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.
August 26, 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 29, 2015
NEW — 8 p.m. July 29, 2105
As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.
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.
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.