Press Editorial

July 10, 2012

July 4 parade has become candy mecca

Before the July 4 Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade becomes a distant memory, let’s revisit it.

The parade has been a community treasure since its first march down Front Street more than 30 years ago. There just isn’t anything as patriotic as this celebration of families decked out in every conceivable red, white and blue outfit with their fun accessories, all while riding bikes and scooters, walking dogs and rabbits, and waving flags.

Sadly, it has become hard to enjoy it, given the many kids in the middle of the street scrambling for the tossed candy. Read more

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Prepare for Independence Day road closures in downtown Issaquah

July 2, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2012

Motorists should prepare for downtown road closures as Issaquah celebrates Independence Day.

In order to accommodate the Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Day celebration and the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade, plan for closures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along:

  • Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way
  • Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood to Northwest Juniper Street
  • East Sunset Way from Front Street to Second Avenue Southeast
  • Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Rainier Avenue and Northwest Dogwood Street. Then, the festivities move to Veterans’ Memorial Park.

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Elks host Independence Day breakfast before communty celebration

June 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2012

Independence Day revelers can stop at the local Elks Lodge for breakfast before celebrating the holiday.

Lake Sammamish Elks No. 1843 members plan to host a 4th of July Community Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., in downtown Issaquah.

The menu includes pancakes — of course — plus ham and eggs.

The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The breakfast is open to the public. Call 392-1400 to learn more.

After breakfast, revelers can catch the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade and head to the Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Day celebration.

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Celebrate Independence Day in Issaquah with parade

June 26, 2012

Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.

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Organizers need vendors, volunteers for Independence Day

June 5, 2012

Organizers need vendors and volunteers to make the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day Celebration — Issaquah’s annual Independence Day celebration — a success.

The action starts at 10 a.m. July 4 as participants gather and register for the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Revelers then head to Veterans’ Memorial Park for a hay hunt, three-legged and gunnysack races, pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, and a slug race and beauty pageant. Participants must provide their own slugs. Save room for a pie-eating contest at about 1:30 p.m.

In order to present the celebration, organizers need volunteers to participate in setup and tear-down, and to work in the retail area and at activity stations.

Organizers offer booths to nonprofit organizations, arts and crafts vendors, and commercial ventures.

Find the application forms for the parade, vendors and volunteers at

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Press Editorial

January 3, 2012

2012 Issaquah goals are very achievable

Each year our news staff and editorial board put their heads together to create a list of goals for the Issaquah area. Some are repeats from former years, but are still on our wish list.

Environmentally speaking — Local restaurants need to step up and get compliant with the city’s mandate on use of recyclable containers. Most already have, but not all. The city should go a step further and follow Seattle’s lead in banning plastic grocery and retail bags.

Central Issaquah Plan — The plan that will act as a guideline for redevelopment of Issaquah’s business district should be completed this year. Take it one step further and implement it for new development in the highlands, too.

Park Pointe — Now that the land deal is done, the city and volunteers can transform the 100 acres on Tiger Mountain for everyone to enjoy; Issaquah Environmental Council volunteers started the process last week by planting native species.

Economic development — With the re-engineering of how City Hall functions to encourage a more robust economic development of the business community, the time has come for action. Put measurable goals in place immediately with an eye toward filling vacant storefronts.

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Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of July / July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011

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Prepare for Fourth of July road closures in Issaquah

July 3, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 3, 2011

Motorists should plan ahead for Fourth of July road closures in downtown Issaquah on Monday, as revelers gather for a parade and festival.

Expect closures along Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way, Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood Street to Northwest Juniper Street, East Sunset Way from Front Street to Second Avenue Southeast, and Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual Down Home Fourth of July includes the Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade at 11 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North, at the intersection of Northwest Dogwood Street and Front Street North.

Following the parade, families can plays games at Veterans’ Memorial Field and learn about Issaquah’s history from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot’s Heritage Day celebration, 50 Rainier Boulevard N.

On Veterans’ Memorial Field, children can enter potato sack, slug and three-legged races, or saddle up for pony rides.

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Buses operate on Sunday schedules for Independence Day

July 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2011

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit bus routes operate on Sunday schedules Monday for Independence Day.

Riders should plan ahead during the long holiday weekend. Sunday fares remain in effect on all Metro Transit routes on Sunday and Monday.

Due to many holiday events throughout the weekend, check for bus reroutes or sign up for Transit Alerts for news about frequently used routes.

Metro Transit offices, including customer information phone lines, close Monday in observance of the holiday. Most transit information is available on Metro Online or in the Trip Planner.

Expect a reroute on Sound Transit Route 554 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday as buses divert for the downtown Issaquah Fourth of July celebration.

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20 reasons to ♥ Issaquah

July 2, 2011

The spectacular landscape is a reason to love Issaquah. By Connor Lee

Discover 20 reasons to love Issaquah, from the highest Tiger Mountain peak to the Lake Sammamish shoreline, and much more in between. The community includes icons and traits not found anywhere else, all in a postcard-perfect setting. The unique qualities — Issa-qualities? — start at the city’s name and extend into every nook and neighborhood. (The lineup is not arranged in a particular order, because ranking the city’s pre-eminent qualities seems so unfair.)

Salmon Days

The annual salmon-centric celebration is stitched into the city’s fabric. Salmon Days serves as a last hurrah before autumn, a touchstone for old-timers and a magnet for tourists. The street fair consistently ranks among the top destinations in the Evergreen State and, for a time last year, as the best festival on earth — in the $250,000-to-$749,000 budget category, anyway.

Issaquah Alps

The majestic title for the forested peaks surrounding the city, the Issaquah Alps, is a catchall term for Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains. (Credit the late mountaineer and conservationist Harvey Manning for the sobriquet.) The setting is a playground for outdoors enthusiasts. Trails — some official and others less so — for hikers, bikers and equestrians crisscross the mountains, like haphazard tic-tac-toe patterns.

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