Plan to place 86 new homes off Newport Way draws anger, frustration

January 11, 2016

NEW — 11:06 a.m. Jan. 11, 2016

A group of about 20 residents gathered Jan. 7 to hear preliminary details regarding a development that would add up to 86 single-family homes in the area of Newport Way and State Route 900.

Current plans call for the new homes to be situated back from Newport Way, on what is commonly called the Bergsma property.

The main access to the subdivision is planned for just north of the intersection of Newport and SR900, in roughly the 1700 to 1800 block of Newport Way. Another access point will sit on the south end of the subdivision, connecting with the Talus development via Harvey Manning Park. Read more

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Liberty, Briarwood and Maywood alert parents of possible luring attempt

January 8, 2016

NEW — 3:34 p.m. Jan. 8, 2016

Police are investigating after an 11-year-old girl said she was approached by a suspicious man outside her home Dec. 18.

The Issaquah School District alerted families at Liberty High, Maywood Middle and Briarwood Elementary schools in an e-news blast Jan. 8, a day after it was initially reported to police.

The girl told her parents she was outside her home in the 12700 block of Southeast 156th Street at about 2:45 p.m. Dec. 18 when a man approached her, asked her what she was doing and suggested that she come with him to the store.

“The girl reports he asked her this three times, she said no each time, and then the suspect kicked her and left the scene,” the e-news blast said. Read more

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Westbound I-90 down to one lane near Bellevue Way this weekend

January 8, 2016

NEW — 11:11 a.m. Jan. 8, 2016

If Seattle is in your plans this weekend, check traffic conditions before you head out.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, westbound Interstate 90 will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way, then detoured to the express lanes.

The lane closures are scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Monday, and will allow contractor crews to continue upgrading operations and safety systems in the eastbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels.

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Local trio makes landmark ski descent from Mount Si summit

January 7, 2016

NEW — 3:55 p.m., Jan. 7, 2016

For years, Mount Si called to them.

Each winter, a trio of backcountry skiing enthusiasts always kept an eye on North Bend’s 4,167-foot backdrop.

Could they ski it? Sure. Others already had.

Emily Larson photo Dave Jordan skis from the top of the Haystack on the summit of Mount Si on Dec. 30. Trevor Kostanich is visible to the right of Jordan.

Emily Larson photo
Dave Jordan skis from the top of the Haystack on the summit of Mount Si on Dec. 30. Trevor Kostanich is visible to the right of Jordan.

But could Peter Avolio, Trevor Kostanich and Dave Jordan ski it from the summit, from atop the pile of rock at the mountain’s highest point known as the Haystack?

“I’ve looked at Mount Si a lot,” said 49-year-old Avolio, “and gone, ‘Huh, it just needs to fill in.’”

An Issaquah resident for the last 30 years, Avolio explained that in order to make a ski descent possible, snow had to adequately cover areas of the mountain that were usually exposed. Read more

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Talus hillside movement continues; city to begin meeting with developers

January 7, 2016

NEW — 1:07 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016

The city continues to monitor what it calls the hillside movement on Talus Parcel 9 near the intersection of Northwest Talus Drive and Shangri-La Way Northwest.

Large concrete blocks hold back fill at the intersection of Talus Drive and Shangri-La Way on Friday, Dec. 4. (Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@issaquahpress.com)

Large concrete blocks hold back fill at the intersection of Talus Drive and Shangri-La Way on Friday, Dec. 4. (Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@issaquahpress.com)

There are a total of four geotechnical firms surveying the area on regular basis, Mayor Fred Butler said at a Jan. 4 City Council meeting. Read more

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Prepare for road work on East Lake Sammamish Parkway

January 7, 2016

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016

Prepare for traffic impacts starting the week of Jan. 11 as the city performs utility work along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, crews will close the parkway’s two-way left turn lane between Southeast 56th Street and Southeast 62nd Street, according to a news release.

The work is expected to continue for several weeks. During daytime hours, use alternate routes if possible.

East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is being widened. Throughout 2016, crews will add a new southbound travel lane between Southeast 56th Street and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. Read more

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Volunteers needed to help restore state park’s natural areas

January 7, 2016

NEW — 12:19 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016

Help improve Lake Sammamish State Park.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park seeks volunteers to work in a one-acre Living Laboratory project removing invasive plants and adding native species over several months. The next event is from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23.

The project is led by the park’s AmeriCorps service person, Aubrey Tingler. Volunteers are welcome to work for one or multiple sessions. Veterans, high school students in need of community service hours and others are encouraged to volunteer.

Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Heavy gloves, tools and refreshments will be provided. Read more

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Issaquah’s Essie Hicks to take on Rodne for 5th District representative slot

January 6, 2016

NEW — 11:57 a.m. Jan. 6, 2016

In announcing her second run for the state representative spot in Washington’s 5th District, Democrat Essie Hicks seemed to have carefully chosen her surroundings.

Joined by about 10 supporters the morning of Jan. 5, Hicks stood in a light rain outside Issaquah City Hall on Sunset Way near the free-standing blue door sent here by Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco. On her right, she noted, was a statue of an eagle.

Greg Farrar / gfarrar@isspress.com Candidate Essie Hicks (right) gives campaign signs to supporters including Carla Coutard of Hobart (left) and Roger Ledbetter of Snoqualmie on Jan. 5 as she kicks off her campaign in front of the Chefchaouen, Morocco, sister city Blue Door at Issaquah City Hall for the 5th Legislative District House seat held by Jay Rodne.

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Candidate Essie Hicks (right) gives campaign signs to supporters including Carla Coutard of Hobart (left) and Roger Ledbetter of Snoqualmie on Jan. 5 as she kicks off her campaign in front of the Chefchaouen, Morocco, sister city Blue Door at Issaquah City Hall for the 5th Legislative District House seat held by Jay Rodne.

Morocco was among the first nations to recognize the young U.S., Hicks said, adding the door represented brotherhood, while the eagle is a well-known symbol of freedom. She said the two things together represent the values of most of the 5th District. Read more

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Goodman takes over as council president for 2016

January 6, 2016

NEW — 11:14 a.m. Jan. 6, 2016

As she moves into the third year of her first term on council, Stacy Goodman was unanimously elected Issaquah City Council president for 2016 at the first council meeting of the year on Jan. 4.

Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@isspress.com Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman listens to a speaker at a recent meeting. Goodman will serve as council president in 2016.

Scott Stoddard / sstoddard@isspress.com
Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman listens to a speaker at a recent meeting. Goodman will serve as council president in 2016.

Having served last year as deputy council president, Goodman replaces Councilman Paul Winterstein as president of council. Read more

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Old — or ‘Olde’ — Town Task Force readies final report

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:20 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Launched by Mayor Fred Butler, they have been meeting since at least early 2015. On Jan. 11, they will report their findings during a work session of the City Council.

One immediate question might be what to call them.

Greg Farrar / gfarrar@isspress.com A Californian family on a visit prior to moving to Issaquah for a new employment opportunity takes a walk on Front Street at Sunset Way Dec. 30 during a downtown sightseeing tour, noting that “we love it here.”

Greg Farrar / gfarrar@isspress.com
A Californian family on a visit prior to moving to Issaquah for a new employment opportunity takes a walk on Front Street at Sunset Way Dec. 30 during a downtown sightseeing tour, noting that “we love it here.”

When Butler brought the group together, they were the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, charged with studying and generating ideas on maintaining and rejuvenating the Olde Town, or downtown, area. Read more

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