Micro-earthquake, second in less than a month, occurs near Issaquah

July 3, 2010

NEW — 10:40 p.m. July 3, 2010

The ground beneath Issaquah shook — albeit slightly — early Saturday, as a magnitude 1.6 earthquake rattled about two miles beneath the earth’s surface.

University of Washington seismologists said the micro-earthquake occurred at 12:19 a.m. Saturday, about three miles northeast of Issaquah.

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Metro Transit operates on holiday schedules Sunday and Monday

July 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2010

King County Metro Transit buses will operate on reduced schedules on Sunday — Independence Day — and Monday.

Many commuter bus routes will not be in service Monday. Metro urged bus riders to be check the schedule for their individual routes in advance of the holiday weekend. Sunday fares will be in effect on all Metro routes on both days.

Metro offices, including the customer information phone lines, will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. Because the Customer Information Office will be closed, riders can find most transit information on Metro Online or in the Trip Planner.

Troopers issue 667 citations under phone and texting ban

July 2, 2010

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 2, 2010

Washington State Patrol troopers issued almost 670 citations for mobile phone or texting violations between June 10 — the day a statewide ban went into effect — and Thursday.

In King County, troopers issued 129 violations for mobile phone use and another 13 for texting. The infractions carry a $124 fine.

The law switched last month to make phone use and texting while driving primary offenses. Before the change, law enforcement officers could only cite drivers for phone use if the driver had been speeding or breaking another law. The state patrol did not offer a grace period after the updated law went into effect. The earlier phone ban went into effect in 2008.

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Authorities investigate Liberty High School threat

July 2, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. July 2, 2010

A threat scrawled on a restroom wall at Liberty High School has raised concerns about school safety for Issaquah School District and law enforcement officials.

Police said the writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” the message reads.

“If I were you I wouldn’t go to school,” the pencil-written message continues. “You are warned.”

Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the investigators must determine if the source is credible and then — if the threat turns out to be legitimate — coordinate with the school district to determine appropriate action.

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Summer program encourages Issaquah residents to explore the outdoors

July 2, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. July 2, 2010

Go kayaking on Lake Sammamish, biking at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park or do yoga in a city park as Issaquah businesses encourage resident to get outdoors during July.

Several businesses have partnered to offer Issaquah Outdoors, a monthlong series of outdoor events and classes.

Facilitated by the city, the program brings together bicyclists, kayakers, fly fishing aficionados and other outdoors enthusiasts to explore opportunities for recreation in and near Issaquah. The city announced the program Thursday.

Download the activities schedule as a PDF document here. The group has also launched a Facebook page where members can share experiences and ideas, and post photos of outdoors activities.

Plan for downtown road closures on the Fourth of July

July 2, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2010

Expect downtown street closures Sunday as Issaquah celebrates Independence Day.

The city plans to close parts of Front Street, Rainier Boulevard North and East Sunset Way to clear roads for the parade during Downhome Fourth of July and Heritage Day. Expect closures to last from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. from Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street.

Free activities — including games, pony rides and a slug race — follow the parade. The festival runs until 2 p.m.

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State fire marshal fireworks safety presentation / July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010

Northwest University signs Issaquah High School basketball player

July 1, 2010

NEW — 2:40 p.m. July 1, 2010

Issaquah High School basketball player Domi Mendezona has signed to play at Northwest University, the university announced Thursday.

Mendezona, a 5-foot-6-inch point guard, signed a national letter of intent to play for the Eagles. She will be a freshman at the Kirkland campus this fall.

Mendezona helped lead the Eagles to the 4A state tournament this year, and played in the semifinal game. As the only senior on the Issaquah team, she was a KingCo All-Conference honorable mention for 2009-10, averaging seven points per game and 3.5 assists.

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King County offers amnesty to outlaw pet owners, urges people to license animals

July 1, 2010

NEW — 1:35 p.m. July 1, 2010

Owners of unlicensed pets can license their animals without facing a fine until Oct. 1, as part of the updated animal control plan enacted Thursday.

King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities signed on to the two-and-a-half-year agreement last month. The pact includes a 90-day amnesty period for owners of unlicensed pets to purchase a license without facing a fine.

A no-tolerance policy for unlicensed pets goes into effect Oct. 2. Outlaw owners face $125 fines for unlicensed spayed or neutered pets, and up to $250 for unaltered pets.

Purchase licenses at more than 100 locations across the county, including Issaquah City Hall, veterinary hospitals and QFC grocery stores. Find the complete list here.

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Practice fire safety during the holiday weekend

July 1, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. July 1, 2010

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages outdoors enthusiasts to be careful with fire on wildfire-prone land during the Fourth of July weekend.

People cause 85 percent of wildfires in the Evergreen State, state Department of Natural Resources wildfire experts said. Obey fire restrictions and use caution and common sense to preserve public recreation lands and wildlife habitat.

“Our cold, wet spring may have some thinking that fire danger is low,” agency Lands Manager Paul Dahmer said in a news release. “But those conditions actually made for extraordinarily lush vegetation that is now drying out and becoming fuel for wildfire.”

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