Press Editorial

September 7, 2010

Get acquainted with new city parks

Issaquah has a new park, and it’s a beauty!

Actually, it’s three parks — Cybil-Madeline, Tollë Anderson and Issaquah Creek parks, located behind the Darigold plant on Rainier Boulevard. The three adjacent properties were acquired over the past 20 years, but until the city cut the weeds and tall grasses in recent weeks, residents couldn’t really see what a treasure they own.

First noted are the wide-open spaces, the kind that make you want to twirl in the sun or fly a kite, or spread a blanket and read a good book. But there are also towering evergreens, like the ones surrounding the beautiful white pine. There are fruit trees from a former orchard, and a stand of birches and other select, mature nursery picks. It’s worth visiting now, but will be even more glorious when the trees show their fall colors. Read more

Downtown trolleys will be delayed until at least next spring, backers say

July 20, 2010

Historic trolleys might not clang through downtown Issaquah until next spring, despite plans to relaunch the tourist attraction much earlier.

Trolley backers had hoped to run the historic cars from the Issaquah Train Depot downtown to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce office by late summer.

Engineers had hoped to advertise the project to potential contractors by May, but August seems more realistic under the updated timeline.

The city oversees about $500,000 in grant money awarded to the project. Barb Justice and other Issaquah Valley Trolley Project volunteers manage the long-running effort to run trolleys in downtown Issaquah.

The group has become accustomed to the delays inherent in restoring 75-year-old trolleys and readying unused railroad tracks for the vehicles.

“Things seem to take 10 times longer than one would hope,” Justice, grants coordinator for the trolley project, said in early July.

City Senior Engineer Rory Cameron said the city last week submitted the application for authority to administer the grant. The city submitted the proposal to the state Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for managing federal transportation dollars in Washington.

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30-year senior volunteer honored

June 22, 2010

Nancy Viney, Sylvia Hooker, Val Borman and Margaret Eavenson (from left) bring their yarn projects every week to the Happy Hookers meeting at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. By Greg Farrar

Even before she officially qualified as a senior, Val Borman, 93, had been volunteering her time to make the Issaquah Valley Senior Center a better place for seniors.

“We were on our morning walk and were going by,” Val said of herself and her husband Jake Borman. “He said, ‘I hear they have a really great coffee, drip coffee for 10 cents a cup’ I said, ‘I’m not going in there, no way.’”

It just took one cup of coffee with her husband in 1981 to pull her into the center, said Tommie Troutman, former director of the senior center.

If you name it, Val’s done it, she added.

So much so, that she was given a special award for 30 years of service at the 2010 Volunteer Recognition Lunch hosted by senior center officials April 24. She was honored by Troutman, the founding director of the center; Nedra Foshee, a former director; and current Executive Director Courtney Jaren.

“She is an absolute treasure,” Jaren said. “We’ve come to depend on her, because she has so much to share.”

The senior center is vital to the community, it gives people a place to gather, to celebrate, to feel supported and to stay active, Val said. Read more

Darigold, landfill honored for pollution prevention

May 25, 2010

King County environmental officials honored the Issaquah Darigold plant and Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for spotless wastewater discharge records last year.

Darigold and the landfill — just south of Issaquah in unincorporated King County — received kudos from the Industrial Waste Program on May 5. The landfill — operated by the King County Solid Waste Division — and 57 other entities received Gold Awards for no discharging wastewater without violations last year. Darigold and 16 other companies received Silver Awards for no discharge-monitoring violations last year. Darigold operates a landmark plant along Front Street North.

Since 1969, the Industrial Waste Program has required many industries to pre-treat wastewater before release in order to safeguard sewer treatment facilities, workers, the environment and public health.

Besides regulatory enforcement, the program serves as a resource for businesses by supporting permit compliance efforts and educating entrepreneurs about pollution prevention, waste reduction and water conservation. Learn more about the program here.

Ammonia leak kills Issaquah Creek salmon

October 13, 2009

Ammonia released into the East Fork of Issaquah Creek from the Darigold plant killed dozens of fish last week. Read more

Ammonia spill causes fish kill in East Fork of Issaquah Creek

October 7, 2009

NEW — 7:03 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

An accidental release of ammonia from the Darigold processing plant caused a fish kill today in the East Fork of Issaquah Creek in Issaquah.

The Department of Ecology responded to the incident after receiving a report of dead fish from a state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist surveying spawning salmon in the stream.

Most of the 40-50 dead fish observed were sculpin, a small freshwater fish. But a small number of salmon and trout were also affected.

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