June 26, 2015
UPDATED — 6:11 p.m. June 26, 2015
For residents of Northwest Oakcrest Drive, the inevitable happened.
A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive at about 11:30 a.m. today as the boy and his mother crossed westbound Newport Way. The boy was walking a few steps ahead of his mother, who was pushing his bike behind him. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The boy is currently in critical condition in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.
The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old Klahanie woman, stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol involved.
About 45 minutes after the accident, a woman later identified as the boy’s grandmother came upon the scene, shocked by what she saw. Immediately recognizing the boy’s bike, still in the crosswalk, and his shoes nearby, she began to wail in grief, not knowing the fate of her grandson.
June 26, 2015
NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 26, 2015
A 5-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive about an hour ago.
The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the child stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police, the city said on Twitter.
Newport Way Northwest is closed in both directions from state Route 900 to Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The city asks that people use alternate routes, if possible.
No further information about this morning’s accident was available.
Three years ago, two dogs were hit and killed in the same crosswalk.
June 10, 2015
The city of Issaquah is adding flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah.
June 3, 2015
As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.
The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.
January 27, 2015
Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.
For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees. While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.
The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.
All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more
December 9, 2014
Package would include 500 percent increase in impact fees
Looking to accommodate expected residential and retail growth without creating gridlock on city streets, Issaquah’s administration has come up with a $300 million transportation plan that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.
But to help pay for all the needed road improvements, administration officials have proposed a 500 percent hike in the traffic impact fees developers pay.
For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were adopted, that figure jumps to $8,600.
The impact fees would not cover the entire cost of the plan, which includes $250 million for roadwork and an additional $50 million for bike paths and pedestrian accommodations, city consultant Randy Young said in an interview.
Young said the city would need to fund the remainder at a cost of approximately $165 million for roadwork and roughly $26 million for bike and pedestrian pathways.
February 6, 2013
NEW — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013
Change is coming to the Sammamish Club fitness and tennis facility at the base of Cougar Mountain.
Seattle-based Arena Sports intends to purchase the property. Plans call for the company upgrade the pool and fitness areas, and convert the tennis courts into a soccer field and indoor inflatable playground.
Arena Sports also operates facilities at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, South Seattle and Redmond.
The closing date for the Sammamish Club property is set for March 1.
The property consists of adjoining structures — a 24,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility built in 1978 and a 24,148-square-foot fitness facility built in 1999 — on 4.46 acres visible from Interstate 90 and Newport Way Northwest.
January 8, 2013
Councilman Joshua Schaer moved to Talus late last month and, in the process, became the first City Council member from the Cougar Mountain urban village.
The change offers Schaer a perspective on city issues from the quiet urban village perched above state Route 900.
Construction escalated in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Talus and the Issaquah Highlands, both hillside urban villages, but the neighborhoods existed for more than a decade before a resident achieved citywide elected office.
In 2010, Mark Mullet became the first resident from the highlands to join the council. (Mullet, a state senator elected in November, recently resigned from the post to serve in Olympia.)
January 1, 2013
2013 goals are imperative for Issaquah
Our news staff and editorial board put their heads together each year to create a list of 2013 goals for the Issaquah area. Some are repeats from former years, but are still waiting to be accomplished.
December 10, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012
King County voters could decide next year on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.
Late last month, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.
The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Constantine convened the task force to explore options future funding.