Salmon Days goes uncensored in 2015

August 6, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Salmon Days is going to be “so flippin’ fun” in 2015.

The city unveiled this year’s theme in a playful video littered with censor beeps replacing the “flippin'” part of the sentence.

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City plans to build new Confluence Park for salmon as well as humans

July 9, 2015

While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.

The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.

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Open house will celebrate new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at state park

July 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2015

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house July 7 to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse.

The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier this year.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Get directions at

Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music from the Sammamish Symphony quartet and tours of the new building. Refreshments will be served.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Dogwood bridge will be replaced next month

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2016

Starting May 26, a section of Northwest Dogwood Street will close as a new bridge is built.

The street will be closed from approximately Third Place Northwest to the 110 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.

Signage will provide detour information for pedestrians and drivers. The new bridge is expected to open in early October.

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Atlas developer says water on property is under control

April 14, 2015

Issaquah resident Bryan Weinstein described what he termed a “huge” amount of water gathered on the site of the Atlas residential development at the corner of Gilman Boulevard Northwest and Seventh Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

Weinstein said the water easily can be seen from his car as he drives past. He worries it might be contaminating drinking water or polluting Issaquah Creek, which runs through the Gilman site.

“There is no flooding on that project site,” said Brad Reisinger, a division president for Atlas developer Lennar Multifamily Communities.

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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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FISH plans dedication ceremony Feb. 21 for Charles Staniforth

February 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 15, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to a dedication ceremony to honor Charles “Stan” Staniforth at 10 a.m. Feb. 21.

FISH is planting a tree and installing and dedicating a bench at the hatchery in his name to commemorate his contribution to the hatchery.

Staniforth passed away in September, leaving a long legacy of devotion to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and FISH.

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

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Northwest Dogwood Street ready for rebuilding

February 3, 2015

“It’ll be a pretty dramatic transformation of the street,” said Issaquah’s Kerry Ritland, engineering manager for the project that will bring about that transformation of downtown’s Northwest Dogwood Street.

On Jan. 27, the city held an open house about the project, set to begin in May with completion planned by October.

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Recreation, pathways also figure into city’s concurrency plan

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

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