March 17, 2015
I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.
Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.
March 3, 2015
Not having any money is the real issue
Ken Sessler has once again profounded about traffic and the Southeast Bypass. Ken, tell us something we don’t know about traffic in Issaquah.
The dearth of good north/south routes on the Eastside is historic in nature and if only we had a time machine to travel back in time to solve that problem back then, whenever “then” was.
January 27, 2015
It’s only a matter of time before Issaquah residents are asked to pay a share of the $308 million concurrency plan unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 20.
Through greatly increased impact fees, future Issaquah developers will be paying about 30 percent of the plan. The city will need to come up with roughly $119 million.
“We must figure out how we are going to pay our share,” said Charlie Bush, development services director during a presentation to council prior to their vote last week.
A local sales tax, a $50 car tab fee and similar measures all have been mentioned as possible ways to raise the city’s portion of the plan. Bush said at least one public vote will be needed to make any funding scheme work. If there does not turn out to be sufficient public support, the plan will need to be reworked, Bush said. Read more
January 20, 2015
The Downtown Issaquah Association kicks off its fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series Feb. 6.
Enjoy live music, art, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations along Front Street. Shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event. Check-in is 6 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Purchase tickets or learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.
January 13, 2015
Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5.
A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said.
November 25, 2014
UPDATED — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25, 2014
A car struck a bear on westbound Interstate 90 near Front Street, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported on Twitter at about 5:30 p.m Tuesday.
Traffic backed up as the right two lanes were blocked and wildlife officers came to assist. The Washington State Patrol reported on Twitter that the bear, which happened to be a cub, was alive and placed in the backseat of a trooper’s patrol car.
The Washington State Patrol later said at 6:17 p.m. that the cub did not survive its injuries.
As of 5:45 p.m. the roadway was reopened.
October 21, 2014
September 23, 2014
Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.
When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.
Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.
August 12, 2014
People need to learn the difference between yield and merge
One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).
During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.
May 13, 2014
The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.
The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.
Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.