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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Editorial — Everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe

May 12, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Editorial — People care about the little things

May 5, 2015

In the past 10 years at The Issaquah Press, one topic has received the most website comments, the most letters to the editor and the most phone calls.

The police shootout with a gunman at Clark Elementary School? Elections? Annexations? Plastic bag ban? Growth? Development? Traffic?

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Get Granny on Fallon — Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

May 5, 2015

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

The 90-year-old musician, author extraordinaire wanted to join Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and sing her mother a song.

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To the Editor — May 6, 2015

May 5, 2015

State park funding

Preserve new dock funding at Lake Sammamish State Park

Wonderful new docks in the Lake Sammamish State Park Master Plan won a $1 million Boating Facilities Grant but they will lose this without matching legislative funding. This is included in the governor’s and Senate budget proposals, but is not in the House budget.

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Three residential projects bring nearly 650 homes to the Highlands

April 28, 2015

Three residential projects, all in the construction phase, could add up to nearly 650 new residences to the Issaquah Highlands.

By Greg Farrar The Discovery West apartments phase 3 construction of 209 multifamily units at Northeast Discovery Drive and Highlands Drive Northwest is reflected April 10 in a stormwater settling pond.

By Greg Farrar
The Discovery West apartments phase 3 construction of 209 multifamily units at Northeast Discovery Drive and Highlands Drive Northwest is reflected April 10 in a stormwater settling pond.

The projects are designated as official Urban Villages, according to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city. All three projects are making use of the city’s standardized Urban Village zoning.

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