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


  • 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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Mountains to Sound Greenway seeks donations before end of the year

December 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2014

Time is running out to make a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway before the end of the year deadline to qualify for a tax break.

The group’s website has several options to contribute to help with the conservation of its 1.5 million acres under its care.

The group needs people to build and maintain trails, and ensure access, safety and sanitation. It also needs volunteers to clear invasive weeds, help salmon recover and improve habitat for native wildlife.

Donate here to help protect the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Help King County officials set environmental goals

December 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 1, 2014

How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?

King County officials want to hear from you about what you think their environmental priorities should be.

That a survey here to help shape their vision for a greener King County.

Providence O’Christmas Trees celebrates 30th anniversary Dec. 1-3

November 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 30, 2014

The 2014 Providence O’Christmas Trees kicks off the holiday season Dec. 1-3 with a Christmas Carnival, Silver Bells Luncheon and a dinner gala.

Proceeds go toward the many organizations in Providence Health and Services family, including the Providence Marianwood Nursing Home in Issaquah.

KING-TV anchor Dennis Bounds is back for his 15th year of emceeing the dinner, accompanied by Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal columnist, as mistress of ceremonies.

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