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October 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Issaquah voters will decide in February whether to repeal a law banning the use of plastic bags in most stores.
Responding to an initiative that required action by the City Council, council members voted 6-0 (with Tola Marts absent), to put the issue on the Feb. 11 ballot.
King County Elections determined earlier this month that a petition to repeal the bag ban had qualified for the ballot. Save Our Choice, organized by Seattle resident Craig Keller, sponsored the initiative and circulated petitions.
Keller has criticized the ban as intrusive and ineffective.
The law, passed by the City Council last year, banned most plastic shopping bags and requires retailers to collect a 5-cent fee on paper bags. It went into effect in March.
September 18, 2013 at 6:09 AM
The Associated Press
A teacher’s 2-foot-long ball python that escaped a week ago from his glass tank in a biology classroom at a high school east of Seattle has been found.
KOMO-TV reports that school district officials in Issaquah say the snake named Hamilton was located Tuesday morning in the same classroom where he vanished. He was last seen on Sept. 10.
As the City of Issaquah tweets, “He’s ssssssafe and sound at school.”
Issaquah High School Principal Andrea McCormick calls him “a tricky little snake” and says he’s believed to have escaped on his own.
She says the ball python is a common household pet, is non-venomous and poses no danger to people.
School officials searched the classroom last Wednesday, then called in animal control. That search came up empty as well.
No details on where Hamilton has been hanging out but school officials say he’s back napping in his tank.
August 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Opponents of Issaquah’s ban on plastic shopping bags submitted petition signatures today in support of an initiative to require a vote of the people on repeal of the law. The ban took effect in March.
Craig Keller, the West Seattle resident who spearheaded the Save Our Choice repeal campaign, said he submitted more than 3,400 signatures to the City Clerk’s Office this afternoon.
Keller said he has calculated that 2,843 valid signatures are required under state law. His campaign will continue collecting signatures, he said, while city and King County officials determine the number required and the validity of those already submitted.
The Issaquah City Council voted last year to ban most plastic shopping bags and require retailers to collect a 5-cent fee on paper bags.
The Save Our Choice initiative would require the City Council to either repeal the ordinance or allow citizens to vote on a repeal.
August 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM
A man was booked for vehicular assault Sunday after an early morning crash on Interstate 90 in Issaquah, according to the Washington State Patrol.
A 20-year-old man from Woodinville was traveling east on I-90 near East Sunset Way around 2:40 a.m. when he veered left into the median, struck the end of a guardrail and continued into a ravine. The Honda Civic struck a tree and caught fire.
Officers located the driver walking near the scene and a passenger near the car with a severe arm injury. The 20-year-old female passenger was transported to Harborview Medical Center. She was listed in serious condition Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but alcohol or drugs were a factor, WSP said.
May 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM
An activist group that failed in January to collect enough signatures to put Seattle’s plastic bag ban on the ballot, and then announced in March it was taking on a similar ban in Issaquah, is now taking the fight to Shoreline.
Save Our Choice, founded by West Seattle resident Craig Keller, announced Monday night it was joining with a group of Shoreline residents to collect signatures for a referendum petition.
The city passed its ban last week; it takes effect next February.
“We are a band of volunteer citizens dedicated to fiercely defending consumer and merchant choice and to questioning the authority of utopians,” Keller wrote in a news release.
Shoreline resident Tom Jamieson, who is co-organizing the petition drive, added that Ordinance No. 653 “unjustifiably restrains trade, punishes customers, provides no provable benefit to the environment, and includes no method for measuring reductions in waste or litter.”
The petition, posted on the Save Our Choice website, quotes Thomas Jefferson at one point: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”
The group said they have until May 29 to collect the signatures.
May 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Issaquah police said a 56-year-old homeowner shot and wounded an intruder just before 1 this afternoon.
The intruder, a man in his mid-20s, had broken into the home in the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive. He was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with a wound to the shoulder, said police.
Police said the homeowner was inside his home when he heard somebody ringing the doorbell. He looked outside, and, because he did not recognize the man at the door, ignored the doorbell.
Police said that a few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door to enter the home. The homeowner heard a loud crash and saw that the suspect had come inside.
The men struggled, said police, and the homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once.
A delivery truck driver observed the scuffle, heard the shot and made the initial 911 call.
Police said the homeowner was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Montreux is a 260-acre master planned community located on the northern slopes of Cougar Mountain.
March 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM
An 82-year-old Issaquah woman, who was driving without headlights when her Chrysler crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a truck Monday evening, has died.
After the collision happened in the 22800 block of Southeast 43rd Way around 6:45 p.m., Issaquah police say medics rushed Angela Guyot of Issaquah to Harborview Medical Center. She eventually died at Harborview Wednesday, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The driver of the Ford truck, a 31-year-old Renton man, escaped the accident with a minor wrist injury.
January 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM
Public health officials have confirmed a second case of the measles in a King County resident who was exposed to a contagious traveler at Sea-Tac Airport on Jan. 18.
Officials said that before that person was diagnosed, he or she may have passed the disease onto others at the following locations:
QFC, 4570 Klahanie Dr. S., Issaquah
- Jan. 23rd between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Jan. 24th between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Jan. 25th between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Jan. 29th between 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Starbucks, 4566 Klahanie Dr SE, Issaquah
- Jan. 26th between 9:00am –11:30 am
Those who may have contracted the virus from this second person with the measles diagnosis could see symptoms – fever, unexplained rash, cough, runny nose, watery eyes — anytime between now and Feb. 19, according to a Public Health - Seattle & King County news release.
Because the virus is extremely contagious, anyone who sees symptoms should notify his healthcare provider immediately and stay at home to avoid exposing others to the disease. If a visit to a healthcare facility is necessary, officials recommended calling ahead to make sure arrangements are made to keep other patients from contracting measles.
The measles virus is highly contagious. It is spread mainly through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes, according to Public Health - Seattle & King County. Because most people in King County have immunity to measles through vaccination, the public-health department said, the risk of the disease spreading more to the general public is low.
People who know they were in the areas indicated above should, however, check to see to see if they have been vaccinated or had measles before.
The first measles case in King County this year was confirmed on Jan. 25 by a traveler who made a stop at Sea-Tac Airport on Jan. 18 between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. More information on where travelers could have contracted the virus then is available on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website.
December 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM
A man who led police on a high-speed chase was arrested in heavy woods near Tiger Mountain after being spotted by the King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian 1 helicopter.
A sheriff’s deputy on patrol in a residential neighborhood Thursday spotted a suspect who appeared to be attempting to burglarize a house in the 19500 block of Maxwell Road. The man jumped into his car and tried to run over the deputy as he sped away said Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy pursued the suspect on Highway 19 toward Interstate 90. Near mile post 27 the suspect fled into the woods on foot. Guardian 1 searched from the air. A pilot, using an infrared scope, spotted a ‘hot spot’ that wasn’t visible to the naked eye. The pilot directed deputies on the ground to the location where they found the suspect hiding in heavy brush.
The 27-year-old Issaquah man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail.
October 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM
The Associated Press
ISSAQUAH – Black bear sightings aren’t unusual in east Seattle suburbs such as Issaquah but the sight of an adult bear and three cubs rambling across the campus of an elementary school prompted a brief lockdown.
Officials at Issaquah Valley Elementary School alerted police and the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife when they saw the bears Wednesday morning.
KOMO-TV reports that the lockdown was lifted around noon after wildlife officers confirmed the bears were no longer nearby.
Fish and Wildlife Officer Bruce Richards says the bears likely left the woods for a nearby creek in search of salmon. He suggests people just leave the bears alone.
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