Issaquah named one of best places in Northwest

October 10, 2014

NEW — 11:39 a.m. Oct. 10, 2014

According to a new survey by Movoto Real Estate Blog, Issaquah is the third best place to live in the Pacific Northwest.

The blog site compared cities in Washington, Idaho and Oregon with populations of 30,000 or more using the following criteria:

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The last Issaquah Farmers Market of the season is Saturday

October 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2014

Don’t miss out on the last farmers market of the season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

In addition to farm-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, attractions include fresh-cut flowers, freshly-baked goods and handmade arts and crafts.

Stay for the free music by The Tarantellas singing acoustic Italian favorites from noon to 1:30 p.m., and a glass pumpkin patch exhibit by Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio.

The market is on, rain or shine.

Local Eastside Fire & Rescue stations host open houses Oct. 11

October 10, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 10, 2014

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Eastside Fire & Rescue is hosting open houses at 10 of its 16 facilities from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11.

The stations participating in the open houses are as follows:

Issaquah: Station 71, 190 E. Sunset Way; Station 72, 1575 N.W. Maple St.; and Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive.

Sammamish: Station 81, 2030 212th Ave. S.E.; Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E.; and Station 83, 3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.

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Healthy Youth Survey is next week, parents can opt out by tomorrow

October 9, 2014

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014

The Issaquah School District will join other public school districts across the state in administering the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey to students Oct. 14-17.

The survey is voluntary and confidential, and is open to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. It is designed to gather information and plan programs to support students in their school and in the community.

Parents and students can opt out of the survey by calling their school’s office by Oct. 10. Learn more about the survey here.

Liberty High School hosts Oct. 10 open house for the community

October 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014

Community members can get a look at the remodeled Liberty High School at an Oct. 10 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights of the remodel include the replacement of the old 500 wing of classrooms, a new and enlarged commons, and a new auxiliary gym. There is also a culinary arts instructional kitchen and a new library. More science labs were added and existing ones were upgraded.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by school tours led by Liberty Principal Josh Almy. The school is at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.

Donate your scrap metal Oct. 11 to support local history

October 8, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 8, 2014

Do any garage-cleaning this summer? Find a few scrap metal “artifacts” you’d like to get rid of?

While your old junk might not be museum-quality, it can still have a “higher purpose”. Donate it to help support low- and no-cost local history programs through the Issaquah History Museums.

The organization is having a scrap metal drive from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Drop off approved scrap metal at the Auto Freight Building, 185 First Ave. N.W.

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Film series returns Oct. 11 with ‘Impact!’

October 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2014

The Second Saturday Film Series continues Oct. 11 with the showing of the 1949 drama, “Impact!”

The free movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Donations will be accepted for snacks.

“Impact!” stars Brian Donleavy and Ella Raines (who was born and grew up in the Snoqualmie/North Bend area). This fast-moving and offbeat drama is about a wife who tries to kill her husband but kills her lover instead, while her husband (presumed dead) hides out and watches her trial.

State conditionally suspends Elks charter

October 7, 2014

Local group working to save lodge with new business, membership participation plans

A revamped business plan and more member participation will be needed if the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843 wants to continue.

Washington State Elks Association Vice President John Fry said the Issaquah chapter, previously based at 765 Rainier Blvd. N., recently faced a change in its charter.

“It’s been suspended so the lodge can reorganize,” Fry said. “They just needed to come up with a business plan and engage the community a bit more.”

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Seattle task force seeks ‘Rent Money Bandit’

October 7, 2014

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is calling him the “Rent Money Bandit” because each of the incidents occurred during the first few days of the month, according to a news release from the FBI.

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Council gets bike, pedestrian plan

October 7, 2014

Local residents want to walk and roll all night — and probably through the day as well.

The Issaquah City Council received the most recent bike and pedestrian plan from the city’s Department of Sustainability during its Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 22. Named Walk + Roll Issaquah, the plan aims to provide a framework to ensure easier nonvehicle travel in the city through “guiding the development and implementation of future projects and programs.”

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