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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Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

Veterans Memorial Field trees will be replaced

October 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Talus tree tussle won’t change city approach

October 14, 2014

Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.

“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.

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Talus HOA rejects tree-removal appeal

September 29, 2014

NEW — 5:34 p.m. Sept. 29, 2014

Most, but not all, of the disputed trees in the Talus neighborhood will be removed.

A month after a contentious Talus Residential Association public hearing, the board decided Sept. 29 to cut down 10. Six homeowners originally petitioned for the removal of 16 trees that they said blocked their views of the landscape and lowered property values.

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To the Editor

September 9, 2014

Talus trees

The trees are the view;  enjoy them

If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!

Susan Trent

Issaquah

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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