May’s Hometown Hero Bill Merritt saves lives

May 12, 2015

Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.

By Greg Farrar Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

By Greg Farrar
Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Central Issaquah Plan begins to attract developer attention

March 31, 2015

There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.

“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

February 10, 2015

Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.

“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.

Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.

Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”

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Issaquah, Renton make top 10 cities for millennial job seekers

February 10, 2015

The financial website NerdWallet was curious to find the top Washington cities that appealed most to millennial job seekers. Issaquah was ranked fifth and Renton 10th.

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Vulcan announces sale of Sammamish Park Place

February 3, 2015

Vulcan Real Estate recently announced the sale of the Sammamish Park Place office complex, in Issaquah, to Seattle-based Talon Private Capital for $128.25 million.

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Issaquah businesses honored in Book of Lists

February 3, 2015

Issaquah companies and organizations set the standard across several industries, according to the rankings in the Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists 2014-15.

The book contains lists of top companies, arranged by industry and ranking, including 1,966 companies and 80 lists.

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From ant to zebra — Local author illustrates the ABCs for a good cause

February 3, 2015

Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan doesn’t always wear bunny rabbit slippers in public, but he will for a gaggle of adorable children.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore on Jan. 22.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore on Jan. 22.

Sullivan and his floppy-eared footwear made an appearance at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22, where the author and illustrator read his newest book, “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari,” to a cute, albeit somewhat restless, audience of toddlers.

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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