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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.
April 9, 2014
NEW — 3 p.m. April 9, 2014
Issaquah was named a Tree City USA for its 21st year today in honor of Arbor Day.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA. The department said in a release that cities that earn the Tree City USA title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.
April 8, 2014
Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.
In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.
The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.
April 8, 2014
Just get on with it and resolve the situation
After years of studies, meetings, analysis and the spending hundreds of thousands of dollars by the city of Issaquah and a variety of opposition groups, those of us in the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area are still an unincorporated area with the resulting lack of services enjoyed by our Incorporated neighbors and paying in excess of $500 every year in extra taxes.
It appears to be of no real concern to the governments of Issaquah, Sammamish and King County that this ridiculous situation continues to be dragging on indefinitely. It is beyond me why these parties cannot collaborate and by means of an interlocal agreement, or some other rapid process, get this off dead center and resolved once and for all.
I have lived in Klahanie for more than 20 years and worked tirelessly for annexation to Issaquah. Now, I just really don’t care; all I ask is that we please be annexed to Sammamish or Issaquah ASAP and stop all the infighting, misinformation, stalling and lack of a backbone by the so-called leaders and self-appointed “experts.” Enough is enough!