February 21, 2014
May 30, 1911, was a special occasion for Issaquah resident Mabel Ek.
So special, in fact, that the moment called for a new outfit. Ek arrived at Issaquah’s Baptist Church, near what is now the Darigold plant, wearing a new dress, knitted gloves and shoes specially ordered from Oregon.
City residents, of which there were only 500 at the time, arrived in droves to honor Ek and her classmates Mary and Olive Gibson.
After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.
February 16, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 16, 2014
In honor of the Presidents Day holiday Feb. 17, the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool will both be closed all day.
The community center will reopen at 5 a.m. Feb. 18. The pool will reopen at 8 a.m. Feb. 18.
January 28, 2014
Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.
Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.
“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”
December 31, 2013
Top news stories of the year
Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.
While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.
Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.
November 25, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2013
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the following city operations will be closed:
- Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.; reopens at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2.
- Community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.; reopens at 5 a.m. Dec. 2.
- All city offices; reopen Dec. 2.
- The city Planning Policy Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. is cancelled.
November 12, 2013
Julius Boehm Pool and the city’s parks received a healthy dose of voter support Nov. 5 as the park bond passed.
Needing 60 percent of the vote to pass, initial reports from King County Elections show 77 percent of voters decided to support pool maintenance and a number of other park projects to the tune of $10 million.
“It’s amazing to see this continued support from our community,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Once the results are finalized, all of those projects will go through the regular process, which will involve public input.”
November 11, 2013
NEW — 9:11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2013
Registration for all winter swim lessons will open Nov. 20 in the Julius Boehm Pool.
The Community Center will offer three sessions for those looking to while away the dark, cold days learning how to swim or mastering strokes.
The sessions are as follows:
- Session 1 Jan. 6-31
- Session 2 Feb. 3-28
- Session 3 March 3-28
Call 425-837-3350 for more information.
October 15, 2013
Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her final budget proposal, which includes $98.3 million in budgeted expenditures, to the City Council Oct. 7.
It includes adding a new human services manager and a police officer, increasing funding for “sustainable” efforts and $55,000 for a feasibility study into a campus to consolidate the locations of city services.
“I’m extremely proud to reflect on the last 16 years,” Frisinger told the council as she presented her budget to them. “Today, we’re planning for what’s next: a commitment to environmental protection, a strong economic base and a strong quality of life for our citizens.”
October 15, 2013
A $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements is before city voters in the November election.
The proposed bond follows an intensive citizen process, which brought together a public commission to lead a public hearing and then offer recommendations to the Parks Board, which in turn led to City Council approval in July.
As it comes to voters when the ballots are mailed Oct. 16, the proposition clearly outlines how the money will be used.
July 23, 2013
City officials are seeking community members to serve on pro and con committees to address the park bond measure, which will go to vote in November.
Members of the committees will help educate voters by writing 200-word statements in favor of or in opposition to the measure. The statements will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet that voters receive before the election. There is a limit of three members per committee.