Woman struck and killed on I-90 while trying to help with previous accident

July 23, 2015

A woman who witnessed a three-car collision and stopped to help was killed as she attempted to cross westbound Interstate 90 east of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah, Washington State Trooper Clark Jones said.

The accident took place at about 9:30 a.m. July 15.

Duvall resident Katherine Louise Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Tent City 4 lands in Snoqualmie with plans to stay until November

July 23, 2015

Moving from Issaquah as promised July 11, the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 has landed in Snoqualmie near Echo Lake and Interstate 90.

“Everything is going well so far,” camp director/spokesman Sam Roberson said.

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Eastbound Interstate 90 off-ramp in Issaquah to close overnight for maintenance work

July 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2015

Drivers on eastbound Interstate 90 will have fewer options to get into Issaquah late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning, July 15-16.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the eastbound I-90 off-ramp to East Sunset Way/Highlands Drive from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for asphalt repair work. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more

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City plans to build new Confluence Park for salmon as well as humans

July 9, 2015

While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.

The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.

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Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift 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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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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