Washington State Patrol detectives seek witnesses to a felony hit-and-run collision

September 1, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run, injury collision that occurred Aug. 27 on westbound Interstate 90/state Route 900 near Issaquah.

At approximately 9:35 p.m., the victims, who were traveling in the HOV lane on a motorcycle, were struck by, according to witnesses, a maroon, mid-1990’s passenger vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota. The suspect vehicle struck the motorcycle while passing on the left shoulder of the highway. The suspect vehicle should have damage to the right rear door and right rear quarter panel.

Washington State Patrol Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

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Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

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New Toll Brothers community is open in Issaquah


August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Homebuilder Toll Brothers has opened The Overlook at Brookshire, a new luxury community nestled at the south end of the Sammamish Plateau.

The collection of single-family homes is within five minutes of Interstate 90 and the many amenities of the Issaquah Highlands shopping center. The community features nearly seven acres of protected open space and a tranquil nature trail.

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State Route 18 will be closed near Tiger Mountain this weekend

August 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Drivers who use state Route 18 near Tiger Mountain State Forest should prepare for full closures and detours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close both directions of SR 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Interstate 90 for paving, guardrail and tree removal work.

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Future transit plans include bringing light rail to Issaquah

August 26, 2015

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015

Visiting city after city and holding numerous public meetings, King County Metro and Sound Transit officials are working on long-range plans that might spell out the backbone of local mass transit through 2040.

In the case of Sound Transit, the planning process dubbed ST3 likely will lead the agency to placing a funding question on the ballot in November 2016.

Perhaps most noticeably for Eastsiders, Sound Transit’s plan might well include long-discussed light rail service to Issaquah, rail service that easily could impact other local communities, such as Sammamish.

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

Police

Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Citizen committee to study funding options for Issaquah transportation projects

August 4, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

By November, the city administration plans to name a resident advisory committee to study and propose a ballot issue to raise up to $96 million for Issaquah transportation projects.

The city could go to voters with anything from a bond sale to a local sales tax. Of the several options presented, a 0.20 percent sales tax would rake in the most, about $75 million, according to information presented by city Finance Director Diane Marcotte.

City officials hope to have something on the ballot by November 2016.

To be named by Mayor Fred Butler, the advisory committee will begin meeting either late this year or early in 2016. Butler expects a recommendation to present to council by mid-2016.  Officials have not determined how many people will serve on the committee, said Emily Moon, deputy city administrator. The City Council will have the last say on any ballot issue and will need to vote to present any question to voters. Read more

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Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Protect yourself and others from wildfires

July 31, 2015

NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015

Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.

Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.

A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.

And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.

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Crews battling brush fire near Preston

July 31, 2015

NEW — 12:38 p.m. July 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews are battling a brush fire near Interstate 90 in Preston, just east of Issaquah.

By Matt Holt A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

By Matt Holt
A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

The fire is under control, though crews are expected to be on-scene for sometime overhauling the fire, according to the Eastside Firefighters Twitter account.
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Paving projects planned throughout Issaquah

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The city has several paving projects planned.

Work started July 27 at the intersection of Newport Way and West Sunset Way as crews replace ADA-accessible ramps. Traffic in the intersection was to be reduced to one lane in all directions. Pedestrians were asked to prepare for detours through the intersection as well.

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