September 3, 2015
Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions
Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?
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.
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.
July 2, 2015
UPDATED — 4:45 p.m. Oct. 6, 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.
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.
May 20, 2015
A vandal took what police assume was a hatchet to four trees in Issaquah’s Central Park on Park Drive Northeast.
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.
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.
April 7, 2015
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!
March 10, 2015
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.
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.”