Check out these places to see the salmon return

September 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 18, 2015

Warm waters and low flows have made 2015 a tough year for salmon as they work to return to streams and rivers around the Puget Sound area this fall.

Watch for these natural beauties at viewing sites listed here — and cheer them on if you see them.

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Water main work to close parkway lane starting tomorrow

August 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Prepare for lane closures along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast as a water main is replaced.

Starting Aug. 5, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District will replace a portion of 16-inch water transmission main along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The project is expected to be completed by early October.

The contractor, Ponderosa Pacific, will work on the east side of the parkway between Southeast 51st Street and the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Off The Press — Surprises can still be found on government beat

March 10, 2015

A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.

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City leaders say county may be softening stance on trail issues

December 16, 2014

While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city of Sammamish officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.

The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.

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To the Editor

October 7, 2014


Give generously to help cover gap in education funding

With the calendar officially turned to fall, many of us are back into the daily comfort of our children’s school routine. There are morning buses to catch, lunches to pack, shoes to tie and backpacks to fasten.

School is a tie that binds us, and our neighborhoods, together. School and its activities are like a quilt that we all wrap around ourselves. But without our local Issaquah Schools Foundation, this quilt would be tattered and threadbare.

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Comment on proposed transportation projects

September 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on two local projects:

  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast — $2,456,161
  • East Lake Sammamish Trail, South Sammamish Segment A Construction — $750,000

Learn more here

Projects recommended for funding in East King County are among hundreds of transportation improvements, including bridge repairs, new light rail extensions, bus service, pavement preservation and sidewalks, that will be underway through 2018 around the Puget Sound region.

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King County hosts open house series for trail project update

March 11, 2014

Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

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East Lake Sammamish Trail segment reopens

June 11, 2013

The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail was set to reopen to bicyclists, runners and other trail users June 12.

King County and local leaders planned to cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. A celebration was scheduled at the trail’s terminus along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The city is asking that people not use the Issaquah segment — between Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard — until it officially opens.

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Levies could fund Cougar Mountain trailhead, other projects

January 15, 2013

King County voters could decide soon on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.

Late last year, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.

The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Dow Constantine convened the task force to explore options for future funding.

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