Costco proposed expansion causes growing concerns

September 23, 2014

Who will pay for a Costco expansion? That question has nearby business and property owners concerned.

Business and property owners have concerns about how proposed Costco growth might affect northern Issaquah, and about who pays for parts of the project.

In its Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Issaquah City Council held a public hearing regarding the draft agreement that has made its way through the Development Services Department in the past several months.

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To the Editor

September 2, 2014

Transportation plan

A little Aloha while sitting in traffic

How is it that Peter Clark, of The Issaquah Press, has read my mind these last several months as I’ve traveled the roads downtown getting to and from my home in the nearby Sycamore neighborhood? His recent article “Traffic plan can’t come soon enough” nailed it.

I understand that the City Council’s master plan is intent upon growing residential and business opportunities while lessening our dependence on cars. As in the Issaquah Highlands, townsfolk will be able to walk, rather than drive, to most places. However, as Clark indicates, that idyllic scenario won’t happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, those of us living in the midst of construction that is sure to tie up traffic for years to come will have to grin and bear it.

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Costco asks to build up to 10-story buildings

July 29, 2014

In exchange for open space, Costco is aiming for the sky.

Company leaders want to construct possibly three more buildings on the campus, with anywhere from three to 10 stories each.

“They are looking to expand their corporate facilities,” city Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said. “They currently have surface parking lots that they are wanting to place buildings on.”

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World War II veterans deserve honor, respect

June 10, 2014

A special thanks to those who turned out for the D-Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Field on June 6.

People were thrilled to see three P-51 Mustangs soar over the field twice, coming lower the second time to give people a closer look at the intricately painted planes.

There were more than 50 veterans in attendance, many from World War II. Several of them had tears in their eyes as they watched the planes.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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Costco’s Jim Sinegal receives National Retail Federation Gold Award

February 11, 2014

The National Retail Federation recently awarded Jim Sinegal, Costco co-founder and board member, its 2014 Gold Medal Award.

“Jim was an obvious choice for NRF’s Gold Award, given his commitment to the industry and Costco, and dedication to creating such a well-respected culture throughout the organization he helped build,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release.

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Costco tops best workplaces list

December 10, 2013

Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community where people share information and opinions about the places they work, has unveiled its 2013 retail industry report card, ranking which retailers rate highest among employees, according to Forbes.com.

Glassdoor looked at employee feedback for more than 250 retailers with at least 50 approved company reviews from the past year.

In the No. 1 spot this year is Costco, the Issaquah-based, membership-only warehouse club.

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Parking pickle

June 11, 2013

Farmers market parking change frustrates, but does not stop attendees

By Peter Clark Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

By Peter Clark
Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

Parking changes for this year’s farmers market have left many vexed and it is unclear how deeply they will affect the event.

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Student projects explore history’s newsmakers

April 9, 2013

Liberty High School freshman Tania Nambo-Escobar could literally talk for hours about the history of Che Guevara.

“I love presenting about Che Guevara in general,” she said. “Ask me a question and, whether you like it or not, I will give you a full speech about it.”

Nambo-Escobar knows a lot about the subject, after she spent months researching and putting together an exhibit to enter into the local History Day competition.

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Young philanthropists cook up Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser

February 19, 2013

Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg, like other 12- and 13-year-olds, love making art.

They also love helping others, and two have teamed up to host an afternoon of creative fun for children in the hopes of raising enough money to fulfill one child’s dream through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“Both of us are passionate about art and we like giving to charity, so we came up with an idea to help charity and follow our passion at the same time,” said Amol.

Contributed Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The seventh grade student at Pine Lake Middle School added that as he speaks both Hindi and English, art is his third language.

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Who’s News

February 12, 2013

Students win chance to play with orchestra

During the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Concerto Competition Jan. 26, the following local students were the top three finishers, earning a guest solo with the orchestra June 9:

  • First place — Olivia Marckx, of Bellevue, cello
  • Second place — Amelia Sie, of Bellevue, violin
  • Third place — Karissa Zadinsky, of Issaquah, cello

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