Rainier Boulevard work is ahead of schedule, behind frustration

September 2, 2014

Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.

The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.

The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.

Read more

Discover the mystique of the Salmon Days volunteer shirt

September 2, 2014

Why do people adore and anticipate Salmon Days volunteer shirts so much?

LOGO_RGBThey are typically brightly colored, made from cotton and boast a couple of logos. They’re not softer, better fitting or faster drying than any other shirt in the typical wardrobe. Yet at any event in Issaquah, from Concerts on the Green to Fenders on Front Street, you’ll see a lot of these shirts from years past being proudly worn. What makes them such coveted items?

Read more

Grange Supply celebrates 80 years

September 2, 2014

Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris to appear

A longtime Issaquah institution is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a day full of free food, giveaways and a visit from a Pacific Northwest gardening icon.

Issaquah History Museums 72.021.014.158B Children wait in line outside the Issaquah Valley Grange Mercantile building on Front Street North in preparation for walking in the 1937 Labor Day Parade.

Issaquah History Museums 72.021.014.158B
Children wait in line outside the Issaquah Valley Grange Mercantile building on Front Street North in preparation for walking in the 1937 Labor Day Parade.

Grange Supply has been in business since 1934, starting as a Renton-area diesel pump before relocating to Issaquah in 1943 and expanding into the all-things-gardening, farming and pets outpost it is today.

The store will celebrate its eight decades of operation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6.

“Eighty is a big milestone, so it would be great to celebrate with our community. We are so grateful to them for sticking with us so long,” said Alex Prus, who handles marketing at Grange Supply.

Read more

Kentucky Derby film with Issaquah connections debuts Sept. 5

September 2, 2014

Longtime Issaquah resident Serena Blach remembers the 2009 Kentucky Derby like it was yesterday.

It was the day Mine That Bird, a horse co-owned by her father Leonard Blach, stunned observers, coming out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby.

Read more

Issaquah Transit Center pilot program ends with no conclusion

September 2, 2014

Sound Transit’s parking pilot program has ended and officials do not yet know what it could mean for the future.

The Issaquah Transit Center was one of four locations chosen for the parking permit program due to its high number of transit commuters and limited parking availability.

Commuters interested in attaining reserved spaces could apply for either a single-occupancy vehicle pass or a high-occupancy vehicle (more than one person per vehicle) pass. Drivers had access to reserved spaces until 10 a.m. on weekdays, and were allowed to park as long as they wished. If they didn’t park before 10 a.m., the spaces were open to anyone.

Read more

King County certifies primary election results

September 2, 2014

King County certified the primary election results Aug. 19, setting the stage for the November general election.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert maintained his lead in the 8th Congressional District race, ending up with 36,305 votes or 58.96 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,665 or 31.94 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,489 or 8.91 percent.

Read more

Eastside Baby Corner wins $5,000 BECU award

September 2, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner was one of 16 nonprofit organizations to receive a $5,000 Community Benefit Award from BECU as part of its People Helping People Awards.

To recognize and honor BECU members and the local nonprofits they support with time or money, on May 1, BECU asked its members to nominate their favorite local nonprofits to receive a $5,000 Community Benefit Award.

More than 500 nominations were received representing a wide array of different causes. Eastside Baby Corner helps kids thrive by providing basic necessities for disadvantaged children.

 

Sammamish hosts two Klahanie annexation open houses

September 2, 2014

In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting two open houses for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.

“Councilmembers, department heads and other city staff will be happy to answer your questions, respond to your concerns and present pertinent information,” the city said in a news release

The first open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Faith Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.

Read more

Microsoft Alumni organizations join forces

September 2, 2014

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation and the Microsoft Alumni Network has joined to foster and build a broad alumni network for former Microsoft employees.

The new network will continue to celebrate the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit cultivated at Microsoft and continued throughout career changes and retirement.

Read more

Food, football add appeal to All in for Kids fundraiser

September 2, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is partnering with area businesses for its All in for Kids annual fund campaign Sept. 5-10.

Funds will support advancing academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.

Sept. 5 — Battle of the Fans in the Stands — Issaquah vs. Skyline football game, Issaquah High School, 7:30 p.m.
It’s the district’s rivalry game of the year. Dress in school colors and feed the jar with $1 or $5 contributions in support of your favorite team upon entrance. All who donate receive a Battle of the Fans gift. The winning side will win the coveted Battle of the Fans trophy for their school and bragging rights for a year.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »