City plans closure of Rainier Boulevard North starting June 9

June 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2014

The city of Issaquah is improving Rainier Boulevard North between Northwest Juniper Street and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek.

As a result, the road will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking from June 9 to Oct. 1.

Local access will be provided only to residents and businesses.

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City achieves best possible bond rating

June 3, 2014

Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Issaquah’s bond rating to AAA — the highest possible score — in recognition of the city’s enduring commitment to fiscal responsibility.

The bond rating is a reflection of creditworthiness and affects the cost to the city of issuing debt. The upgraded rating helps lower the interest rates for the city’s bond sales, which reduces borrowing costs for the city and taxpayers.

“Our citizens will benefit the most from our upgraded rating,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “It’s the result of our sound fiscal policies and responsible management of the public’s dollars. Our commitment to the best possible practices is a top priority for our city team and elected leaders every day.”

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Kids Bike Rodeo

May 20, 2014

Bike to Work Day is May 16

May 13, 2014

Join cyclists for fun, fitness and friendship as the city of Issaquah and Cascade Bicycle Club celebrate Bike to Work Day.

The annual event is from 6-9 a.m. May 16. Bike to Work Day includes a commuter station where riders can check in and receive information about bicycle commuting.

The commuter station will be on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road.

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City hosts job fair May 28

May 13, 2014

Job seekers are invited to meet with a slew of local employers at the city of Issaquah’s first job fair May 28.

Attendees can connect with hiring businesses such as Fred Meyer, Marshalls and Sports Authority. Experts will review job seekers’ résumés and offer advice.

Prospective employees can apply online with companies prior to the event, or complete online applications at the job fair.

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Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

May 13, 2014

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.

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Free bike rodeo is May 18

May 6, 2014

The city will host a free Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experts will offer bike safety checks, helmet fittings, a bike skills course, music, raffles, refreshments and more. Free helmets will also be available for children in need.

Participants can donate a used bicycle to receive a raffle ticket, while children can bring their own refillable water bottle for a chance to win door prizes.

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Sign up for summer swim lessons

May 6, 2014

Registration for summer swim lessons through the city of Issaquah opened May 5.

Families can choose from one of five sessions: June 23 to July 3; July 7-18; July 21 to Aug. 1; Aug. 4-15; and Aug. 18-29.

All sessions are two weeks. Morning classes run Monday through Friday. Afternoon and evening classes run Monday through Thursday.

Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/1rU44Pe, by phone at 837-3350 or in person at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St., where the lessons will take place.

City’s free film series returns Saturday with ‘Charade’

May 6, 2014

The city of Issaquah’s free Second Saturday Film Series returns May 10 with a showing of the 1963 movie “Charade,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

This star-filled international thriller tells the story of a young woman whose deceased husband hid millions of dollars that may have been stolen decades earlier. She is pursued by several sultry and sleazy characters, all of them intent on recovering the money, no matter what the cost.

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Tempers flare over Talus tree removal

April 29, 2014

The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.

Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.

“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”

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