January 22, 2013
A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.
Board member Chad Magendanz left the position when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.
The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont.
All voting-aged residents of that area are invited to apply for the position by 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.
January 17, 2013
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 17, 2013
Fred Butler, a City Council stalwart for 13 years and a voice in important debates about the future of Issaquah, entered the race for mayor Thursday.
The contest could hinge on the vision for the decades ahead, as city leaders seek to position Issaquah for redevelopment and attract more jobs to the community.
Butler, 72, served on the council at major junctures in recent history, as members debated the defunct Southeast Bypass road link, how to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain, and late last year, a 30-year redevelopment blueprint called the Central Issaquah Plan.
January 17, 2013
NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 17, 2013
The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Thursday.
The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide. The rules combine local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements.
The county Shoreline Master Program includes stretches of Issaquah Creek — from the headwaters on Tiger Mountain to the Issaquah city limits — and the mouth of the creek in Lake Sammamish State Park.
January 15, 2013
Issaquah could contribute more to Eastside Fire & Rescue if the regional agency changes to a funding model based on the amount of calls each member produces.
Meanwhile, Sammamish could trim fire service costs by $156,000 and $314,000 per year if EFR partners — Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38 — agree on changing the funding model.
For Issaquah and North Bend, the change could substantially increase the amount the partners pay to EFR in the name of maintaining the agency’s current incarnation beyond 2014.
A committee of elected officials and staff members from each partner met last month to discuss the implications of using call load as a factor in determining how much to charge.
January 8, 2013
Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.
The agency needs men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.
The minimum age to apply to serve as a volunteer firefighter is 18. Applicants must have good driving records and must live within five miles of the closest response station.
January 4, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013
Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve rural communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.
The agency needs energetic, community-minded men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.
EFR provides emergency services to about 119,000 residents spread across 190 square miles, from Issaquah to North Bend and from Carnation to Maple Valley.
Firefighters work from 15 stations — including 10 staffed by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders. Volunteers carry pagers and respond if emergencies occur in their neighborhoods.
January 1, 2013
All roads come under consideration during winter weather
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast for a drier-than-normal winter in the Pacific Northwest is good news for local schools, but just in case, Jo Porter and her transportation staff are prepared.
January 1, 2013
The public can comment on the permit application for a planned Fire District 10 fire station in May Valley.
Plans call for crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.
Construction on the 10,000-square-foot fire station is expected to start next year. Meanwhile, residents can comment on the permit application to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.
January 1, 2013
Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking for male and female volunteer firefighters for the Tiger Mountain, Preston, Maple Hills, Lake Joy and Wilderness Rim communities.
Fire, emergency medical and special response services are provided from 15 stations, of which 10 are staffed with volunteer firefighters and EMS responders who carry pagers and respond when there is an emergency in their neighborhood.
December 18, 2012
Funding trouble leads sheriff’s office to disband program
In May 1968, 8-year-old David Adams disappeared from Tiger Mountain as he walked home for dinner.
Searchers combed Issaquah and the surrounding area in the days ahead, as the mystery attracted attention from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The search brought as many as 1,000 people to Issaquah, but detectives and volunteers found no signs of David.
The case file sat on a shelf at the King County Sheriff’s Office for 41 years until early 2009, after the agency received a federal grant and launched a renewed push to solve several cold cases.
Despite successes in solving other years-old cases, grant funding is gone and county dollars to continue the program from September to December since evaporated.