Report: Washington stands prepared to help children during disasters

July 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 24, 2010

Washington ranks as a national leader for protecting children during disasters, a national child advocacy group announced Wednesday.

Save the Children — a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization — lauded the Evergreen State for taking steps to protect children. The state developed plans to evacuate childcare centers, reunite children with their families, account for children with special needs during disasters and develop evacuation plans for schools.

“Washington is a national leader in protecting the most vulnerable Washingtonians in the most vulnerable settings,” Mark Shriver, U.S. programs senior vice president for Save the Children, said in a news release. “I hope other states will follow Washington’s example.”

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Prosecutor raises concerns about victim in Leroy Hill assault case

July 23, 2010

UPDATED — 6:45 p.m. July 23, 2010

The prosecutor in the domestic violence case against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has concerns about contact between the NFL player and the woman involved in the incident.

Hill, 27, appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Friday morning as a trail nears for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the April incident. The trial has been set for July 29.

Issaquah police said Hill attacked his girlfriend April 10. The woman had told police Hill had pulled her by her hair down a set of stairs at his Talus home.

Hill has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Design a new patch for the Issaquah Police Department

July 23, 2010

NEW — 12:20 p.m. July 23, 2010

Issaquah’s finest need a fresh patch design — and the police department has asked residents to redo the almost three-decade-old design.

The patches adorn the upper arms of all police uniforms to identify Issaquah police. The department adopted the current design more than 25 years ago.

Anyone can submit a design for consideration, including children. Submit designs by Sept. 24. The final design will be announced in October.

Need some inspiration? Artists should review patches from other police departments. Check out a display of more than 200 patches on display in the Issaquah City Hall lobby, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Learn more about the contest and download the specifications here.

“Our department is seeking a new, fresh design that clearly represents Issaquah’s unique qualities,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said in a news release. “And who better to ask for ideas than the community we serve?”

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King County exec heads east Monday to listen to rural residents

July 23, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. July 23, 2010

County Executive Dow Constantine and other leaders head to the Eastside on Monday night to listen to concerns from some rural King County residents.

The public forum includes representatives from the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council — a volunteer group set up to foster ties between county leaders and residents in the area surrounded by Issaquah, Maple Valley, Newcastle and Renton.

Join Constantine, Sheriff Sue Rahr and other county department chiefs at Hobart Community Church, 27524 S.E. 200th St., Maple Valley. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Participants can arrive at 6:30 p.m. to review maps and brochures about county services.

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Issaquah yoga instructor reaches out to radio listeners

July 23, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 23, 2010

Listen to Issaquah yoga instructor Anita Boser as she offers tips to prevent muscle injuries and recover from past strain Friday.

Boser, proprietor of Vital Self in downtown Issaquah, will be interviewed on the Living Yoga Radio Show at 1 p.m. Tune in to 1150 AM or 98.9 FM to listen to Boser. Or listen live online.

Host Robin Rothenberg, author of the “Essential Low Back Program,” and Boser will discuss how aches, pains and repetitive strains can get locked into connective tissue.

Boser will also offer tips to unwinding the tension patterns for more ease.

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Vandals cause $60,000 in damage to Lake Sammamish buoy

July 22, 2010

A damaged environmental buoy in Lake Sammamish floats after vandals flipped the buoy during the weekend. Contributed

NEW — 5 p.m. July 22, 2010

Vandals damaged a county data buoy bobbing in Lake Sammamish during the weekend, and the cash-strapped county might be unable to repair or replace the damaged equipment.

The suspects flipped the buoy, causing a gap in the weather and water-quality information gathered by the device. County staffers do not yet know if equipment can be salvaged from the damaged buoy. Replacement costs could reach about $60,000.

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Issaquah grad Colin Curtis slams first major-league home run

July 22, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 22, 2010

Former Issaquah High School star Colin Curtis was sitting on the New York Yankees’ bench and savoring a cup of cold Gatorade when he was unexpectedly called to pinch hit in Wednesday’s game against California Angels.

Curtis came through for the Yankees, smashing a three-run home run in New York’s 10-6 victory.

Manager Joe Girardi summoned the rookie outfielder when Brett Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the seventh inning. Gardner left the game with a 0-2 count. Curtis looked at three fastballs outside the strike zone from Angel reliever Scott Shields before belting a pitch into the right field seats.

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Habitat restoration work starts next week at Squak Valley Park North

July 22, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. July 22, 2010

Crews should start to restore Issaquah Creek habitat at Squak Valley Park North next week.

Plans call for soil to be excavated from the existing levee and floodplain. The project also includes logs to be added to the creek, plus habitat features for fish and wildlife. Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant native vegetation at the site this fall.

The completed project should allow the creek to resume a more natural, meandering flow. The city expects work to last up to eight weeks.

Expect construction to occur from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, although additional work could occur on Saturday to meet schedules.

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Governor seeks residents’ budget ideas as state faces shortfall

July 22, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 22, 2010

The governor has asked regular Joes and Janes to help shape the state budget.

Gov. Chris Gregoire launched a website Monday to allow citizens to share, comment and vote on budget ideas. State budget writers will consider the highest-rated items as they toil to develop a 2011-13 spending plan.

Ideas will be posted between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The site will be moderated; no profane or vulgar postings will be accepted.

The state could face a $3 billion shortfall next year. Deep cuts to spending and possible privatization of some state services — such as Washington State Ferries — could become a reality as state leaders pinch pennies.

“Closing our state’s budget gap requires innovative thinking as well as making some tough decisions,” Gregoire said in a news release. “This interactive website gives people an opportunity to share ideas and engage in a discussion about what ideas might work best for us. I’m eager to hear what people have to tell us.”

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Help Liberty High School cheerleaders and Seattle Children’s at Saturday fundraiser

July 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2010

Liberty High School cheerleaders aren’t taking a summer break from making their community a better place.

Help the squad raise money for Seattle Children’s at a car wash fundraiser and toy drive from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Chevron, 3029 N.E. Fourth St., Renton, near Renton Technical College.

Half of the monetary proceeds — and any new toys — will go to fill Jarrett’s Joy Cart at the hospital. Volunteers take the cart to patients so they can pick a toy to brighten their day.

The squad will use the rest of the proceeds to help pay for competition entries and to purchase equipment.

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