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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Raid uncovers 150 marijuana plants in Issaquah home

December 4, 2012

Police discovered more than 150 marijuana plants during a raid on a downtown Issaquah home, and later arrested a 52-year-old man involved in the grow operation.

Officers surrounded a home in the 100 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 to serve a search warrant. Police called for occupants to come outside and, after officers realized the home was empty, entered the building and discovered the plants.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said charges have not been filed against the man arrested in the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

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Police raid marijuana operation in downtown Issaquah home

November 28, 2012

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Police discovered more than 150 marijuana plants during a raid on a downtown Issaquah home, and later arrested a 52-year-old man involved in the grow operation.

Officers surrounded a home in the 100 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 to serve a search warrant. Police called for occupants to come outside and, after officers realized the home was empty, entered the building and discovered the plants.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said charges have not been filed against the man arrested in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Behrbaum said the grow operation was connected to a medical marijuana operation based in Seattle.

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Drivers should prepare for downtown roadwork

November 27, 2012

Motorists should prepare for roadwork in downtown Issaquah through Dec. 1.

The project is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. near the corner of Front Street South and East Sunset Way. Crews plan to install sewer and storm water lines for the rebuilt downtown Shell gas station and Jacksons convenience store.

The work is scheduled for nighttime and early morning hours to reduce traffic impacts. Motorists should expect Front Street to remain open — albeit with reduced lanes at times — during the construction.

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Head to downtown Issaquah for holiday cheer

November 27, 2012

Downtown merchants invite the public to head to Front Street North for some holiday cheer Dec. 5, as the Downtown Issaquah Association hosts a holiday open house.

The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and other locations downtown.

Participants can listen to children sing Christmas carols and a performance from Violet Oroboros. Sip hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and then meet Santa Claus and a reindeer. Santa is available for free family photographs, too.

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Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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The Hot List

November 27, 2012

Samantha Garrard
Issaquah High School

Music: “Red,” by Taylor Swift

‘Red’

Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated album, “Red,” debuted Oct. 22. Her album features chart-topping hits such as “We Will Never Ever Get Back Together” and “Red.” The country star also dove into a dub step-like rhythm with her song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Like in any of her past albums, Swift continues to bash, praise and reminisce about her past romances, a feature that resonates with many fans. CNN gave the album a solid B+, and Swift continues to be consistent.

Movie: “Breaking Dawn: Part 2”

‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2′

On Nov. 16, Team Jacob and Team Edward united in theaters to watch the end to the Twilight Trilogy, “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” The movie features an attractive cast including Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Ashley Greene. The final movie has an estimated budget of $131.5 million, a cost that will hopefully diminish with ticket sales as fans rush to the theaters to see how the romance concludes.

Yum-E Yogurt

Hotspot: Yum-e Yogurt & Espresso Bar

Downtown Issaquah is now officially part of the frozen yogurt craze. Yum-e Yogurt & Espresso Bar is next to Confetti Cupcakes on Front Street. The restaurant features a cool atmosphere complete with comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and a fireplace. Yum-e Yogurt & Espresso Bar will be a hangout spot for all ages, especially for high school students needing a new lunch spot during school. Check it out!

Motorists should prepare for roadwork in downtown Issaquah

November 26, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 26, 2012

Motorists should prepare for roadwork in downtown Issaquah from Tuesday through Saturday.

The project is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. near the corner of Front Street South and East Sunset Way. Crews plan to install sewer and storm water lines for the rebuilt downtown Shell gas station and Jacksons convenience store.

The work is scheduled for nighttime and early morning hours to reduce traffic impacts. Motorists should expect Front Street to remain open — albeit with reduced lanes at times — during the construction.

The planned store at Front Street and Sunset Way should feature a more modern, spacious layout and additional options.

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Chad Magendanz readies for transition from Issaquah School Board to Legislature

November 7, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012

Republican Chad Magendanz triumphed in the race to represent Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, and in process, set up a vacancy on the Issaquah School Board.

Chad Magendanz

Magendanz cruised to a comfortable lead against North Bend Democrat David Spring in the initial election results released Tuesday, 55 percent to 45 percent. The candidates vied to succeed retiring state Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Republican and lawmaker for a dozen years.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out of campaign mode — which has been the focus for the last year — and rolling up my sleeves and really getting into the tough problems to solve down in Olympia,” Magendanz said in a Wednesday interview.

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