National Weather Service warns of frigid temperatures for area

December 13, 2008

Cold could be dangerous to elderly, children and pets

NEW — 8:38 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

Below is a winter warning from the National Weather Service in Seattle:
THE LONGEST STREAK OF COLD WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 IS ON THE WAY… WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS IS IN THE FORECAST AT TIMES OVER THE NEXT
FEW DAYS…IT IS THE FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK THAT COULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON WESTERN WASHINGTON.
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Tips to help you and your home survive severe cold

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:36 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

When temperatures drop to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common.  There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home. Read more

Help keep pets safe in frigid temperatures

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

With freezing temperatures expected, pets need protection from the cold. These tips will help keep pets safe during cold weather:

  • DRESS APPROPRIATELY
    A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs may need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
  • INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY
    Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing the food supply, particularly protein, will keep them and their fur in tip-top shape.
  • BEWARE OF SEASONAL POISONS
    Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal poisons for dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. 
  • OFFER A WARM SLEEPING SPOT
    Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months. 
  • SAVE A LIFE BY TAPPING ON YOUR HOOD
    Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.
(Source: The Seattle Humane Society)

Bellevue women schemed to steal money from elderly city man, police say

December 12, 2008

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 12, 2008

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man.

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old. Read more

Give or deliver toys to local children in need through Toys for Tots

December 12, 2008

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Dec. 12, 2008

The Marine Corps League Puget Sound Detachment 336 is hosting a Toys for Tots collection from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Wednesday at the Myrtle Lodge 108, 57 W. Sunset Way.

New and gently used, unwrapped toys will be accepted, as well as cash and checks made out to “Marine Corps League — Toys for Tots.”

Volunteers are needed to deliver the toys Saturday. Learn more by calling 440-9506.

Skyline wins state title again

December 8, 2008

 

Skyline and Issaquah high schools matched up Dec. 5 at the Tacoma Dome in the first championship game featuring two schools from the same school district. Skyline’s Jake Knecht (4) breaks up a fourth-quarter pass from Issaquah’s Joey Bradley meant for Ross Zuhl (3) in the end zone.  Photo by Greg Farrar

School district undeveloped land contaminated by lead, mercury; Clark, IHS not affected

December 8, 2008

New soil tests of the Issaquah School District’s 1.8-acre undeveloped property east of Clark Elementary School show high levels of contaminants, like lead, chromium and mercury.

But the district is in compliance with state regulations regarding the contaminated soils on the property, which is also adjacent to Issaquah High School.

District officials conducted the latest round of tests on the property, about 200 yards from Clark, after community members expressed concerns that children there and at Issaquah High are being exposed to lead.

“Anytime we receive concerns about any part of our operations, we take actions to address the issues and respond to whatever is required of us,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district.

Similarly, there were questions regarding the district’s asbestos removal records at Clark. However, district officials are in full compliance with state and federal asbestos regulations, as indicated by the most recent asbestos inspection, in August 2006. The inspections are conducted every three years.

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City buys final parcel for park

December 8, 2008

This city map shows the proposed Bolliger Property acquisition at the corner of Northwest Holly Street and Rainier Boulevard Northwest. By City of Issaquah.This city map shows the proposed Bolliger Property acquisition at the corner of Northwest Holly Street and Rainier Boulevard Northwest. By City of Issaquah.

In a $2.69 million deal, the city is buying a long-sought 1.3-acre parcel of land for Cybil-Madeline Park — envisioned as the “jewel in the crown” of the Issaquah parks system.

Following an executive session of the City Council Dec. 1, members instructed the administration to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for the land at the southwest corner of Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Holly Street. Two houses are built on it, surrounded by some old fruit trees, fencing and lawn.

The agreement has not yet been signed, but both the buyer and seller expect it to go forward, said City Administrator Leon Kos. Read more

Christmas fund helps local families all year

December 8, 2008

The volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services listen to the stories of people who are down on their luck and try to help. But no matter how much they help, another person will be right behind them.

To date: $13,725

To date: $13,725

Issaquah residents who come to Church and Community Services are usually at the end of the line, not knowing how to stave off the bill collectors. And more often than not, this feeling of helplessness is a new experience for them.

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Santa lights up the town

December 8, 2008

For lovers of the Christmas traditions, there could hardly be more cherished moments than a child’s visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Both took place Dec. 6 at the corner of Rainier Boulevard Northwest and Front Street North, where the annual tree-lighting party and Santa appearance drew a crowd of about 100. Read more

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