South Cove family amazed by support after house fire

January 5, 2009

Jessica and Paul Smith take an inventory of the items donated to them after a fire destroyed their South Cove house in December, as their 1-year-old son Grayson looks on. The items are stored in the basement of Jessica’s parents’ home in Bellevue, where they’re staying. Contributed.Jessica and Paul Smith take an inventory of the items donated to them after a fire destroyed their South Cove house in December, as their 1-year-old son Grayson looks on. The items are stored in the basement of Jessica’s parents’ home in Bellevue, where they’re staying. Contributed.

Jessica and Paul Smith have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from neighbors, co-workers and people in the community following a Dec. 21 fire that destroyed their South Cove home. 

The acts of kindness and generosity have been boundless, the Smiths said. South Cove neighborhood children donated $700 that they raised shoveling snow. Friend, neighbors and total strangers have donated items including cash, gift cards, clothing, running shoes, blankets, bedding, blankets, toiletries and luggage. The items fill the basement of Jessica’s parents home in Bellevue, where the couple and their 1-year-old son Grayson have stayed since the blaze. Read more

Washington worst in nation for emergency health care

January 5, 2009

When it comes to Washington residents’ access to emergency health care, the state gets a flunking grade.

The American College of Emergency Physicians delivered this unflattering assessment in its recently released “National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine,” which looks at such criteria as access to care, quality of care, safety, medical liability, public health and injury prevention, and disaster preparedness.

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No refunds for missed garbage

January 5, 2009

Issaquah residents who have waited a month for garbage collection won’t be getting a refund on their utility bill.

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Merry Christmas fund still open this week

January 5, 2009

Donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah had slowed during the snowy weather, but just before the year ended, an anonymous check for $15,000 arrived in the mail. It is the single largest donation the fund has received since its inception in 1981. 

To date: $49,607

Goal: $50,000 Read more

City has 33 board, commission positions that need to be filled

January 5, 2009

City officials are looking to fill several positions on its boards and commissions.

“Through its boards and commissions, the city relies on its citizens’ passions, talent and experience to help positively shape this community,” Autumn Monahan, the city’s communications director, wrote in an e-mail. “Becoming a member is a great way to get involved in your local government while working on something that interests you.”

City officials need 33 volunteers to fill the positions on 12 commissions and boards. Read more

City Web site provides wealth of winter information

January 5, 2009

Snowstorms, road closures, emergency preparedness — all of those things have been in the news lately, and timely information about each is available from the city’s Web site.

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Driving is slightly safer, data show

January 5, 2009

A national trend toward fewer traffic deaths in 2008 was expected to reach a record low for the year, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.

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Tree takes out network, power, car

January 5, 2009

This tree, which stood on Second Avenue Northwest between Northwest Holly and Northwest Juniper streets, fell Dec. 29. By ComcastThis tree, which stood on Second Avenue Northwest between Northwest Holly and Northwest Juniper streets, fell Dec. 29. By Comcast  

A tree that fell in Issaquah Dec. 29 took out power and communications cables and crushed a car on Second Avenue Northwest.

The incident occurred just before 4 p.m., said Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp. But because power lines were knocked out, too, the Comcast repair crew had to wait for Puget Sound Energy to restore electricity before it could fix Comcast’s fiber optic line.

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For this Legislature, it all comes down to money

January 5, 2009

When the Legislature convenes Jan. 12, its members will attempt to accomplish one primary task during their 105-day session: close a budget gap of $5.7 billion. The whopping deficit is largely due to the national economic depression, according to a statement issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire with her budget proposal. Sharp declines in consumer spending have dramatically reduced state sales tax revenues, the backbone of the budget.

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Forum set for elections chief

January 5, 2009

The election season is upon us once again. A little less than two months after the Nov. 4 general election, King County voters on Feb. 3 will decide for the first time who they want heading up the county’s elections department.

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