November 18, 2014
NEW — 11:26 p.m. Nov. 18, 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 last night.
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 business, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.
November 4, 2014
As a part of the proposed 2015 city of Issaquah budget, municipal leaders have proposed major changes to the cost of doing business in Issaquah — some welcome changes and some troublesome — involving the city’s business and occupation (or B&O) tax, a tax on total gross (not net) income.
The first change is a welcome and very much common-sense improvement to the B&O exemption, raising it four-fold to help the smallest local enterprises while also streamlining collection.
October 21, 2014
As the city of Issaquah considers raising its business and occupation tax for the first time since 2004, local business owners gathered to offer their concerns about the proposal at an Oct. 15 roundtable at Tibbetts Creek Manor.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce-hosted event showed business leaders have plenty of questions about the tax increase, including where the extra revenue will be spent.
“I don’t want to pay for fluff,” said Norma Stephens, Curves of Issaquah owner.
October 14, 2014
District unveils remodeled Liberty High School
The new Liberty High School building is sleek, modern and almost industrial in its appearance.
Past Liberty students would hardly recognize it as the same school, but some internal touches, most importantly a can’t-miss banner inscribed with the words “Proud to be a Patriot,” bring familiarity and warmth to the newly remodeled campus.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Issaquah School District partnered to unveil the new Liberty at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10.
October 9, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014
Community members can get a look at the remodeled Liberty High School at an Oct. 10 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights of the remodel include the replacement of the old 500 wing of classrooms, a new and enlarged commons, and a new auxiliary gym. There is also a culinary arts instructional kitchen and a new library. More science labs were added and existing ones were upgraded.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by school tours led by Liberty Principal Josh Almy. The school is at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.
September 16, 2014
I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was Salmon Days weekend, 2014. I’m sure of this because I still remember counting more than 200 mid-term election signs on the way to the festival. I was 12 years old, which meant in my family, this was my 12th Salmon Days.
My sister and I always looked forward to Salmon Days with my parents. My dad would hand each of us $20 to spend on whatever we wanted, much to the disapproval of our mom and dentist.
September 9, 2014
After 44 years, most people around the Puget Sound area have an awareness of the Salmon Days Festival.
For some out-of-towners, it’s “that arts and crafts festival with the huge salmon in that beautiful Eastside community.” To others it’s “the last big not-to-miss festival of the year.” To those who live in Issaquah, however, the festival is so much more.
To most locals, it’s a yearly tradition spanning generations, a time for the community — businesses, nonprofit organizations, city leaders, citizens, young and old alike — to come together for a weekend of community pride and community showcasing. Some businesses report they have their busiest two days of the year.
July 22, 2014
NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 22, 2014
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presents its 26th annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 24 at Boehm’s Candies, 255 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
Tickets are $40 and include signature dishes from local restaurants, wine and ale tasting, chocolate samples and more. This year’s featured jazz performer is Phillip Lomax, who competed on the television show “The X Factor.”
Tickets are still available. Get them here.
Attendees must be ages 21 and older.
The chamber also has available for $20 designated driver ticket, which includes everything but alcohol. Learn more by calling 392-0661.
July 15, 2014
After eight years as general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Robyn Barfoot left to talk about tigers.
The move follows the same passions she displayed while overseeing the addition of new exhibits and community fund-raising to bring more to the local attraction. During her time there, four tigers were added in a large, central enclosure. Barfoot remains proud of giving the big cats a loving place to live, but says its time to extend that education.
“I want to be more involved in tiger conservation,” she said. “And also change is good.”
July 13, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 13, 2014
It’s time to nominate your favorite local business to be considered for the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.
In partnership with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the city of Issaquah is seeking businesses to nominate for the prestigious award.