Inaugural bus ride-along gets kindergartners ready for school

August 14, 2012

Issaquah School District kindergarten students and their parents line up to board a school bus Aug. 8 at Issaquah High School to become familiar with part of their new school experience. By Lillian O’Rorke

Standing in line next to a row of big yellow school buses, a flock of incoming kindergartners squirmed and jibber-jabbered as they awaited their maiden voyage.

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Trash strike causes confusion for Issaquah customers

August 7, 2012

Drivers for the garbage hauler in most Issaquah neighborhoods fielded questions in late July as a strike paralyzed another hauler and led to festering containers on street corners in many King County cities.

The strike did not affect either contract hauler operating in Issaquah, but drivers for CleanScapes received questions from customers along collection routes. Many customers assumed the drivers to be nonunion replacement drivers for Waste Management.

CleanScapes drivers, members of Teamsters Local 174, operate under a contract signed last year. The company operates under a single labor agreement with garbage, recycling and yard waste drivers.

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Residents support bond for parks, pool

July 31, 2012

Conservation to protect wildlife habitat and creekside land is a priority for Issaquah residents, more so than other parks and recreation projects.

The information comes from a survey commissioned by city leaders as the initial step in a process to pass a multimillion-dollar bond measure to fund future parks projects. Data from the survey also addressed a bold proposal to create a special taxing district in the Issaquah School District to fund upgrades to the aging Julius Boehm Pool.

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Strike does not affect Issaquah garbage service

July 31, 2012

Issaquah garbage service remained unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers went on strike July 25.

Waste Management used to provide garbage and recycling service for most Issaquah customers, but the city switched to CleanScapes on July 1.

Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish. Allied Waste also handles garbage service in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.

Services for customers in King and Snohomish counties stopped after Teamsters went on strike over wage and benefits issues.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019 — a $3.8-million-per-year contract.

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Issaquah garbage service is unaffected by Waste Management strike

July 27, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2012

Issaquah garbage service is unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers remained on strike.

Waste Management used to provide garbage and recycling service for most Issaquah customers, but the city switched to CleanScapes on July 1.

Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish. Allied Waste also handles garbage service in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.

Services for customers in King and Snohomish counties stopped Wednesday after Teamsters went on strike against over wage and benefits issues.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and the mayors of Kirkland, Redmond, Renton and Seattle called on Waste Management and Teamsters Local 117 representatives to return to the bargaining table.

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King County carves up rural communities into service areas

July 24, 2012

King County could carve unincorporated neighborhoods — including Four Creeks and Klahanie just outside Issaquah — into community service areas, if a plan proposed July 19 is put into action.

The proposal is the latest in a yearslong effort to change the way county government and unincorporated communities interact. King County Executive Dow Constantine characterized the effort as a reform measure to ease access to government for residents in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Survey: Residents claim Issaquah is headed in right direction

July 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 19, 2012

Most respondents in a recent survey — 74 percent — claim Issaquah is headed in the right direction and 57 percent gave the city a positive rating for spending taxpayer dollars.

The information comes from a telephone survey conducted last month. Though the survey focused mostly on municipal parks and recreation facilities — and a possible park bond measure — other questions addressed City Hall’s performance.

Overall, 68 percent of respondents gave the city a positive job rating and 23 percent gave the city a negative rating. On the question about the direction of Issaquah, 13 percent said the city is headed in the wrong direction and 13 percent said they did not know.

EMC Research conducted the survey for the municipal Parks & Recreation Department from June 14-20.

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Offer input about May Valley fire station at open house

July 17, 2012

Residents can learn about a fire station planned for May Valley at a July 19 open house hosted by Fire District 10.

The district is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

Plans call for EFR crews from Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.

Construction on the May Valley station could start next year.

The open house is at 7 p.m. at EFR headquarters, 175 Newport Way N.W. Participants can offer input and ask district commissioners questions about the project.

In April, district officials completed the process to issue $5.5 million in construction bonds to build the fire station and complete other projects throughout the district.

The district encompasses about 130 square miles and about 28,000 people.

In February, 64 percent of voters in the district approved a bond measure to generate the construction dollars.

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Fish project prompts Interstate 90 lane closures

July 17, 2012

Motorists should expect lane closures on eastbound Interstate 90 near Issaquah as crews remove a narrow culvert — a barrier to fish.

To complete the $2.8 million project, crews must work double shifts in order to wrap up construction before Aug. 31. The deadline is tied to the return of chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead, to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek.

The state Department of Transportation alerted motorists to prepare for closures through 3 p.m. July 20. Crews plan to reopen the lane for afternoon travelers and then close the lane again from July 21-27.

The project location is east of Highlands Drive Northeast and the Sunset Interchange between Issaquah and Preston.

Officials do not expect the closures to cause traffic backups. In the westbound direction, around-the-clock closures started several weeks ago.

Transportation planners envision a wider replacement to better accommodate the 25-foot-wide streambed in the area near the culvert.

The existing culvert impedes salmon and trout headed to historic rearing and spawning grounds.

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Offer input about May Valley fire station at open house

July 14, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2012

Residents can learn about a fire station planned for May Valley at a July 19 open house hosted by Fire District 10.

The district is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

Plans call for EFR crews from Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.

Construction on the May Valley station could start next year.

The open house is 7 p.m. at EFR headquarters, 175 Newport Way N.W. Participants can offer input and ask district commissioners questions about the project.

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