January 8, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2015
Passport photos taken by the city of Issaquah are now just $5.
Passport applications are accepted by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Passport services are offered at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Call 837-3003 to schedule your appointment.
December 30, 2014
Lake Sammamish State Park, considered by many to have been long neglected financially by the state, will be annexed to the city of Issaquah as of Feb. 1.
The park may or may not be in line for some state funding for a new boat dock. But in any case, the park soon will have an executive director to aid with future rebuilding of the facility, said Chris Kovac, president of the community group the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
The Friends will hire a director to help guide the organization and the park.
December 23, 2014
With a unanimous vote at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Issaquah City Council formally annexed Lake Sammamish State Park, making it part of the city.
The annexation includes 300 acres of parkland, beaches, the park picnic area and the boat launch, said Trish Heinonen, city long range planning manager.
December 16, 2014
The city of Issaquah administration wants to know how you feel about the city you call home.
Beginning early this month and continuing until Jan. 10, the National Research Center, a private Colorado firm contracted to determine local opinions about Issaquah in general, has been contacting residents with a variety of questions.
November 18, 2014
A flurry of emails, a number of meetings, accusations of drug use and some hard feelings have arisen in the wake of a move to keep people from eating free meals outside the Issaquah Community Hall.
Some say the move is an obvious attempt to keep the city’s homeless and underprivileged out of sight.
November 11, 2014
A few prominent Issaquah businesses are asking the city to rethink a business and occupation tax increase included in Mayor Fred Butler’s 2015 budget proposal.
Representatives from Costco, Darigold and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce attended a Nov. 3 Issaquah City Council public hearing, where they offered similar concerns about the effect an increased tax rate would have on the business community.
November 11, 2014
The city had proposed a 150 percent increase in the city’s B&O tax to add $1 million to the budget’s general fund for 2015. The increase was to be phased in over the next two years with the first phase to be implemented April 1.
October 14, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.
Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.
September 20, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014
More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.
Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.
The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
August 19, 2014
Off The Press
Who is the government really working for?
Very interesting article from the viewpoint of a current nonhomeowner looking to purchase a home in the current market, the reasons why he and his wife want to purchase a home in Seattle at this time, and the problems they see.
One constantly hears about the government wanting the cost of housing to rise, and the government continues policy to create this “bubble.” This is great for the real estate lobby, government expansion and investors looking to make a quick profit.
For current renters, first-time buyers and market stability, this market distortion works against these interests. The problem with housing is that homes cost too much, not too little, and this hurts responsible people looking to get ahead in life.
When government creates bubbles, decisions are made for the wrong reasons. The next time the government says it is doing things to help you, think about whom it is really working for. Usually, it is for votes and money.