To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015


Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

August 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015

For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.

They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.

“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.

Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.

Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking.  Read more

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Public invited to participate in wildlife photography classes

August 12, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

Northwest Wildlife Photos will present two classes, for ages 14 and older, on wildlife photography at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The first class is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the flex space at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and will cover photography basics during a two-hour session. The second class will involve the actual experience of shooting wildlife photography and is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, also starting at the bathhouse.

The cost is $20 for both classes, with reservations through EventBrite, Space is limited. A Discover Pass is required to park at the state park, and can be purchased online through Washington State Parks.

Parking costs $10 per day, though Aug. 25 is a free day. For more information, go to

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City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Issaquah High School closes student parking lot

April 7, 2015

For the remainder of the school year, Inyoung You, 16, most likely won’t be driving to her classes at Issaquah High School.

She didn’t have an accident or do anything wrong. The problem is her parking space and that of numerous others is simply disappearing.

The morning of April 3, Issaquah High announced on its website that date would be the last morning students could park in the high school’s upper lot. The lot is about to be taken over by the construction of Issaquah Middle School.

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To the Editor — April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

City arborist

Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake

Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!

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Paid reserved parking will come to Issaquah Transit Center next year

August 13, 2013

Sound Transit’s new pilot program will bring reserved parking to the Issaquah Transit Center.

During its July 25 meeting, the Sound Transit Board of Directors decided unanimously to further a pilot program, meant to gather information about and possibly alleviate the continued problem of overcrowded parking facilities. The plan allows for 10 to 20 percent of parking spots at four locations, Issaquah included, to be set aside for those who buy parking permits. Priced at $33 per quarter for single occupancy vehicles and $5 per quarter for carpools with at least two people, the permits will guarantee a spot.

“As of May 2013, 13 of 23 Sound Transit-operated customer parking facilities were at or above 90 percent capacity,” state board documents. “Demand for park and ride spaces will continue to increase as transit service expands and regional population and employment grow.”

The board’s hope is that this program will provide information on how to manage existing and future parking facilities, as well as to promote ride sharing.

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Parking pickle

June 11, 2013

Farmers market parking change frustrates, but does not stop attendees

By Peter Clark Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

By Peter Clark
Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

Parking changes for this year’s farmers market have left many vexed and it is unclear how deeply they will affect the event.

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