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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Issaquah agrees to release Klahanie PAA by year’s end

April 29, 2014

Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.

Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.

In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.

“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.

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Issaquah tops list of cities on the rise

April 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2014

Issaquah has topped the Estately Blog’s list of 10 Washington state cities on the rise in 2014. Sammamish came in fifth.

Estately ranked every Washington state city with a population over 30,000 on six criteria:

  • Increase in population
  • Increase in home values
  • Reduction in poverty levels
  • Decrease in crime rate
  • Increase in income
  • Increase in residents with bachelor degrees

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Issaquah residents: Ready, set, speak!

April 15, 2014

I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.

The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.

Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.

Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?

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Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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