Master gardener’s corner — Is it fall already?

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:05 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Are we human beings the only ones who don’t understand the weather, the season or the environment? With the odd frost times, the warm winters, the lack of snow and rain, we don’t know what to expect. Is it global warming or just El Niño?

August is usually the time of year around here when we can’t tell indoors from outdoors. In past years we were excited, because the soil was finally warm, the plants seemed happy and we could go barefoot without that cold, damp feeling underfoot. This year, it’s different.

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State OKs Tiger Mountain logging, surprises residents

July 23, 2015

“I’ve lived here 47 years and that’s the first time I’ve seen any logging,” Tiger Mountain resident Lorie Graff said. “It was shocking.”

Graff said the clear-cutting of trees in what many thought was Tiger Mountain State Forest was the talk of her neighborhood. It’s not clear when it started, but the logging ended about a week ago.

“It now looks disgusting,” resident Mike Shimchick wrote in an email.

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Breaking ground — School district launches construction of new Issaquah Middle School

July 2, 2015

Consisting mostly of dignitaries from the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah, a small crowd joined together the morning of June 26 to mark the official groundbreaking for the new Issaquah Middle School.

“We love to celebrate things that are going to be great resources for the community,” said L. Michelle, school district director of communications.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

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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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Five trees destroyed by vandal in Central Park

May 20, 2015

A vandal took what police assume was a hatchet to four trees in Issaquah’s Central Park on Park Drive Northeast.

Contributed One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

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One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

The small trees were chopped down. A fifth small tree appeared to have been run over by a vehicle of some kind, Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

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Transmission lines going in for new school

May 12, 2015

Puget Sound Energy has begun installing new transmission lines near Southeast Evans Street — close to Clark Elementary School and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club — for the new Issaquah Middle School.

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To the Editor — April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

City arborist

Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake

Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!

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To the Editor — week of March 11, 2015

March 10, 2015

Community center

City is keeping people from use with high prices

I have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 1978 in unincorporated King County. I pay taxes to the Issaquah School District. I shop and dine daily in Issaquah and by doing so, pay sales taxes to Issaquah.

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Arborist loses job to budget cuts after 30 years with city

February 17, 2015

After what will be 30 years on the job at the end of March, Issaquah City Arborist Alan Haywood will vacate his long-time position.

Haywood did not directly criticize Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler or the city administration in general. But he was clear he was not overly happy with the situation.

“My position was eliminated,” Haywood said. “It was a budgetary decision.”

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Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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