To the Editor — July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015

Recycling center

Residents still need the  center, will miss convenience

Our household is saddened by the news of the closure of the Issaquah Recycling Center. Not all of us here on the outskirts of the city have the luxury of curbside recycling, so a stop at the recycling center had become a near-weekly stop to unload cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers and more.

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

When will the city do something to really fix the problem?

Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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AtWork! to phase out recycling center

June 17, 2015

Due to the arrival of improved curbside recycling and other recycling services, the need for a recycling drop-off center in Issaquah is much smaller than it used to be.

With that and other factors in mind, such as the age of the equipment in the recycling center, AtWork!, the Bellevue based nonprofit, is starting to phase out its Issaquah recycling center at 970 Seventh Ave. N.W.

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King County honors local Green Schools programs

June 10, 2015

Several Issaquah schools were among 55 schools the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing this month for conservation achievements.

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City names Waste Free Wednesday Challenge winners

June 3, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, the city joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free Wednesday Challenge to every school in the district.

The winning schools are Apollo Elementary, Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High schools.

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Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.

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Nominate a business for Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention

May 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 3, 2015

If your business or organization shows exceptional commitment to reducing the amount of waste it sends to the landfill, apply to be one of King County’s Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

The entry deadline is June 12.

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Endeavour Elementary School honored for environmental practices

March 31, 2015

Endeavour Elementary School is the first school to attain the title of Level Four Sustaining Green School from the King County Green Schools Program.

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Businesses may apply for Golden Dumpster Award

March 25, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Golden Dumpster Award 2015, presented by the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Recology CleanScapes.

The award recognizes businesses that have made significant achievements in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and tenant education.

Winners will be awarded in the following business categories: Read more

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Nominate someone for city environmental awards

March 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 2, 2015

The city is accepting nominations for the Ruth Kees Environmental Award and the Community Environmental Award.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. March 11.

Kees’ namesake award honors the legacy of a grassroots activist who for more than four decades advocated for the preservation of landmarks and natural areas, sustainable development, recycling programs and the protection of the Issaquah Valley Aquifer and Tiger Mountain.

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