Editorial — The Issaquah Press primary endorsements

July 23, 2015

Local voters already should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary election for the Issaquah City Council. Voters have two primary races to decide, with the top two vote getters in each race continuing to the general election in November.

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Over a year after landslide, repairs begin on May Valley Road

July 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2015

After over a year of being reduced to just one lane, Southeast May Valley Road will be closed to all traffic beginning July 20.

The King County Department of Transportation will repair damage done to the road by a landslide in March 2014. The road is expected to stay closed for approximately six weeks.

The affected section of road runs between 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast. May Valley Road traffic is being detoured onto Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Council President Paul Winterstein draws two challengers in primary

July 16, 2015

For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.

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Hotel project to close a lane of southbound Maple for one year

June 25, 2015

According to the lighted reader board now in place on Northwest Maple Street near 12th Avenue Northwest, the right lane of southbound Maple Street will close June 26.

According to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city, the reason is a long-delayed project to place a Marriott Springhill Suites hotel at the corner of Maple and 12th is about to get underway.

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To the Editor — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Transportation

Maybe trying to pay the bill will make city officials listen

I want thank The Issaquah Press for bringing the details of city’s planned “Transportation Funding Strategy” out from the back rooms and into the forefront.

There is no doubt that transportation is an important issue that affects all of us, and one that needs to be adequately addressed. But this is nothing new for Issaquah, because traffic has been an ever-worsening problem for the past 25 years.

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City may ask voters to help fund $308 million in traffic solutions

June 17, 2015

Issaquah voters could be asked to approve funding for transportation projects throughout the city as early as February 2016.

During an eight-hour retreat held June 6, the Issaquah City Council came up with a final list of eight goals, including one dubbed, “Transportation Funding Strategy.”

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Flashing yellow arrows coming to more streets

June 10, 2015

The city of Issaquah is adding flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah.

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Development raises fears of adding traffic, harm spawning salmon

May 27, 2015

One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.

Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times  Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

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The Beat — Speed limits are not suggestions

May 27, 2015

It is an unfortunate tendency of many drivers to regard speed limit signs as suggestions.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Whether they are trying to keep up with the flow of traffic, enjoy the thrilling adrenaline of velocity or are simply running late, drivers — especially teens — often pursue speeds in excess of the posted limit. We have a perception that of all the various dangerous driving habits, speeding is “not that bad.”

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