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Leon Kos retires after 33 years—Issaquah begins search for new city administrator

In 1977, Led Zepplin, at the height of their powers, stopped in Seattle on a world tour and played the Kingdome. The Seattle Seahawks was just two years old. Fans going to the newly built Kingdome to watch them play would see Steve Largent, Dave Brown and Jim Zorn. Seattle Slew won the triple crown, Dixie Lee Ray was governor, and the Eastside was little more than farmland. It would be many years before Microsoft would reshape development here - in 1977 the fledging company still had its office in Albuquerque. And it was in 1977 that Leon Kos joined the City of Issaquah as City Administrator, and in the 33 years since then and now, much has changed.

Relying solely on additional lanes for congestion relief is not only expensive

Smarter Highways – information the key to keep Washington moving

This summer, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will begin installing the overhead electronic signs on northbound Interstate 5, State Rout 520 and Interstate 90 between Seattle and Bellevue. The signs are a key component of the WSDOT Smarter Highways program, that uses real-time traffic information to improve safety and reduce congestion. Skyline High School senior Jason Lu has been studying the traffic management systems in America and overseas. Here he discusses how real-time traffic information can improve highway capacity without expensive road building.

Relying solely on additional lanes for congestion relief is not only expensive
Members of the Bahá’í community in Sammamish Fariba Mahmoudnia

Bahá’í community in Sammamish rolls up their sleeves to clean up the parkway

A couple of times a year, the Sammamish Bahá’í roll up their sleeves for a roadside clean-up service project.

  • Apr 26, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
Members of the Bahá’í community in Sammamish Fariba Mahmoudnia
The equipment has changed

Where there’s smoke…

The Issaquah History Museums looks back at 100 years of fighting fires in Issaquah

The equipment has changed
Road trip!...to school. Issaquah High students Stuart Miller and Jamey Miller

Sharing the joy of sharing a ride

Issaquah High School spreads the love about their carpooling program, Liberty High keen to roll

Road trip!...to school. Issaquah High students Stuart Miller and Jamey Miller

Preserve your past, and learn about Issaquah’s, with events this month

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is a huge part of the life, economy and history of Issaquah. But do you know how it came into being?

  • Apr 1, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
Thanks to a grant from the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Issaquah Schools Foundation funds big hearts and big ideas

This week Sharon Solie was recognized for her efforts to encourage her students to read more at home, as the recipient of a Big Ideas grant from the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF).

Thanks to a grant from the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Bahá’í New Year in Sammamish

The Bahá’í community of Sammamish will celebrate their New Year, called Naw-Ruz, at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 21, at the Sammamish Library. The public is invited to join in the celebration, listen to wonderful Bahá’í music, learn more about the tradition of Naw-Ruz, and enjoy delicious Persian treats.

  • Mar 18, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
Petey Sosa

Issaquah School District musicians donate extraordinary talents for Haiti fundraiser

Launching their own version of Band Aid, young musicians from all over the Issaquah School District put on a show on the Plateau on Thursday night to raise money for Red Cross' efforts in Haiti.

Petey Sosa

I-90 rush hour crash victim dies

A Snoqualmie man involved in a Feb. 22 vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 in Issaquah has succumbed to his injuries, according to the state patrol.Kenneth… Continue reading

Dawn Appel

Community welcome to celebrate Dawn Appel’s life and show support for the fight against lueke

Sammamish’s Dawn Appel recently lost her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Dawn Appel

Sammamish assures wary Klahanie – ‘we have no plan to change the park.’

The Klahanie Homeowners Association (KHA) is in the process of organizing a meeting with the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and King County officials, to discuss options for the maintenance and operation of Klahanie Park.

The old Inglewood Grammar School

End of the ‘60s the beginning of a new time in Sammamish

“We always knew we couldn’t stay rural because we were too close to Seattle. But it’s so interesting to see how things have developed. I just can’t believe it.”

  • Feb 26, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
The old Inglewood Grammar School
Sammamish youngsters Billy Dimlow

Four young friends’ great gift of generosity

For many of us, the inspiration and energy to help people in need is something that comes later in life. Often it isn't until we have seen a bit of the world, and witnessed first hand the suffering and trials of others, that we are moved to act.

Sammamish youngsters Billy Dimlow
Liberty High School science students Hannah Blue

‘A science-y group of nerdy girls’ expand the horizon for young women at school

Though as a developed society we may consider ourselves well beyond the gender-stereotypes that insist women should be homemakers, nurses or school teachers, and positions of business leadership, economic study and technical sciences are the domain of men, the truth is that we probably aren't that far beyond it at all.

Liberty High School science students Hannah Blue

Searching for Issaquah residents committed to Ruth Kees’ vision

Ruth Kees was a teacher, mentor and role model for those committed to pursuing the vision of a sustainable Issaquah.

  • Feb 11, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
It is the enthusiasm of students like Challenger Elementary's Jessica Donaldson and Sergio Palomino to lessen their impact on the environment that is making the Issaquah School District a leader when it comes to conservation and recycling.

Issaquah schools recognized by King County for recycling efforts

Thanks to the efforts of five schools in the Issaquah School District, this area is growing a reputation for leading the way when it comes to conservation and being good stewards of our environment.

  • Feb 2, 2010
  • BY Wire Service
It is the enthusiasm of students like Challenger Elementary's Jessica Donaldson and Sergio Palomino to lessen their impact on the environment that is making the Issaquah School District a leader when it comes to conservation and recycling.
Lee Fellinge at his final council meeting

‘Let the unknown be known’

Jack Barry, Kathy Huckabay and Lee Fellinge consider life after Sammamish City Council

Lee Fellinge at his final council meeting
Bellevue attorney Randy Gordon (left) shares the spotlight with State Sen. Eric Oemig (D-Kirkland).

41st District party officials select Gordon to replace Sen. Jarrett

Approval is still needed from the King County Council, but Bellevue attorney Randy Gordon is in pole position to replace 41st District State Sen. Fred… Continue reading

Bellevue attorney Randy Gordon (left) shares the spotlight with State Sen. Eric Oemig (D-Kirkland).
Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPT)

ISD doubles number of nationally certified teachers

Just in time for the holiday season, twenty-one teachers in the Issaquah School District received an extra special gift this month — notification that they… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPT)