Repeal is in limbo for Issaquah plastic bag ban

July 17, 2012

The proposed measure to repeal the Issaquah plastic bag ban faces a questionable future after city officials said the bid did not qualify for the November ballot after supporters failed to gather enough signatures from registered Issaquah voters.

But organizer Craig Keller said the repeal campaign, called Save Our Choice, continues to collect signatures in order to place the repeal measure before Issaquah voters.

Keller and volunteers collected signatures at high-traffic stores and in neighborhoods throughout Issaquah, but city officials said the team did not collect enough. The process to advance the ballot measure is in limbo as volunteers continue to work.

“There’s been such a significant number of citizens that have voiced their displeasure in a campaign that, as far as I know, that’s unprecedented,” Keller said.

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Donald Wayne Thorsness

December 7, 2010

Donald Wayne Thorsness

Donald Wayne Thorsness, of Kent and formerly of Issaquah, died Nov. 21, 2010, in Kent. He was 60.

A celebration of his life will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Pogacha restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah (392-5550).

Donald was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Seattle, to Alvin and Allegra Thorsness.

He was raised on Cougar Mountain, and during his life lived in Issaquah and Kent. He attended Issaquah High School and Bellevue Community College.

In his spare time, he enjoyed NASCAR, camping, boating, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters Rachel and Danae, father Alvin, brothers Rodney and Rick, and sister Linnea Hircko.

He was preceded in death by his mother Allegra.