May 12, 2015
Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.
The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.
July 15, 2014
The Seattle Humane Society and Safeway have teamed up for a Summer Pet Food Drive to help fill the shelves of Seattle Humane’s Pet Food Bank, which feeds pets belonging to low-income seniors and people disabled by AIDS.
Look for collection barrels at the Issaquah Highlands Safeway, 1451 Highlands Drive N.E., and the Sammamish Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E., throughout July.
Pick up a few extra cans of pet food or a bag of dry pet food and drop them in. Seattle Humane’s greatest needs are dry cat food and canned dog food.
Seattle Humane is at 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Learn more by calling 641-0080 or go to www.seattlehumane.org.
October 22, 2013
Just two hours before grocery store workers were set to head to the picket lines, union representatives announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains.
“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” the union wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
Union members must still review and vote on the proposal. Until then, the statement said details of the agreement will not be released.
October 18, 2013
NEW – 8:10 p.m. Oct. 18, 2013
After months of negotiating and recent days of closed-door bargaining sessions with employers, grocery worker union representatives announced Oct. 18 they would begin striking in 72 hours, if no deal was reached.
The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, deny workers paid sick days and cut pay, including for those who work on holidays.
October 1, 2013
Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties said they are prepared to go on strike, if employers don’t offer a fair proposal.
The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week and deny workers paid sick days.
September 10, 2013
Now hiring! Local opportunities abound
Looking for a job? Issaquah has become the land of opportunity!
When the Growth Management Act was adopted by the state more than 20 years ago, one goal was to encourage job growth near homes, with the aim of cutting down on traffic and new roads.
This fall, Issaquah’s growth at Grand Ridge Plaza, as well as new businesses spurred by a rebounding economy, have led to numerous new job positions being created.
February 7, 2013
NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013
The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.
The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.
The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting in the summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.
BevMo! — a chain based in Concord, Calif. — intends to expand to Issaquah after opening outposts in Bellevue and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region after the state privatized liquor sales in June 2012.
February 2, 2013
NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 2013
Wells Fargo is the latest announced tenant for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza.
San Francisco-based Wells Fargo plans to open a 2,600-square-foot branch at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Federal Drive by September.
Customers can expect to see “green” features in the business, such as energy efficient light fixtures, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and sustainably grown and harvested wood materials.
The company also announced plans to open 15 to 20 outposts throughout the Puget Sound region in the next five years.
December 26, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012
Throughout 2012, authorities busted King County retailers for selling tobacco to teenagers 92 times.
The illegal sales rate topped 8 percent, a drop from the 12 percent rate last year, but up from the 6 percent average between 2006-10. Statewide, tobacco sales to minors reached a 10-year high at 16 percent.
“Underage access to tobacco fuels addiction and early death for King County’s children,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a statement.
In Washington, selling tobacco to a minor is prohibited by law, with a $100 fine and tobacco education for the retailer and a $50 fine for the clerk making the sale. Repeat offenders within two years receive fines up to $1,500 and may have tobacco sales licenses revoked.
December 25, 2012
Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.