Editorial — Minimum wage hike not a good idea for Issaquah

December 9, 2014

Last week, some fast food workers demonstrated in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage. But now is not the time for Issaquah to consider jumping on the bandwagon.

Issaquah has a front row seat to see how Seattle is affected by the $15 minimum wage. We should watch and see whether the experiment will turn out the way Seattle hopes or if there will be unintended consequences.

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Santa Visits Issaquah as Christmas Season Begins

December 2, 2014

Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Volunteers sought for holiday light-hanging party Nov. 22

November 18, 2014

Help light up downtown and some key spots around downtown (and get a free lunch) at the annual holiday light-hanging party beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 22.

The event, sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association, starts at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

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Veterans Day Observances and Veterans Honored

November 12, 2014

To the Editor

September 30, 2014

Jason Ritchie

Stop the negative campaigning and distortions

I am writing to call on Congressman Dave Reichert’s liberal opponent Jason Ritchie to stop the smear tactics. Following his campaign thus far, Ritchie has towed the party line and done little to differentiate himself from the partisan politicians in D.C. who are exactly what the American people are tired of.

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Girl Scouts donate stained-glass mosaic to YWCA Family Village Issaquah

July 15, 2014

The members of Girl Scouts of Western Washington Troop 50614 demonstrated their commitment to making the community a better place with a piece of permanent artwork donated to the YWCA Family Village Issaquah.

The troop worked with residents of Family Village Issaquah to create a mosaic out of recycled stained glass as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award project. Entitled “The Four Seasons Tree of Life,” the 10-by-4-foot artwork was designed by Sammamish mosaic artist Cheryl Smith.

‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’ mosaic was donated to  YWCA Family Village Issaquah by Sammamish artist Cheryl Smith.

‘The Four Seasons Tree of Life’ mosaic was donated to YWCA Family Village Issaquah by Sammamish artist Cheryl Smith.

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Art goes outdoors for new weeklong festival

July 15, 2014

ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.

The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.

“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

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Explore Issaquah Highlands’ walkability during May 4 trek

May 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 3, 2014

Interested residents can analyze the Issaquah Highlands’ walkability while exploring concepts from Jane Jacobs’ urban planning criteria.

Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author and activist best known for her influence on urban studies.

Starting from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, tourgoers will use sidewalks, paved and unpaved trails, and stairs to view residential areas, LEED-certified green buildings, mixed-use developments, storm water ponds and the new commercial center.

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