Editorial

December 31, 2013

2014 goals for a better Issaquah

The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.

February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.

Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.

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Mary Lou Pauly sets sights on social first term

December 10, 2013

New Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly wants to connect with the community.

After Pauly won an uncontested election last month, Mayor Ava Frisinger swore her into office during the Dec. 2 regular council meeting.

Though she knew she would not have an opponent in the election, Pauly took the opportunity to introduce herself to the citizens of Issaquah.

Mary Lou Pauly

Mary Lou Pauly

“I went out doorbelling,” she said, thanking the kindness of strangers for helping her shake off slight nervousness. “After one doorbell and one friendly face, it was wonderful.”

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Squak Mountain land saved from logging

May 14, 2013

Trust for Public Land, King County, steps in with purchase

Only four days after the state approved Erikson Logging’s application to clear-cut sections of a Squak Mountain parcel, King County announced concrete plans to purchase it from developers.

Since the announcement of the company’s intention to harvest old-growth trees in the area in January, concerted efforts have been made by King County and local group Save Squak to find a way to protect the land. On May 8, the county announced it had struck a deal with the Trust for Public Land, which agreed to buy the 220-acre parcel and accept payment from the county over time.

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County committee tours possible logging site on Squak Mountain

April 30, 2013

Expiration of the county’s park levy seems to spell the greatest threat to preventing logging on Squak Mountain.

Early April 27, the King County Conservation Futures Citizens Committee took a trip up to the parcel that could face clear-cutting by landowner Erikson Logging Inc. through an application process begun in January.

By Peter Clark Ken Konigsmark (left), David Kappler (right) and others hike on Squak Mountain April 27 to view the 220-acre Erikson Logging Inc. parcel that could soon face clear-cutting.

By Peter Clark
Ken Konigsmark (left), David Kappler (right) and others hike on Squak Mountain April 27 to view the 220-acre Erikson Logging Inc. parcel that could soon face clear-cutting.

The group has a mandate to fund projects with dollars raised from the Conservation Futures Tax that protects open King County green space or saves it from development. The county’s Parks Department and a local advocacy group, Save Squak, hope to convince the county to purchase the 220 acres. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition.

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Logging company submits new filing for Squak Mountain

April 9, 2013

Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application April 2 to the state Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain, not two weeks after the removal of its first.

The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres.

It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.

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Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain

April 5, 2013

NEW — at 1:59 p.m., April 5 2012

Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain on April 2, not two weeks after the removal of their first.

The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres. It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.

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Clear-cut looms between Squak, Cougar mountains

March 5, 2013

By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times Helen Farrington worries about flooding on May Creek (seen at left), which runs past her backyard.

By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times
Helen Farrington worries about flooding on May Creek (seen at left), which runs past her backyard.

More than two decades after battles over logging in spotted-owl habitat began to die down, plans to clear-cut trees next to a county park near Issaquah have ignited a new controversy.

As with most anything having to do with real estate, it boils down to location, location, location.

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Squak Mountain logging plan concerns neighbors

February 12, 2013

Proposal could lead to clear cut timber operation

High on Squak Mountain, pink plastic strips tied to trees mark 216 acres of forest as a timber harvest area.

Downhill, 15-year resident Helen Farrington is concerned about how a plan to clear cut the forest above could impact a fork of May Creek.

In September, after a long permitting process and almost $100,000 out of pocket, the Farringtons replaced a crumbling culvert with a passage easier for fish to cross.

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Squak Mountain timber plan concerns conservationists, neighbors

February 8, 2013

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Feb. 8, 2013

High on Squak Mountain, pink plastic strips tied to trees mark 216 acres of forest as a timber harvest area.

Since a timber company purchased the forest and started the process to permit logging on the site, conservationists and nearby residents mobilized to fight the proposal to clear cut the land. The logging opponents said cutting trees on the land could lead to more flooding downhill, damage sensitive fish and wildlife habitat, and add a timber harvest site near conservation lands.

The proposal from Eatonville-based Erickson Logging to harvest timber on 216 acres on the mountainside above Renton-Issaquah Road Southeast galvanized residents on Squak Mountain and near May Creek, a destination for runoff from the mountain.

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Joe Forkner enters race for Issaquah mayor

February 5, 2013

Less than a week after rejoining the City Council, longtime community leader and seasoned Councilman Joe Forkner entered the race for mayor Feb. 4.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

The announcement set up a contest between Forkner and a colleague, Council President Fred Butler. The councilmen hope to lead the city once Mayor Ava Frisinger steps down in January 2014 after 16 years in the top job at City Hall.

Forkner, 59, worked for the city in the past and served on the council in recent stints — from 2000 to 2005, and to fill a vacancy from September 2006 to late 2007. The latest appointment, a 10-month stint approved Jan. 29 in a 4-2 decision, caps a busy period after Forkner led the citizen panel responsible for outlining redevelopment in the business district.

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