King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

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Costco asks to build up to 10-story buildings

July 29, 2014

In exchange for open space, Costco is aiming for the sky.

Company leaders want to construct possibly three more buildings on the campus, with anywhere from three to 10 stories each.

“They are looking to expand their corporate facilities,” city Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said. “They currently have surface parking lots that they are wanting to place buildings on.”

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Design submitted for new skate park

July 22, 2014

Issaquah’s new skate park is moving closer to construction with Grindline Skateparks Inc. providing a near-final design.

After three public input meetings, the city-hired designer gave city officials its vision of what Issaquah’s skaters said they wanted in a new park. Grindline lead designer Micah Shapiro said their plan brought flow and a variety of elements to the 8,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped plot in Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the Issaquah Transit Center.

“We’ve kind of gotten it figured out what the public wants,” Shapiro said. “It’s really all about what they want in their skatepark.”

Grindline Skateparks Inc. Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

Grindline Skateparks Inc.
Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

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$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

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To the Editor

July 22, 2014

Editorial cartoon

About your Do Nothing GOP cartoon

Great cartoon in the July 9 edition. If we can just get rid of, and shut up, the obstructionist GOP, we could have a great one-party progressive country, where everyone is equal, and everyone thinks the way we are told to think by our great progressive leaders. Just one suggestion, maybe you should not make the father in the cartoon appear so stupid.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

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Issaquah City Council passes marijuana open container law

July 15, 2014

Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.

The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.

The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.

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Insert marijuana pun headline here

July 8, 2014

Well, the first retail marijuana store opens this week. Like, for real. It’s really happening.

While I’m not much for pot, I do admit that I’ve found covering the state and Issaquah’s planning to enact Initiative 502 completely thrilling.

Reporter Bob Young at The Seattle Times this weekend posted a comprehensive FAQ regarding what retail marijuana will look like and what eager buyers can and cannot do with their legal grass. In the first question, he outlines a striking fact about Washington’s implementation of the initiative and why it took a year and a half before the first store opened.

“The short version: The state created something untested on the planet,” he wrote.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

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See design and give input about new skate park at July 9 meeting

July 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city wants the public’s help on the design. In the last public design input meeting July 9, Grindline Skateparks Inc. will present a possible final design mockup for public review.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved Tibbetts Valley Park as the site for the new skate park in May. The next phase of the process will include some final community discussions about what the park should feature before the design moves on for City Council approval.

Grindline Skateparks Inc. will lead the city through the design process, but wants public input about the types of amenities, ramps and challenges desired by local skaters.

Police department adds two officers, promotes five

July 1, 2014

Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.

At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.

“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”

Michael Lucht

Michael Lucht

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Eastside coalition explores permanent winter homeless shelter

July 1, 2014

Finding shelter in the winter might get easier in the future for the Eastside’s homeless.

The Issaquah City Council heard a presentation during its June 24 Committee of the Whole meeting about the exploration of opening a permanent winter shelter on the Eastside. Council President Paul Winterstein serves on the Eastside Human Services Forum and said that group initiated the topic in response to growing need.

“That forum hosted a mayors’ breakfast where this idea of potentially creating a regional solution for a permanent winter shelter was brought up,” he said. “It is an idea that is in the incubation stage.”

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