Natalie DeFord

For sale sign hanging in front of house. File photo

Open houses close due to coronavirus concerns

Northwest Multiple Listing Service halts large group home tours amid pandemic.

 

Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                Molly, a 4-year-old dog, playing with her humans Buck and Linda Dentinger at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah in February, 2020.

A call for dog park artists

Issaquah accepting applications until March 25.

 

Downtown Issaquah. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

COVID-19 in Issaquah: ‘We’re well prepared’

Seven positive cases tied to Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, one death.

 

A previous Holi celebration at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. File photo

Holi 2020 returning to Lake Sammamish State Park

Festival of color is a celebration of spring.

A previous Holi celebration at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. File photo
A car drives through flooding on the road outside the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Feb. 6, 2020. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo

After flood, costs flow for Issaquah

The city anticipates about $260,000 in repairs.

A car drives through flooding on the road outside the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Feb. 6, 2020. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo
Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce / courtesy photo
                                Levitate Gastropub executive chef Pa Jallow holds the golden spatula he won for creating the best Salmon-based appetizer for the Issaquah Epicurean Experience contest in 2019.

Epicurean Experience returning to Issaquah

Vote for the best appetizer, cocktail, dessert in Issaquah.

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce / courtesy photo
                                Levitate Gastropub executive chef Pa Jallow holds the golden spatula he won for creating the best Salmon-based appetizer for the Issaquah Epicurean Experience contest in 2019.

New Issaquah utility rates, assistance programs

Cost increase and low-income support in 2020.

Courtesy of the city of Issaquah’s website
                                A rendering of a section of a future park in Issaquah. High Street will be closed and converted into a multi-use trail and linear park.

High Street to transform into new park

Road now permanently closed.

Courtesy of the city of Issaquah’s website
                                A rendering of a section of a future park in Issaquah. High Street will be closed and converted into a multi-use trail and linear park.
Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                Caanon Russell, left, and Matt Acres inside Ming’s Zen Gallery in downtown Issaquah. The space holds hundreds of pieces of art, furniture and antiquities.

Ming’s Zen Gallery returns to Issaquah

Family business houses history, antiquities.

Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                Caanon Russell, left, and Matt Acres inside Ming’s Zen Gallery in downtown Issaquah. The space holds hundreds of pieces of art, furniture and antiquities.
Allen Chen demonstrates the art of Chinese calligraphy at a workshop during the Issaquah Highlands Lunar New Year festivities. Courtesy photo by Jenny Peng.

Issaquah Highlands celebrates Lunar New Year

Festivities for the rest of the week have been canceled.

Allen Chen demonstrates the art of Chinese calligraphy at a workshop during the Issaquah Highlands Lunar New Year festivities. Courtesy photo by Jenny Peng.
Issaquah’s new website, launched Dec. 5, on a laptop. File photo.

Issaquah’s website gets $24K refresh

City council hears presentation about recent website redesign.

Issaquah’s new website, launched Dec. 5, on a laptop. File photo.
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                                From left, Issaquah city administrator Wally Bobkiewicz, Mayor Mary Lou Pauly, and Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele speak during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon annual update event on Jan. 9.

Chamber hosts annual address for community stakeholders

Mayor, administrator, schools superintendent speak at luncheon.

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                                From left, Issaquah city administrator Wally Bobkiewicz, Mayor Mary Lou Pauly, and Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele speak during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon annual update event on Jan. 9.
Bellevue residents Marko and Karla Ilicic play a hockey game in the Topgolf Swing Suite inside Forum Social House. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Forum Social House opens in Bellevue

Eastside gets new nightclub, mini golf, swing suites.

Bellevue residents Marko and Karla Ilicic play a hockey game in the Topgolf Swing Suite inside Forum Social House. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
A map showing the areas zoned as single family-duplex in the Olde Town Neighborhood. Courtesy of the City of Issaquah.

Olde Town walking tour and workshop

Observe and preserve neighborhood housing styles.

A map showing the areas zoned as single family-duplex in the Olde Town Neighborhood. Courtesy of the City of Issaquah.
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                                New Issaquah Councilmember Zach Hall, age 25.

Meet Zach Hall, the council’s youthful perspective

Issaquah’s new 25-year-old councilmember talks policies and plans.

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                                New Issaquah Councilmember Zach Hall, age 25.
On Jan. 6, four Issaquah councilmembers were sworn in. From left: Victoria Hunt, Lindsey Walsh, Barbara de Michele, Zach Hall. Natalie DeFord/Staff photo

Issaquah swears in new councilmembers, appoints leadership

Victoria Hunt named Council President, Chris Reh the Deputy Council President.

On Jan. 6, four Issaquah councilmembers were sworn in. From left: Victoria Hunt, Lindsey Walsh, Barbara de Michele, Zach Hall. Natalie DeFord/Staff photo
Left: Nicholas Frei of Emil Frei Associates, Inc. during the removal of the Providence Heights chapels glass windows in 2018 in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province. Right: Sister Judith Desmarais, Sisters of Providence Provincial Leader who was a student at Providence Heights College, holding a photo of the window depicting the Prophecy of Simeon, one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Photo by Natalie DeFord.

What happened to the Providence glass?

The story of Providence Heights College’s colored windows, and where they are now.

Left: Nicholas Frei of Emil Frei Associates, Inc. during the removal of the Providence Heights chapels glass windows in 2018 in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province. Right: Sister Judith Desmarais, Sisters of Providence Provincial Leader who was a student at Providence Heights College, holding a photo of the window depicting the Prophecy of Simeon, one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Photo by Natalie DeFord.
2018 rendering of the Southeast 43rd Way signal project. Courtesy of the city of Issaquah website.

Southeast 43rd signal project moving forward

Traffic light, new driveways coming to Providence Point entrances.

2018 rendering of the Southeast 43rd Way signal project. Courtesy of the city of Issaquah website.
The Historic Shell Station - one of two locations where Downtown Issaquah Association is having a Make Music Winter event Dec. 21. The other is The Depot. Courtesy photo

Make Music Winter

Downtown Issaquah Association has Rovin’ Fiddlers Solstice Gathering.

The Historic Shell Station - one of two locations where Downtown Issaquah Association is having a Make Music Winter event Dec. 21. The other is The Depot. Courtesy photo

City of Issaquah launches new website

Redesign went live Dec. 5 and aims to reduce number of clicks to access pertinent info.