2015 Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade

October 3, 2015

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Celebrating salmon

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:33 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The city’s biggest annual bash and its signature event since 1970, Salmon Days, Issaquah’s yearly celebration of all things salmon, is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 3-4.

By Greg Farrar A chinook salmon attempts to make it up and over the weir at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Sept. 22. Click the photo for more hatchery photos.

By Greg Farrar
A chinook salmon attempts to make it up and over the weir at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Sept. 22. Click the photo for more hatchery photos.

The party is spread throughout downtown Issaquah and, of course, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Read more

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Zombies arise for annual walk, dance classes start Oct. 8

September 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The sixth annual Issaquah Zombie Walk returns to downtown Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Zombies of all ages are invited to rise up and meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come dressed as your own zombie or get free help getting make-up applied. Or for $10, Illusions by Melanie can apply Ultra Zombie makeup.

The creep through downtown begins at 4:30 p.m. and finishes with a flash-mob dance performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the steps of City Hall at 5 p.m. at the corner of Sunset and Front Street.

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

August 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015

For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.

They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.

“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.

Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.

Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking.  Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015


Fund research now

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.

Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.

My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.

Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more

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Together Center abandons plans to bring human services campus to Issaquah

August 17, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 17, 2015

An effort apparently underway since 2006 has come to an end.

On Aug. 14, Together Center announced it is concluding efforts to establish a human services campus in Issaquah.

Lead volunteers Margaret Moore and John Rittenhouse, along with Together Center CEO Pam Mauk, met with Issaquah officials to inform them of their decision.

“Identification and acquisition of appropriate property has been the major stumbling block,” Moore said in a press release. “We know the Issaquah community’s need for easier access to services has only grown. We also know that there are many agencies that would love to be part of a nonprofit service hub. We just could not find a site where we could pull this off in Issaquah.” Read more

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Downtown Issaquah group to receive hefty funding increase

August 8, 2015

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The Issaquah City Council’s unanimous decision Aug. 3 to take part in a so-called Main Street Tax Credit program should translate to $90,000 in extra funding for the Downtown Issaquah Association.

In total, DIA funding should jump to a total of about $230,000 from it present level of about $120,000, said Karen Donovan, DIA executive director.

“Of course, we’re very excited about it,” she said.

The first step will be hiring a full-time staff member. Having a full-time person is a requirement of the tax credit program, Donovan said. Read more

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Third Avenue bridge idea doesn’t sit well with neighbors

August 7, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 7, 2015

The notion of a new north-south route through Issaquah won healthy support from those taking a city survey, but fell completely flat with most of the 50 or so people crammed into City Council chambers Aug. 3.

To produce the new north-south route, the survey indirectly suggested building a traffic-supporting bridge over the East Fork of Issaquah Creek, connecting what is now the end of Third Avenue Northeast with Northeast Gilman Boulevard south of Northeast Dogwood Street.

During the public comment section of the Aug. 3 council session, residents said they had fought against such a bridge previously and would do so again. They claimed the added traffic would ruin a now quiet, largely secluded neighborhood, one of the last residential neighborhoods in downtown Issaquah. Read more

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ArtWalk returns again tomorrow night

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns Aug. 7.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

ArtWalk features talented artists with art ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work. There will also be kids’ art activities sponsored by artEAST and Artitudes.

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Route 200 Freebee bus to change service area, extend to Highlands

June 3, 2015

On June 8, the Route 200 Freebee bus will be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride via Southeast Black Nugget Road and Highlands Drive Northeast to improve rider demand and route performance.

Route200TransitMap 20150511The new routing means riders will have a connection between the Issaquah Transit Center, downtown and north Issaquah, and the Issaquah Highlands, King County Metro said in a news release.


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