October 5, 2015
NEW — 4:45 p.m. Oct. 5, 2015
More than 3,000 visitors to the 2015 Salmon Days may have helped set a world’s record for the largest number of people to take part in a paint-by-numbers project.
With the help of Issaquah’s artEAST and the Sammamish YMCA, Creative Children for Charity spearheaded the record effort.
“We set a world’s record,” said Chaitra Vedullapalli, of Creative Children for Charity. “It’s pretty cool.” Read more
September 29, 2015
NEW — 4:42 p.m. Sept. 29, 2015
Issaquah Police and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the death of a person found in a vehicle on 19th Avenue Northwest this afternoon.
Sgt. Paul Fairbanks said police believe the death is a suicide.
Police released no further details.
The policy of The Issaquah Press is not to report suicides, however due to the public nature of the incident we felt it important to inform the public.
September 14, 2015
NEW — 2:55 p.m. Sept. 14, 2015
Three former members of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, including two former board members, filed a libel suit Sept. 8 against Courtney Jaren, center executive director, and the board of directors.
Renton attorney Inez Petersen filed the suit Sept. 8 in King County District Court. The suit seeks $100,000 in damages per claimant.
In a phone interview, Petersen alleged the defendants are guilty of defamation so severe there is no question of the wrongdoing. Read more
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 23, 2015
NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015
An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.
If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.
But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.
In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.
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 16, 2015
Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.
“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.
She was just one of about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
July 16, 2015
For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.
In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.
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.