Vasa Park beach reopens; officials say water quality is safe for swimming and boating

August 27, 2015

NEW — 3:33 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Vasa Park beach on Lake Sammamish is again open for swimming and boating after being closed Monday in response to a sewage overflow from King County’s Sunset Pump Station. Laboratory tests conducted over several days confirmed water quality is safe for recreation.

On Aug. 27, Public Health – Seattle & King County approved the reopening of Vasa Park beach, which was temporarily closed following a brief sewage overflow from the Sunset Pump Station on Monday afternoon.

King County’s Sunset Pump Station is at 3730 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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Power failure leads to overflow at county’s Sunset Pump Station

August 24, 2015

NEW — 5:20 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

Crews with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded quickly to an overflow that occurred shortly after noon on Monday at the Sunset Pump Station, located at 3730 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue.

An apparent fuse failure caused a power outage that shut down pumping equipment, causing sewage to overflow from the pump station into nearby Vasa Park, according to a news release.

Crews restored power in about an hour and the pump station is now operating normally.

To protect public health, King County posted affected areas at Vasa Park as closed, took water quality samples and notified health and regulatory agencies. Read more

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Bartell Drugs hosts School Tools for Kids in Need donation drive

August 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2015

Bartell Drugs seeks donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 12th annual School Tools for Kids in Need through Aug. 29 at all 64 Bartell Drugs locations.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help restock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drug locations. The Issaquah location is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Make monetary donations to the drive at Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015


Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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Tent City 4 lands in Snoqualmie with plans to stay until November

July 23, 2015

Moving from Issaquah as promised July 11, the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 has landed in Snoqualmie near Echo Lake and Interstate 90.

“Everything is going well so far,” camp director/spokesman Sam Roberson said.

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To the Editor — July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015

Recycling center

Residents still need the  center, will miss convenience

Our household is saddened by the news of the closure of the Issaquah Recycling Center. Not all of us here on the outskirts of the city have the luxury of curbside recycling, so a stop at the recycling center had become a near-weekly stop to unload cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers and more.

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Recycle, reuse clothing through new Threadcycle

May 27, 2015

King County and Seattle Public Utilities have launched Threadcycle, a joint effort to reduce the estimated 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes and linens that area residents and businesses send to landfills each year.

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Federal legislators urge emergency federal funding for I-90 overpass

April 22, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 22, 2015

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant Emergency Relief program funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs for the Interstate 90 overpass, according to a news release from Murray’s office.

On March 13, a Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the overpass above Front Street.

“The Front Street I-90 overpass is critical to in King County and to the State of Washington,” the members of Congress wrote. “As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods across Washington and to our ports, creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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Off The Press — Surprises can still be found on government beat

March 10, 2015

A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.

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Check out the salmon at several locations

September 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014

Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.

Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:

Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.  

Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.

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