Off The Press — Your contest photos are an inspiration

September 3, 2015

Hi readers! Here is a heads-up to look forward to the work of some great photographers — your very own friends and neighbors — next week in your hometown weekly newspaper. You are going to be blown away!

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

I’ve already had an advance peek on account of it was my job to sort and collate the entries, but let me just say how envious I am of the skill and the special moments captured by all of you who have once again entered our annual Issaquah and Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest.

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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

September 3, 2015


Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions

Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?

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Residential fire closes part of East Lake Sammamish Parkway

June 11, 2015

NEW — 2:42 p.m. June 11, 2015

Due to a residential fire along the roadway, emergency workers have closed East Lake Sammamish Parkway in the 2900 block.

The closure went into effect at about 2 p.m., according to Tim Larson, Sammamish communications manager. The roadway will remain closed until Eastside Fire & Rescue crews get the fire under control and can begin clearing the roadway.

The fire is on the west side of the parkway, a bit more than a mile north of Inglewood Hill Road between Northeast 30th Court and Northeast 28th Place.

“It’s still very active,” EFR Chief Lee Soptich said of the fire at about 2:30 p.m.

Parkway traffic is being detoured to Inglewood Hill Road. In a press release, Larson said that street is likely to become congested fairly quickly. He suggested drivers try alternative routes such as 212th Way Southeast, Louis Thompson Road, Southeast 24th Way and Southeast 43rd Way.

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Projects will add new housing to Issaquah and Sammamish

April 21, 2015

Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes of Washington announced that they have begun home model construction on four projects in King County that will add 106 new homes to the area.

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New fire station dedication and open house is Jan. 24

January 20, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue will hold a dedication of Station 78, 20720 S.E. May Valley Road, at 10 a.m. Jan. 24, followed by an open house lasting until 1 p.m.

The free event is open to the public.

Fire commissioners from District 10, directors from EFR, fire administrators and firefighters will be on hand to greet those attending.

Station 78 was funded by a bond measure approved in 2012 by Fire District 10 voters. The new facility replaces a station that was located at S.E. 113th Street and state Route 900. Read more

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Issaquah, Sammamish make NerdWallet’s top 10 list for job seekers

November 12, 2013

The website NerdWallet has placed Issaquah and Sammamish in its top 10 best places for job seekers in Washington state. Issaquah came in second, while Sammamish was No. 5. is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. The site writes recommendations on credit cards, personal finance options, discounts and gas prices.

For its list of best places of job seekers, it looked at the following criteria:

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Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4

October 3, 2013

NEW — 10:19 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a meeting to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting Tent City 4.

The church’s pastoral council met Oct. 2 as part of the church community’s “process of discernment,” said Rich Shively, pastoral administrator. The council did not offer any formal recommendation that evening, Shively said, but discussions were generally positive.

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Sammamish to survey Klahanie residents

July 16, 2013

Within the next few months, residents of Klahanie will get calls from pollsters wondering how much they like Sammamish.

The triangular wedge of unincorporated King County borders Sammamish on two sides and Issaquah on the third. State law assumes that at some point one city or the other will absorb the area, which is home to more than 10,000 people.

Under current standards, only Issaquah has the option to do so. The city may put it to a vote as soon as April 2014.

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Macaroni Kid celebrates fourth anniversary

April 9, 2013

Started in April 2009, Macaroni Kid provides families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah and Sammamish areas a comprehensive listing of family-friendly events and activities to entertain, stimulate and exhaust their kids, according to a press release from Macaroni Kid.

Four years ago, Diana Reul-Shapiro, of Snoqualmie, was looking for activities to keep her kids busy when she had the idea to assist local parents doing the same thing. Today, another mom, Dana Verhoff, of Fall City, helps her.

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Issaquah Sammamish Health and Safety Fair 2013

February 3, 2013

Register for next year’s Health and Safety fair

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