200 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. The man had injuries to his head and arms. Medics came and transported him to Swedish Hospital.

Thefts

  • At 6:44 a.m. Aug 8, a $10,000 bicycle was reported stolen from the 4700 block of 194th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 3:16 p.m. Aug. 8, a $700 motorcycle helmet was reported stolen in the 200 block of Northeast Gilman Boulevard.
  • At 1:02 p.m. Aug. 10, a $550 bicycle was reported stolen from the 1700 block of 10th Avenue Northeast.
  • At 10:14 a.m. Aug. 12, a $300 bicycle was reported stolen from the 21900 block of Southeast 51st Street.
  • At 7:46 p.m. Aug. 12, $201.52 in various items was stolen from the 1400 block of Highlands Drive Northeast.

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Southeast May Valley Road reopens early

August 20, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015

Southeast May Valley Road reopened to commuters Aug. 19.

The King County Department of Transportation completed work to repair the landslide-damaged road more than a week ahead of schedule.

Workers completely closed a section of road between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast beginning July 20 while crews removed unstable soil from the site, rebuilt the roadway and installed new guardrails.

A 2014 landslide damaged the road, requiring its partial closure for more than a year before construction began. Temporary signals directed traffic through the area in alternating directions during that time.

Southeast May Valley Road was supposed to be closed until Sept. 1, but King County officially finished repairs and reopened the roadway at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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Senior Services seeks volunteers for Meals on Wheels program

August 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 20, 2015

Senior Services is looking for volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program in Issaquah. The program helps homebound seniors maintain their health and independence with nutritious food, personal contact and caring service.

The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers in the following positions:

  • Volunteer site coordinators
  • Delivery drivers
  • Callers/office support
  • Packers

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County sends ‘Best Start for Kids’ initiative to voters

August 19, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

The Metropolitan King County Council approved July 22 sending to voters in November a six-year property tax levy to fund the Best Starts for Kids initiative.

Best Start for Kids, proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine, would be a prevention-oriented regional plan aimed at supporting the healthy development of children and youths, families and communities across the county. Funding would focus on providing services early in a child’s life — with the heaviest focus on pregnancy and children from birth through age 5 — and continuing services during a young person’s development through age 24.

If approved by voters, $19 million in levy proceeds would support a youth and family homelessness prevention initiative and the remaining proceeds would be distributed in four categories: Read more

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New chamber director is on a mission to help local business

August 19, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Kathy McCorry ran her own company in the 1980s and early 1990s while living in California. A clothing manufacturer, Kathy’s Klothes took up a huge portion of her time. She joined the local chamber of commerce but said she didn’t participate often and never really learned what the group had to offer.

Kathy McCorry

Kathy McCorry

McCorry sold Kathy’s Klothes in 1994 with the idea of retiring. She said she soon grew bored and took a temp position with a local chamber of commerce. As she learned more and more about the chamber and its workings, McCorry came to feel she had discovered a new career.

After working her way up to lead at least two other chambers and the Economic Development Council in Mariposa, California, McCorry became the new executive director of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce in June. Read more

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