County hosts protected lands inventory changes meeting Oct. 13

September 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2015

The Issaquah community is invited to a meeting to learn about a proposed King County Charter Open Space Amendment update to add 4,000 acres of county-owned property to its “High Conservation Value Property Inventory.”

The meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Service Center Library Facility, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The acreage that would be added in the proposed update is already owned by King County Parks; no new land would be purchased as a result of the proposed action.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Route 200 Freebee bus to change service area, extend to Highlands

June 3, 2015

On June 8, the Route 200 Freebee bus will be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride via Southeast Black Nugget Road and Highlands Drive Northeast to improve rider demand and route performance.

Route200TransitMap 20150511The new routing means riders will have a connection between the Issaquah Transit Center, downtown and north Issaquah, and the Issaquah Highlands, King County Metro said in a news release.


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Issaquah groups receive retired county vans

May 5, 2015

The King County Council recently unanimously adopted a motion transferring retired Metro Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to local governments, community programs, senior citizens and young people.

The Issaquah Senior Center and Life Enrichment Options were two of 26 organizations to receive the vans.

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Editorial — Task force needs a more youthful voice

January 27, 2015

Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.

One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.

A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.

News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more

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King County Councilman Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI

September 30, 2014

Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Sept. 18 in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month.

Dunn, 43, revealed his plea to The Seattle Times during an interview in which he acknowledged an alcohol-abuse problem for which he first sought treatment in 2011.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2014

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children under age 15. Every year, 15,000 get cancer, with one out of every five losing the battle.

On Sept. 2, the King County Council recognized those King County families fighting the disease and the professionals helping them by declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in King County.

The American Cancer Fund for Children Inc. and Kids Cancer Connection Inc. were created 20 years ago with the focus of helping children with cancer and their families.

Locally, those agencies work with Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, providing a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment.

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Regional athletic facility moves toward construction

July 1, 2014

The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.

“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”

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King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members

June 19, 2014

NEW — 1:25 p.m. June 19, 2014

King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members

King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of four open positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission.

The commission advises the county executive and King County Council about matters related to the county’s civil rights programs and other civil rights issues. If selected and confirmed by the council, commissioners serve three-year terms.

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Klahanie annexation takes another step

June 3, 2014

A first, and necessary, step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.

The King County Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.

Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who is on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded it, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.

The vote is a nonbinding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan — and there is little indication it would oppose it — it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.

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