July 4, 2015
June 17, 2015
As of her first appearance before the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce membership at their monthly luncheon June 11, new chamber Executive Director Kathy McCorry had been on the job all of four days.
Reached at the chamber offices June 15, McCorry had to answer using another staffer’s phone. The one in her office wasn’t working yet.
April 28, 2015
How many of us actually end up doing what we’ve always dreamed of since we were kids?
I love what I’m doing, but I kinda grew into it. My mom likes to joke I always wanted to be a brain surgeon. I guess I gave that up when I found out how hard it would actually be.
March 25, 2015
Applications are now being accepted for the Golden Dumpster Award 2015, presented by the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Recology CleanScapes.
The award recognizes businesses that have made significant achievements in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and tenant education.
Winners will be awarded in the following business categories: Read more
February 3, 2015
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott has resigned from the chamber to accept a position with Sound Transit.
Bott has been with the chamber for six years. With the transit system, Bott will serve as East King County government and community affairs officer.
January 13, 2015
Pine Lake Middle School receives bomb threat
There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents.
But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for three days in December just prior to winter vacation.
January 13, 2015
Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.
“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”
December 31, 2014
Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.
Here are those stories, in no particular order:
Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish
Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.
December 30, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association has chosen its 2015 board of directors, including new members Jamie Lilly and Robyn Barfoot.
Lilly, director of marketing for the Village Theatre, has increased subscribers and attendance there. She is an active member with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the ambassador’s committee and tourism advisory committee. She is passionate about music and arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Whitman College.
Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo and now a zoo and wildlife consultant brings more than a decade of work collaborating with the local media and business community. She also is on the Tourism Advisory Board for Issaquah.
November 25, 2014
Business leaders spoke up and the Issaquah City Council listened.
In a 5-2 vote, council members approved a 50 percent hike in the city’s business and occupation taxes. The increase was a major part of the overall $168.6 million 2015 budget adopted by the council at its regular meeting Nov. 17.
Initially, Mayor Fred Butler proposed a 150 percent increase in the B&O taxes over a two-year period. At a public hearing Nov. 3, representatives from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and some of Issaquah’s biggest businesses, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.