Issaquah mayor says Newport Way Northwest speed limit may drop in September

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be dropped to 25 mph.

He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.

The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.

The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.

By Tom Corrigan During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

By Tom Corrigan
During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more

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Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Area is under burning moratorium

June 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.

The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

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Police blotter — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Burglaries

  • A resident in the 400 block of Mount Defiance Circle Southwest reported at 1:48 p.m. May 29 that someone broke into the home and stole an unknown amount of jewelry.
  • A resident in the 300 block of Gilman Boulevard reported at 11:07 a.m. May 31 that someone had broken in, causing $500 in damage to an air conditioning unit and stole $8 in cash.

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Volunteer firefighters needed at Eastside Fire & Rescue

June 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.

Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.

EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey named to local Hall of Fame

June 3, 2015

“You never know where you are going to end up,” said Shelley Frey, one of four chaplains with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

On the day of this interview, May 29, Frey responded with firefighters to the death of a 55-year-old woman on the plateau. The woman happened to be the mother of her daughter-in-law’s best friend, a situation that made her presence even more palpable.

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Teen driver flips car on Squak Mountain

June 3, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded with three units at about 7 p.m. May 30 when a car flipped over on Squak Mountain.

With a teenaged driver behind the wheel and one teenage passenger, the car was headed up the mountain when the driver hit a switch back and apparently lost control of the car, EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said.

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King County communications upgrade passing voter muster

May 12, 2015

Issaquah voters in the April 28 special election had only one issue in front of them, Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communication systems.

The latest election figures available before press time had the issue passing countywide, 191,385 to 101,184, or 65 percent to 34.5 percent. Results won’t be official until they are certified May 15.

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EFR may seek nonprofit status

May 12, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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