City Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 7, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 7, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions Monday. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything from development to the environment to the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

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Renewing ties with our Nordic neighbors

January 26, 2010

Issaquah visitor Joan Probala returns from  Norway with hopes to revive sister-city bond

Longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala (right) addresses dignitaries during a November trip to Sunndal, Norway, a sister city to Issaquah. Contributed by Joan ProbAla

Longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala traveled to Sunndal, Norway, in November to discuss the dormant sister-city relationship between Issaquah and the Norwegian town.

Dignitaries from both cities established the relationship in 1991, although the connection has waned in recent years. In the meantime, Issaquah and Chefchaouen, Morocco, started a sister-city relationship in 2007.

Issaquah City Council members hope to revive and strengthen the relationship between the city and Sunndal. Probala, a member of the city Sister Cities Commission, met with Sunndal leaders, sampled reindeer and talked about how to strengthen the bond between Issaquah and the small, quaint city on a fjord.

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Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 12, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.

City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.

Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.

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Sister city greetings

December 8, 2009

norway-sister-city-20091100Joan Probala (third from left), of the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, poses Nov. 17 with the Sunndal, Norway, City Council and Sunndal Mayor Ståle Refstie (holding the newspaper), after a meeting to discuss reinvigorating the sister city relationship that Issaquah and the Scandinavian city began in 1991, but had both let lapse in recent years. Contributed

Issaquah traveler hopes to thaw Sunndal sister city relationship

November 10, 2009


Joan Probala

Joan Probala

The dormant relationship between Issaquah and Sunndal, Norway — the first sister city partnership forged by Issaquah leaders — could be rekindled next week when longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala travels to the far-flung corner of Scandinavia.

Issaquah and Sunndal became sister cities in 1991, but the relationship faded and the pact failed to produce more than a handful of visits between the cities’ residents. In the meantime, Issaquah established a second sister city relationship with Chefchaouen, Morocco, in early 2007.

Probala, a member of the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, hopes her trip to Norway can reinvigorate the partnership with Sunndal. She departed Nov. 9 for Norway and the distant sister city. She plans to spend three weeks in Norway, where her daughter lives. The trip to Sunndal will be a high-profile side trip. Read more

Joan Probala relies on past experiences in new challenge

October 6, 2009

Joan Probala

Joan Probala

Long before she launched her bid for City Council, before she even became a city resident, Joan Probala laid the groundwork for her campaign. Probala and her family moved to South Cove in 1979, decades before the neighborhood along Lake Sammamish would be annexed into Issaquah.

When Probala talks about her candidacy — and she talks about her candidacy a lot these days — she mentions her role in extending city limits to include South Cove, where residents voted for annexation in November 2005.

Probala, a real estate agent and former Issaquah Chamber of Commerce president, touts her ability to bring together South Cove community groups. Her credentials as a member of the city Arts, Planning Policy and Sister Cities commissions form a cornerstone of her bid. Read more

Gambling on Charity

September 1, 2009

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

Trivia event Monday to raise money for Moroccan visit during Salmon Days

June 7, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2009

Trivia Night, sponsored by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Proceeds from Trivia Night will be used to help bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco, to share their art and culture with the community during Issaquah Salmon Days on Oct. 3-4.

There is no preregistration for the event. Participants are urged to come early to ensure that they can secure a table. The brewhouse will be open during its normal operating hours.

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City Council confirms, lauds board appointees

May 12, 2009

City Council members confirmed Mayor Ava Frisinger’s appointees to municipal boards and commissions last week. All told, 41 appointees will fill seats on 11 boards and commissions. Read more

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