Ideas sought for now available tourism grants

September 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015

The Issaquah Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is seeking funding requests for promotion and marketing efforts that boost tourism and lodging — specifically, activities that lead to “heads in beds” or overnight stays.

The committee will give special consideration to projects with detailed work programs and a proven track record of bringing visitors to Issaquah, as well as to projects that will use committee funds to leverage additional support.

About $160,000 will be available for 2016 grants.

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Everest survivor — Klahanie climber shares tale of living through deadly avalanche

May 20, 2015

Dennis Broadwell has been traveling to Nepal for more than 20 years, not only leading climbers up some of the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains, but giving back to one of the world’s poorest countries through humanitarian missions.

Now, Broadwell is starting his own fundraising effort in the wake of the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, and the resulting avalanche on Mount Everest, where he was stationed, which killed at least 19 climbers.

His project, The Himalayan Outreach Project, is attempting to raise money for Nepalese citizens whose homes, businesses and schools were destroyed in the 7.8-magnitude quake.

Contributed Dennis Broadwell stands at a climbing camp decorated with Tibetan prayer flags and a U.S. flag at a Tibetan rock cairn on a lower slope of Mount Everest on April 10, before the April 25 earthquake.

Dennis Broadwell stands at a climbing camp decorated with Tibetan prayer flags and a U.S. flag at a Tibetan rock cairn on a lower slope of Mount Everest on April 10, before the April 25 earthquake.

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To the Editor

October 28, 2014


Tana Senn brings family-oriented view to Olympia

I write to you today to whole-heartedly endorse Tana Senn for State Representative for the 41st District.

She embodies the values that are important to me and my family. As a working mom of two school-aged children, Tana understands the needs and stresses placed on many families in our region, and is able to bring a family-oriented view to Olympia.

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Tourism recommendations suggest new organization, city branding

October 14, 2014

Defining city branding and forming a destination marketing organization top the list of Issaquah tourism recommendations.

City Economic Development Department Manager Andrea Snyder and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott presented Roger Brooks International’s final draft on tourism recommendations during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 23.

After eight months and $20,000 of city funds, the hired tourism consultant provided a layout of how Issaquah could entice visitors to come and spend money. In order to know where to start, Snyder said they started with basic questions.

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Off The Press — Tourism should tread the boards

October 7, 2014

I had several qualms about Roger Brooks’ tourism presentations to the good people of Issaquah. However, I completely agree with his basic advice that the city should choose one aspect and focus on that as the main draw to get outsiders to visit and spend their money.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

He left this up to residents and city leaders to decide what that main draw would be, advising it should be a year-round affair that would guarantee a unique and beneficial experience that would keep people coming back. In two remarkably similar presentations, Brooks said Issaquah tourism dollars could go to highlight the divergent trail system or maybe even the penchant for paragliding.

I would like to offer my humble opinion and say Issaquah should prop up its fantastic theater culture as the focus for tourism.

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Off The Press — Only a tourist could be this disrespectful

September 9, 2014

Once again, a perfectly good vacation moment was ruined by all of the dolts around me.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Nothing sets my blood a boilin’ more than tourists who can’t stop being tourists for one darn second to appreciate what’s before them.

Last month, my wife and I visited my sister outside Baltimore. The last day of the trip, we trekked into Philadelphia to take in a few sites. Top on my list was the Liberty Bell, one of the most iconic artifacts from our history that is uniquely American.

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To the Editor

August 12, 2014


People need to learn the difference between yield and merge

One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).

During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.

George Short


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City, chamber get tourism guidance

April 8, 2014

How can Issaquah attract more visitors?

That questions lies at the heart of a burgeoning effort by the city’s Economic Development Department and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The “kickoff” for the effort was delivered March 31 by local tourism guru Roger Brooks.

“For more than 30 years, he has worked to change ordinary places to extraordinary destinations,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said, introducing the keynote speaker.

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Issaquah to host tourism expert

March 18, 2014

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — in coordination with the city of Issaquah and local hoteliers, restaurants and hometown attractions — is featuring world-renowned expert Roger Brooks in a community presentation about developing Issaquah’s tourism program.

The presentation is from 6-8 p.m. March 31 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W. Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure a seat. Attendees can register online at by March 28.

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Gubernatorial hopefuls support hatcheries, parks

October 23, 2012

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna clashed in a recent series of debates, but the candidates vying to serve as Washington’s next governor share similar positions on local issues, such as support for the state parks system.

Jay Inslee

Rob McKenna

The race at the state level is focused on the candidates’ policies on education and transportation — hot topics on the docket as Inslee and McKenna met in recent weeks.

The Issaquah Press asked the candidates about funding for state parks, salmon restoration and growth management — key concerns in Issaquah and the surrounding area.

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