Issaquah School District seeks members for school bond feasibility study committee

March 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 4, 2015

The Issaquah School District is embarking on a community process to study the feasibility of a 2016 school bond.

The district is seeking interested community members to apply to serve on the committee, comprised of community members, parents and school personnel.

Applications are due by Friday, March 20.

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May Valley Road yet to rebuild one year after landslide

March 3, 2015

If you have driven May Valley Road anytime in the past year, you likely noticed the road is reduced to one lane between roughly 223rd Avenue Southeast and 229th Drive Southeast.

At the same time, you also may have noticed that while the south side of the road is blocked from traffic, there has been absolutely no sign of any construction work. Automated, solar-powered traffic signals allow vehicles to travel the effected stretch of road in alternating directions.

King County closed the south side of the road following a landslide that damaged that road in early 2014, said Rochelle Ogershok, a spokeswoman for the King County Road Services Division.

By Tom Corrigan Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

By Tom Corrigan
Westbound cars last week on Southeast May Valley Road proceed on the one-lane restricted King County road after the automated traffic signal turns green.

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Klahanie Fitness closes — Despite public outcry, gym shutters its doors after losing its lease

March 3, 2015

Gym member Trevor Griffith said he had gone through different levels of depression after hearing of the impending closure of Klahanie Fitness.

By Greg Farrar Trevor Griffith, longtime local resident and triathlon, ironman and ultramarathon athlete, pauses after his workout Feb. 26 to lament the last day of business for Klahanie Fitness Center.

By Greg Farrar
Trevor Griffith, longtime local resident and triathlon, ironman and ultramarathon athlete, pauses after his workout Feb. 26 to lament the last day of business for Klahanie Fitness Center.

“This really was a community gym,” Griffith said.

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Skate park goes back to Issaquah City Council after supporters make their case

March 3, 2015

March 16 may be a big day for supporters of a larger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah Skate Park.

Four supporters met Feb. 27 with Mayor Fred Butler, who promised he would bring the issue before the City Council at what will be its second meeting of March.

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City hires new engineers to work with transportation, wastewater

March 3, 2015

With the approval of the Issaquah City Council, the city’s Public Works Engineering Department intends to eventually add the equivalent of 2.25 new employees.

Two engineers will be brought on board and one part-time position will be made into a full-time slot, Deputy City Administrator Emily Moon said.

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Correction

March 3, 2015

In the Feb. 25 story “A canine D.A.D. who’s just another member of the family,” Riverdog trainer Sarah Keck’s name was misspelled.

Police blotter — week of March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

Sleepy thief

A 43-year-old Maple Valley man was arrested at 11:42 a.m. Feb. 20 for third-degree theft for attempting to steal a sleeping pad valued at $29.99 in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Read more

ATM totaled

March 3, 2015

By Dr. Staten Medsker Jr. Police said thankfully no one, including the driver, was injured when this Tesla ended up going through the wall of the US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the driver wanted to use the walk-up ATM outside of the bank, but the car’s accelerator became stuck and the car rammed through the wall. The bank was not open at the time. The location was closed for President’s Day, but reopened as usual Feb. 16. No word on when the wall will be repaired, but for now, walk-up ATM users are being directed to the drive-up machine.

By Dr. Staten Medsker Jr.
Police said thankfully no one, including the driver, was injured when this Tesla ended up going through the wall of the US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the driver wanted to use the walk-up ATM outside of the bank, but the car’s accelerator became stuck and the car rammed through the wall. The bank was not open at the time. The location was closed for President’s Day, but reopened as usual Feb. 16. No word on when the wall will be repaired, but for now, walk-up ATM users are being directed to the drive-up machine.

County board supports raising age to purchase tobacco, vapor products

March 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 5, 2015

The King County Board of Health has given its unanimous approval to a resolution, sponsored by board member Rod Dembowski, calling on the Washington State Legislature to pass legislation proposed by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to increase the legal purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 years to 21 years old.

The Washington State House of Representatives has passed the legislation out of the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness by a 12-3 bipartisan vote, while the bill is awaiting its first hearing in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

The King County Board of Health consists of bi-partisan elected officials and several health care professionals from throughout King County. The board sets countywide policies and regulations to protect and promote the health of King County residents.

CERT training is March 18 to May 2

March 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2015

City officials invite you to join the more than 300 people who have completed training for a Community Emergency Response Team.

The training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a major disaster. Registration is now open for the spring session.

The classes are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. each Wednesday, March 18 through May 2, and include a hands-on disaster drill simulation the last day of class.

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