Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 11, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions. Read more

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Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 8, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions.

The enforcement emphasis starts Jan. 15. Sound Transit plans to seek out vehicles parked in transit center lots for more than 24 hours, parked in handicap spaces illegally, parked in more than a single space, and parked to block other vehicles and pedestrian pathways.

Sound Transit provides a weeklong grace period for transit lot users from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. Owners will receive warning notices for breaking the guidelines during the grace period. Vehicles found to be in violation of the rules could be immediately towed after Jan. 23.

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County acquires Cougar Mountain land for park

December 21, 2010

King County has acquired 41 acres near Issaquah to be added someday to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Officials and open space groups considered the land — west of Newport Way Northwest and south of Northwest Oakcrest Drive — as a high priority for conservation.

County planners aim to purchase additional land in the area to connect Newport Way Northwest to the 3,115-acre park. The parcel is located in the northeast corner of the preserve.

The county used $1.55 million from the King County Parks expansion levy and the Conservation Futures open space program levy to purchase the forested site near the Summerhill neighborhood. The deal closed Dec. 3. Read more

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King County acquires Cougar Mountain land near Issaquah for park

December 17, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010

King County has acquired 41 acres near Issaquah to be added someday to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Officials and open space groups considered the land — located west of Newport Way Northwest and south of Northwest Oakcrest Drive — as a high priority for conservation.

County planners aim to purchase additional land in the area to connect Newport Way Northwest to the 3,115-acre park. The parcel is located in the northeast corner of the preserve.

The county used $1.55 million from the King County Parks expansion levy and the Conservation Futures open space program levy to purchase the forested site. The deal closed Dec. 3.

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Issaquah on ice: Snowstorm snarls traffic, prompts school closures

November 30, 2010

Ryder Marin, 9, of Issaquah, starts to spill after becoming airborne on the Issaquah Community Center hillside Nov. 23. ‘All the snow comes straight up in my face and I can’t see very well,’ he said. By Tim Pfarr

The nightmare occurred long before Christmas — and before Thanksgiving.

Issaquah and the Puget Sound region slid to a halt during a fall snowstorm Nov. 22. The storm snarled commutes for Issaquah residents and prompted road crews to toil through Thanksgiving to clear streets. The poor conditions interrupted the regional transit system and left riders huddled in bus shelters. The fallout sent shoppers scrambling to stores for emergency supplies and Thanksgiving staples.

The mercury dipped into the teens and 20s — record cold temperatures — in the days after the storm and turned roads icy.

“People were very understanding of the situation,” Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “I think a lot of people were just trying to get home Monday night.”

Some motorists abandoned vehicles and turned road shoulders along Highlands Drive Northeast, Newport Way Northwest and Southeast Black Nugget Road into impromptu parking lots. Police impounded more than 30 vehicles in travel lanes as conditions deteriorated Nov. 22.

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City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 19, 2010

The city plans to install a pair of charging stations at City Hall Northwest soon, as part of a regional push to create a network of charging stops to juice up electric vehicles.

The stations lay the groundwork for all-electric vehicles to be used in commuter vanpools traveling to and from Issaquah.

City staffers and other commuters plan to use the King County Metro Transit vanpools. The transit agency is due to provide the vehicles by early next year.

The effort is funded through a U.S. Department of Energy petroleum-reduction grant. The agency awarded the grant to the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition, of which Issaquah is a member.

The city announced the program Oct. 13, less than a month after King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined a plan to add more than 120 charging stations across the region.

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City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 14, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The city plans to install a pair of charging stations at City Hall Northwest soon, as part of a regional push to create a network of charging stops to juice up electric vehicles.

The stations lay the groundwork for all-electric vehicles to be used in commuter vanpools traveling to and from Issaquah.

City staffers and other commuters plan to use the King County Metro Transit vanpools. The transit agency is due to provide the vehicles by the early next year.

The effort is funded through a U.S. Department of Energy petroleum-reduction grant. The agency awarded the grant to the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition; Issaquah is a coalition member.

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Metro Transit alters Issaquah bus routes Saturday

September 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

Bus riders should plan for changes Saturday, as King County Metro Transit revises schedules serving Issaquah on the following routes:

  • Route 209 — Discontinue the westbound trip to Issaquah leaving North Bend at 4:45 a.m.
  • Route 210 — Combine the westbound trips to downtown Seattle from the Issaquah Transit Center at 6:10 and 6:29 a.m. into a single trip leaving at 6:20 a.m.
  • Route 214 — Discontinue one morning trip and one evening trip.

The route and schedule changes are expected to save money and preserve bus service. Metro updates its routes three times per year.

Bus riders can find all the fall changes in a Special Rider Alert brochure in Metro information racks and here. Or find updated service information in the Trip Planner. Enter a travel date of Oct. 2 or later to find the updated service.

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Construction begins on state Route 900 trail link

August 10, 2010

The trail connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900 is about to see the first stages of what is planned to be an eight-month project, city Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said.

Construction will build a freestanding structure for a nonmotorized trail from 12th Avenue Northwest to the I-90 off-ramp along the west side of state Route 900. The city of Issaquah has awarded a $4.4 million contract with C.A. Carey Corp. that allows for 180 working days, Brock said.

The connector is meant to allow for a safer path between the East Lake Sammamish Trail and the Issaquah Transit Center. The total price tag for the project is about $6 million.

Members of the community have differing opinions on the value, necessity and safety of the project, however.

Steve Williams, president of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, said he has concerns about the volume of traffic in the area that pedestrians may now be drawn to. There are five lanes of traffic to cross at the I-90 eastbound exit, and drivers often try to make free right turns. That means they are looking left as they are moving right across a pedestrian walkway, he said. Read more

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Dare to bare all Saturday for world-record skinny dip attempt

July 7, 2010

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. July 8, 2010

Fraternity Snoqualmie, the nudist campground nestled in the Tiger Mountain forest, plans to celebrate the 35th Annual Nude Recreation Week — naturally — with a world-record attempt skinny dip.

Saturday marks the second year the campground has participated in a global attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest skinny dip.

Dare to bare all for the American Association for Nude Recreation-sponsored event at the park’s pools. Participants can sign up starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event starts at noon.

In order to adhere to the rules for the world record, all participants must be completely nude — no swim trunks allowed — during the skinny dip.

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