It was an eventful year for Issaquah as the city debated a ban over supervised consumption sites and community members and students rallied for change from gun laws to sexual assault.
Here are this year’s highlights.
“Judge overturns lawsuit settlement, gives Providence Heights new lease on life”: A King County Superior Court judge gave the Providence Heights campus a new lease on life, just one day before the one-time nuns’ college was scheduled to be demolished.
“Canadian facility offers answers on supervised consumption sites”: As Issaquah debates a ban, Vancouver’s Insite sheds light on the real impact of giving people a place to safely take drugs.
“Students throughout the region take part in National School Walkout, call for gun control”: Thousands of students across the region left class on March 14 in a unified, national school walkout to demand stricter gun laws.
“Local activist groups hold rally outside Dino Rossi fundraiser”: Fuse Washington put a call out for people to rally after 8th Congressional District candidate Dino Rossi did not respond to a request for comment regarding funding from the gun industry. Rossi did not win election in November.
“Foster care homes needed as more children affected by opioid crisis”: An examination on the increasing correlation of foster children and opioid usage.
“Sammamish Muslim communities host Iftar dinner events”: Members of the Muslim community in Sammamish held two community Iftar dinner events as a way to promote residents of the city to connect with their neighbors.
“The many hurdles from farm to table”: From environmental regulations to expensive land, local farmers have a lot on their plate. Farmers across the valley face serious issues such as drainage issues, permitting and land prices. The Reporter ran a story about some of those issues.
“Issaquah city council votes to pursue Cougar Mountain acquisition”: The Issaquah City Council voted unanimously to find ways to purchase a property in the surrounding mountains to keep it from being developed. The action was the first the council had taken to preserve the 46-acre property on Cougar Mountain — known as the Bergsma property — from development. The project was proposed in 2017 by Windward Real Estate Services, which is seeking to build 57 houses on the mountain. The land ultimately was purchased by the city before the end of the year.
“Universal mental health screenings to be introduced in local middle schools”: Youth Eastside Services partnered with Lake Washington School District and Bellevue School District to address mental health and substance use issues in students.
“Congressional candidates Kim Schirer and Dino Rossi tackle big issues at debate”: 8th Congressional District candidates Kim Schrier, a Democrat, and Dino Rossi, a Republican, met in Ellensburg for their first debate. Schrier defeated Rossi in the general election for a seat that was long held by Republican lawmakers.
“Lawsuit filed against Issaquah School District”: A pair of former students are suing the Issaquah School District for not protecting them from bullying after they reported a sexual assault by two star football players. In response, current Skyline students held a demonstration, “Skyline students hold demonstration in support of sexual assault survivors,” where students spread awareness of rape culture; want school district to be held accountable; encourage change following ISD lawsuit. The school district has denied wrongdoing.
“Issaquah citizens build a tiny house for the Low Income Housing Institute”: In partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), Bill Vipond, president of the Issaquah-based Vipond Group, held a community tiny house work party on Saturday, Dec. 8.