January 27, 2015
Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.
For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees. While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.
The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.
All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more
December 9, 2014
November 5, 2014
Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students
What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.
All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.
It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.
November 4, 2014
September 23, 2014
Who will pay for a Costco expansion? That question has nearby business and property owners concerned.
Business and property owners have concerns about how proposed Costco growth might affect northern Issaquah, and about who pays for parts of the project.
In its Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Issaquah City Council held a public hearing regarding the draft agreement that has made its way through the Development Services Department in the past several months.
September 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014
Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.
Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:
Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.
Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.
September 2, 2014
Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.
The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.
The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.
August 26, 2014
Looking to get away from the shady turf of your office and catch some rays on the sunny surface of Lake Sammamish?
Kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing are still popular, but more people are taking to the water on standup paddleboards — aka SUP: cruising both sides of the lake, checking out the fancy homes, getting close to otters, beavers and bald eagles and maybe getting all Huck Finn with a trip up Tibbetts Creek or Issaquah Creek.
August 18, 2014
NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014
With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.
FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.
August 12, 2014
A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.
A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.
“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”