Warm winter, early spring woke up hungry black bears

March 31, 2015

Everyone probably can agree the Seattle area had a pretty warm winter and spring kind of came early.

And with that warmer than average weather, what also came kind of early was the end of hibernation for this area’s healthy population of black bears.

Speaking last month, state Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said bears that don’t usually appear until April were already out and about in early March.

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Opposition doesn’t surface on Klahanie-area annexation

March 31, 2015

While Klahanie-area residents said, “No thanks,” to annexation to Issaquah, annexation to Sammamish seems to be a more popular idea.

By all accounts, there is no organized opposition to the annexation question on the April 28 ballot. When Sammamish went hunting for persons to write the “con” side for the King County Voters’ Pamphlet, they got no takers. Michael Foss is one of three Klahanie-area residents chosen by the city to write the “pro” side for the pamphlet.

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Car crashes into veterinarian’s office

March 31, 2015

At about 6 p.m. on March 20, the receptionist for the Klahanie Center Veterinary Hospital got a bit of a surprise, according to the owner, Sukhdeep Brar.

A white Subaru driven by an elderly woman somehow made its way through the plate glass window in the front of the animal hospital. Brar said his receptionist was the only person in the front of the business at the time of the crash.

Contributed This car crashed through the front window of the Klahanie Center Veterinary Clinic March. No one was hurt.

This car crashed through the front window of the Klahanie Center Veterinary Clinic March. No one was hurt.

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Police blotter

March 31, 2015


At 6 a.m. March 3, a resident of 263rd Court Southeast called police to say something had just been blown up in her backyard. Reports said it likely was a “sparkler bomb.” Whatever it was, it caused cracks in two windows in the home. Read more

State patrol enforcement program proved successful in 2014

March 31, 2015

The Washington State Patrol saw a significant reduction in fatality collisions in identified Target Enforcement Areas in 2014.

Target Enforcement Areas are specific zones in District Two (King County) that are considered to have a higher probability of collisions based on historical data.

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Apply by April 13 for new scholarship

March 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 29, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has created a new scholarship to help Issaquah School District juniors and graduating seniors continue their educational journey.

The foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays about the ways foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.

The Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. Entries to the Written category will be judged on answers to two essay questions. Students who enter under the Presentation category will be judged on a five-minute oral presentation of their written essays.

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April 1 program can teach resident humans to deal with resident bears

March 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2015

“We’ve been getting a lot of complaints,” said Kim Chandler, a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife enforcement officer for King County.

Warm weather has brought the area’s robust population of black bears out of hibernation early, and the Klahanie neighborhood has been the source of many of those complaints or sightings, Chandler added.

With that in mind, the department will sponsor a program to teach residents how to deal with bears.

The program is set for 7 p.m. April 1 at Challenger Middle Elementary School, 25200 S.E. Klahanie Blvd. It will include presentations by fish wildlife officers and include an appearance by a Karelian bear dog trained to deal with bears.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Learn more by calling the Mill Creek office of the Department of Fish & Wildlife at 775-1311.

Learn about being a school board member at information night

March 26, 2015

NEW — Noon March 26, 2015

Community members interested in serving on the Issaquah School Board can learn about the process for applying and running for office at an informational meeting April 2.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the ISD Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah.

Three current board members will be in attendance to offer their perspective, share their experiences and answer questions.

City buys former Mars Hill Church for $6.1 million

March 25, 2015

Three community colleges have asked to have until Sept. 15 to complete a viability study that could lead to the opening of a community or vocational college in the former Mars Hill Church building.

With a letter of interest from the schools in hand, the Sammamish City Council acted unanimously March 17 to authorize City Manager Ben Yazici to purchase the vacant two-story building at 120 228th Ave. N.E. for $6.1 million.

The schools involved are Cascadia and Bellevue colleges, along with the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

By Greg Farrar The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

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Answer on 42nd Street barricade may not be known until next year

March 25, 2015

A half-dozen or more people spoke at a recent Sammamish City Council meeting in favor of removing the barricade that cuts Northeast 42nd Street in two, but some city officials said a final resolution on whether the gate should stay or go probably won’t arrive until next year.

At their March 17 meeting, council members were somewhat split regarding when the city should take a hard look at the controversial barricade.

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