July 2, 2015
Having been camped out on the edge of Issaquah since March 14, the homeless encampment Tent City 4 is leaving the area July 11, said Sam Roberson, camp director and spokesman.
Roberson said the encampment sent the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine a $500 rent check on what turned out to be county property in the High Point area, just off Interstate 90’s Exit 20. The rent expires next week and Roberson said the encampment would be gone as promised.
June 10, 2015
Tim Flood for City Council
I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.
June 3, 2015
Art Walks. Wine Walks. Holiday events. Concerts at the historic Shell station on Front Street.
And one, new upcoming event on which she was not about to spill the beans ahead of time.
In her role as executive director of the Downtown Issaquah Association, organizing such happenings in the downtown area are some of the more visible parts of Karen Donovan’s job and her contributions to Issaquah.
March 17, 2015
After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.
In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.
September 16, 2014
The Community Church of Issaquah, the longest-established church in Issaquah, is moving to Gilman Boulevard.
The first worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, and a grand opening celebration (including a meal to follow) is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 19. The community is invited.
July 1, 2014
Finding shelter in the winter might get easier in the future for the Eastside’s homeless.
The Issaquah City Council heard a presentation during its June 24 Committee of the Whole meeting about the exploration of opening a permanent winter shelter on the Eastside. Council President Paul Winterstein serves on the Eastside Human Services Forum and said that group initiated the topic in response to growing need.
“That forum hosted a mayors’ breakfast where this idea of potentially creating a regional solution for a permanent winter shelter was brought up,” he said. “It is an idea that is in the incubation stage.”
June 10, 2014
Faith United Methodist Church’s volatile decision to host Tent City 4 changed a lot of minds, church leaders said as the traveling homeless shelter moved to its next site May 31.
After leaving Sammamish’s Mary, Queen of Peace in January, Tent City 4 set up for an emergency 30-day stay in Lake Sammamish State Park with the approval of the state. With options running low, the regional shelter petitioned for Faith United, located near the Klahanie neighborhood, to host the encampment.
“We kind of had to scramble to get things together, which we did,” Pastor John Brewer said. “After we got out in front of it, the experience itself of hosting Tent City 4 has gone very, very well. It went really without incident.”
May 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2014
Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.
Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”
Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.
April 15, 2014
Taking in the homeless is an act of kindness
I am writing about Tent City 4 at my church, Faith Methodist Church.
We are doing a good thing, and for all the people that are complaining, they are complaining about an act of kindness.
The homeless people need help, and I’m proud our church is taking in Tent City 4.
Lily Pearse, age 9
March 25, 2014
Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students.
They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers.
Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor.