Fire station hosts open house May 2

April 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2015

Go behind the scenes at a fire station, explore the inside of a fire truck cab and learn how to protect your home and family at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s free community open house May 2.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 72, 1575 N.W. Maple Street.

Members of EFR, the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies will answer your questions. In addition, there will be giveaways and tips.

Klahanie man safe after Nepal earthquake

April 27, 2015

NEW — 10:25 a.m. April 27, 2015

A Klahanie man leading a team of climbers on an expedition to Mount Everest is safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Nepal.

Dennis Broadwell, owner of Issaquah-based mountaineering companies Mountain Gurus and Northwest Alpine Guides, began a two-month Everest climb in late March.

“Our Expedition Leader Dennis Broadwell just reported that the team is safe,” a message posted to the Mountain Gurus Facebook page April 25 said. “We are sending thoughts and prayers to everyone in Nepal affected by the earthquake.”

The April 25 earthquake has already claimed 3,000 lives, with countless others missing and injured. More than a dozen were killed, and several injured, after the quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. Read more

Eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will be down to one lane starting today

April 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2015

Starting the week of April 27, one lane of eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will close for utility work.

Construction will also affect Seventh Avenue Northwest where it intersects Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The work is expected to continue for at least two weeks.

To help minimize traffic impacts, city officials are asking drivers to use alternate routes if possible.

The utility work is part of the Atlas apartment complex construction.

Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

April 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Documentary ‘Hunger in America’ is May 6

April 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2015

Imagine Housing and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank present the Eastside premiere of “Hunger in America,” a documentary about the nation’s hunger epidemic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. May 6, for a 7 p.m. screening at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

After the film screening, stay for a community conversation to discuss the impact and significance of hunger in our community.

Public comment session on Snoqualmie, Olympic forests is April 28 in Issaquah

April 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2015

Responding to requests by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, the U.S. Forest Service plans additional “listening sessions” to accept public comment on the ongoing study of the Northwest Forest Plan.

With the main topic being the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests, a listening session is slated from 6-8 p.m. April 28 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah. The Issaquah session is meant to solicit public opinion on what changes to the Northwest Forest Plan might be needed, said Kelly Spute, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

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Federal legislators urge emergency federal funding for I-90 overpass

April 22, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 22, 2015

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant Emergency Relief program funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs for the Interstate 90 overpass, according to a news release from Murray’s office.

On March 13, a Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the overpass above Front Street.

“The Front Street I-90 overpass is critical to in King County and to the State of Washington,” the members of Congress wrote. “As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods across Washington and to our ports, creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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