Residents want answers on major Newport Way housing project

August 9, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 2015

Not surprisingly, traffic was the main concern as the city Development Commission held a hearing Aug. 5 about Gateway, a proposed housing project wedged between Newport Way Northwest and eastbound Interstate 90.

The project site is in the area of the existing Arena Sports building and the Sammamish Pointe condominiums.

Gateway calls for 400 new residential units in 18 separate buildings ranging from two to five stories, with one central common building. Some 30 acres would be affected, although only 21.7 acres of that is suitable for building said Amy Tarce, a senior planner for the city. Read more

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City plans to build new Confluence Park for salmon as well as humans

July 9, 2015

While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.

The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.

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Hike explores the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain

July 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 8, 2015

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.

But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at Cost is $25 per person.

Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.

The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.

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Washington recreation groups unite to protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

June 3, 2015

A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

The signatures were collected between April 15 and May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor area connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

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Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

April 14, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.

Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at

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Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 14, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

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Leadership Eastside hosts forum about the environment Thursday

March 11, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. March 11, 2015

Leadership Eastside hosts a free State of the Eastside Morning Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. March 12 at the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah Highlands, 930 N.E. High Street.

State of the Eastside Forums represent an opportunity to bring together community leaders, stakeholders and other interests to discuss a specific issue of community importance.

The event is free to public, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.

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Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

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Mountains to Sound Greenway seeks donations before end of the year

December 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2014

Time is running out to make a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway before the end of the year deadline to qualify for a tax break.

The group’s website has several options to contribute to help with the conservation of its 1.5 million acres under its care.

The group needs people to build and maintain trails, and ensure access, safety and sanitation. It also needs volunteers to clear invasive weeds, help salmon recover and improve habitat for native wildlife.

Donate here to help protect the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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New cycle track connects trail system

September 16, 2014

A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.

King County recently installed a 0.7-mile cycle track along High Point Way, just east of the High Point to Preston regional trail that runs parallel to Interstate 90.

“Filling this gap between Issaquah and Preston allows a cyclist to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle to an overlook at Snoqualmie Falls, a scenic 50-mile journey,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in a news release.

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