King County Elections predicts initial count for primary

August 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010

King County Elections should include about 230,000 ballots in the unofficial count released Election Day — Tuesday — Director Sherril Huff announced Friday.

The elections office had received about 220,000 ballots by Friday. The agency mailed 1.1 million ballots to voters in late July. The elections office estimates a return rate of about 45 percent — or about 495,000 ballots.

“The early returns have been very helpful to us in preparing for Election Day,” Huff said in a statement.  “I’m estimating a count of about 230,000 ballots in the results report on Tuesday night.”

The initial results will be posted on the elections website at 8:15 p.m. Election Day, and updated on subsequent days at 4:30 p.m.

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Forecasters warn foothills residents about smoggy weekend

August 13, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2010

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency forecasters predict unhealthy smog levels for the Cascade foothills in King and Pierce counties Saturday and Sunday.

The forecast calls for hot and stagnant weather — conditions conducive to high ozone pollution levels. Exposure to ground-level ozone can trigger asthma attacks, make breathing difficult, weaken the immune system and exacerbate lung and heart problems.

The state Department of Health recommends for people sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors. Air pollution can be especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems and adults older than 65.

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Summer weather means trips to the lake — and algae blooms

August 13, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 2010

King County boasts more than 500 lakes — but slimy algae can turn a refreshing dip into a stinky mess.

The county Water and Land Resources Division has cataloged algae blooms in lakes Sammamish, Washington, Horseshoe, Hicks, Wilderness, Walker and Echo this summer.

Learn more about King County lake management and current algae blooms here.

Algae occur naturally in some lakes during the summer, thanks to the right mixture of ample sunlight, water temperatures and nutrients. Many algae varieties make for a nuisance, some might smell bad as they decompose and others can be harmful if swallowed by people or pets.

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Plan for lane closure Saturday during Renton Highlands curb work

August 13, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 13, 2010

Expect a lane closure in the Renton Highlands on Saturday as King County Road Services Division crews install sidewalk ramps.

In order to install the ramps at the intersection of Southeast 128th Street and 156th Avenue Southeast, crews must close the eastbound curb lane on Southeast 128th Street from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday.

Installation of the handicap-accessible ramps started July 28 — the same week as the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Seattle Humane Society hosts cat adoption fest

August 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2010

Get ready for felines and purr-fect puns as the Seattle Humane Society hosts Catapalooza on Saturday and Sunday.

The nonprofit organization has hundreds of kittens and mature cats ready to adopt. Stop by the Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The kitten adoption fee is $50; adoption fees will be waived for cats 1 and older. Browse the animals up for adoption — and learn about how to pick a pet — here.

Catapalooza also features cat-training demonstrations, plus face painting and cat-toy making station for children.

Issaquah police join summer DUI crackdown

August 12, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

Issaquah police and more than 100 other law enforcement agencies started a statewide crackdown on drunken driving Thursday, as part of the largest-ever summer DUI enforcement push.

The extra patrols — part of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign — continue through Sept. 6.

The state experiences the greatest number of alcohol- or drug-impaired driver-involved traffic deaths between July and September. In order to combat the problem, 178 agencies statewide signed on to the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed effort from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

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State Rep. Judy Clibborn earns top honors from construction group

August 12, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The statewide trade association for the commercial construction industry has named state Rep. Judy Clibborn as Legislator of the Year.

Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and former Mercer Island mayor, represents Talus, southwest Issaquah and Cougar Mountain communities as part of the 41st Legislative District.

Gene Colin, government affairs council chairman for Associated General Contractors, said Clibborn “gets it.”

“She understands that an efficient and adequate transportation system is good for the economy and the environment,” Colin said in a news release.

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Issaquah School District football players named All-Americans

August 12, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 12, 2010

When local high school football teams begin their preseason practices next week, four Issaquah School District players will have the distinction of being All-Americans.

SuperPrep magazine selected wide receiver Kasen Williams and defensive lineman Connor Cree, of 4A state champion Skyline High School, wide receiver and defensive back Jake Bainton, of Liberty High School, and linebacker Nik Landdeck, of Issaquah High School, to its preseason All-America list.

Tutta Bella to serve free pizzas next week to celebrate award

August 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria will start serving free pizza Monday to celebrate the latest honor the Seattle-based mini-chain has received: Independent Pizzeria of the Year.

Tutta Bella bested more than 33,000 independent pizza restaurants nationwide to earn the title from Pizza Today, a trade publication. Founder Joe Fugere plans to celebrate by offering a free pizza to every table from Monday to Aug. 22.

The offer applies to both lunch and dinner for dine-in guests only. The freebie is not valid with any other offer.

Last June, Fugere opened a restaurant in Issaquah at 715 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The chain includes pizzerias in Seattle in Columbia City, South Lake Union and Wallingford.

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Issaquah School District 2010-11 calendar

August 11, 2010

Aug. 31 — First day of school for students

Sept. 6 — Labor Day (no school)

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day (no school)

Nov. 25-26 — Thanksgiving holiday (no school)

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