October 3, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012
Tenants for the long-awaited retail complex in the Issaquah Highlands include local restaurants and a beauty supply store, city officials announced Tuesday.
The latest announcement for the $70 million highlands project, called Grand Ridge Plaza, adds RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty to the list alongside a Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station.
Lucy Sloman, city land development manager, and Keith Niven, city economic development director, announced the latest additions to the Urban Village Development Commission. The project developer, Regency Centers, and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities plan to unveil more tenants at a community meeting Oct. 10.
In another major development for the highlands, Microsoft plans to sell long-vacant land once envisioned for a campus, Niven said.
September 18, 2012
When future young patients at Swedish/Issaquah go in for a procedure they’ll have some friendly faces looking back down at them.
September 11, 2012
Parenting does count. Starting Oct. 1 for four Monday nights at the Swedish/Issaquah campus, Encompass will present Parenting Counts, a workshop series about child development.
Lead instructor Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass, is trained to teach the curriculum from the Talaris Institute in Seattle.
“It makes you look at the situation as a parent in a different light,” Beymer said.
September 11, 2012
As a part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s “Business University” program, Technology SMACKDOWN will provide local community members and business owners with quick tips, tools and apps to help with all aspects of business operations.
“Four technology experts will offer up their top technology apps that you must know about,” said Matt Bott, chamber CEO. “These tools are free or low-cost ways to improve your productivity, your marketing and your businesses’ bottom line. Plus, they are just pretty darn cool apps to know about in the marketplace.”
August 28, 2012
Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.
EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.
Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.
Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.
EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.
The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.
August 24, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 24, 2012
Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals early Friday afternoon after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers.
EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center. Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.
Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions.
The state Department of Labor & Industries intends to investigate the accident, per standard procedure.
August 14, 2012
Local teen signs with national agent
Sarah Arthur, 15, of Issaquah, has been signed with the talent agency The Crawford Agency.
She is the daughter of Esi Quaidoo-Arthur and Edmund K. Arthur, of Bellevue, and attends Issaquah High School.
July 31, 2012
When Laurie Carlisle and her Shetland sheepdog Truitt walk into Swedish/Issaquah they possess the magnetism of celebrities. Every eye in the lobby gravitates toward the 4-year-old sheltie. Visitors stop to pet Truitt and passers-by can’t help but smile at the lovable canine.
Truitt attentively sniffs the hands of visitors and flashes his signature goofy smile as his tongue flops out of his mouth. He is a very energetic dog that participates in agility competitions, but at the hospital, the sheltie puts his game face on.
Every Tuesday, Carlisle and Truitt visit patients in the Swedish/Issaquah Oncology Department, bringing smiles and a moment of relief to patients, and staff and family members in the department. Carlisle said Truitt understands the setting and adjusts his behavior accordingly.
“He knows why he’s here,” she said. “He’s just very calming for the patients.”
It is heavy stuff, visiting with patients receiving cancer treatment, but a visit from Truitt can make a world of a difference.
July 31, 2012
Swedish/Issaquah will commemorate the 20th annual World Breastfeeding Week with a celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live music and breast-feeding education on Aug. 1.
The goal of World Breastfeeding Week is to generate public support and awareness for breast-feeding families.
Tamara Wescott, a lactation consultant at the hospital, said the entire community is welcome to come celebrate and earn prizes, get massages and learn about the benefits of breast-feeding.
July 24, 2012
Eastside Fire & Rescue held a rope rescue drill July 16 at Swedish/Issaquah.
About 30 firefighters came together to practice a rescue of a dummy from a staircase on one roof, across to another building and down to the ground on the other side.
The lead instructor, Lt. Mark Vetter, said the exercise is one of the numerous annual drills the department has but the first held at the Swedish hospital campus. Vetter coordinates all the rope trainings and techniques. He recently went to Las Vegas for a five-day training exercise to help his team.
“It’s an opportunity to get everyone to practice our rescue techniques,” he said.
The drill was set up to be more of a rope challenge course for the team to use its training and figure out how to proceed and communicate with each other. It is a simulation of a pick-off, or rescuing a person from a building or mountain.