September 7, 2015
NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 7, 2015
As of late last week, the Issaquah Valley Senior Center had not agreed to stipulations placed by Mayor Fred Butler on future funding by the city, casting doubt on whether the City Council would approve an appropriation for the center for 2016.
In recent years, Issaquah has supplied the center with $99,000 annually. For 2015, that figure represents about 44 percent of the center’s $221,490 budget, said Warren Kagarise, communication coordinator for Issaquah.
Kagarise said the funding picture might become clearer Sept. 14, when the City Council is set to discuss nonprofit funding during a work session slated for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
In an email, Butler said the center had applied for funding by the city’s deadline of Aug. 20. But he added that as officials processed the paperwork, “the city identified missing content.” Read more
August 4, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015
Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.
In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.
The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.
Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more
July 1, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. July 1, 2015
Accident was inevitable, neighbors say
Haochen Xu was just 4 ½ years old. The precocious Issaquah Kindercare student loved to read, and could add and subtract pairs of numbers up to 100.
He had a bright future, his parents said. But that future was cut short June 26 when a car struck him in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died from his injuries the next day. The family said the funeral is tentatively set for July 11.
June 29, 2015
NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015
A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.
The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.
According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.
“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.
June 3, 2015
As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.
The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.
May 20, 2015
A vandal took what police assume was a hatchet to four trees in Issaquah’s Central Park on Park Drive Northeast.
The small trees were chopped down. A fifth small tree appeared to have been run over by a vehicle of some kind, Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.
March 17, 2015
A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.
The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.
The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.
That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.
March 3, 2015
August 19, 2014
Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.
So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.
“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”
Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.
“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”
July 1, 2014
What should concerned citizens do if they see a child or pet in a hot car?
Issaquah police would like concerned citizens to call them.
“They should call 911 if it’s a child and ask for the police,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.
If someone sees a pet in a car, he or she should also call the police, but use the non-emergency line, 837-3200.