Over the past 20 years, in small cities and communities across America, the average daily police record of reported crimes and complaints would hold a familiar, and fairly uniform, list of events – a drunk and disorderly, car prowling, garage break ins, and vandalism would usually fill the police blotters of places like Issaquah and Sammamish.
The 12 members of the Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task have been entrusted with an enormous responsibility – to lay down the bold brush strokes of what the City of Issaquah should look like in the decades to come.
Heaven help you if you were trying to raise a child with a developmental disability in the 1960s. In terms of support services, education, therapy, or even a wise word, in many cities and towns there was nothing.
At an open house at Blakely Hall late in July, a small but interested group of community members asked City of Issaquah Major Development lead, Keith Niven, and Port Blakely chief in the Highlands, Judd Kirk, about the potential traffic and other impacts of 410 additional units in the 35 acre parcel, and 500 additional units in the existing Highlands, to areas like Park Drive NE outside Grand Ridge Elementary.
Teams from Issaquah, Renton, Kent, Auburn, and Federal Way turned the Tibbetts Valley Park field into a softball extravaganza on Saturday for the King County Region round of the Special Olympics. The winners in each division, which were decided late in the day, will move on to represent the county at the state level in Everett at the end of August.
It was last year that then Port Blakely chief Alan Boeker said his company would be interested in paying for a mountain bike park of some description in the Issaquah Highlands. It was an offering, a sweetner, in controversial negotiations Boeker was involved in to bring a gas station to the Highlands. The $30,000 was little more than a bar napkin number he plucked out of the air. But it stuck.
Listening to Rob Pickering tell the story of how his ancestor came from a distant land to shape what would one day become the modern city of Issaquah is to see just how much we move with the passage of time.
Currently, most new developments must demonstrate they would not unduly drain the water resources of the city. The City of Issaquah is considering deleting from its code any requirement for new developments to mitigate their impact on the city’s water supply.
Despite a fight involving up to 40 people and “lots of guns,” which killed two men and injured four others in front of scores of bystanders, King County Police have not been able to make a single arrest related to the shooting in Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday night.
It was only a few years ago that the sight of an electric vehicle passing on the street would turn heads. Once only found in experimental showrooms, electric cars are very much a part of our everyday traffic. They are set to soon rival their gas-fueled cousins.
While a 80 degree plus day is always a good excuse to shed the threads, members of Fraternity Snoqualmie had a more serious goal in mind than just enjoying the gentle caresses of a fresh breeze – nothing less than a bona fide world record.
It is probably not a surprise to most that, although the U.S. constitutes only 4 percent of the world’s population, it accounts for 22 percent of the world’s total energy consumption.
Usually when we hear statistics like this we assume the big culprits are industry and big business, or modes of transportation. But in fact, the operation of residential housing is responsible for 21 percent of total US energy consumption, things like space heating and cooling, appliances, water heating, and lighting.
A fire in the Cascade Gardens Restaurant on Gilman Boulevard which called Eastside Fire and Rescue units to the scene at 2 a.m. this morning was likely started by a build up of grease in a cooking unit.
With the Central Issaquah Plan (CIP) Citizen Advisory Taskforce hard at work shaping the vision of Issaquah circa 2030 and beyond, Rowley Properties have formed a similar citizen group to help them examine opportunities for profitable and sustainable development in the city.
More than just a change in governance, City of Issaquah staff believe the new model could bring real and positive changes to the animal control environment locally, particularly the reoccurring problem of dogs off-leash in public parks.