Tracks readied for return of the trolley

March 9, 2010

 The first of two trolleys from Aspen, Colo., was delivered to Issaquah Nov. 25, 2002, here being placed into position at the train depot. File

Work on the long-planned effort to bring trolley service to downtown Issaquah will relaunch by late spring, after a yearslong hiatus.

City planners last week announced a proposal to rehabilitate a little more than a half-mile of unused railroad track from the historic Issaquah Train Depot to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The city administers federal grant dollars awarded to the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, the group behind the $500,000 venture.

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Poker tourney to help the Issaquah Valley Trolley

July 21, 2009

a&e-poker-poster-20090700 Poker pro Barry Greenstein is known as the Robin Hood of poker, because he donates all of his tournament winnings to charity.

Now’s your chance to be the Robin Hood of Issaquah. The Issaquah Trolley Committee is hosting a Braggin’ Rights Trolley Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament July 25 at the depot museum. The beneficiaries are the two trolleys acquired by the city.

Since the Issaquah Depot Museum’s restoration in 1994, city leaders have long sought to also restore the trolley line, linking historic downtown to Gilman Boulevard. Read more

Community awards go to Judd Kirk, Barbara Justice and Mayor Ava Frisinger

May 19, 2009

NEW — 3:50 p.m. May 19, 2009

The business leader instrumental in spearheading the Issaquah Highlands and the project leader of the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project were both inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame today.

In addition, Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year.

The honors were bestowed during the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 30th annual community awards banquet held at the Holiday Inn.

Judd Kirk, Port Blakely Communities executive, and Barb Justice, of the trolley project, were named to the 2009 Hall of Fame. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including the type of service, leadership and length of service to the community.

Barbara Justice (from left) and Judd Kirk were named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame and Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year today. — By Greg Farrar

Barbara Justice (from left) and Judd Kirk were named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame and Mayor Ava Frisinger was named the Citizen of the Year today. — By Greg Farrar

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Community Awards 2009

May 16, 2009

Barbara Justice draws applause as she heads to the podium after being announced as the Hall of Fame recipient. By Greg Farrar

Barbara Justice draws applause as she heads to the podium after being announced as the Hall of Fame recipient. By Greg Farrar

The business leader instrumental in spearheading the Issaquah Highlands and the project leader of the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project were both inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame May 19. In addition, Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year.

The honors were bestowed during the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 30th annual Community Awards Banquet held at the Holiday Inn.

Judd Kirk, Port Blakely Communities executive, and Barb Justice, of the trolley project, were named to the 2009 Hall of Fame. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including the type of service, leadership and length of service to the community.

Kirk was lauded for creating his vision of an urban village — the Issaquah Highlands. The housing development stressed the importance of building green, said Bob Ittes, chairman of the chamber board.

“The Issaquah Highlands has the highest number of homes built green by a developer in Washington,” Ittes said.

Kirk was in New Zealand on a business trip; his daughter Lisa Hysom accepted the award. She said her father considered it an honor to receive the award. Read more

Press Editorial

April 28, 2009

Transportation plan is good communication tool

The city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan is a curious document. And given the interest in traffic problems here, you’d think citizens would be lining up to speak their opinion of it at a public hearing May 4. Read more

Trolley grant gets city oversight

February 9, 2009

Trolley grant gets city oversight

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Press Editorial

January 5, 2009

Plenty of goals for all of Issaquah in ’09

The year 2008 was one of few accomplishments, based on the list of goals we published last year. Yes, the proposed Southeast Bypass was put to rest, a plan for saving Park Pointe property was proposed, school boundary reviews were completed and the city moved closer to having a human services campus. But there is much left undone, and some of the goals are repeated on this year’s list.

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Council OKs next year’s city budget

December 22, 2008

Issaquah’s city budget is set for 2009.

Formally adopted by the City Council on Dec. 15, the budget details spending of $109.5 million for the year. Read more

Long-awaited trolley gets a clear track

December 8, 2008

Could be up and running by summer

At long last, the final obstacle to restoring trolley service in Issaquah was removed Dec. 1 by the City Council. A vintage streetcar could be operating downtown by summer 2009. Read more

Issaquah Valley Trolley Project gets nudged ahead by city committee

November 19, 2008

The Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, which would restore service between the depot and Gilman Boulevard, got a boost Nov. 13 from the City Council’s Transportation Committee. Its members recommended the city act as the administrative agency for the trolley project’s $500,000 in grants, which would allow the project to begin.

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