Animal Care and Control hosts pet-microchipping clinic Sunday

December 12, 2009

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Dec. 12, 2009

Pet owners can receive a deep discount on identification microchips during a Sunday clinic at the county-run Kent Animal Shelter.

Have cats and dogs microchipped for $20. Payment will be accepted only in cash and local checks. The clinic runs from 1-3 p.m.

Bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier to the shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S. Animals not on a leash or in a carrier will not be eligible to receive a microchip.

Veterinarians from Seattle King County Veterinary Medical Association partnered with King County Animal Care and Control for the event.

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Evergreen Community Church hosts concert Sunday

December 12, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2009

“Hope Has Hand,” a Christmas musical presented by the Evergreen Community Church choir, is at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at 20112 S.E. 152nd St.

A coffee and snack reception follows at 12:10 p.m. Learn more here.

Village Theatre picks up pieces after cold-related damage

December 11, 2009

NEW — 11:21 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

A near-disaster brought on by old pipes and below-freezing temperatures brought the house down at Village Theatre First Stage Theatre building earlier in the week.

Crews started clean-up efforts Thursday to remove insulation frozen by leaking water, which then fell from the ceiling.

The damage claimed KIDSTAGE costumes, a soundboard and other equipment. Michelle Sanders, the theater spokeswoman, said theater managers did not yet have cost estimates for the damage.

The facilities manager discovered the damage earlier in the week after temperatures in the teens caused pipes to burst and prompted alerts from local emergency management agencies.

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NEW — Friday sports update

December 11, 2009

NEW — 9:52 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Issaquah gymnasts leap past Skyline

Risa Fukuda captured all-around honors and the Issaquah HIgh School gymnastics won its second straight KingCo Conference meet Dec. 10 as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 159.2-136.6 at Ballard High School.

Fukuda scored a 35.2 to take all-around honors. Skyline’s Amy Bearman was second at 32.0 and Issaquah’s Anna Fairhart was third at 29.5.

Fukuda took first place on the balance beam with a 8.9, first in the floor exercise with a 9.2 and first on the vault with a 8.9. Teammate Olivia Goree was first on the uneven parallel bars with a 8.25. Fukuda was second on the bars with a 8.2.

Catch ‘Smoke Signals’ for free at the depot Saturday

December 11, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

The city Arts Commission and 4Culture — King County’s cultural services agency — will screen the third free movie Dec. 12 in the Films @ the Train Depot! program.

The free film will be shown 7 p.m. at the historic train depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. “Smoke Signals” is the December selection.

The 1998 film tells the story of two young American Indian men on a life journey. The movie proved to be a darling of the film festival circuit in the late ‘90s, and netted several festival awards.

The film lineup was built around the theme “Made in Washington.” Films @ the Train Depot! launched in October with a 1940s comedy and continued last month with the Cameron Crowe film, “Singles.”

Preston fire station will get new water tender

December 10, 2009

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 74 in Preston will soon receive a new water tender.

The 30-year-old water tender, a converted 1980 dump truck from Canada, has served the surrounding communities since 1986.

This specialized firefighting vehicle was scheduled to be replaced sometime next year, but due to mechanical failure, its replacement was accelerated. The new water tender will be more efficient with a 1,800-gallon capacity providing more maneuverability and a cost savings to the citizens of EFR.

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Be careful of freezing conditions on small lakes and retention ponds

December 10, 2009

NEW — 3:42 p.m. Dec. 10, 2009

With icy conditions expected through the week, retention ponds and small lakes can freeze over just enough to become dangerous.

Each year, Eastside Fire & Rescue responds to calls where children and adults playing on bodies of water end up falling through the ice, needing to be rescued.

So, when is ice safe? There is no sure answer. Ice is tricky, and just because a lake or stream is frozen doesn’t mean the ice is safe.

A layer of ice is seldom frozen evenly. It can be a foot thick in one spot and only a quarter-inch thick in another. The most important risk on a frozen body of water is falling through the ice. This can be fatal, as it is very difficult to climb out of freezing water and you risk drowning and suffering from hypothermia.

Natural ice is very unpredictable; it can crack even when you think it has sufficient thickness to accommodate your weight. The urge to get on ice may be overwhelming, especially to children. However, the potential for disaster is far outweighed by a winter of good fun.

Take extra precautions while out on or near retention ponds and small lakes. Fire officials recommend citizens avoid these potentially hazardous areas if at all possible.

Tempers boil in dispute over Issaquah rooster

December 10, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2009

Issaquah icon McNugget the rooster became the center of controversy Tuesday and Wednesday when a group of concerned citizens were blocked from moving him to a warmer environment.

Kristen Parshall, and her friend Debby Welsh, both of Fall City, became worried about McNugget’s welfare in the face of the freezing weather reaching overnight lows in the teens and below.

“Our biggest concern is the winters,” said Parshall, a former employee of Posado’s Animal Rescue. “He needs to be in a coop with a heat lamp.”

Their first effort to catch McNugget was met with resistance from a barista who alerted Issaquah Grange Supply staff.

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Developer: Park Pointe could be ready for 2011 groundbreaking

December 10, 2009

NEW — 10:08 a.m. Dec. 10, 2009

The developer behind Park Pointe said ground could be broken for the embattled Tiger Mountain community as early as a year after the developer emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearings.

Wellington Park Pointe Vice President Ron Slater said the company would be ready to break ground on the Tiger Mountain subdivision 12 to 18 months after emerging from Chapter 11.

Slater spoke during a Tuesday hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Seattle. He described the challenges Park Pointe has faced since the project was proposed in the mid-1990s — everything from concerns about traffic to a zoning switch at the development site.

The initial meeting between Slater and a trustee assigned to the case provided a glimpse of the project timeline. Slater said the project could be ready to break ground in 2011.

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NEW — Thursday sports update

December 10, 2009

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 10, 2009

Issaquah girls down Redmond

Mackenzie Schiltz scored 20 points Dec. 9 as she led the Issaquah High School girls basketball team to a 55-45 4A KingCo Conference victory against host Redmond in the league opener for both teams.

Blaire Brady added 14 points and Brooke Miller contributed eight points for the Eagles.

In other 4A KingCo action, Skyline lost to Garfield 52-40. Kassia Fortier had 14 points to lead Skyline.

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