State funds could help finish Confluence Park

January 28, 2014

Confluence Park may get a $2 million boost from the state Legislature.

After officially opening the park last July, Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department wasted no time in trying to fulfill its three-phase completion. To that end, the department submitted a capital budget request to the state Legislature.

Peter Clark Anne McGill, Parks & Recreation Department director, stands in the department’s storage facility. The area is planned to join Confluence Park, behind her.

Peter Clark
Anne McGill, Parks & Recreation Department director, stands in the department’s storage facility. The area is planned to join Confluence Park, behind her.

“It would pretty much cover all of our phases,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill said of the petition asking for $2 million.

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New 5th District Sen. Mark Mullet / Jan. 31, 2013

February 12, 2013

Editorial

February 5, 2013

Separating education is not a budget solution

Last week, the state House of Representatives split along party lines on a proposal to create a separate budget for K-12 education funding. If approved, the education budget would need to have been funded before the state could look at its other obligations.

It’s just not that simple.

House Republicans said their proposal to split the budget was meant to address the state Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that the Legislature wasn’t funding education properly. That might be more believable if they hadn’t been pushing the measure every year since 2006.

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State Sen. Mark Mullet joins key committee

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

State Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, is the latest addition to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee — a panel responsible for ensuring state government operates effectively, efficiently and with accountability.

The freshman senator filled a vacant seat on the bipartisan committee, Senate Democrats announced Jan. 30.

“I am honored to accept this position,” Mullet said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee and the opportunity to apply my real-life experiences in business and finance in order to help ensure our government is working to its best ability.”

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Ex-legislator Glenn Anderson applies for Port of Seattle seat

February 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Former state Rep. Glenn Anderson is among 29 applicants for a vacancy on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

The ex-legislator and Issaquah Republican is invited to address the commission, or submit a statement, Tuesday. The commission is interviewing applicants for a seat left open after former Commissioner Gael Tarleton resigned Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

The commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor under state law.

“We are pleased with both the number and quality of the commission applicants,” commission President Tom Albro said in a statement released Monday. “We are looking forward to hearing from each of these candidates tomorrow afternoon.”

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Maple Hills Elementary School students visit Capitol

January 29, 2013

The fourth-grade students of Maple Hills Elementary School got an inside look at how laws are made Jan. 17 when they visited the state Capitol in Olympia.

While there to learn about state government, the children met up with state Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and asked him questions about his new job.

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Tougher dig safety law goes into effect

January 29, 2013

Changes to the state call-before-you-dig law went into effect Jan. 1, and the updated rules include stiffer penalties, mandatory damage reporting and clearer procedures — even for deep digging in a garden or yard.

The law affects all excavators, including contractors, homeowners and utilities. State lawmakers passed the law in 2011 at the request of the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. Officials said the switch is intended to decrease damage to underground pipelines and utilities.

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City Council applicants offer varied skills

January 22, 2013

Members to appoint candidate Jan. 29

The applicants for a rare open seat on the City Council include long-established community leaders — and some candidates from the last time the council accepted applications to fill a vacancy.

The seven candidates offer assorted skills in community, government and military service in the process to succeed Mark Mullet on the council.

Initially, Ken Sessler, a retired Boeing engineer and a prolific letter writer to The Issaquah Press, applied for the vacancy, but withdrew not long after the city released the applicant list.

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Issaquah School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

January 22, 2013

A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.

Board member Chad Magendanz left the position when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.

The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont.

All voting-aged residents of that area are invited to apply for the position by 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.

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Issaquah High School alumnus joins Legislature

January 22, 2013

Jeff Holy

Jeff Holy

Jeff Holy, son of former Issaquah Councilwoman Jacki Holy and a graduate of Issaquah High School, took the oath of office for the state House of Representatives on Jan. 14.

“My mother taught me the value of serving the public and being involved in your community,” Jeff Holy said in a statement. “It is an honor to be trusted by my constituents to serve as their voice in the Legislature.”

In Olympia, the Spokane Republican represents Eastern Washington’s 6th Legislative District.

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