Help shape future look of King County’s new 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

June 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2015

Learn about Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, hear draft recommendations for park uses and amenities, and share your ideas about the park’s future at a June 17 public meeting, sponsored by King County Parks.

Set from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, the meeting will include information from King County Parks Division representatives about the 730-acre park and draft recommendations about uses, according to a county news release. At a community meeting in May, participants generated ideas for uses and amenities in the park, and the draft recommendations reflect that input.

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Public invited to discuss uses for King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

May 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2015

Come to a May 27 public meeting to learn about King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, and share ideas for future uses and amenities in the park.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Middle School commons, 400 Second Ave. S.E. King County Parks Division employees will provide information about the 730-acre park and gather ideas from the community about uses and amenities at the park, which was recently expanded by more than 200 acres.

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Timber Ridge at Talus to expand by 145 homes

February 17, 2015

Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

By Stacey Weeks
Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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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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Talus expansion among comp plan considerations

April 15, 2014

King County The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

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The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

Another annexation will face consideration since the Issaquah City Council approved the docket for a comprehensive plan update April 7.

Developers want to expand the Talus urban village by adding another 49.2 acres to the city. The plan received scrutiny during the March 11 Land & Shore Committee meeting.

“The Talus Management Services request is for an expansion area,” city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said. “It has developed all its area, but it still has entitlements left over.”

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Council OKs large list of possible comprehensive plan updates

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah City Council expects a big update to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2015.

During its April 7 regular meeting, the council approved docket of proposed changes to the plan. There are 19 items, which the administration will investigate whether to include them into the state-mandated plan.

Comprehensive plans are required by state law to include expectations for land use, housing, growth targets, utilities, capital facilities and more.

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New art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

March 11, 2014

By Kate Smigiel  Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past.

The project, entitled “Black Forest (29,930,000 tons),” is spread across the forest floor in the form of nearly 50,000 pounds of biochar, environmentally friendly charcoal that appears similar to the coal that was once mined from the mountain.

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County art project needs installation volunteers

February 18, 2014

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park will soon host a unique art installation that honors its past, while nurturing its future.

4Culture and the King County Parks and Recreation Division present Black Forest [29,930,000 tons], a land-art project created by Seattle-based artist Hans Baumann.

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