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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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

Issaquah City Hall. File photo

Utility assistance program to launch in January

New aid available for low income residents as tax, rate increases approach.

Issaquah City Hall. File photo
A sign for the Historic Shell Holiday shop in front of the Station’s exterior. The shop runs weekends Thanksgiving through Christmas in downtown Issaquah. Courtesy photos.

Historic Shell Holiday Shop underway

Local artists, crafters sell handmade gifts in downtown Issaquah.

A sign for the Historic Shell Holiday shop in front of the Station’s exterior. The shop runs weekends Thanksgiving through Christmas in downtown Issaquah. Courtesy photos.
King County Executive Dow Constantine spoke at the Bergsma celebration in Issaquah on Nov. 13. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Bergsma Celebration

A walk in the Cougar Mountain preserved hillside.

King County Executive Dow Constantine spoke at the Bergsma celebration in Issaquah on Nov. 13. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Issaquah City Hall. File photo

Issaquah city council adopts final 2020 budget

Revised budget passes six to one.

Issaquah City Hall. File photo
Eastridge Church gives away more than 1,000 turkeys to the community at their Seattle and Issaquah locations each year. The 2019 event will take place Nov. 23. Courtesy photo

Turkeys for all on Nov. 23

Local church plans to give out 1,500 free turkeys.

Eastridge Church gives away more than 1,000 turkeys to the community at their Seattle and Issaquah locations each year. The 2019 event will take place Nov. 23. Courtesy photo
Daphne Gahne, a Providence Point resident addresses city council about the negatives of building a comprehensive high school so close to the Providence Point property at the Nov. 12 council study session. From left: Daphne Gahn, councilmember Lindsey Walsh and councilmember Chris Reh. Madison Miller / staff photo

Community weighs in on Providence Heights future

Residents, school district officials and city council discuss Providence Heights zoning to accommodate a comprehensive high school.

Daphne Gahne, a Providence Point resident addresses city council about the negatives of building a comprehensive high school so close to the Providence Point property at the Nov. 12 council study session. From left: Daphne Gahn, councilmember Lindsey Walsh and councilmember Chris Reh. Madison Miller / staff photo
A newly planted tree. Courtesy photo

One Million Trees Celebration with Green Issaquah

Volunteer events, new forest stewardship program.

A newly planted tree. Courtesy photo
Issaquah City Hall. File photo

Mayor Pauly reacts to I-976; city plans face uncertainty

Passing of the initiative could have major consequences for Issaquah.

Issaquah City Hall. File photo
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                                Maria Monroy and her daughter Lupita Vasquez, 3 years old, in front of the community altar at the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration.

Day of the Dead at Issaquah Highlands

Blakely Hall was full of bright colors, paper flowers, painted faces, sugar skulls and altar offerings on the evening of Nov. 1 as Issaquah Highlands… Continue reading

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                                Maria Monroy and her daughter Lupita Vasquez, 3 years old, in front of the community altar at the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration.