Arborist loses job to budget cuts after 30 years with city

February 17, 2015

After what will be 30 years on the job at the end of March, Issaquah City Arborist Alan Haywood will vacate his long-time position.

Haywood did not directly criticize Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler or the city administration in general. But he was clear he was not overly happy with the situation.

“My position was eliminated,” Haywood said. “It was a budgetary decision.”

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

February 10, 2015

Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.

“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.

Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.

Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”

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Non-residents now expected to pay Issaquah recreation fees

January 27, 2015

As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.

The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.

The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.

Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more

Eagles learn from loss as tuneup for rival Knights

January 20, 2015

The Issaquah boys swim and dive team may have lost their dual meet Jan. 15 to Bellevue, but head coach Laura Halter still sees the results in a positive light.

By Greg Farrar Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

“Bellevue is one of the top teams in KingCo 3A and doesn’t count toward the standing,” she said of the 4A Eagles. “But they are good competition for us. I think they’ll be one of the top contenders at 3A.” Read more

Issaquah’s Boehm Pool to close for renovations Nov. 26

November 25, 2014

The Julius Boehm Pool will close for renovations beginning Nov. 26. Estimated re-opening is mid-2015.

“It will be much more inviting,” said Ric Patterson, division manager for the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

Patterson was referring to $5 million in planned improvements.

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Perfect in the pool

October 7, 2014

Liberty swim team defeats Issaquah in historic win

There is something special brewing in the waters of the Julius Boehm Pool, where the Liberty High School girls swim team practices and competes.

By Greg Farrar Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

The 2A school is turning heads across the league, defeating schools much larger, on the way to an undefeated meet record more than halfway through the season.

Liberty defeated 4A schools Newport and Skyline; and on Oct. 2, the Patriots made history, defeating Issaquah for the first time ever.

“We’re a 2A team this year and we beat 4A teams,” Liberty senior captain Mackenna Briggs said. “It’s something that we couldn’t have envisioned and now that we’re doing it, we’re all really, really proud.”

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Public invited to vote on favorite park design online or at July 8, 19 meetings

July 7, 2014

NEW — 4:20 p.m. July 7, 2014

The city of Issaquah is renovating Gibson Park playground this summer.

Organizers need help selecting the best design. Three have been posted online. Vote for your favorite here or attend one of two public meetings: from 5:30-7 p.m. July 8 or from 10 a.m. to noon July 19. Both are at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W.

In November 2013, Issaquah voters approved a $10 million park bond measure to protect open space and wildlife habitat, improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and make repairs to Julius Boehm Pool.

Learn more here.

Julius Boehm Pool and Issaquah Community Center closed today

July 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2014

The Julius Boehm Pool and Issaquah Community Center will be closed for the Independence Day holiday.

The pool, at 50 S.E. Clark St., reopens at noon July 5.

The community center, at 301 Rainier Blvd. S., will remain closed throughout the weekend and reopen at 5 a.m. July 7.

Sign up for summer swim lessons

May 6, 2014

Registration for summer swim lessons through the city of Issaquah opened May 5.

Families can choose from one of five sessions: June 23 to July 3; July 7-18; July 21 to Aug. 1; Aug. 4-15; and Aug. 18-29.

All sessions are two weeks. Morning classes run Monday through Friday. Afternoon and evening classes run Monday through Thursday.

Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/1rU44Pe, by phone at 837-3350 or in person at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St., where the lessons will take place.

Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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