A super rally for 12SAQUAH

January 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy A group of Issaquah High School students clusters around Sammy the Salmon for picutres as they wear full Seattle Seahawk gear and facepaint Jan. 23 and wave 12th Man flags. The campus declared itself 12saquah High School to celebrate the mayor's proclamation of Feb. 1 as '12saquah Day' when the NFL team meets the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A group of Issaquah High School students clusters around Sammy the Salmon for pictures as they wear full Seattle Seahawk gear and facepaint Jan. 23 and wave 12th Man flags. The campus declared itself 12saquah High School to celebrate the mayor’s proclamation of Feb. 1 as ’12saquah Day’ when the NFL team meets the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

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Recreation, pathways also figure into city’s concurrency plan

January 27, 2015

Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.

For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees.  While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.

The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.

All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more

Welcome to Station 78

January 27, 2015

By Greg Farrar Antony Xczar (left), an Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter, gives plastic helmets and paper firefighter badge stickers to Lake McDonald resident Hayden Quinto, along with South Firs residents Marlee, Rogan and Carmen Furtwangler, during the Fire District 10 Station 78 open house held Jan. 24 on Southeast May Valley Road.

By Greg Farrar
Antony Xczar (left), an Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter, gives plastic helmets and paper firefighter badge stickers to Lake McDonald resident Hayden Quinto, along with South Firs residents Marlee, Rogan and Carmen Furtwangler, during the Fire District 10 Station 78 open house held Jan. 24 on Southeast May Valley Road.

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Schools use visiting mentor to grow reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading — particularly after age 13 — and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

Police & Fire

January 27, 2015

Malicious mischief

  • A resident in the 4200 block of 228th Avenue Southeast reported at 9:06 a.m. Jan. 20 that someone broke a window in their home, causing $200 in damage.
  • At 1:08 p.m. Jan. 20, a resident in the 1600 block of 25th Avenue Northeast reported someone damaged their car to the tune of $500.
  • At 3 a.m. Jan. 21, a resident in the 1400 block of Northeast Hawthorne Street reported a juvenile caused $500 in damage by breaking a window in an apparent burglary attempt.
  • A resident in the 100 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest reported at 11:06 a.m. Jan. 22 that someone caused $200 in damage to their building and vehicle.

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Mad Scrapper closing catches ire of store’s fans

January 27, 2015

Apparently, the closing of the Mad Scrapper in the Meadows Shopping Center on Gilman Boulevard created enough of a stir to surprise some folks.

The scrapping book craft store closed its doors permanently Dec. 21.

But the Scrapper and owner Carolyn Elderkin didn’t lose their lease, according to Diane Edwards, senior property manager for JSH Properties which owns the Meadows. Edwards said she tried to help the Mad Scrapper stay in business and offered the store other space in the Meadows plaza.

Already open for business in the same plaza building as the former Mad Scrapper, the Mud Bay pet store eventually will take over the Mad Scrapper space as well as that belonging to Emerald City Smoothies. The latter is moving to a new location near the QFC store in the Meadows Center. The only retailer staying in the same building as Mud Bay is the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop in the front corner of the structure. Read more

Non-residents now expected to pay Issaquah recreation fees

January 27, 2015

As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.

The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.

The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.

Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more

Residents face deep contributions to offset impact of city growth

January 27, 2015

It’s only a matter of time before Issaquah residents are asked to pay a share of the $308 million concurrency plan unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 20.

Through greatly increased impact fees, future Issaquah developers will be paying about 30 percent of the plan. The city will need to come up with roughly $119 million.

“We must figure out how we are going to pay our share,” said Charlie Bush, development services director during a presentation to council prior to their vote last week.

A local sales tax, a $50 car tab fee and similar measures all have been mentioned as possible ways to raise the city’s portion of the plan. Bush said at least one public vote will be needed to make any funding scheme work. If there does not turn out to be sufficient public support, the plan will need to be reworked, Bush said. Read more

New Public Health blog tells health stories

January 27, 2015

Public Health – Seattle & King County has launched Public Health Insider, a blog telling timely, behind-the-scenes stories from inside the health department.

Recent content from Public Health Insider includes posts such as “Making sense of this season’s flu vaccine,” an interview with Dr. Jeff Duchin, interim health officer and chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunizations.

Subscribe via email by clicking on the subscription link on the front page under the logo: http://publichealthinsider.com. You also can follow the blog as a WordPress user.

Father-daughter Valentine dance returns Feb. 7

January 27, 2015

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department will celebrate the 15th year of its Father-Daughter Valentine Dance Feb. 7.

The annual ball for fathers and daughters in grades from one through five is from 7-9 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Come dressed casual or formal. Refreshments will be provided and photo packages are available.

Tickets are $20 per couple in advance or $40 at the door.

Register at http://bit.ly/1FAuwaS. Learn more by calling 837-3300.

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