Share your thoughts on DNR trails policy by Sept. 28

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources invites residents to comment on a draft policy that will guide the future development of recreation trails on DNR-managed lands.

The agency oversees about 5.6 million acres of state land, much of which offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and off-road-vehicle riding. These lands must also generate sustainable revenue for public school construction and maintain Washington’s rich natural heritage, according to the state constitution.

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Issaquah City Council committee rejects lower speed limits on four streets

September 22, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Hoping to gain more information, the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee put the brakes on lowering speed limits on four streets despite a recommendation by the city administration.

On Sept. 8, the full council voted to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph. At the same time, it agreed to an administration proposal to study speed limits on portions of three additional streets. At a recent committee meeting, the administration added one more, the loop consisting of Northwest Stoney Creek Drive and Northwest Harmony Way.

The speed limit proposals follow the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu, who was struck by a car while attempting to cross the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive with his mother June 26. He died the next day.

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Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.

City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.

Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.

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HOAs back petition to delay development on Newport Way Northwest

September 3, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.

“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.

Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.

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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

September 3, 2015


Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions

Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015


Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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To the Editor — Aug. 6, 2015

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015


City needs to fix this intersection as well

When stopped in the northbound lane of Fourth Avenue Northwest at the intersection of Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast, the two traffic signals that you are facing (which hang from a steel cable suspended between two wooden poles), are not facing in a direction that is parallel to the lane of travel that they serve. They are rotated toward the left too far when you are facing them in the previously mentioned lane.

Also, the east end of Southeast 62nd Street has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever on either side of the road for a significant distance. This area also has very limited visibility due to the sharp curve of the road and the extensive amount of trees and foliage in the immediately surrounding areas of both sides of the street immediately northwest of the previously mentioned intersection (this creates an incredibly unsafe situation for pedestrians).

As a self-appointed U.S. taxpayer value advocate, I expect that the city communicate exactly how it plans to improve the safety of this excuse for an intersection to the public in the near future or face its legal consequences for failing to do so. Read more

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City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

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Editorial — The Issaquah Press primary endorsements

July 23, 2015

Local voters already should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary election for the Issaquah City Council. Voters have two primary races to decide, with the top two vote getters in each race continuing to the general election in November.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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