Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Preservation group seeks to save Anderson farmhouse

July 29, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 29, 2015

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is looking for proposals to move and rehabilitate the historic Anderson farmhouse now sitting on the front edge of Confluence Park.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration. Steps to preserve and move the historic building must be taken before the end of the year, or $1.2 million in grants would be lost.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration. Steps to preserve and move the historic building must be taken before the end of the year, or $1.2 million in grants would be lost.

“Plain and simple, we are looking for an interested party,” said Chris Moore, executive director for the Washington Trust group.

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FISH offers community course about helping salmon

July 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2015

Join the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to discover how the community is working together to protect salmon by restoring creekside habitat, preventing flooding and reducing pollution.

FISH is hosting a free community event at 6:30 p.m. July 22, featuring city Surface Water Manager Kerry Ritland and city environmental science associate Dana Zlateff. Learn how the city and community partners work together to protect salmon.

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Public invited to salmon hatchery education event

July 14, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a free community event July 22 to educate the public on its mission and volunteer efforts. Read more

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City plans to build new Confluence Park for salmon as well as humans

July 9, 2015

While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.

The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.

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Makin’ music with the masses

June 25, 2015

by Greg Farrar Alan Clark (right) and Fred Hopkins, with the band Fred Hopkins and Friends, perform classic rock ‘n’ roll, including the tune ‘Runaway,’ for an audience at Pedestrian Park at Front Street and Sunset Way on June 21, the first day of summer.

by Greg Farrar
Alan Clark (right) and Fred Hopkins, with the band Fred Hopkins and Friends, perform classic rock ‘n’ roll, including the tune ‘Runaway,’ for an audience at Pedestrian Park at Front Street and Sunset Way on June 21, the first day of summer.

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Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Fenders on Front Street

June 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 1, 2015

Fenders on Front Street Car Show & Cruise, a Father’s Day tradition, returns June 21.

The free all-day event culminates with a cruise of classic cars. Starting at 3 p.m., car show participants will gather along Front Street North and cruise along West Sunset Way to Newport Way Northwest to Gilman Boulevard.

See hundreds of classic and vintage cars as you stroll down Front Street. Listen to classic tunes and see live music at several locations. End the afternoon with a barbecue at Confluence Park.

Learn more at www.fendersonfrontstreet.com.

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Celebrate International Music Day June 21

May 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2015

Issaquah is making music June 21, in celebration of International Music Day.

The annual event celebrates the importance of music through free, open and accessible events. Listen, dance and make music from 1-5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Pedestrian Park — The Redondoes, strum ukulele band, Greasy Spoon,
  • Northwest Alder Street — Eastside Music Co.,
  • Music and Arts lot — teen performers from Kaleidoscope School of Music, special guests,
  • Confluence Park — LocoMotive, FIVESTAR, Nolan Garrett, The RumSkullz and more.

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Issaquah City Council approves $250,000 for possible relocation of historic home

May 20, 2015

In an effort to move ahead with the planned revamping of the city’s Confluence Park, the Issaquah City Council recently approved $250,000 that could be used for restoration and relocation of the historic Anderson farmhouse at the south end of the park.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

The Confluence Park master site plan identified the house as needing to be removed or relocated as part of the park development.

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