City weighs needs as 200 bus comes to end of the line

June 24, 2014

As Issaquah’s 200 “freebee” bus faces Metro Transit’s chopping block, city officials are evaluating alternatives.

After the failure of April’s Proposition 1, which would have given King County Metro Transit the necessary funds to avoid service cuts, the regional authority plans to begin phasing out 17 percent of its routes in September. The 200 is among those routes.

“Though it still serves riders, Route 200 is identified as among the lowest performing routes in Metro’s current system,” Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said.

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Recycle electronics, donate computers and food at PC Fix event

June 10, 2014

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

The company will accept and dispose of nearly all used electronic gear, and will also coordinate with local businesses to pick up used gear for disposal.

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PC Fix hosts recycling, food donation event

June 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2014

Box up your old computers and buy a few extra grocery items.

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

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Food bank adds hours, services as needs grow

April 22, 2014

As need grows, so does the effort to help.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.

“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.

The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank increases service hours, now open Monday nights

April 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is extending its food and clothing bank service hours to being open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening.

The goal is to be more accommodating to shoppers who work in the afternoons.

With the addition of six to 10 more service hours per week, the food and clothing bank will need more volunteer support. Volunteer by emailing Kim at

The food and clothing bank is at 179 First Ave. S.E. Learn more here.

City leaders investigate future of Route 200 bus

April 1, 2014

As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.

Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.

City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.

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Mudslide Relief is on its way

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark

By Peter Clark

With only a day’s notice, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank held an impromptu drive for the victims of the Oso mudslide March 27. Director Cori Walters said the bank received 40,000 pounds of food, toiletries, clothes, shovels, picks and gloves. Volunteers were greeted with hugs and tears upon delivery. ‘I want to thank our community for really stepping up to the plate and helping us help the Darrington Food Bank and the Darrington Fire Department,’ Walters said. ‘It was truly amazing to see what we were all able to accomplish in a short period of time.’




Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Cedar Grove completes the compost circle of life

March 4, 2014

Local composting takes global technology.

Cedar Grove Composting has grown a lot in its 25-year history of turning organic material into plant fertilizer. The May Valley facility recently won an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award, due to its continuing community efforts. Such progress did not happen all at once.

“In 1989,” Cedar Grove’s Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer Jerry Bartlett said, “nobody knew what compost was and nobody knew what to do with it.”

The company had received a contract with the city of Seattle to convert yard waste into fertilizer. It turned into a first for both entities.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler


Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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