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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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.

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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.

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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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