Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

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State says it will replace damaged girder on Interstate 90 overpass

April 14, 2015

NEW — 4:18 p.m. April, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided to replace a damaged girder on the I-90 overpass above Front Street, according to information provided by the city.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift up struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The truck punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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To the Editor — April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

City arborist

Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake

Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!

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Mother’s Day flower basket program returns

March 31, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s third annual Mother’s Day Flower Basket campaign returns in time for spring.

The goal this year is to raise $10,000 to fund 40 baskets that will hang in front of businesses along Front Street.

There are three ways you can participate:

$50 donation — DIA will send your mother a beautiful Mother’s Day card saying a contribution was made in her honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah.

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To the Editor

March 25, 2015

Editorial

People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators

In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending  council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.

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Guest Column — Transportation: We must act now

March 25, 2015

This region is truly world class — from our breathtaking environment to our vibrant communities. But the “world class” label bestowed upon us in a newspaper column last fall — “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic” — must serve as a wake-up call for action.

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

That headline came after the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 “Congestion Report,” showing us that the gridlock and brake-tapping we’ve been stewing in for years is now significantly worse.

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Off The Press — Local residents are doing great things, here and away

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.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

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.

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To the Editor — week of March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

Traffic

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.

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Residents face deep contributions to offset impact of city growth

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

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Get Wine Walk tickets now

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.

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