December 29, 2009
Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.
Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.
From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.
October 6, 2009
Salmon Days Festival attendees packed like sardines on the bridge across Issaquah Creek last weekend. Leaning over the bridge railing, thousands of festivalgoers watched the main attraction, hundreds of salmon, attempt to jump over the hatchery dam.
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said crossing the bridge — a seconds-long trip on most days — took 15 minutes on the second day of the festival.
Sunshine and mild temperatures drew huge crowds to the Salmon Days Festival. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said more than 180,000 people trekked downtown Oct. 3-4 for the annual festival. Robin Kelley, festivals director at the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Salmon Days organizer, said attendance “comes down to the weather one way or the other.” Read more
August 25, 2009
After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, the City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Aug. 17 to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway. Read more
August 19, 2009
NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 19, 2009
After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Monday to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway.
Residents raised concerns in July about wetlands on U.S. Postal Service property near the undercrossing site, prompting officials to review the development agreement. City and postal service officials negotiated a development agreement to allow the city use of a right of way on the land.
Councilman David Kappler supported the agreement, but said before the vote that he had concerns with “the sausage making of this process.”
June 30, 2009
The Fourth of July is right around the corner and so are the festivities.
From the Heritage Day Parade to Providence Point’s annual barbecue, you can stay busy in Issaquah all day long.
But remember, when it comes to private events, you need a city permit to use or possess fireworks, since they are banned within city limits. Issaquah’s fireworks ban includes things like sparklers, cones, fountains and roman candles. Anyone caught in possession of or caught using fireworks will be cited. The city passed the ban in 1993.
April 28, 2009
Community leaders and city officials will bestow the annual Issaquah Community Awards next month. Read more
December 8, 2008
For lovers of the Christmas traditions, there could hardly be more cherished moments than a child’s visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.
Both took place Dec. 6 at the corner of Rainier Boulevard Northwest and Front Street North, where the annual tree-lighting party and Santa appearance drew a crowd of about 100. Read more