Issaquah police offer summer safety tips

August 15, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 2015

As the temperature rise, so do the number of thefts.

To reduce thefts this summer, the Issaquah Police Department is reminding residents that if you don’t lock your home or vehicle, you’re making it a potential target.

A few simple steps can help keep you safe all summer and beyond: Read more

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PSE program helps qualified customers pay energy bills

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

For low-income customers, paying energy bills can be a hefty burden. But many people might not realize there’s help.

More than $3 million remains available for qualified Puget Sound Energy customers to help pay their electric and natural gas bills. It’s money that’s been set aside to assist those who need it most.

PSE’s Home Energy Lifeline Program provides qualified customers with additional bill payment assistance beyond what is offered by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. HELP is administered by local agencies in partnership with PSE.   

Agencies are eager to qualify eligible customers to the bill payment assistance program by the end of September. Read more

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Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015

In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.

Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.

Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.

“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more

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Issaquah Brewhouse features hops and dogs at weekend fest

August 13, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015

The Issaquah Brewhouse is going to do the dogs.

The local restaurant and brewery again invites two- and four-legged attendees to the seventh annual Frogs & Dogs Festival, an outdoor gathering of everything food, beer and dogs.

Bring your pooch for a day of fun activities including an 11 a.m. dog parade, a canine fashion show and lots of doggy dancing.

Admission is $5. Proceeds from the family- and pet-friendly festival benefit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Washington State Animal Response Team.

The fun goes all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. Learn more here.

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Police blotter — Aug. 13, 2015

August 13, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015

Car break-ins

  • At 1:20 p.m. July 30, the owner of a 2005 Kia Spectra reported someone broke into the car in the 100 block of First Avenue Southeast and stole a $330 pocketbook and its contents.
  • An unknown suspect broke into a car in the 1800 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, damaging the windshield and stealing some luggage, before 11:46 a.m. Aug. 5. Total loss was valued at $250. Read more
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Julius Boehm Pool to reopen early

August 13, 2015

NEW — 10:27 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015

The Julius Boehm Pool is ready for its debut.

After a nine-month closure for a vast remodeling project, the community pool will open earlier than anticipated on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The city will commemorate the grand reopening in style with a free community celebration starting at noon.

Attendees can munch on hot dogs, participate in games and activities, and take advantage of the free public swim until 5 p.m. Read more

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City unveils crosswalks to be examined in safety study

August 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015

Using several criteria, including public input and accident history, a consultant has come up with a list of more than 20 street crossings to include in a coming safety study of crosswalks around the city.

Mayor Fred Butler called for the study following a fatal June accident at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

To be undertaken by Transportation Solutions Inc., of Redmond, Butler has promised the study will be done by the end of September so that any recommended safety projects can be included in the city’s 2016 budget.

In addition to the consultant study, city staffers are slated to look at crosswalks that may need attention, but perhaps not the in-depth work to be supplied by the consultant. That list has not been released. Read more

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Small crowd hears more details on city’s plans following fatal accident

August 12, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

There is a “likelihood” some changes may take place along Newport Way Northwest prior to 2016, Emily Moon, deputy city administrator, told a dozen or so residents gathered again to discuss safety issues on the street.

Moon was talking to those who came together the evening of Aug. 5 for a meeting of the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee.

Moon was responding to requests from the audience that some safety measures be taken on the street immediately.

In the wake of a fatal accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu in late June, Mayor Fred Butler has promised a study of crosswalks and intersections around the city, including the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive where a driver struck Haochen. He said he would recommend a lowering of the speed limit even prior to the completion of the complete crosswalk study, due at the end of September. Read more

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely tomorrow

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues Aug. 13 with duo Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely .

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages. Read more

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Winterstein, Ramos top council vote getters in August primary

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Incumbent City Council President Paul Winterstein has the largest number of votes of any candidate in the Aug. 4 council primary.

Hoping to earn a second term on the council, Winterstein will face challenger Christopher Reh for council Position 6.

Paul Winterstein

Paul Winterstein

Bill Ramos

Bill Ramos

For council Position 4, Bill Ramos came out on top of a crowded field of four candidates. Read more

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