July 29, 2014

Please don’t feed the bears, ever


“A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Those were true words from an expert who spoke to The Issaquah Press several years ago about the bears people were reporting in their yards and trashcans in the Issaquah area.

They are still true now. We have built our homes and businesses in their yards, and we are going to come into contact with wildlife.

We are the stewards of this land, and we have a responsibility to keep those animals (along with our neighbors) safe. That means letting animals be when we encounter them. Don’t hassle them. Don’t try to pet them. Don’t feed them.

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Issaquah re-examines Klahanie annexation

January 22, 2013

Last annexation attempt failed in 2005

The question of how a large-scale annexation on the Sammamish Plateau could affect residents in Issaquah, Klahanie and other unincorporated King County neighborhoods is under the microscope again, almost a decade after a citizen panel tackled the issue.

Issaquah leaders commissioned a $100,000 study and created a citizen task force to examine the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area — 10,800 people in about 3,900 households in the namesake neighborhood and adjacent communities.

The potential annexation area under consideration is in unincorporated King County, and bordered by Issaquah to the south, Sammamish to the north and west, and more unincorporated areas to the east.

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Spring means more bear encounters in Issaquah

April 17, 2012

 A male black bear surprised residents of the Overdale Park neighborhood — and ate some garbage for a quick snack — the afternoon of April 15. Contributed

The calm afternoon in the Overdale Park neighborhood April 15, a sun-splashed Sunday, changed in a heartbeat after a surprise guest greeted resident Wendy Brown.

The arrival of a black bear in the neighborhood marked the start of spring — and the annual balancing act to ensure safety for bears and humans.

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Overdale Park residents face steep fee to resolve water problems

April 17, 2012

Overdale Park homeowners could pay about $15,000 per household to change water utility providers — a transition meant to eliminate years-old concerns about arsenic contamination and fire protection.

The hillside neighborhood near the former Albertsons store in North Issaquah is involved in a process to integrate into the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. The next step is to create a special district for Overdale homeowners to fund $1.1 million in improvements to the aging water infrastructure in the neighborhood.

The decisions to shift Overdale into the district and upgrade infrastructure came after officials discovered arsenic contamination in a well near East Lake Sammamish Parkway. The other Overdale well could no longer meet residents’ demand after decades of use. The neighborhood includes about 140 residences.

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King County road crews report ‘very treacherous’ conditions

January 19, 2012

NEW — 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

King County Road Services Division crews reported “very treacherous” road conditions Thursday morning due to additional snow and freezing rain on local roadways.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation extended the closure of state Route 18 from Interstate 90 to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast from the interstate to state Route 164 in Auburn — a 22-mile stretch.

City crews reopened Newport Way Northwest from Northwest Oakcrest Drive to state Route 900 by 8:30 a.m. after a downed tree prompted a closure.

Though city, county and state crews continue efforts to keep major arteries clear for motorists, drivers should expect icy conditions on less-traveled roads. County crews reported problems related to downed trees and limbs from heavy ice accumulations.

More rain or freezing rain is in the forecast for the next several hours, s0 motorists should use extreme caution on local roads. If possible, officials urged people to postpone trips until later in the day after temperatures inch upward.

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Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District rates to increase

May 24, 2011

Rates for water and sewer service rise for some Issaquah residents June 1, as the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District confronts a cool economy and increased costs.

The increase amounts to about 13 percent overall — or a $6.74 monthly hike for the average ratepayer.

The district encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County. The district is in the process of annexing Issaquah’s Overdale Park neighborhood.

The district’s commissioners approved the rate increase in a 4-1 decision May 23, increasing water rates by 12.7 percent and sewer rates by 13.5 percent — the largest increase the district has made in at least five years.

District General Manager Jay Krauss and Finance Manager Angel Barton cited the down economy, sluggish construction market and increases in the costs of doing business for the 51-employee agency. High gas and electricity prices, as well as employee wages and benefits, also contribute to the rate hike.

Overall, the district serves more than 16,000 customers in Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County. Beyond the district, Issaquah provides water and sewer service to most city residents, although Bellevue handles the Greenwood Point area along Lake Sammamish.

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Surprising spring snowfall dusts Issaquah in white

April 7, 2011

Snowfall blanketed the Overdale Park neighborhood in Issaquah late Wednesday night. By Larry Lohrman

NEW — 8 a.m. April 7, 2011

Sure, spring started last month, but Old Man Winter is back.

Snowfall blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the Issaquah Highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Residents reported about 1 inch of snow accumulation in some places.

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Soup’s on: Issaquah home cooks offer recipes

February 15, 2011

Bernadette Anne sets out her ingredients for hamburger soup in the kitchen of her Overdale Park home. By Greg Farrar

Dish up hearty soups from home cooks to chase off the chill

Cold days call for something hot enough to steam up the windows. The solution is a crowd pleaser: Set a pot of soup to simmer to combat the gloom.

Soup is just right for wintertime. The simmering pot radiates heat. Each ladleful is the perfect pick-me-up on a frigid day. Most recipes require little tending after the initial prep.

Soup is the original set-it-and-forget-it dish. Sorry, Ron Popeil.

Though the mild Pacific Northwest climate means soup is a solid menu choice year round, late winter and early spring make for the best time to simmer a pot.

Local home cooks recommend bubbling soups to counteract the chill. Set the fuss-free recipes to simmer after the mercury drops.

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King County aims to transfer land to city

February 1, 2011

King County intends to unload a small parcel to Issaquah soon through a routine land transfer.

County Council members intend to shift the land to Issaquah more than a decade after the city annexed the surrounding area.

The wedge-shaped parcel consists of 1.07 acres along the 23600 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road between Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast. The property includes a storm water pond.

The council has scheduled a Feb. 7 public hearing on the deal as part of the procedure for land transfers.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger described the hearing as routine, and said she expects the transfer to be completed.

The storm water pond on the land provides important drainage for sections of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Southeast Black Nugget Road inside Issaquah city limits. Issaquah has agreed to take on the parcel and to maintain the storm water pond.

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Water district offers solution for Overdale Park

December 14, 2010

Questions about a future water supply for the Overdale Park neighborhood could be answered soon.

Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District leaders took the initial step Dec. 6 to annex the North Issaquah neighborhood into the regional water system.

Concerns about contaminated drinking water and inadequate fire protection prompted Overdale residents to petition the district for annexation.

The annexation proposal heads to the King County Boundary Review Board and the King County Council. The boards must approve the annexation.

The district serves about 16,300 water customers and 10,100 sewer customers in parts of Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County. The district surrounds Overdale on all sides. Read more

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