Car crash closes Interstate 90 for four hours

October 14, 2014

At 2:11 p.m. Oct. 9, midday commuter traffic was snarled in both directions of Interstate 90 near Preston after a multicar accident.

Washington State Patrol Two of the vehicles involved in a four-car accident Oct. 9 sit on the side of Interstate 90. The crash caused the freeway to be closed for four hours.

Washington State Patrol
Two of the vehicles involved in a four-car accident Oct. 9 sit on the side of Interstate 90. The crash caused the freeway to be closed for four hours.

Joshua M. Harris, 28, of North Bend, was traveling eastbound in a 2007 Jeep Compass and crossed the center grass median, causing a four-car chain reaction accident, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Talus tree tussle won’t change city approach

October 14, 2014

Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.

“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.

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Tourism recommendations suggest new organization, city branding

October 14, 2014

Defining city branding and forming a destination marketing organization top the list of Issaquah tourism recommendations.

City Economic Development Department Manager Andrea Snyder and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott presented Roger Brooks International’s final draft on tourism recommendations during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 23.

After eight months and $20,000 of city funds, the hired tourism consultant provided a layout of how Issaquah could entice visitors to come and spend money. In order to know where to start, Snyder said they started with basic questions.

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King County executive hosts small business awards

October 14, 2014

The fourth annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards returns Oct. 15.

The awards recognize the achievements and accomplishments of small businesses. The event is held at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue.

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Several schools start fresh with new principals

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.

Donna Hood

Donna Hood

Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.

Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.

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Sunset Beach parking area closes for winter

October 14, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its 2014-15 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

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Avoid backups, street repairs throughout Issaquah

October 14, 2014

NEW — 1:28 p.m. Oct. 14, 2014

City crews have started street improvement projects throughout Issaquah.

Motorists are advised to watch for:

  • Front Street North from Northeast Crescent Drive to Gilman Boulevard: removal of existing curb ramps and replacement, as well as curb and sidewalk repair, through Oct. 17. Prepare for traffic backups at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard.
  • Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Juniper Street: curb ramp work and paving, with work on the ramps, through Oct. 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Juniper Street from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Newport Way Northwest: milling is scheduled to start Oct. 17, with paving to follow Oct. 20, both from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Front Street North: milling is scheduled for Oct. 20-21, with paving to follow Oct. 21-24, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All work is weather dependent. Learn more by calling Public Works Operations at 281-5413.

Recruiting for next generation of state’s Capsule Keepers ends Oct. 21

October 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2014

Members of the original Centennial Time Capsule Keepers are in the final days of recruiting a new generation of replacements in time for the state’s 125th birthday celebration Nov. 11 in Olympia.

Nominations for new Capsule Keepers end Oct. 21. Any child living in Washington who was born between Nov. 4 and 18, 2004, is eligible. Children of 1989 Capsule Keepers are also eligible.

Interested children should have a parent or guardian complete a registration form. Parent or guardian permission is required.

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City’s 2015 budget proposes B&O tax increase, open houses are Oct. 14 and 27

October 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2014

Issaquah’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase to the city’s business and occupation taxes.

City officials said in a press release that the rate increase is to ensure infrastructure and other essential government services remain at current levels, allowing the administration to make new investments to better serve the community.

In addition, staff is reviewing business processes, implementing a major reorganization and becoming self-insured for healthcare, as well as studying additional fee adjustments to ensure growth pays for itself, while reducing red tape for small businesses.

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All in pink, Eastside Fire & Rescue supports breast cancer awareness this week

October 12, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff will be decked out in pink T-shirts Oct. 13-18 to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take steps to detect the disease in the earliest stage, when it is most often curable, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Through the awareness effort, EFR and many other entities hope people will learn about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages, myths, etc.

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