April 14, 2015
Ava Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — the community’s highest honor for environmental advocates — and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association is the first Community Environmental Award honoree.
The public is invited to attend a special presentation at the City Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 as Mayor Fred Butler and council members recognize the honorees.
February 24, 2015
“I think there is general feeling a dog park would be beneficial to Issaquah,” Danielle Githens, chairwoman of the Issaquah Park Board said.
However, don’t grab Fido and get him ready for a nice run just yet. Githens said the board is at the very beginning of discussions over a city-owned off-leash dog park and nothing has been settled or planned.
At a meeting near the end of January, the park board heard a presentation from City Parks Planner Jennifer Fink on area off-leash parks, where they are located and how they are run. The presentation was done at the board’s request.
November 27, 2012
Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.
Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.
Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org
Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer
June 26, 2012
Issaquah Highlands neighborhood leaders asked residents not to feed the landscaping goats due to arrive in the community soon.
Highlands residents received the information in a communitywide email June 21 because seven goats died last summer after ingesting yard waste. Organizers said the afflicted goats ate yard waste dumped on open spaces in the hillside neighborhood.
June 19, 2012
Cultural diversity is the theme of this year’s Highlands Day, hosted by the Issaquah Highlands Council.
The annual event that marks the summer kickoff traditionally boasts an American theme. But this year, the council plans to celebrate the great diversity found in the Issaquah community, according to Christy Garrard, special events planner for the council.
“We’re partnering with the Issaquah Arts Commission, Swedish hospital and several other title sponsors to bring a four-hour outdoor festival that highlights different ethnicities and cultures,” she said.
This year’s celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23. The event takes place in the heart of the Issaquah Highlands at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park. The event is open to the entire community, not just those from the Issaquah Highlands. Read more
January 3, 2012
The community association for the Issaquah Highlands hired the former city manager of a Chicago suburb as the organization’s next executive director, officials announced Dec. 21.
Sarah Phillips served as city managers in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Johnstown, Ohio, before assuming the Issaquah Highlands Community Association role. Association President Brian Daniels said she is due to start as executive director Jan. 23.
“I look forward to working with the board and staff as we continue to provide and enhance our services for this growing community,” Phillips said.
Phillips succeeds Vicki Stier, a longtime executive at highlands developer Port Blakely Communities and the current executive director. Stier — a force in a 15-year effort to foster community in the neighborhood — plans to retire to South Carolina in 2012.
The association’s search committee spent months to find a candidate.
“From the pool of candidates we received, Sarah was the best fit to ensure we continue to maintain Issaquah Highlands among the best communities in the country and one of the most desirable places to live in the Puget Sound region,” Daniels said in a message to residents.
October 25, 2011
The next hauler for Issaquah garbage is CleanScapes.
In a unanimous decision Oct. 17, City Council members selected the Seattle-based garbage hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. CleanScapes offered additional curbside recycling options, a local storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year Issaquah contract.
Consumers could experience a rate decrease as the city transitions from the current hauler, Waste Management, to CleanScapes in early summer.
The rate could decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 for a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup — although a recent rate increase from the King County Council could dilute the proposed drop.
The contract runs from July 1 through June 2019.
“The public should realize that the staff of the city of Issaquah didn’t just put it out there and say, ‘Tell us what you can offer,’” Councilman Mark Mullet said. “They actually wrote the proposal saying, ‘This is what the city needs to have. These are the minimum, baseline service requirements that we’re going to ask for the citizens of Issaquah.’ Then, the different vendors were able to come back and say, ‘We’ll provide those at this price,’ and they could offer things on top of that.”
Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members met representatives from CleanScapes and the other candidates, Allied Waste and Waste Management, Oct. 11 and sent the contract to the full council for approval.
October 19, 2011
NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011
The next hauler for Issaquah garbage is Seattle-based CleanScapes, City Council members decided Monday.
In a unanimous decision, council members selected the garbage hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. CleanScapes offered additional curbside recycling options, a local storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year Issaquah contract.
Consumers could experience a rate decrease as the city transitions from the current hauler, Waste Management, to CleanScapes.
For a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup, rates could decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 — though a recent rate increase from the King County Council could dilute the proposed drop in rates.
The contract runs from July 1 through June 2019.
October 12, 2011
NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011
Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Wednesday.
The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.
The honor is the latest for longtime Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.
Enciso received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.
Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.
August 30, 2011
Issaquah-area community gardens offer bounty, camaraderie
Summertime in the Mirrormont Pea Patch resembles a slice of Eden on Tiger Mountain.
Pathways crisscross the ground among the lush leaves and verdant vines reaching out from bean, potato, tomato and dozens of other plants. Colorful blooms and delicate herbs greet guests at the garden gate.
“It’s about growing food, but it’s also about growing community,” Linda Jean Shepherd, a longtime Mirrormont resident and lead figure in establishing the pea patch, said on a stroll through the garden.
Some plots contain plants in neat rows. The plants in others bend and coil to Mother Nature’s whims.
“It’s so fun to see how people’s personalities are expressed in their gardens,” Shepherd said.
In Mirrormont and elsewhere in the Issaquah area, community gardens continue to sprout on empty lots and unused corners. The pea patches offer opportunities to grow produce, sure, but also a chance to grow community as neighbors join to dig and plant.
Gardeners from the pea patches often donate fresh, and often organic, produce to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and other food pantries.