City looks to jump-start Central Issaquah Plan, considers potential anchor projects

September 22, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Even as city officials consider how to jump-start the long-discussed Central Issaquah Plan, one potential anchor project already may be in the works.

While he offered very few details, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven told City Council members Sept. 21 he met recently with officials of the U.S. Postal Service about a possible development on land near the post office on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, in the area of Fourth Avenue Northwest.

The project would consist of one floor of some sort of commercial space, with three floors of apartments above. Niven mentioned that configuration might mean construction of a nearby parking garage. Overall, he believes the project might well be one city officials want to take a look at if the developer’s concept moves forward. Read more

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Questions needed for Issaquah candidate forum

September 20, 2015

NEW — 12:02 p.m. Sept. 20, 2015

Meet the residents vying for Issaquah City Council spots at a Sept. 30 candidate forum.

The event will feature questions submitted by Issaquah citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 2, 4 and 6 are expected to attend. A representative from the League of Women Voters will moderate.

The forum is 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Issaquah City Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way. It will be broadcast live on ICTV channel 21.

Hear from the following candidates during the forum: Read more

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Editorial — Speed limit decrease is good, but go further

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:43 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

We want to applaud our Issaquah City Council members for lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest.

The new speed limit, 30 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange, goes into effect Sept. 22.

We also want to congratulate those council members and other city officials who took the time to drive the street, calculating times and speeds, doing their own research rather than relying solely on traffic studies, calculations and recommendations.

But before anyone pats themselves on the backs much, we ask that everyone take a moment to remember the reason for this change — 4 1/2-year-old Haochen Xu, who was hit in the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26 while walking with his mother. He died from his injuries the next day. Read more

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Issaquah Police work to make underground gun range lead-free

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

In 2007, Amy Crawford, a Kirkland corrections officer, was among officers using Issaquah’s indoor police shooting range to train with her weapon and ultimately pass a qualifying test.

By the end of the session, Crawford reported she felt sick, but had no idea why. In the end, three Kirkland officers — including Crawford — and two instructors, all of who had used the Issaquah gun range, were tested for lead poisoning. The results showed lead levels in the blood of the officers and instructors was up to 20 times the average adult level. The likely culprit was use of lead-based ammunition in an enclosed space.

Since, police officials have taken steps to reduce lead levels at the firing range, but possibly not enough. The state department of Labor and Industry hit the city with nine citations related to lead last year. The city eventually paid fines totaling $2,700. Read more

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Senior center director, board members sued for libel

September 14, 2015

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Sept. 14, 2015

Three former members of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, including two former board members, filed a libel suit Sept. 8 against Courtney Jaren, center executive director, and the board of directors.

Renton attorney Inez Petersen filed the suit Sept. 8 in King County District Court. The suit seeks $100,000 in damages per claimant.

In a phone interview, Petersen alleged the defendants are guilty of defamation so severe there is no question of the wrongdoing. Read more

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Council lowers speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph

September 9, 2015

NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.

The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.

Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.

Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.

“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.

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Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.

City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.

Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.

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HOAs back petition to delay development on Newport Way Northwest

September 3, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.

“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.

Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.

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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

September 3, 2015


Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions

Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?

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Tim Flood for Issaquah City Council fundraiser features comedian Justin Rupple

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:22 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Justin Rupple – a native of Issaquah and successful comedian — will perform at a fundraiser in support of Issaquah City Council candidate Tim Flood at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Rupple, who recently performed at the Roast of Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin, performed for years at Bellevue’s Parlor Live before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream full time.

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