March 4, 2014
It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.
Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.
The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.
February 11, 2014
Faced with seven qualified applicants to fill Mayor Fred Butler’s vacated Issaquah City Council seat, the council chose Issaquah Highlands resident Nina Milligan on Feb. 5.
City Clerk Tina Eggers swore in the new councilwoman during the regular meeting. After pledging to fulfill the duties of the office, Milligan took a seat with the council for her first meeting.
“It’s not like it was a new idea,” she said of pursing the position.
February 4, 2014
As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.
Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”
January 14, 2014
Ava Frisinger reflects on her 16 years as mayor
These days, Ava Frisinger, when not volunteering her time on various councils and boards, is spending a lot of catch-up time with her grandchildren. She won’t say which role is harder, being Issaquah’s longest-serving mayor or that of grandmother.
“But being a grandmother is a very satisfying job, rewarding as well,” Frisinger said. “It’s neat to watch kids grow, encourage them to do what it is that they want to do.”
January 8, 2014
December 31, 2013
Many questions surround discussions about a huge Issaquah Highlands development that city officials hope will bring a high-tech college campus to the parcel.
Economic Development Director Keith Niven introduced a draft development agreement between Issaquah and Polygon Northwest to the City Council Land and Shore Committee at its Dec. 10 meeting. The committee voted to recommend to the full council that the administration proceed with negotiating a new development agreement, but did not reach the decision unanimously.
Microsoft sold its 63-acre Issaquah Highlands property to Polygon Northwest in October.
December 24, 2013
Mayor Ava Frisinger presided over her final Issaquah City Council meeting Dec. 16.
After 16 years as the head of Issaquah’s administration, the four-term mayor decided not to run in this year’s election. The council and city officials held a reception in her honor before the meeting. Once it began, the first 30 minutes were spent praising her and her accomplishments. Many residents attended the mayor’s send off.
Council President Fred Butler, who won the election to replace Frisinger, introduced a certificate of appreciation to honor her for overseeing Issaquah’s booming transition over the past 16 years.
December 17, 2013
Yelp is no help.
The best way to discover a new restaurant, such as Big Fish Grill at Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands, is to avoid the personal vendettas and experience it in person.
With locations also in Kirkland and Woodinville, Big Fish is still finding its footing in Issaquah (the website is still not up and running yet).
I popped in for a meal with a dining companion recently and enjoyed the experience. We arrived in the late afternoon, having missed the lunch crowd, too early for the dinner service. We almost had the side dining room and the entire wait staff to ourselves. So, you’ll have to discover for yourself how Big Fish operates at peak hours.
December 11, 2013
NEW — 10:40 a.m. Dec. 11, 2013
At some point recently, the Issaquah Highlands became a place that people would actually want to go to. I don’t really know what happened.
Whenever I thought of the highlands, I thought of an ugly place. The main image that came to mind was a neat grid of streets, with nothing but flat wasteland separating them. Farther up the hill was a huge neighborhood of houses that were eerily similar and spaced too close together.
December 10, 2013
An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.
The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.
“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”