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.

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

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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Work will begin next month on Fire Station 72

May 25, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 will be built on the undeveloped northeast corner of the Issaquah Transit Center property near state Route 900. TCA Architecture Planning

Construction should start by late June on eco-friendly Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, the replacement for a threadbare fire station near state Route 900.

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Sometimes, the best things are free

February 23, 2010

Riders take advantage of Metro Transit’s bus route 200

King County Metro Transit’s 200 line isn’t perfect, as rider Kelly Boehlke is quick to point out.

“It’s either early or late. It’s rarely on time. Rarely,” she said.

As if to punctuate her point, the bus scheduled to arrive sometime after 12:47 p.m. idled up to Front Street by The Issaquah Press building at 12:44 p.m.

“See,” she said.

But most riders, Boehlke included, love the 200.

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Planners say residents will be proud of Station 72

July 7, 2009

EFR facility clears planning hurdle

City officials and architects are set to complete the design of Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, which will be constructed on a portion of the Issaquah Transit Center site. Contributed

City officials and architects are set to complete the design of Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, which will be constructed on a portion of the Issaquah Transit Center site. Contributed

Before a city Development Commission last week, Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief of Planning Wes Collins stopped for Chinese food — and received a hopeful sign. Commissioners were set to consider plans for Station 72, a long-overdue EFR facility. The message inside Collins’ fortune cookie read, “You will reach a goal for which you have been striving.”

Collins later told development commissioners how officials first identified a need for a fire station in the northwestern part of the city in 1986. Officials hope to begin construction on the new EFR facility in early 2010.

“We’re glad to finally have a facility in the planning and development process,” Collins said.

Commissioners discussed the Station 72 proposal July 1. City planners will ready the project for further design work and obtain development permits. Read more

Council members will consider Station 72 spending, agreement

June 23, 2009

Officials could release design money and approve a finance agreement related to the planned Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 when the City Council meets July 20. Read more

City considers Squak Mountain bus transit route

March 9, 2009

How to link Squak Mountain to the regional mass-transit system likely will receive a closer look from planners, the City Council decided last week. Read more

Top 10 news stories of 2008

December 29, 2008

2008 news stories revisited

From an increase in robberies to the demise of the proposed Southeast Bypass, 2008 was action packed in Issaquah. Lightning and snow storms, a stronger Moroccan connection and business closures all made headlines.

In no particular order, here are updates on our pick of the top 10 news stories of the year: Read more

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