Mayor Ava Frisinger designates historic oaks as Heritage Trees

February 27, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2012

Mayor Ava Frisinger designated a trio of historic oaks as Heritage Trees — a distinction meant to reflect the plants’ age, size, historic significance and ecological importance.

Early residents planted the Bur oak trees — believed to be the largest and oldest in Issaquah — more than 75 years ago near modern-day 495 Sycamore Lane.

City Park Board members developed the Heritage Tree Program to promote identification and recognition of trees that reflect the character of Issaquah. Each Heritage Tree is identified and recorded in a register maintained by the city Parks & Recreation Department.

“I urge all citizens to enjoy and protect our Heritage Trees and to appreciate the value that these and other trees give our community,” Frisinger said.

The mayor did not designate any Heritage Trees last year.

The most recent round — announced in 2010 — included the giant sequoia at Tibbetts Valley Park, the Empress Tree at Cornick Park and the Oregon white oak at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Issaquah’s bill for response to January storms tops $500,000

February 21, 2012

The city’s initial tally for response and cleanup from the January snowstorm and subsequent ice storm reached $530,000 — although the number could shrink if federal officials release dollars for disaster efforts.

Officials used the dollars to put snowplows on Issaquah streets in 24-hour stretches, clear fallen trees and haul off debris.

The city could receive federal dollars as a reimbursement if President Barack Obama declares the January storms as a federal disaster. Such a decision means local governments could apply for reimbursements for emergency response and cleanup activities.

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City hosts another debris drop-off event at Tibbetts Valley Park

February 8, 2012

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2012

Issaquah residents and business owners can drop off tree branches and other woody debris from recent storms at Tibbetts Valley Park on Saturday and Sunday, officials announced Wednesday.

The drop-off site is scheduled to open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 965 12th Ave. N.W. Only storm-related woody debris is accepted. Though representatives plan to monitor drop-offs, customers must unload material themselves.

The city held the initial debris drop-off event Jan. 28-29, and collected about 500 cubic yards of debris from 610 people. The most recent event, held Feb. 4-5, attracted more than 500 people to the park.

Cleanup continues in Issaquah after a crippling snowstorm and subsequent ice storm in mid-January.

Issaquah plans another debris drop-off event at Tibbetts Valley Park

February 1, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 1, 2012

Issaquah residents and business owners can drop off tree branches and other woody debris from recent storms at Tibbetts Valley Park on Saturday and Sunday, officials announced Wednesday.

The drop-off site is scheduled to open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 965 12th Ave. N.W. Only storm-related woody debris is accepted. Though representatives plan to monitor drop-offs, customers must unload material themselves.

The city held a similar event Jan. 28-29, and collected about 500 cubic yards of debris from 610 people.

King County is also offering a debris drop-off event for residents.

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Cleanup from storms could last for weeks in Issaquah

January 31, 2012

Terry Hillier, a Capella Drive Northwest resident, unloads branches from his station wagon Jan. 28 at Tibbetts Valley Park. By Greg Farrar

In the days after snow and ice hobbled Issaquah and the region, crews deployed across the city to collect sand from streets and downed trees from neighborhoods.

The recovery effort lurched into gear before snow and ice melted, but city residents and officials continue a daunting task to clean up from the recent storms and prepare for possible conditions in the months ahead.

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King County offers wood-debris recycling to storm-ravaged residents

January 29, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 29, 2012

Debris continues to linger outside King County homes, long after the snow and ice melted.

The recent snowstorm and ice storm left tree branches and limbs, plus other debris, on roads and lawns in Issaquah and elsewhere. King County Executive Dow Constantine cleared the way for disposal events in the days after the storms.

“We have made it easy for residents to dispose of debris so they can quickly put the storms of last week behind them and move on with life,” he said in a statement released Jan. 26.

Residents can recycle wood debris for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4-5 at the Shoreline, Enumclaw and Cedar Falls solid waste facilities, and at Russell Road Park.

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Issaquah residents can drop off storm debris at Tibbetts Valley Park

January 26, 2012

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Issaquah residents and business owners can drop off tree branches and other woody debris from recent storms at Tibbetts Valley Park on Saturday and Sunday, officials announced Thursday.

The drop-off site is scheduled to open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 965 12th Ave. N.W. Only storm-related woody debris is accepted. Though representatives plan to monitor drop-offs, customers must unload material themselves.

Waste Management customers — plus Allied Waste customers subscribed to yard waste service — can also set out compost and yard debris for curbside pickup.

Use the typical 96-gallon cart, another 96-gallon cart, or another three 32-gallon containers, compostable bags or bundles.

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Issaquah boys tennis team wins home opener

September 13, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Sept. 8 and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches at Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory.

Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gonn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

Issaquah High School tennis team nets home opener

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Thursday and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches and Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory. Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gorn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Skyline fell to Roosevelt 4-3. Roosevelt won all the singles. Brayden Hansen and Alex Wu, of Skyline, took the No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Mitchell Overton and Daniel Yang.

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Issaquah program gives young girls something to cheer about

September 6, 2011

Metallic purple-and-gold poms reflected the sun shining through the trees as more than 50 purple duffle bags haphazardly lined the grass near a baseball diamond in Tibbetts Valley Park.

Members of the Issaquah cheer squad perform a stunt for the audience during an Aug. 27 jamboree for a youth football game. Contributed

To Mickayla Cummins, one of about 65 girls enrolled in the Issaquah Youth Cheer program’s inaugural season, those colors are far from insignificant.

Cummins, 12, has been cheering since she was a young girl, but she’s never been able to cheer for Issaquah in Issaquah.

Until now.

The Issaquah Youth Cheer program — made up of five squads with six coaches — will cheer for each of the 11 youth football teams a minimum of two times this season, cheer director Kathy Corbin said.

“It’s been overlooked as a sport,” coach Julé Gunn said. “But it is considered one. They exercise. They dance. It’s a lot of teamwork and sportsmanship.”

Most surrounding youth football programs, such as Skyline and Newport, have cheer programs in place, and Issaquah had an obvious void to fill, she said.

Organizers of the program were hoping to have 25 to 30 girls initially sign up. They were ecstatic when 65 registered for the program’s first season, Gunn said.

“We have kids in the program who were our driving force,” Corbin said. “There was so much interest in starting it for about five years.”

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