Dusk is a show at Sunset Valley Farms

December 31, 2013

Sunset Valley Farms resident Art Converse doesn’t need a clock to determine what time of day it is in the tranquil neighborhood located at the foot of Squak Mountain.

He simply listens for the soft pattering wings of the 60-70 geese that fly over the rural valley at both dusk and dawn.

By Greg Farrar Victoria Lee and Art Converse, longtime Sunset Valley Farms residents, stand at the entrance of their neighborhood along Southeast May Valley Road. Behind them is a vacant lot that the community hopes to one day restore and use as a neighborhood gathering spot.

By Greg Farrar
Victoria Lee and Art Converse, longtime Sunset Valley Farms residents, stand at the entrance of their neighborhood along Southeast May Valley Road. Behind them is a vacant lot that the community hopes to one day restore and use as a neighborhood gathering spot.

“Sometimes they’re honking and making all kinds of noise, and sometimes they’re not, and if they’re not, all you hear is whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,” he said.

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Paving work begins today on Southeast May Valley Road

September 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013

King County Road Services will grind and repave a 3.4-mile section of Southeast May Valley Road starting Sept. 4.

The work will close lanes between state Route 900 and 229th Drive Southeast and will last approximately three weeks, starting with grinding and paving. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone when lanes are closed, and local access will be maintained.

Message boards will be posted to warn motorists of delays. Use an alternate route if possible, or expect delays up to 15 minutes when driving through the work zone.

This work is dependent on good weather. Get updates on King County’s Road Services website.

King County plans to repave two local roads

August 20, 2013

Only a handful of roads are on the county’s summer paving program, including Southeast May Valley Road and Issaquah-Hobart Road.

In late September, depending on the weather, 3.41 miles on Southeast May Valley Road, from state Route 900 to 229th Drive Southeast, is planned to be paved.

In 2014, 1.56 miles of Issaquah-Hobart Road, from the Issaquah city limits to Southeast 132nd Way will be paved, with preparation and paving occurring at night.

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Planners steer more than $3 million to local road projects

January 15, 2013

Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — after planners approved a regional transportation program.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau.

The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.

Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.

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Landowners receive fire benefit charge notices

January 15, 2013

Landowners in Fire District 10 — Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area — recently received fire benefit charge notices.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill, and the recipient is not required to act, unless he or she believes some information is erroneous.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

November 27, 2012

The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.

Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.

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Shooting spree ends with suspect’s death

October 30, 2012

Deputies launched a manhunt in East King County on Oct. 27, after a man shot a woman in the May Valley area after shooting another man in Renton.

Police later found the suspect, 48-year-old Renton resident John L. McKay, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators said McKay stormed into his estranged wife’s Renton home at about 2:30 p.m. Investigators said he shot Tina McKay’s boyfriend, and pistol-whipped her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.

John McKay then drove to the home of his former mother-in-law, Linda Ryan, in the 13400 block of 209th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah. (The house is about a block south of Southeast May Valley Road and about five miles southeast of downtown Issaquah.)

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Woman shot near Issaquah; suspect connected to Renton shooting

October 27, 2012

UPDATED — 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27, 2012

Police said a woman was shot just outside Issaquah city limits on Saturday afternoon and transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

The man suspected in the shooting and another shooting in Renton, John L. McKay, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound later Saturday in the Skyway area.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 13400 block of 209th Avenue Southeast near Issaquah, just outside the southwest city limits off of Southeast May Valley Road, after the woman was shot.

Police said the incident could be connected to a shooting later in the day near Renton.

Investigators said the woman’s former son-in-law was the shooter.

Planners steer dollars to Issaquah-area road upgrades

October 26, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 26, 2012

Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — Thursday, after planners approved a regional transportation program.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and, on the Sammamish Plateau, 228th Avenue Southeast.

The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.

Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.

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Group recommends dollars for Issaquah-area road projects

October 2, 2012

Planners recommended more than $2 million Sept. 13 to help fund road projects in the Issaquah area, including upgrades to West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Southeast May Valley Road.

The projects could garner a small slice of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The planning agency is considering transportation improvements throughout the region. Citizens can comment on the proposals through Oct. 25, the day the agency’s executive board votes on a regional transportation plan.

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