Issaquah Creek swells as residents face floodwaters in neighborhoods and on roads

December 12, 2010

Issaquah Creek swells near a building along Northwest Gilman Boulevard as rain continues to fall Sunday. By Heather Blume

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2010

Forecasters expect heavy rainfall to continue through Sunday night.

The deluge has turned Issaquah Creek into a roiling broth the color of chocolate milk and led to flooding on roads and in Issaquah neighborhoods.

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October 12, 2010

Top Kiwanis international official visits Issaquah club

President of Kiwanis Club International, Sylvester Neal, was recently in Issaquah for the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah weekly luncheon.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis Club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $107 million every year for communities, families and projects.

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah has been serving our community since 1929. The club provides financial support to dozens of eastside nonprofits, and sponsors additional service clubs such as Key Clubs for high school students and the Aktion Club for disabled adults.

Anyone is welcome to attend the club’s weekly luncheon at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W. in Issaquah each Wednesday at noon. Learn more at

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Chow down on festival food and other goodies at Salmon Days

October 2, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010


Despite the name, the Salmon Days Festival is about a lot more than fish. (Though the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah prepares a lovely grilled coho.)

Find other festival treats throughout Salmon Days and at Foods of the World near the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Think barbecued beef, gyros Philly-style cheese steaks, tacos and Thai noodles, plus corndogs and funnel cakes aplenty.

Stop by Gibson Park, along Newport Way Southwest across from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, for the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue.

Kiwanians grill fresh coho salmon and serve up lunch and dinner to festival-goers. The event also serves as a major fundraiser for the service organization, and  all proceeds go to the organizations the Kiwanis Club supports.

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Growing legacy: Issaquah reigns as Tree City USA

April 20, 2010

The mayor and city brass gathered to celebrate Arbor Day last April beneath dull gray skies — a bare, drab scene unlike the leafy canopy shading Issaquah streets in summertime.

City leaders and residents gather every spring to plant the official Arbor Day tree: a Burr oak near Gibson Hall last year, a crabapple at Grand Ridge Elementary School the year before. The annual ceremony serves as more than a photo opportunity.

Officials will mark Arbor Day indoors next week, with a presentation by city Open Space Steward Matt Mechler to the municipal Park Board.

Issaquah, designated as a Tree City USA for the past 16 years, is required to observe and proclaim Arbor Day to maintain the designation. Officials mark the day with a tree planting, and select a ceremonial tree for each occasion.

City Arborist Alan Haywood oversees the urban forest and ensures that Issaquah keeps the Tree City USA distinction — no small feat in a city where tree canopy covers 51 percent of the municipality.

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To market, to market

April 6, 2010

Issaquah Farmers Market returns for 20th season

A cornucopia of produce, flowers and arts and crafts will return when the Issaquah Farmers Market opens for a 20th season April 10.

The market will welcome visitors at Pickering Barn for a 12th year. The opening day will feature the usual reunions between longtime vendors and customers, as well as entertainment.

Mayor Ava Frisinger will greet customers and vendors at the market in a 10 a.m. speech. Firehouse Fiddlers, a group based in the Issaquah Highlands, will perform from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The local market predates other Eastside farmers markets by several years. Dorothy Knitter and John Whitaker opened the market two decades ago at Gibson Hall. Organizers set up the earliest markets at a handful of sites in downtown Issaquah.

The market relocated throughout downtown in the early years, and settled at Pickering Barn a dozen years ago. The city upgraded the frontier-era barn after the market settled there.

But this year, the market will reopen without a familiar face. Market Manager Dave Sao departed last year when, as a cost-cutting measure, the city offered severance packages to longtime employees. Read more

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Burst pipes leave damage in wake

December 15, 2009

Village Theatre, AtWork! sustain water damage

AtWork! employees were gathered for a late-afternoon meeting last week when someone heard what sounded like rain — coming from inside the building. Read more

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Voters decide city, schools races

November 10, 2009

Issaquah voters elected a pair of political newcomers — including the first Issaquah Highlands representative — to the City Council last week, and returned Maureen McCarry to the council with a landslide victory. Read more

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Tola Marts, Maureen McCarry lead in City Council races

November 3, 2009

NEW — 9:50 p.m. Nov. 3, 2009

City Council candidates Tola Marts and Maureen McCarry led by wide margins as Election Day wrapped.

King County Elections released unofficial returns at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. The next update from the elections office will be 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Additional ballots could still shift results in the contested races.

The elections office predicted 56 percent of King County voters would cast ballots. Officials sent 16,428 ballots to Issaquah voters; 5,818 ballots— or 35 percent — had been returned to the elections office and tallied by Tuesday night. The election marks the first city contest since King County switched to all-mail voting.

Newcomer Marts led opponent Nathan Perea by 726 votes — 60 percent to 39 percent — while incumbent McCarry bested challenger Joan Probala by 1,353 votes — 69 percent to 31 percent.

“The candidates who talked about specific, concrete issues” reached voters, Marts said after the elections office released unofficial returns.

Tola Marts (right) talks to campaign supporters during an election night party at Stan's Bar-B-Q on Front Street in downtown Issaquah. He leads in the race for the City Council seat being vacated by 18-year veteran David Kappler (left). — Photo by Greg Farrar

Tola Marts (right) talks to campaign supporters during an election night party at Stan's Bar-B-Q on Front Street in downtown Issaquah. He leads in the race for the City Council seat being vacated by 18-year veteran David Kappler (left). — Photo by Greg Farrar

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Plant trees to mark Arbor Day

April 6, 2009

A majestic Burr oak will be added to the Gibson Park landscape April 8, when city officials and volunteers gather to mark Arbor Day. Though the national holiday will be observed April 24, locals and Washingtonians will get a jumpstart on Arbor Day because early April is more conducive to planting in the Evergreen State. Read more

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Weekend snowstorm leaves city deep in it

December 22, 2008

A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest.By Greg FarrarA A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. By Greg Farrar

The first day of winter arrived over the weekend, and it came with a vengeance.

New snowfall blanketed the region, piling up several more inches atop an icy coating that already had wreaked havoc on the roads and prompted a run on stores for emergency supplies and last-minute holiday gifts. But a high wind warning for Dec. 20 and 21 proved unfounded, and with the reduced risk of falling trees came a reduced likelihood of power outages.

Unlike the devastating 2006 storm that knocked out power for days, this one was predicted well in advance. By Dec. 18, city maintenance crews, police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units all had prepared for a big blow. Read more

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