February 3, 2014
NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014
Issaquah is one of the state’s safest cities, coming in at No. 24 on a list of Washington’s top 50, according to the website SafeWise.
The site, dedicated to providing honest reviews of safety and security products, combined independent research with the 2012 FBI Crime Report to come up with the list.
Issaquah was lauded for its diligent neighborhood block watch and emergency preparedness programs.
“Issaquah is so safe that the chance of becoming a victim is only one in 1,741, which is pretty good odds in a town of over 31,000 people,” the site noted.
See the full list here.
January 14, 2014
Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election.
The deadline for in-person registration for new Washington voters is Feb. 3.
More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.
January 14, 2014
The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.
The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.
“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.
January 10, 2014
NEW — 6:33 p.m. Jan. 10, 2014
The city of Issaquah is hosting a free Christmas tree drop-off and recycling program Jan. 11.
Bring Christmas trees from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at 1823 Central Park Lane N.E. — the paved city lot behind the Issaquah Highlands reservoir, at the intersection of College Drive.
Issaquah Highlands Community Association staff members will be on hand to collect trees. Only trees with no flocking, tinsel or decorations will be accepted. No artificial trees will be accepted.
December 17, 2013
The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership recently awarded more than $42 million in grants to organizations in the state for projects that restore and protect salmon habitat, helping bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.
Issaquah was awarded a $600,000 grant to restore Issaquah Creek at Confluence Park.
December 10, 2013
The city of Issaquah is seeking input on how to make the community more friendly for biking, walking and living.
Bring ideas to a Walking & Biking Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 12, in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.
At the open house, hosted by the Planning Policy Commission, learn about and participate in ongoing efforts to create a safer — as well as more seamless and convenient — network so residents and visitors can easily access recreation, work and transit without a car.
Learn more at issaquahwa.gov/walknroll.
October 22, 2013
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Issaquah residents who don’t have health insurance can now enroll in affordable health insurance options online at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Still, enrolling might seem daunting for anyone who doesn’t have good Internet access, or who doesn’t feel comfortable signing up using a website.
That’s why the city of Issaquah and Public Health – Seattle & King County have teamed up for an in-person enrollment event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
October 21, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2013
The website NerdWallet has placed Issaquah and Sammamish in its top 10 best places for job seekers in Washington state. Issaquah came in second, while Sammamish was No. 5.
NerdWallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. The site writes recommendations on credit cards, personal finance options, discounts and gas prices.
October 15, 2013
In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval Oct. 10 to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area.
Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.
“None of these are easy,” board member Robert Cook said as the board held informal discussion before a vote. “And a couple factors gave us some sleepless nights. The overriding fact is that the city of Issaquah is responding to a petition of residents that want to be a part of the city. They did what they were asked to do by the citizenry. They did what they are mandated to do by state law. There really aren’t any losers in this, because the citizens will vote on this and determine their own fate. It’s kind of a win-win.”
October 1, 2013
State Auditor Troy Kelley released Issaquah’s annual audit Sept. 27 and the city came away from the scrutiny cleanly.
The Washington State Auditor’s Office reported no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the financial statements or the federal awards.
Every year, the state office issues more than 2,000 audit reports, detailing for government transparency and accountability. View the report at http://ow.ly/pmfxo.