September 7, 2015
NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 7, 2015
As of late last week, the Issaquah Valley Senior Center had not agreed to stipulations placed by Mayor Fred Butler on future funding by the city, casting doubt on whether the City Council would approve an appropriation for the center for 2016.
In recent years, Issaquah has supplied the center with $99,000 annually. For 2015, that figure represents about 44 percent of the center’s $221,490 budget, said Warren Kagarise, communication coordinator for Issaquah.
Kagarise said the funding picture might become clearer Sept. 14, when the City Council is set to discuss nonprofit funding during a work session slated for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
In an email, Butler said the center had applied for funding by the city’s deadline of Aug. 20. But he added that as officials processed the paperwork, “the city identified missing content.” Read more
September 7, 2015
NEW — 11:57 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015
Basketball star has breakout gridiron debut for Patriots
Prior to Sept. 4, Liberty High School junior Mike Walter never played a down of high-school football.
Walter has made his name on the hardwood, starring on the Patriots’ varsity basketball team since he was a freshman. But this year, he decided to hit the gridiron, much to the delight of Liberty football coach Steve Valach.
“My job is to get the best athletes and best kids out for football and my team, and this is one of those guys that everybody knows,” Valach said before the season. Read more
August 12, 2015
NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015
The Association of Volleyball Professionals returned to Seattle for the first time in 25 years.
August 4, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015
Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.
In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.
The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.
Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:08 a.m. July 29, 2015
Vote to re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council
My vote will be cast to retain Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council. Paul has served the city of Issaquah well as council president. He is devoted to retaining the small-town charm we Issaquah residents love and many of us moved here for. That’s why Sunset Magazine voted us “Best Burb.”
April 28, 2015
Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.
This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.
April 7, 2015
Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake
Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!
March 31, 2015
The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park named Janet Farness the organization’s first executive director, according to a news release.
Farness’ focus will be to increase communications with area residents about upcoming events and programs in the park. She will also work with Friends group members to host new park events, including a water sports expo in August.
March 3, 2015
Issaquah High School senior Ty Gibson was one of five players named to the Seattle Times’ 2015 all-area teams for boys basketball.
February 10, 2015
As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.
The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.