Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will resign next week

January 8, 2010

NEW — 2:14 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will step down Jan. 15, the Issaquah Highlands developer announced Thursday.

René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, will assume responsibilities for the real estate division. Ancinas will work alongside Judd Kirk — a senior adviser and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — and other managers after the transition.

A statement from the company said Boeker would “pursue other development opportunities in the real estate industry.”

Boeker joined Port Blakely in 2007. The tenure included milestones as the highlands boomed and grew to include more than 7,000 residents.

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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

Nominate outstanding citizens for Hall of Fame

April 28, 2009

Community leaders and city officials will bestow the annual Issaquah Community Awards next month. Read more

Parks, trails, gas station in land swap

November 11, 2008

If recent discussions are a reliable guide, Issaquah might be in line for new hiking and mountain biking trails — and a new gas station.

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