Issaquah named one of state’s best places to retire

February 25, 2014

Issaquah is one of the state’s best places to settle down for retirement, according to GangsAway!, a retirement planning website.

In light of the fervor surrounding the Seattle Seahawks, website founder Moira McGarvey took a look at some of the Pacific Northwest’s top retirement locations in an article on the Huffington Post Post50 platform.

McGarvey described Issaquah as one of the top choices because it’s “affordable, close to Seattle, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.”

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Issaquah man experiences Vancouver’s hockey riot

June 21, 2011

Erik Richards, a lifelong Vancouver Canucks fan and Issaquah resident, experienced the mayhem up close June 15 as Vancouver, British Columbia, erupted into a riot after the team lost the Stanley Cup.

Richards — a self-described “huge Canucks fan” — stood among the crowd on Granville Street and snapped photos as rioters lit cars aflame and smashed storefronts.

“There were people running and cars on fire,” he said after returning to Issaquah. “It was like a scene out of a movie.”

The riot started at about 8 p.m. as the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins at Rogers Arena. Immediately after the loss, frustrated fans started tearing signs down along Granville Street, a destination for Canucks fans watching the Stanley Cup finals on a huge screen.

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Vancouver Stanley Cup riot / June 15, 2011

June 21, 2011

Issaquah man experiences Vancouver’s hockey riot

June 19, 2011

Issaquah resident Erik Richards captured a photo of a man amid the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15. By Erik Richards

NEW — 10 a.m. June 19, 2011

Erik Richards, a lifelong Vancouver Canucks fan and Issaquah resident, experienced the mayhem up close June 15 as Vancouver, British Columbia, erupted into a riot after the team lost the Stanley Cup.

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Wanted: Locals headed to the Winter Olympics

February 2, 2010

Issaquah councilman reappointed to transit board

King County Executive Dow Constantine reappointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the Sound Transit board of directors.

The regional board establishes policy and guides a system with almost 14 million riders per year on buses, commuter rail and light rail in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

“Councilmember Butler has been one of the most dedicated Sound Transit board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve,” Constantine said in a statement. “He has ably chaired the Finance Committee for several years and was recently chosen as a vice chair of the Sound Transit Board for the coming year.”

Butler, elected to the City Council in 1999 and re-elected since, joined the Sound Transit board in 2003, after a recommendation from then-Executive Ron Sims. The former executive reappointed Butler to subsequent terms.

Butler serves alongside 16 other elected officials from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Constantine also serves on the board. State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond is the 18th board member.

The new board is scheduled to meet Jan. 14.

Constantine appointed three other local politicians to the board: Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and new King County Councilwoman Jan Drago.

Besides Butler, the executive also reappointed King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.

“I believe that these appointees will continue the strong leadership needed as we plan and build more light rail in the coming years,” Constantine said.

After voters elected Constantine as executive in November, the executive-elect appointed Butler to his 30-person transition team. Butler had served alongside Constantine on the Sound Transit board in the past.

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Racing to the Olympics

January 26, 2010

Racing to the Olympics Yina Moe-Lange, a 16-year-old Sammamish resident and former Skyline High School student, will compete in alpine ski events for Denmark in the Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning Feb. 12. Moe-Lange will race in the giant slalom Feb. 24 and the slalom Feb. 26. ‘At 16, I am not yet a medal contender,’ she said. ‘But this is an extremely important step in the furthering of my ski racing career. Ever since my childhood, I have dreamt of going to the Olympics and this is an opportunity not to be missed.’ Moe-Lange ran cross-country in middle school and for the Skyline High School team. She has also been involved with the Issaquah Gliders for years, both as a runner and as a volunteer assistant coach. Photo contributed

Olympics visitors wanted

January 5, 2010

As Vancouver, British Columbia, prepares for epic crowds and worldwide attention when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin next month, we want to hear from Issaquah residents with plans to attend the games. Read more