May 5, 2015
The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”
That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.
April 28, 2015
Three residential projects, all in the construction phase, could add up to nearly 650 new residences to the Issaquah Highlands.
The projects are designated as official Urban Villages, according to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city. All three projects are making use of the city’s standardized Urban Village zoning.
March 25, 2015
King County Sheriff’s deputies have recently added dog duty to the list of things they monitor while they’re patrolling the trails and parks.
It’s the law: Dogs must be leashed when we take them along on our hikes.
That goes not just for the county but also for hiking trails on the Department of Natural Resources lands, Washington State Parks and National Forests.
March 25, 2015
People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators
In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.
March 15, 2015
NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015
A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.
The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.
She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.
The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.
March 11, 2015
NEW — 2 p.m. March 11, 2015
Leadership Eastside hosts a free State of the Eastside Morning Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. March 12 at the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah Highlands, 930 N.E. High Street.
State of the Eastside Forums represent an opportunity to bring together community leaders, stakeholders and other interests to discuss a specific issue of community importance.
The event is free to public, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.
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.
February 10, 2015
Beginning later this month, King County Metro will offer customized shuttle service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley.
The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County, according to a press release.
December 22, 2014
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.