Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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Man behind the murals gets his day

July 15, 2014

Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas wasn’t born in Issaquah and he didn’t live in the city for any significant amount of time.

But his stamp on the Eastside suburb is so visible that Mayor Fred Butler officially declared July 19 Larry Kangas Day in Issaquah.

Kangas is the artist behind the murals found at points across the city. He died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 works he crafted in the Pacific Northwest, including six in Issaquah.

By Norb Ziegler Larry Kangas paints the side panels of the aquarium exhibit at the Issaquah Salmon History on Aug. 20, 2013.

By Norb Ziegler
Larry Kangas paints the side panels of the aquarium exhibit at the Issaquah Salmon History on Aug. 20, 2013.

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Discover hidden trails of Tiger Mountain on July 19 hike

July 15, 2014

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway July 19 for a guided hike of the “Hidden Trails of Tiger Mountain” and discover your new favorite retreat on the mountain.

Only 25 spots are left.

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Issaquah hires new deputy city administrator

July 15, 2014

Issaquah will get a new deputy city administrator this summer.

Mayor Fred Butler announced July 3 that he hired Emily Moon as the city’s next deputy administrator. She will report to City Administrator Bob Harrison.

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Zoo freezer is christened

July 8, 2014

By Misty Peterson Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

By Misty Peterson
Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

First dirt for next Hilton

July 1, 2014

By Greg Farrar Members of the Rowley family, representatives from the Hilton hotel chain and from GLY Construction, Mayor Fred Butler and others use golden shovels June 26 to throw the first dirt at the site of the 123-suite, eight-story extended stay hotel project at Hyla Crossing, off state Route 900 in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
Members of the Rowley family, representatives from the Hilton hotel chain and from GLY Construction, Mayor Fred Butler and others use golden shovels June 26 to throw the first dirt at the site of the 123-suite, eight-story extended stay hotel project at Hyla Crossing, off state Route 900 in Issaquah.

Explore hidden trails of Tiger Mountain on July 19 hike

July 1, 2014

Mountains to Sound Greenway invites you to hike the hidden trails of Tiger Mountain, traversing 9 miles from Issaquah to Preston, where the adventure concludes with a barbecue.

“The bulk of the hike is on Tiger Mountain Trail, but part of it is a guided experience through a network of trails,” said Margaret Ullman-Hess, communications and development manager for Mountains to Sound Greenway. “We worked with Green Trail Map to make a custom map for this trip, creating a journey through Tiger Mountain you may not be able to discover on your own.”

Hikers will park their cars in Preston and take a shuttle to the Harvey Manning statue in Issaquah, where Mayor Fred Butler will welcome the adventurers.

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City achieves best possible bond rating

June 3, 2014

Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Issaquah’s bond rating to AAA — the highest possible score — in recognition of the city’s enduring commitment to fiscal responsibility.

The bond rating is a reflection of creditworthiness and affects the cost to the city of issuing debt. The upgraded rating helps lower the interest rates for the city’s bond sales, which reduces borrowing costs for the city and taxpayers.

“Our citizens will benefit the most from our upgraded rating,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “It’s the result of our sound fiscal policies and responsible management of the public’s dollars. Our commitment to the best possible practices is a top priority for our city team and elected leaders every day.”

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Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

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Distinction for Dedication — 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards celebrates extraordinary community service

May 27, 2014

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. For more photos from the event, see Page A8.By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan and Ava Frisinger were the big winners during the 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held the event at the Hilton Garden Inn in a room full of city leaders and passionate citizens May 22. The yearly program aims to honor dedication to Issaquah and longtime volunteers for their service to the community.

Fourteen awards were given, celebrating multiple facets of how people improve Issaquah.

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