Toiletries/baby items are on the way to Darrington, courtesy of volunteers and Eastside Baby Corner

April 8, 2014

NEW — 2:08 p.m. April 8, 2014

Thanks to volunteers and Eastside Baby Corner, 853 pair of underwear, 1,253 pair of socks, 194 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 9,668 diapers and pull-ups, 40 cases of paper towels and 40 cases of toilet paper are on their way to Darrington today to assist those affected by the Oso mudslide.

Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.     Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.

Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.

The underwear, socks, shampoo and conditioner, and the diapers and pull-ups were donated. Eastside Baby Corner also raised $1,300, which was taken to Costco to purchase the toilet paper and paper towels.

First Due Movers donated the truck and manpower to load it.

Issaquah City Council confirms Scott Behrbaum as new police chief

April 8, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. April 8, 2014

In a unanimous decision April 7, the Issaquah City Council confirmed Mayor Fred Butler’s appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of the Issaquah Police Department.

Behrbaum will take the place of retiring Chief Paul Ayers, who served as the department’s leadership for seven years. Ayers’ last day will be April 15.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

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Body found in north Issaquah on Saturday

April 7, 2014

NEW — 1:30 p.m. April 7, 2014

A hiker found the body of an unidentified man April 5 in a grassy area beyond 200 Northeast Juniper Street.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said there is no cause of death as of yet for the adult male, who he said could possibly be white, Hispanic or Asian.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank increases service hours, now open Monday nights

April 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is extending its food and clothing bank service hours to being open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening.

The goal is to be more accommodating to shoppers who work in the afternoons.

With the addition of six to 10 more service hours per week, the food and clothing bank will need more volunteer support. Volunteer by emailing Kim at Kim@issaquahfoodbank.org.

The food and clothing bank is at 179 First Ave. S.E. Learn more here.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors Issaquah company with Clean Air Excellence Award

April 6, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 6, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored Issaquah company Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest as one of nine recipients of its 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards.

The Issaquah-based business was recognized for its efforts to improve tribal indoor air quality.

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Crayon drive supports Seattle Children’s; donate locally starting today

April 5, 2014

NEW – 10 a.m. April 5, 2014

Cascade Team Real Estate is collecting crayons and coloring books for hospitalized children during the month of April.

Every year, Seattle Children’s goes through 240,000 crayons, but each child only gets a few to use.

Drop off crayons April 5 at the Gilman QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd, and the Pine Lake QFC, 2902 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish; and on April 12 at the Klahanie QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive, and Issaquah Highlands’ Caffe Ladro, 1200 10th Ave. N.E.

“Project Crayon Drive” is in its ninth year of bringing smiles to the faces of sick children.

Learn more here.

Northwest Center kicks off monthlong clothing drive with ‘Big Blue Sunday’ in Sammamish

April 5, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 5, 2014

The Northwest Center will kick off a monthlong clothing drive with a special “Big Blue Sunday” event April 6 in Sammamish.

Residents who get a jump start on spring cleaning by bringing donations of clothes and shoes to the donation center’s truck parked at the Pine Lake QFC that day will be registered to win a $100 gift card to Value Village.

People who donate will also receive free gifts at the event which kicks off The Big Blue Closet Clean Out, an effort to get locals to donate clothing and shoes to help the Northwest Center provide education and job training to people with developmental disabilities.

The Sammamish event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine Lake QFC, 2902 228th Ave. S.E.

Issaquah and Sammamish hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 4, 2014

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.

In a prepared statement, leaders from both cities hailed the agreement.

“On this issue, and many others, a continued commitment to a good working partnership between our two cities is exactly what the region needs,” Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance said.

“This proposed agreement benefits both cities — and potentially our Klahanie area neighbors,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said.

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Sammamish and Issaquah hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

New: April 4, 3:25 p.m.

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of Klahanie to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues. Read more

Spiritwood at Pine Lake hosts mudslide fundraiser pancake breakfast Saturday morning

April 4, 2014

NEW – Noon April 4, 2014

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is throwing its support behind those affected by the Oso mudslide, with an April 5 benefit fundraiser.

The Issaquah retirement community will host a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The feast costs $10 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Oso mudslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected by the disaster.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

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