Success tastes a lot like bacon — A national craze to make everything better with bacon originates in a Klahanie kitchen

April 17, 2015

A long time ago (actually 2007) in a galaxy far, far away, (well, a kitchen in Klahanie), two rebels, Dave Lefkow and Justin Esch, struck a victorious blow for pork against the evil empire of beef — they invented J&D’s Bacon Salt.

Contributed Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

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Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

Riding a wave of a 40 percent increase in bacon consumption between 2002 and 2007, the two friends wanted to translate their love of the pork product into something that would make everything taste better.

“Our goal was making something that tasted like bacon frying on a Sunday morning,” Lefkow said.

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Klahanie couple climbs to Africa’s highest point

March 17, 2015

The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.

Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.

Contributed Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Off The Press — Local residents are doing great things, here and away

March 17, 2015

I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.

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To the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Traffic

How about reinstating the bypass?

It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!

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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

Sammamish gets closer to vote on Klahanie annexation plan

October 14, 2014

If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.

Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.

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Klahanie annexation open house is Oct. 15

October 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2014

In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting an open house for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.

The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

The city has also begun sending residents the city’s newsletter to help inform them about city issues.

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Sammamish hosts two Klahanie annexation open houses

September 2, 2014

In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting two open houses for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.

“Councilmembers, department heads and other city staff will be happy to answer your questions, respond to your concerns and present pertinent information,” the city said in a news release

The first open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Faith Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.

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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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Issaquah agrees to release Klahanie PAA by year’s end

April 29, 2014

Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.

Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.

In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.

“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.

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