People, pets should take steps to keep cool during heat wave

July 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2009

As the mercury pushes past 90 during the next few days, health and safety officials urged residents to keep cool. Heat can be especially tough on children, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses.

“The danger for heat-related illnesses rises when outside temperatures are very high,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “Fortunately, all of us can prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke with some simple steps.”

Health officials offered recommendations to stay cool:

  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Spend time in air-conditioned buildings. If your home lacks air conditioning, beat the heat at a mall or movie theater.
  • Drink plenty of water or nonalcoholic beverages, and avoid waiting until you feel thirsty to drink.
  • Limit your direct exposure to sunlight if you go outside.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked car, even if the windows are open.
  • Limit outdoor activities to mornings and evenings, when temperatures are less brutal.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

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Girl shot with dart while playing ‘fugitive’ game

July 24, 2009

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 24, 2009

While playing the “fugitive” game, a female juvenile recently reported she was struck in the back with a dart from a blowgun at about 10:45 p.m. July 14, near the 1600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Issaquah Police — who have recently received several calls stemming from juveniles playing the “fugitive” game — have no leads on a suspect. But they are warning the community that the game can often lead to illegal activities and real danger.

“Our police officers are on high alert for any signs of this game taking place in Issaquah,” said Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. “We’re also asking local parents to talk to their teens about the hazards of this game, which can be unsafe for both bystanders and participants.”

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Watch out for cyclists Saturday

July 24, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. July 24, 2009

Drivers will share Issaquah roads with about 500 cyclists Saturday as the Seattle Century ride passes through the city. Expect to see riders from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Riders will come to Issaquah from Preston.

Cyclists will exit Interstate 90 at East Sunset Way, then head down West Sunset Way, turn right onto Newport Way Northwest and then turn onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Riders will proceed left onto Southeast Newport Way and then pass out of the city limits toward Factoria.

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Get your free light bulbs today!

July 23, 2009

NEW — 12:52 p.m. July 23, 2009

Puget Sound Energy is offering Project Porchlight at 5 p.m. today at the community center.

Mayor Ava Frisinger, the city Resource Conservation Office and Issaquah community volunteers will be handing out energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy saving information.

PSE’s events continue with its Rock the Bulb Tour, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Issaquah Lowe’s store, 1625 11th Ave. N.W. There, exchange incandescent bulbs for up to 10 free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

False alarm calls could be met with fines

July 22, 2009

NEW — 4 p.m. July 22, 2009

Issaquah police officers responded to 1,035 burglary, robbery or duress alarms last year, according to police figures. But 99.2 percent of the alerts were false.

Now, city and police officials are cracking down on false alarms, and violators could pay fines for wasting officers’ time. City Council members approved a false alarm ordinance Monday night — setting fees to register alarms and penalties for users whose alarms accidentally alert police.

Alarm users will be required to pay $24 to register their systems. Violators could face fines up to $200, depending on the type of alert and the infraction.

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Issaquah resident purchases The UPS Store in Redmond

July 21, 2009

The UPS Store, 23515 N.E. Novelty Hill Road, Redmond Ridge, is under new ownership. Longtime Issaquah resident Jack Graham purchased the existing franchise and took over May 23. Read more

Council kicks in city money to upgrade sports fields

July 21, 2009

NEW — 6:05 p.m. July 21, 2009

Since Issaquah Youth Lacrosse was founded in early 2004, teams have played on fields in Bellevue and Sammamish — but not in the organization’s namesake city.

By next spring, however, founders Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley could be scheduling games on new all-weather, lighted fields in the Issaquah Highlands.

City Council members approved a finance package to improve a pair of sports fields at Pad 3 in the highlands’ Central Park last night.

Balkman and Wiley asked council members to vote for the measure.

“We are part of the fastest-growing youth sport in America, and Issaquah has become a dominant force in that,” Balkman said. “We need fields.”

