Eastbound Interstate 90 off-ramp in Issaquah to close overnight for maintenance work

July 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2015

Drivers on eastbound Interstate 90 will have fewer options to get into Issaquah late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning, July 15-16.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the eastbound I-90 off-ramp to East Sunset Way/Highlands Drive from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for asphalt repair work. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

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Public invited to salmon hatchery education event

July 14, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a free community event July 22 to educate the public on its mission and volunteer efforts. Read more

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Watch your mailbox for primary election ballots starting tomorrow

July 14, 2015

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 14, 2015

King County Elections will mail ballots July 15 for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide online for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Aug. 4 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp; postage is now 49 cents. Voters also have 24 locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. Aug. 4, including permanent drop-box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and Accessible Voting Centers.

In Issaquah, you can drop off ballots 24 hours a day at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, from July 16 to Aug. 4. In Sammamish, a drop van will be at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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Law to reduce disabled parking abuse in effect

July 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2015

Changes to the laws governing special parking privileges for persons with disabilities went into effect July 1 and are aimed at reducing the number of people who abuse disabled parking permits.

Changes include requiring a written prescription from a licensed health care provider to obtain disabled parking privileges and requiring a new application for every renewal. The application also includes a new fraud warning on the application to remind applicants and healthcare providers it is a gross misdemeanor if they knowingly provide false information.

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Governor declares statewide drought emergency

July 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 13, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide drought emergency due to a widespread lack of snowfall last winter.

Water flow in the Snoqualmie River has dropped drastically, down more than 60 percent of usual flow. At the same time, water use by customers is nearly 10 percent more than this time last year.

To reduce potential hardships from water shortages this summer and beyond, conservation is critical. Local jurisdictions encourage residents to practice the following water conservation tips:

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Open Mic Night is off for this week

July 12, 2015

NEW — 3:45 p.m. July 12, 2015

This week’s Open Mic Night at the Issaquah Train Depot has been cancelled because several of the volunteers had scheduling conflicts.

The next Open Mic Night is scheduled for Aug. 4.

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

July 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 12, 2015

Learn more about hunger in our community as the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank hosts a behind-the-scenes tour.

Tour the facility and talk to Executive Director Cori Walters about hunger in our own backyard. The tour will help bring to life these food bank statistics:

  • More than 400 households are served each week.
  • 150 Summer Lunch Bags are distributed each week of summer.
  • 40 to 50 Groceries to Go deliveries are made each week.
  • 58 percent of the people served are children and seniors.

Join community members for a tour from 6-7 p.m. July 13 or noon to 1 p.m. July 16. Tours start at the side door in the alley next to the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

RSVP or learn more by emailng Walters cori@issaquahfoodbank.org.

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Bare Buns Fun Run streaks by Tiger Mountain tomorrow

July 11, 2015

NEW — noon July 11, 2015

The Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park presents the 24th annual Bare Buns Fun Run West, its annual clothing-optional 5K.

Registration is $30 and includes a free T-shirt while supplies last. Spectators’ registration is $16. Photo identification is required for both.

There will be awards to the top-three finishers in all age/gender divisions and a lot of random prizes.

Registration is from 8-10 a.m. On-site parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended.

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Homewood Suites will open later this month

July 10, 2015

NEW — 6:45 p.m. July 10, 2015

Rowley Properties Inc. has announced a scheduled late-July opening for the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel.

The third-generation family business owns the 123-all suite hotel in the Hyla Crossing neighborhood.

The Hotel Group, a nationally recognized Top 40 hotel management and ownership company based in Seattle, was selected to manage both the new Homewood Suites-Seattle/Issaquah and the existing Hilton Garden Inn-Seattle/Issaquah, also owned by Rowley Properties Inc.

The two hotels, working in synergy, will provide Issaquah with more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space while the Homewood Suites will give Issaquah the ability to capture extended-stay business currently going to Bellevue. Extended-stay guests are different from transient guests as they have a longer stay, typically five or more nights.

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Swedish workers picket to protest understaffing, supplies, health care

July 9, 2015

Carrying signs and chanting, about 100 nurses, technicians and service workers took to the street in front of the Swedish Issaquah Campus on July 1 demanding better supplies, staffing and employee health care.

“Our goal is to get Swedish back to where it was,” said ICU nurse Deanna Tregoning, adding that where it was, was one of the premier medical centers in the area.

Now, she said Swedish’s hospitals and facilities are seriously understaffed.

By Tom Corrigan Workers from the Swedish Issaquah Campus picket July 1 outside the healthcare facility seeking improvements in staffing levels and supplies.

By Tom Corrigan
Workers from the Swedish Issaquah Campus picket July 1 outside the healthcare facility seeking improvements in staffing levels and supplies.

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