Consultants say Talus landslide poses no immediate threat, residents not convinced

November 25, 2015

UPDATED — 8:10 p.m. Nov. 25, 2015

City staffers and paid consultants spent about two hours the evening of Nov. 24 trying to convince the 70 or so residents packed into City Council chambers that the landslide in the Talus area posed no immediate threat.

Probably not surprisingly, some in the audience remained doubtful.

“I’m still very concerned,” said Talus resident Tina Vieceli following the special meeting. She wondered if the city had an evacuation plan in place, should it prove needed. Vieceli said there is basically only one street in and out of Talus.

“These are the same people who said Newport Way was safe and did nothing until a child got killed,” said Lester Rodney, referring to the traffic fatality that happened on Newport Way over the summer. The city has taken several steps to address traffic safety on Newport and around Issaquah since that incident. Read more

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Residents hear details of street crossing study at city open house

November 23, 2015

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

City officials spent a little over two hours at Tibbetts Creek Manor the evening of Nov. 19, spelling out some of the details of the citywide crosswalk study released in October.

About 25 people showed up to hear the results of the study, which was launched after the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu following a traffic accident at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive in late June.

“Our goal is to promote safe and convenient ways to get around,” said Mayor Fred Butler as he opened the meeting. He added Issaquah officials hope to promote a walkable community. Read more

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Council committee turns down suggestions for lower speed limits on two streets

November 23, 2015

NEW — 3:05 P.M. Nov. 23, 2015

The Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee turned down administration suggestions to lower speed limits on Front Street South and a portion of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

They approved lowering the limit from 35 mph to 30 mph on West Lake Sammamish Parkway from Southeast 193rd Place to the city limits, a distance of just over a mile.

They also agreed to lower the limit from 40 mph to 35 mph on East Lake Sammamish Parkway from Southeast 56th Street to Interstate 90.

The city administration wanted to lower the limit on a longer stretch of East Lake Sammamish Parkway, from 229th Avenue Southeast to Southeast 51st Street. Read more

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Police blotter

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:34 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015


  • A UPS package containing a $165 parka was reported stolen at 10:57 a.m. Nov. 13 in the 2100 block of Shy Bear Way Northwest.
  • Three bicycles, valued at $7,300, were reported stolen at 12:19 p.m. Nov. 17 from the 1100 block of Northeast Park Drive.
  • A $1,000 computer was reported stolen at 6:59 p.m. Nov. 18 from the 1400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

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EFR’s Fill the Truck campaign returns Nov. 27-29

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:23 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

First Due Movers and the Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund are teaming again for the fifth annual Fill the Truck Clothing Drive Nov. 27-29.

A 24-foot moving truck will be taking donations at the Issaquah Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. All donations will go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mt. Si Food Bank.

The following items are needed most: Read more

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Rep. Jay Rodne criticized for Facebook remarks on Muslims

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

By Joseph O’Sullivan
Seattle Times Olympia bureau

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, came under fire the week of Nov. 16 for comments he made regarding Muslims, including referring to them as “barbarians” and accusing President Obama of trying to import 1.5 million Muslims into the U.S.

State Rep. Jay Rodne

State Rep. Jay Rodne

Rodne’s 5th District includes Issaquah. Read more

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King Flood Control District adopts new budget

November 22, 2015

NEW — 5:37 p.m. Nov. 22, 2015

A 2016 budget, described by officials as continuing to protect lives while working to prevent future floods was unanimously approved Nov. 16 by the King County Flood Control District board of supervisors.

“In the last three weeks, we’ve had two major storm systems come through the region. It’s a reminder of the value of the Flood Control District in protecting lives and property,” said Reagan Dunn, Flood Control District chair. “We work hard to protect residents of King County from flooding and I look forward to working to accomplish even more in 2016.”

Three areas are the primary focus of the $55 million budget — addressing deficiencies on levee corridors along the Green and Cedar rivers, continuing with projects designed to prevent floods and working to minimize the impact of flooding when it occurs. Read more

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Small Business Saturday urges shoppers to shop local

November 22, 2015

NEW — 5:27 p.m. Nov. 22, 2015

Support local businesses and organizations by opting to “Shop Small” during the coming holiday season.

Shop Small is a local effort to make Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, the biggest shopping day of the year for Issaquah businesses.

Shoppers can hop aboard a free trolley 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reach shopping destinations throughout Olde Town, Gilman Village, the Issaquah Highlands and Grand Ridge Plaza. Several businesses will offer discounts and specials for the event.

Other Small Business Saturday events include: Read more

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Issaquah City Council to reconsider indoor tennis courts at Tibbetts Valley Park

November 19, 2015

NEW — 6:20 p.m. Nov. 19, 2015

Seemingly dead on arrival just last week, the Issaquah City Council is rethinking the idea of a public/private partnership that would bring an indoor tennis facility to Tibbetts Valley Park.

In a 2-1 vote, the council’s Services and Safety Committee turned down the idea. Even though he voted against the proposal, Councilman Tola Marts, the committee chairman, wanted the entire council to have input into the plan. He brought the issue before the full council at its regular meeting Nov. 16.

That meeting started with a marathon public comment period that saw numerous residents speaking out in favor of the tennis courts.

As it stands, the plan calls for six indoor and three outdoor tennis courts in the location of the current Tibbetts Valley Park outdoor tennis courts, said Brian Berntsen, deputy director of Issaquah Parks and Recreation. Read more

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King County sheriff asks off-duty deputies to carry sidearms

November 18, 2015

NEW — 4:12 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

King County Sheriff John Urquhart urged deputies to carry their sidearms at all times in response to the Paris terror attack.

In a Nov. 17 email, Urquhart encouraged deputies to stay vigilant, but added that simply employing a policy of “If you see something, say something,” isn’t enough after what happened in Paris.

“While off-duty I am asking all commissioned personnel to always carry their sidearm, with extra magazines,” he wrote.

The FBI has not received any specific, credible information of any imminent attacks to the country, Urquhart added. Read more

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