February 21, 2012
Find hidden treasures from the past in the city’s unofficial ‘attic’
There are 8,359. And counting.
That’s how many artifacts, including 3-D objects and an array of documents, make up the Issaquah History Museums’ collection.
With 7,111 photos to complement the collection, there’s no better place to get a sense of what makes Issaquah, well, Issaquah.
Among the items are rare finds — an unusual Native American trading knife buried beneath the floor of an Issaquah business or a logger’s skidding cone made right here by the town blacksmith.
Some are specific to this area, such as an early 1900s billboard — discovered later facedown in a ditch — advertising the latest and greatest in Issaquah merchants, medical care and goods.
But while each item lays claim to its own history and back story, every artifact weaves into a fabric that tells a story of who we are as a community, how we came to be and even where we’re going in the future.
February 21, 2012
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2012
Firefighters rescued a person from Squak Mountain late Sunday, as winter weather battered the region.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department officials said the agencies rescued a person after he or she fell from a bridge on the Issaquah Alps peak. The person fell amid steep terrain and sustained critical injuries.
Crews assigned to the Bellevue Fire Department’s Medic 14 unit treated the person and then transported him or her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Officials did not release a name, gender or city of residence for the injured person.
The incident occurred the same day four people died in avalanches at Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.
Units from Engine 72, 83, Ladder 1, 73, Aid 71 and Battalion 71 also responded to the Squak Mountain call.
January 10, 2012
Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Jan. 5 died at a Seattle hospital hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Seattle police said Richard F. Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, was suspected of using crack cocaine, possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. Nelson died at Harborview Medical Center late the afternoon of Jan. 5.
Police booked Nelson into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. that day and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.
At about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.
Crews responded to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and rushed the man to Seattle for treatment.
January 5, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012
Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Thursday morning died at a Seattle hospital hours later after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Seattle police said the officer, a 50-year-old Issaquah man, had been suspected of using crack cocaine — possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. The man died at Harborview Medical Center late Thursday afternoon.
Police booked the officer into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.
Then, at about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the drug case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.
December 27, 2011
Issaquah police and medics responded to the Issaquah Highlands early the evening of Dec. 23 after a car struck a 14-year-old girl in a crosswalk.
Medics transported the girl to Harborview Medical Center, but she did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in the crosswalk at Northeast Park Drive and 24th Avenue Northeast near Zeeks Pizza as the vehicle headed west.
Police said the motorist involved in the incident remained at the scene until officers arrived.
The accident is under investigation.
October 25, 2011
Swedish/Issaquah physicians plan to start delivering babies and performing more complicated surgeries Nov. 1, as the hospital rolls out additional services and opens 80 patient beds on the $365 million campus.
The change adds expectant mothers and intensive care unit patients to the bustling hospital months after physicians started offering routine checkups, outpatient surgical procedures and numerous other services.
The additions also mean emergency responders can transport more patients to the Swedish/Issaquah emergency room — and cut the time ambulances spend on the road to and from other Eastside and Seattle hospitals.
“It rounds out the rest of the services and makes it a fully functioning community hospital,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said as the opening neared. “We’ve been doing basically everything — except if you needed to stay overnight — until this point.”
October 10, 2011
NEW — 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011
Issaquah leaders lowered flags at City Hall and other municipal buildings Monday to commemorate the death of former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini.
Rosellini, governor from 1957 to 1965, died Monday at 101. Gov. Chris Gregoire called for flags at public buildings across the state be lowered to half-staff.
Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, King County Executive Dow Constantine and other local leaders offered tributes to the late governor.
“He was widely respected and regarded, I think, with affection amongst people,” Frisinger said. “I saw a very long and full life.”
September 27, 2011
King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for changes soon as transportation planners adjust routes between Issaquah and Seattle.
Issaquah routes receive some shuffling in the latest service plan from the mass transit agency. Under a service plan starting Oct. 1, Route 211 runs from hospital-dense First Hill in Seattle to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Metro Transit is also adding trips departing First Hill for the highlands at 3:05 and 5:30 p.m.
August 31, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011
King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.
The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.
August 9, 2011
Police said a man stabbed and robbed a 36-year-old woman early Aug. 8 in a typically quiet apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands.
The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast in a parking lot at The Highlands at Wynhaven, a complex next to Grand Ridge Elementary School.
The woman said a man approached her as she returned to the apartment after parking her car. Investigators said he then punched and stabbed her, stole her purse and fled.
The woman described her attacker as a stocky white or Hispanic man dressed in dark clothing and a dark-colored baseball-type cap. She last saw him running east as he fled.