City staffers look for help handling Issaquah’s growing population

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Trying to keep up with seemingly ever-increasing development, the Issaquah City Council approved adding new employees to the Development Services Department and taking other steps to spread the workload.

The city will hire a new assistant planner and a new engineering technician, said Christopher Wright, project oversight manager for the development department.

Additionally, Issaquah will extend the contract of a temporary inspector and will allow additional hours for existing public works staff, Wright added.

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Aegis breaks ground on region’s only Chinese-focused retirement community in nearby Newcastle

July 30, 2015

NEW — 9:15 p.m. July 30, 2015

History is one of Newcastle’s greatest assets.

The Eastside suburb’s story dates back more than 150 years, when it was the second largest town in King County. During that time, coal was king, and Newcastle had plenty of it.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region's first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region’s first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

That history was at the forefront of attendees’ minds July 30, when nearly 300 people gathered in Newcastle to celebrate the groundbreaking of a unique Aegis Living retirement community. Read more

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Paving projects planned throughout Issaquah

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The city has several paving projects planned.

Work started July 27 at the intersection of Newport Way and West Sunset Way as crews replace ADA-accessible ramps. Traffic in the intersection was to be reduced to one lane in all directions. Pedestrians were asked to prepare for detours through the intersection as well.

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Police blotter — July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. July 30, 2015

Vandalism

  • At 9:04 a.m. July 16, an EFR firefighter discovered damage to his vehicle before leaving for work in the 100 block of East Sunset Way.
  • Someone caused $100 damage to a lock in the 5200 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 7:04 p.m. July 16.
  • At 9:28 a.m. July 20, someone caused $1,500 in damage to a rear hatchback of a car in the 1600 block of Northeast Juneberry Street.

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel tonight

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues July 30 with Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages.

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Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows Thursday through Sunday

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 29, 2105

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

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City sets date for Boehm Pool reopening

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 29, 2015

With the renovation on budget and on time, the Julius Boehm Pool will reopen Sept. 8, said Ric Patterson, division manager for the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

“We really are putting on all the finishing touches,” Patterson said of the $5 million in renovations that got underway when the pool temporarily closed in November.

Those finishing touches include putting down floor tile, plastering the pool itself and putting in the reception counter.

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Party with the police Aug. 4 at National Night Out

July 29, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. July 29, 2015

The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a National Night Out celebration from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition to free food, giveaways and music, activities include:

  • Test the speed of your fastball against a speed-enforcement trailer.
  • Get your photo with the Best Looking Police Officer in Western Washington, Issaquah’s Jessie Petersen.
  • Enroll your pooch in the new Paws on Patrol program.
  • Shred your sensitive documents safely and securely — for free.

Or, invite our officers to a party in your neighborhood.

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Preservation group seeks to save Anderson farmhouse

July 29, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 29, 2015

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is looking for proposals to move and rehabilitate the historic Anderson farmhouse now sitting on the front edge of Confluence Park.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration. Steps to preserve and move the historic building must be taken before the end of the year, or $1.2 million in grants would be lost.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration. Steps to preserve and move the historic building must be taken before the end of the year, or $1.2 million in grants would be lost.

“Plain and simple, we are looking for an interested party,” said Chris Moore, executive director for the Washington Trust group.

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Magazine names Issaquah a top town for families

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:33 a.m. July 29, 2015

Issaquah has been named one of the Best Towns for Families in 2015 by “Family Circle” magazine.

To compile the list, the magazine’s team of editors worked with Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, to select 4,500 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. From that, about 1,400 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $60,000 and $110,000 were selected.

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