Issaquah Run prompts road closures

September 27, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 27, 2012

Motorists should prepare for road closures Sept. 30 during the Issaquah Run.

The annual run is set to start at 7:30 a.m. The event includes a 10K run, 5K run/walk and the Kids Dash.

Sunset Way between Second Avenue and Newport Way, and Front Street between Newport Way and Gilman Boulevard, close from 6-11 a.m.

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Masked man robs Lovers at gunpoint

September 25, 2012

Issaquah police responded to a wham-bam robbery at Lovers, a local outpost in a chain of adult novelty stores, after a masked man stole cash from the business at gunpoint.

Officers responded to the store in the 5600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 11:28 a.m. Sept. 20. Police searched the area, but could not locate the thief.

Police said the man approached a store employee moments earlier, brandished a gun and demanded money.

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Off the Press

September 4, 2012

Apples, plastic bags and elections, oh my!

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

It’s been nearly three weeks since we wrote a story about the apples (and plums and nuts, oh my!) on Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Since, I have seen numerous families and groups of friends climbing the trees, standing on ladders and finding other ways to get the fruit from the trees.

Yesterday I saw three groups of folks gathering fruit. The previous Saturday, there were four groups on the other side of the boulevard.

My favorite sight so far has been a man, woman and two children — the adults jumping into the low-hanging branches with tennis rackets while the children scrambled to catch the fruit before it hit the ground.

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Enjoy street eats along Issaquah’s edible landscape

August 21, 2012

A pedestrian walks under ripening fruit on plum trees in front of KeyBank. By Greg Farrar

Don’t go to the store to buy supplies to bake pies or can fruits — go to Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

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Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill to close

August 21, 2012

Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill is closing along Northwest Gilman Boulevard within a few weeks, and a local Italian restaurant plans to move into the space.

Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill opened in late 2010 at 385 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The space formerly housed Tiger Mountain Grill and a Jay Berry’s.

The restaurant along Issaquah Creek features walls covered by sports memorabilia from local teams.

Filos Pizza and Pasta plans to open in the space after Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill closes.

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City considers permit for medical marijuana garden

July 10, 2012

City planners could allow a medical marijuana collective garden in Issaquah, months after another medical marijuana operation opened to patients.

The nonprofit medical marijuana operation Eastside Greenlight Collective Garden applied for a city permit to open in a commercial building at 230 N.E. Juniper St. — a mixed-use area near the Lakeside Industries quarry north of Interstate 90.

The marijuana operation does not intend to grow marijuana in the space. The applicant proposed minimal change to the unit, if any is needed.

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Offer input on Central Issaquah Plan for business district

July 10, 2012

The historic proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 in the decades ahead is a step closer to implementation, but before city leaders act on the plan, citizens can comment on the bid.

The long-term Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences.

Before the proposal reaches the City Council for discussion and possible implementation, citizens can comment July 12 at a public hearing hosted by the Planning Policy Commission.

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Prepare for Fenders on Front Street traffic changes

June 12, 2012

Motorists should prepare for a downtown Issaquah road closure June 17 during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.

Organizers plan to close Front Street North from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way between 6 a.m. and   4 p.m. for the car show, a Mountains to Sound Greenway Days event.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Vehicles start to park at Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, and then park along the Staples parking lot to Front Street North and then along Front Street North toward Sunset Way as the need for space increases.

The car judging starts at about 11 a.m., with trophies presented at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., at 2 p.m.

Following the trophy presentations, at 3 p.m., car show participants gather on Front Street North and cruise to Sunset Way, and then to Newport Way and along Gilman Boulevard to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.

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Trader Joe’s to occupy former Issaquah Commons party store

June 5, 2012

The longtime party store in the Issaquah Commons along Northwest Gilman Boulevard moved the celebration elsewhere last week to make way for Trader Joe’s.

Party @ Display & Costume settled in a space next to Best Buy in the same shopping center as Fred Meyer and The Home Depot along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The relocated party store opened to customers May 31.

The 60-year-old company also operates stores in Everett and Seattle.

Party @ Display & Costume left a space at the Issaquah Commons near Lane Bryant and Ross Dress for Less to make room for a relocated Trader Joe’s.

The specialty grocer’s existing location in Pickering Place does not meet the 10,000-square-foot threshold for retailers to sell liquor, but the former party store space in the Issaquah Commons offers enough space.

Trader Joe’s is expected to relocate within the next several months.

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State Supreme Court upholds liquor privatization initiative

May 31, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. May 31, 2012

The state Supreme Court upheld a liquor privatization initiative Thursday, a day before the measure goes into effect and liquor sales expand statewide.

In a 5-4 ruling, justices upheld Initiative 1183, a Costco-backed measure to end the state-run liquor system. Voters approved the measure in November and, in April, the state auctioned the rights to private entrepreneurs to sell liquor at former state-run stores.

Opponents said I-1183 violated the single subject rule for statewide ballot initiatives.

In addition to the liquor privatization language, I-1183 included a section directing $10 million to public safety, in addition to the liquor-privatization language.

“The challenged portion of I-1183’s ballot title is not palpably misleading or false,” justices wrote.

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