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Criminal activity prompts cries for new skate park

More than a decade ago the City of Issaquah built a skateboard park behind the Issaquah Community Center. At the time it was state of the art. 10 years later, its functionality has come into question, and diverse sections of the community are calling for its relocation.


Residents want park to preserve history and nature

More than 100 Issaquah residents gathered at the site of the former Tolle Anderson farmstead on Thursday, Aug. 26 to hear about plans for the Issaquah Creek confluence park project, and to give their thoughts on how the 15.5-acre plot should be developed.


Harrison confirmed as new city administrator

Following his appointment last week by Mayor Ava Frisinger, Robert "Bob" Harrison has been confirmed as the next city administrator by the unanimous vote of Issaquah's City Council at their Sept. 20 meeting.


New phase for food packaging ordinance

The next phase in providing sustainable food packaging for restaurants in Issaquah becomes mandatory this week. As of Oct. 1, all food service establishments must comply with chapter 8.07 of the Issaquah Municipal Code, which prohibits the use of polystyrene and non-recyclable disposable food packaging and requires businesses to use recyclable or compostable food packaging.

Administrator finalists meet the community

It had the air of a cocktail party, but it was serious business for the five men vying to be the next Issaquah City Administrator.

Salmon, sunshine and smiles

The salmon put on a show for visitors at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Friday, Sept. 3, perhaps one of the final days of heat and sunshine for this season.

Ride like a girl, help end domestic violence

Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club is holding its third annual Cycle the WAVE bicycle charity event to support the Eastside Domestic Violence Program on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sustainable packaging becomes mandatory this week

The next phase in sustainable food packaging for restaurants in Issaquah becomes mandatory this week. As of Oct. 1, all food service establishments must comply with chapter 8.07 of the Issaquah Municipal Code.

Sneak preview of Sammamish Fair Artists

Elena Blume loves art. She's also passionate about social media. On Tuesday, she combined these loves by videotaping several artists at Sammamish City Hall who will be participating in the fourth annual Sammamish Art Fair Oct. 9 and 10.

Keeping locals in the (geothermal) loop

If you’ve been in the Issaquah Highlands on the first Thursday of the month this summer, you may have noticed small crowds gathering near a construction site on NE High Street. The mixed groups of real estate agents, residents and reporters all have one thing in common; they want to learn more about the zHome.

Swedish challenges hospital retail stigma at new Highlands campus

On Wednesday, July 28, Swedish representatives held a community meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor to present a construction update, propose ideas for retail facilities in the center, and to receive feedback from residents and business leaders about what they would like to see at the new campus.

Artist adds new perspective on the meaning of community

There has been much discussion of how Issaquah will evolve over the next 10, 20 or even 50 years. Community leaders are developing parks, evaluating marketing ideas and enticing businesses. But are these steps taking us in the right direction?

Life-threatening accident to spur road changes in Highlands

On Sunday, July 25, the normally quiet evening air of the Issaquah Highlands filled with gasps, screams and emergency sirens after a 59-year-old woman, out walking her dog, was hit by a car while walking across the pedestrian crosswalk at 15th Avenue NE and NE Park Drive.

Business venture markets the outdoor charms of Issaquah

Teamwork. It’s taught in pre-school classes. It’s encouraged in sports. Most people add “team player” to their resume. And it’s this simple idea of working together that turned an intern’s plan into a month-long festival of outdoor activities.

Issaquah nonprofit brings independent living to the disabled

Austin Brodeur, a spunky 22-year-old with a ready smile and a goofy sense of humor, sits slurping his Frappuccino at Starbucks. In the seat next… Continue reading

Leadership group is catalyst behind opening of Eastside Mental Health Court

When King County created the region's first Mental Health Court in 1999, it was designed to provide misdemeanor offenders who suffered from mental illness a way to dismantle the cycle of arrest, incarceration and reoffending.

Slow change coming

Issaquah businesses taking their time adapting to ban on polystyrene boxes

Parks Board wants more public comment on proposed Issaquah Highlands mountain bike park

The City of Issaquah's Parks Board welcomed a guest speaker to Monday night's monthly meeting, with Major Development Program Manager Keith Niven presenting the latest information on the complicated Park Pointe Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) agreement between the City of Issaquah, King County and developer Port Blakely.

Issaquah homeowners receive Brush with Kindness

After more than 15 years, every house needs a little upkeep. The Habitat for Humanity homes on Front Street in Issaquah are no exception, and this week volunteers began maintenance work on the exterior of the houses.

Lake Sammamish beaver invasion: Parks and City struggle to balance nature and community needs

One of the benefits of living near the foothills of the Cascade Mountains is the way daily life brushes up against nature. And it's just this proximity that is creating a beaver conflict at Lake Sammamish State Park.