Lighted, all-weather fields for lacrosse and soccer leagues could materialize by spring 2010. Crews will replace soggy, grass fields with artificial turf and install sports lighting.

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Fire damages Mine Hill Apartments

July 21, 2009

A fire caused by a discarded cigarette setting a loveseat ablaze damaged two units at Mine Hill Apartments.Eastside fire & Rescue

A fire caused by a discarded cigarette setting a loveseat ablaze damaged two units at Mine Hill Apartments.Eastside fire & Rescue

Firefighters credited smoke detectors with saving lives during a July 18 blaze at a Southwest Clark Street apartment complex. The early morning fire caused $170,000 worth of damage but residents escaped unscathed.

Authorities said the fire began when a discarded cigarette ignited a loveseat on a second-floor deck.

When Eastside Fire & Rescue crews arrived at Mine Hill Apartments, 245 S.W. Clark St., at about 2:20 a.m., smoke and flames were coming from the deck and had burned through the front door of the apartment. Read more

Man’s legacy keeps growing with the trees

July 21, 2009

Ben Harrison sits in his Beaver Lake area home and recalls with humor his career as a forester, his World War II military service as a Navy submariner and a lifetime living in the Issaquah area. By Greg Farrar

Ben Harrison sits in his Beaver Lake area home and recalls with humor his career as a forester, his World War II military service as a Navy submariner and a lifetime living in the Issaquah area. By Greg Farrar

If you’ve walked through Tradition Lake Plateau, you’ve seen the trees soaring into the air. It’s hard to imagine the area without the trees, but it could have happened, if it weren’t for one man.

Ben Harrison, 84, has been an Issaquah resident most of his life. Stepping in as a forest management employee with Weyerhaeuser, he helped secure the Tradition Lake Plateau’s future for generations to come and aided city officials in finding new funding sources.

“When I got there, it was full of dead, stunted, weak trees,” he said. “By thinning it and letting those trees grow, we’ve created something for people to enjoy years later.”

But Harrison’s life wasn’t always about trees. Read more

Pauline Marie (Bodell) Hanson

July 21, 2009

Pauline Marie (Bodell) Hanson
Pauline Marie (Bodell) Hanson, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and human being extraordinaire, died peacefully July 6, 2009, at Hospice of the Valley, Tempe, Ariz., due to complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 71.
A private family burial was conducted at Valley of the Sun Memorial Park on July 10; a celebration of life was held July 17 at Sun Lakes Chapel. A separate celebration will be held in Issaquah in August.
Pauline was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Pocatello, Idaho, and was raised in Pocatello and Seattle, where she attended Roosevelt High School. Pauline received a degree in psychology from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Pauline raised her family in the Mirrormont community in Issaquah.
Throughout her lifetime, her passion for trying new things and meeting new people was ever-present Not only did she volunteer for humanitarian causes, but she started several businesses ranging from construction to conference management and also worked at Foothills Travel in Issaquah for a time.
Pauline was a spiritual and searching person, always looking for deeper meaning in life and humanity.
Pauline, who loved her life and friends in Sun Lakes, Ariz., will be dearly missed by her family, which includes her husband Philip L. Hanson, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; son Dean Kayler (Carol), of Renton, and daughter Heidi Kayler (Steven VanHuss), of Issaquah (both children from her marriage to Dean L. Kayler, of Friday Harbor,); sister Marie Kurtright (Joseph), of Portland, Ore.; stepson Gregory Hanson (Ann Pearl Owen); stepdaughters Kimberly Hanson and Stephanie Hanson; and nine  grandchildren. Pauline’s parents were Miller and Virginia Bodell, of Issaquah.
Sign her online guest book at www.mem.com. Enter her name in the search fields.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org/donate.aspx or by mail to Hospice of the Valley, 2525 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282.
Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson

Pauline Marie (Bodell) Hanson, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and human being extraordinaire, died peacefully July 6, 2009, at Hospice of the Valley, Tempe, Ariz., due to complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 71. Read more

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