September 22, 2015
NEW — 4:12 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
“It’s been a long time coming. It was a year in the works,” said Pat Castillo, project coordinator for the freshly rebranded Influence the Choice – Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth.
Working within the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Influence the Choice carried the name Drug Free Community Coalition. The name change becomes official Oct. 1.
September 10, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2015
All around the Eastside, communities and local volunteers are gearing up for a monthlong food drive, the Eastside’s Month of Concern staged by the Emergency Feeding Program.
In Issaquah and Sammamish, as in many local cities, local mayors will get involved with a special Mayor’s Day of Concern Food Drive set for Sept. 19, according to Tim Larson, Sammamish communications director.
The kickoff event is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, said Keith Madsen, pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah.
August 27, 2015
NEW — 5:38 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015
Although Klahanie proper and several adjacent neighborhoods are about to leap from unincorporated King County into the city of Sammamish, residents there will make the transition without having to change their addresses.
Their homes will stay on the same foundations, the street names will remain the same, and even the ZIP code — 98029 — won’t change.
May 20, 2015
Dennis Broadwell has been traveling to Nepal for more than 20 years, not only leading climbers up some of the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains, but giving back to one of the world’s poorest countries through humanitarian missions.
Now, Broadwell is starting his own fundraising effort in the wake of the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, and the resulting avalanche on Mount Everest, where he was stationed, which killed at least 19 climbers.
His project, The Himalayan Outreach Project, is attempting to raise money for Nepalese citizens whose homes, businesses and schools were destroyed in the 7.8-magnitude quake.
May 12, 2015
Mark Eggen, owner of the local restaurant chain Hop Jacks, was named Washington’s 2015 Entrepreneurial Success award winner at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s awards gala in Seattle on April 30.
April 27, 2015
NEW — 10:25 a.m. April 27, 2015
A Klahanie man leading a team of climbers on an expedition to Mount Everest is safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Nepal.
Dennis Broadwell, owner of Issaquah-based mountaineering companies Mountain Gurus and Northwest Alpine Guides, began a two-month Everest climb in late March.
“Our Expedition Leader Dennis Broadwell just reported that the team is safe,” a message posted to the Mountain Gurus Facebook page April 25 said. “We are sending thoughts and prayers to everyone in Nepal affected by the earthquake.”
The April 25 earthquake has already claimed 3,000 lives, with countless others missing and injured. More than a dozen were killed, and several injured, after the quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 24, 2015
How about reinstating the bypass?
It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!