April 7, 2015
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!
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.
March 25, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.