Residents settle in to bag ban

April 23, 2013

After almost two months of the Issaquah bag ban, which bars large-scale retailers from distributing plastic shopping bags to customers, the reception has been generally positive.

The ban went into effect March 1 for retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet.

Prior to the implementation, the city’s Department of Sustainability launched an extensive education campaign for citizens and retailers. Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski was pleased to find that most of the affected stores were prepared for the law.

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Issaquah honored as a Tree City USA

April 23, 2013

Issaquah joined 81 other cities this year being recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Issaquah has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 20 years.

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Macaroni Kid celebrates fourth anniversary

April 9, 2013

Started in April 2009, Macaroni Kid provides families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah and Sammamish areas a comprehensive listing of family-friendly events and activities to entertain, stimulate and exhaust their kids, according to a press release from Macaroni Kid.

Four years ago, Diana Reul-Shapiro, of Snoqualmie, was looking for activities to keep her kids busy when she had the idea to assist local parents doing the same thing. Today, another mom, Dana Verhoff, of Fall City, helps her.

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So, a guy walks into a bar with an open mic…

April 9, 2013

So, you are pretty funny, and your friends say you should be a comedian. Here is the break you need. Comedy open mic is coming to Issaquah on April 18, so get your act together.

Issaquah comedian and promoter Erez Ben-Ari will emcee an open-mic comedy event April 18 at Amante restaurant. Performances will start at 8 p.m.

Ben-Ari, who writes and performs comedy regularly in open-mic venues around the Puget Sound area, said he hopes the event will become a regular one. He honed his skills at the University of Washington in a class taught by Ron Reid and sponsored by

Contributed Erez Ben-Ari, of Issaquah, performs one of his open-mic night comedy routine recently at a Puget Sound-area venue.

Erez Ben-Ari, of Issaquah, performs one of his open-mic night comedy routine recently at a Puget Sound-area venue.

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Parks & Recreation Under Water Egg Hunt / March 22, 2013

March 26, 2013

State approves city’s shoreline master program update

March 5, 2013

The Washington Department of Ecology has approved Issaquah’s recently updated shoreline master program.

Issaquah’s shoreline program will result in significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of 12 miles of shorelines and the water quality of Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish in the city.

“The SMP update expands Issaquah’s long-term commitment to protecting our streams, streamside habitat, lakeshore and water quality. And, the SMP conserves shoreline resources through thoughtful land use and development while providing public access and recreation opportunities along our shorelines,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement.

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Carnivore studies teach lessons in real-life science at Issaquah Middle School

February 19, 2013

There are more than two dozen territorial carnivores that call the Issaquah area home, and for the past four months the sixth-grade life science students at Issaquah Middle School have been leading their own investigations into these wild neighbors.

Since the end of September, the students have been learning about the local critters, ranging from raccoons and skunks to coyotes and bears, and developing scientific studies to find out how the animals use resources in the Issaquah community to meet their needs. The children teamed with staff from the Woodland Park Zoo and Western Wildlife to put the scientific method to use — asking questions, doing background research, forming and testing hypotheses, analyzing data and reporting their conclusions.

“I think it was interesting, because there was a lot to talk about since we have a lot of carnivores living in the area,” Engu Fontama said.

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Issaquah Sammamish Health and Safety Fair 2013

February 3, 2013

Register for next year’s Health and Safety fair

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