Vigil for Velasco — Family hopes overdose victim’s memory inspires change in others

July 23, 2015

“Learn from this

Something has to change”

First displayed at a memorial held last year, a white cross bore dozens of handwritten messages, including the one above, memorializing 18-year-old Kevin Velasco.

By Greg Farrar More than 50 friends and relatives of Kevin Velasco hold hands as they ring the skate park bowl near the Issaquah Community Center for a memorial gathering July 14, the one-year anniversary of his death.

By Greg Farrar
More than 50 friends and relatives of Kevin Velasco hold hands as they ring the skate park bowl near the Issaquah Community Center for a memorial gathering July 14, the one-year anniversary of his death.

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Anniversary Candlelight Memorial for Kevin Velasco

July 21, 2015

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Police blotter

May 6, 2015

Car break-ins
Persons unknown stole a blanket and cell phone chargers, total value $160, from a car parked April 25 in the 100 block of Southeast Bush Street.

Stereo equipment valued at $300 was taken April 25 from a pickup parked in the 300 block of Northeast Birch Street.

Police said a computer and a briefcase were among the items stolen from a car parked April 27 in the 1000 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The suspects apparently broke a window to gain access to the car. Including the window, the total loss was estimated at $1,400.

A computer valued at $500 was stolen from a pickup parked April 29 in the 400 block of Mount Kenya Drive Southwest.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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Issaquah City Council moves ahead with expanded skate park design

April 21, 2015

NEW — 12:13 p.m. April 21, 2015

While the last word still has yet to be decided, the Issaquah City Council on April 20 agreed unanimously to pursue funding for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park with a price tag of approximately $486,075.

Council authorized city staff members to pursue a $75,000 King County grant to help pay for the park. At the suggestion of Councilman Tola Marts, the city also will seek other means to close the funding gap for the skate park.

With available dollars currently sitting at $350,000, if the city earns the county money and gains the necessary matching funds, Issaquah still would be about $52,000 short. Council President Paul Winterstein said the public might be asked to close the gap.

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Skate park goes back to Issaquah City Council after supporters make their case

March 3, 2015

March 16 may be a big day for supporters of a larger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah Skate Park.

Four supporters met Feb. 27 with Mayor Fred Butler, who promised he would bring the issue before the City Council at what will be its second meeting of March.

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Supporters still pushing for larger skate park

February 24, 2015

Supporters of a bigger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah skate park have taken their case to the Internet and hope to take it directly to Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.

As of Feb. 23, backers had 1,272 names on an electronic petition supporting the larger skate park, resident and park enthusiast Theresa Stoppard said.

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To the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Traffic

How about reinstating the bypass?

It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

February 10, 2015

Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.

“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.

Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.

Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”

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To the Editor

February 10, 2015

Skate park

Amount for budget has always been $350,000

Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates.

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