City Council applicants offer varied skills

January 22, 2013

Members to appoint candidate Jan. 29

The applicants for a rare open seat on the City Council include long-established community leaders — and some candidates from the last time the council accepted applications to fill a vacancy.

The seven candidates offer assorted skills in community, government and military service in the process to succeed Mark Mullet on the council.

Initially, Ken Sessler, a retired Boeing engineer and a prolific letter writer to The Issaquah Press, applied for the vacancy, but withdrew not long after the city released the applicant list.

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Issaquah School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

January 22, 2013

A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.

Board member Chad Magendanz left the position when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.

The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont.

All voting-aged residents of that area are invited to apply for the position by 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.

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St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church leader to retire

January 22, 2013

ContributedThe Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship.

The Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship. Contributed

The leader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Lukens, plans to retire from the post Jan. 27 after a dozen years.

Lukens spearheaded and oversaw significant expansions at the downtown Issaquah church, including a modernization and expansion of facilities, encouraging more music in worship and deepening St. Michael’s ties to the community.

Throughout Lukens’ tenure, St. Michael’s adapted to accommodate a burgeoning congregation. The church remodeled and added space for Sunday school classrooms a decade ago and, in June 2011, consecrated a 4,985-square-foot addition to almost double the church’s footprint.

St. Michael’s, founded in 1953, used the 2011 expansion to refresh the church façade and add a music center to make room for popular music programs and children’s ministries.

From the pulpit, Lukens led meaningful Holy Week services — Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday — offered parishioners a chance to worship in festive attire on All Hallows and, before Lent, Fat Sunday.

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King County Metro Transit aims to improve Issaquah bus service

January 22, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 22, 2013

King County Metro Transit is gathering public input on proposed schedule and route changes to routes along the Interstate 90 corridor, including Issaquah-bound routes.

The shift is meant to ease crowding and improve travel times on peak commute routes.

The routes under consideration for changes include routes 210, 211, 214, 215 and 218 — routes serving Issaquah. The list also includes Sammamish-to-Seattle Route 216 and Eastgate-to-Seattle Route 212.

Metro Transit identified the routes as among the busiest and most productive commuter routes in the transit network. Buses carry 5,000 to 7,000 Eastside commuters daily along the I-90 corridor to downtown Seattle and serve major transit hubs in the Issaquah Highlands, downtown Issaquah and Eastgate.

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Wine Walk series returns to downtown Feb. 1

January 15, 2013

The second annual Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk series returns Feb. 1 and continues on the first Friday of the month through May 3.

The event is presented by the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Participants can enjoy live music, art happenings, snacks and local wines poured in tasting locations up and down Front Street.

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Hoax prompts lockdown at downtown Issaquah schools

January 9, 2013

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013

School administrators put Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools into lockdown Wednesday, and Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools into modified lockdown, after a student made a false report about a threat.

The hoax led police presence at Issaquah High as administrators and investigators attempted to determine the credibility of the information.

In a lockdown, students remain inside classrooms with the doors locked. The modified lockdown at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle meant students had to stay inside school buildings.

The lockdown at Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High lasted for a few minutes.

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Fire destroys home, kills pets

January 8, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters survey the scene to check for any running utilities or hotspots Jan. 7, the day after a home at 24415 S.E. 156th St. was destroyed in a fire. By Greg Farrar

Fire destroyed a home in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah on Jan. 6, and the blaze claimed the homeowner’s pets.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety crews responded to a structure fire in the 24000 block of Southeast 156th Street, between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Cedar Grove Road Southeast, and about six miles south of downtown Issaquah.

The initial 911 call reached dispatchers at 1:03 p.m. and crews arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.

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Issaquah receives creek restoration grant

January 1, 2013

Issaquah recently received a $225,000 state grant to restore salmon habitat along Issaquah Creek at a downtown parks site.

The grant is meant to supplement city dollars to restore aquatic and creekside habitat for chinook, coho and kokanee salmon, as well as cutthroat trout and steelhead, at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. The city plans to contribute $45,000 to the project.

Plans call for crews to remove about 1,000 feet of rock creek banks, reconfigure 1,900 feet of channel, add logjams to form pools for fish, restore wetlands and replant vegetation along the creek.

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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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