Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Energy efficiency ideas welcome at Sustainable Issaquah meeting

September 24, 2009

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Sept. 24, 2009

Bring energy-saving ideas to Sustainable Issaquah’s Home Energy Efficiency Group meeting tonight. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Organizers want participants to learn about ways to achieve home energy efficiency goals.

Community members formed Sustainable Issaquah as a way to brainstorm and execute eco-friendly projects. The group has also attracted attention for the community garden members established on the AtWork! campus. So far, gardeners have donated more than 300 pounds of organic produce from the garden to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

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Community garden nears completion

May 26, 2009

50 volunteers turn out to help

Volunteers on May 8 begin work on the community garden situated at AtWork!’s front yard. Photos By Greg Farrar

Volunteers on May 8 begin work on the community garden situated at AtWork!’s front yard.P Hotos By Greg Farrar

Sustainable Issaquah had the idea. AtWork! had the land. At an April 22 work party, all interested constituents came together to map out plans to develop a new community garden.

Sustainable Issaquah, a new community group that champions ecofriendly projects, had decided a community garden would be one of its projects.

AtWork!, a center that provides people with disabilities training to be productive, integrated and contributing members of the community, had the space, on land it leases from the city. AtWork! CEO Chris Brandt thought it would be a good use of the 3,000 square feet of landscape.

“We thought it would be better to use it than just mow it,” Brandt said.

Highlands resident Tariq Panni, who helped build a garden for his community, was asked to help.

“It all came together very quickly with less cost and twice the enthusiasm as the garden I did before,” Panni said. Read more

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