Dozens of chinook reach Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

September 4, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 4, 2010

Rains and cooler temperatures prompted dozens of mighty chinook salmon to return to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to spawn.

Hatchery workers opened the fish ladder Sept. 3 to start collecting salmon for the spawning season.

Muckleshoot Tribe officials counted more than 8,000 chinook at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. The tribe — the official keeper of salmon counts — estimates the return to be below average this year.

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Plan to upgrade East Lake Sammamish Trail proceeds

September 4, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 4, 2010

King County has applied for a city permit to upgrade East Lake Sammamish Trail through Issaquah. The city has notified nearby property owners.

Plans to improve the interim trail would call for paving the gravel trail and increasing the width to 12 feet of asphalt, plus gravel shoulders on both sides.

Because the project could impact wetlands, the plans call for wetlands to be restored in Lake Sammamish State Park to offset the construction.

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September could be a good time to invest in a weather radio

September 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2010

September serves as a reminder for residents to prepare for natural disasters and inclement weather, because the state observes National Preparedness Month and Weather Radio Awareness Month.

Now makes for a good time to add a weather radio to a home or business preparedness kit. La Nina could mean much more active winter weather in the Pacific Northwest.

The radios receives broadcasts about the latest weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day, and operate on special frequencies not found on regular AM and FM bands.

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Minor earthquake recorded near Mirrormont

September 3, 2010

NEW — 11:10 p.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Seismologists recorded a magnitude-2.6 earthquake Friday night near Mirrormont, south of Issaquah.

University of Washington seismologists said the micro-earthquake occurred at 9:52 p.m. Friday, about two miles northeast of Mirrormont.

Find more information about the temblor at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the University of Washington.

The seismic activity came several weeks after seismologists recorded two micro-earthquakes near Issaquah.

Seismologists recorded a magnitude 1.6 earthquake about three miles northeast of downtown Issaquah on July 3. The quake followed a magnitude 1.1 micro-earthquake centered about four miles east of Issaquah on June 9.

Football teams get ready to open seasons

September 3, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Skyline and Liberty high school football teams meet for the first time in three years at 7 p.m. Friday when the Issaquah District rivals tangle at Liberty. Skyline enters the game as the reigning 4A state champion.

The Spartans also won the 4A title in 2008 and the 3A title in 2007. Liberty finished second in the 3A state tournament last season. The Patriots are expected to battle defending 3A state champion Bellevue for the 3A KingCo title this season.

Liberty returns outstanding skill players in Jake Bainton, Chandler Jenkins and Trey Wheeler. Bainton, a wide receiver, and Jenkins, a running back, were first-team all-league selections last season. Wheeler, a quarterback, earned second-team all-league honors last season. He is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the state this season.

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Maywood Middle School evacuated after power outage, smoke

September 3, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Maywood Middle School students had an unexpected evacuation Friday morning.

At about 9 a.m., the school’s power went out. Shortly after, students and staff members reported smelling smoke and immediately evacuated the building, according to an e-mail Principal Jason Morse sent to parents.

King County Fire District 25 responded to the emergency call and found a faulty motor in the heating and cooling system had burned out because of the power outage. Firefighters evaluated the motor and allowed students and staff members to re-enter the building at about 10 a.m.

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King County marks 25 years — and 48 million calls — of 911

September 3, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

King County celebrated 25 years of 911 service Thursday at a ceremony to recognize children for using the emergency number to alert authorities to danger.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Robin Fenton, King County Sheriff’s Office technical services chief, honored the children and 911 operators at a Renton ceremony.

“These young heroes who dialed 911 during an emergency deserve our thanks for their quick thinking, and praise for remaining calm and providing information during a stressful situation,” Constantine said in a statement. “King County is pleased to have provided this life saving service for 25 years, and over the next 25 years, we will continue to keep up with technology so that we can best serve our residents.”

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City asks for input about truck route along East Sunset Way

September 3, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

City planners could redraw the routes large trucks use to travel through Issaquah.

Before the city takes action, officials encourage residents to offer feedback on the proposals. The city has planned a Sept. 23 open house in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The event starts at 6 p.m.

The city has received feedback from residents concerned about truck noise, air pollution the number of trucks along East Sunset Way. The soon-to-be-completed East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 has also raised concerns about increased truck traffic, after crews finish the upgraded roadway.

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Issaquah-based skincare company wins national award

September 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Issaquah-based company HydroPeptide’s skincare product, HydroPeptide SPF 30 Anti-Wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV, has won a national award.

The product received the 2010 Defy-Your-Age Beauty Award for Best Day Cream with SPF from Prevention magazine.

Prevention magazine enlisted seven dermatologists to test 35 skincare products on 175 women who were 40 or older for a period of up to eight weeks.

The doctors measured the effects of the products to see which delivered best on their claims. They found HydroPeptide’s product camouflaged redness and blotchiness, produced a radiant glow, helped with long-lasting hydration and lightened brown spots.

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Meet the Seahawks cheer squad in Issaquah on Friday

September 2, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 2010

Meet the Sea Gals — cheerleaders for the Seattle Seahawks — in Issaquah on Friday afternoon.

Members of the squad plan to meet fans at the downtown Issaquah Shell station, 15 E. Sunset Way, from 4-5 p.m.

The appearance is part of the Rockstar Seahawks Fantasy Camp promotion — a chance for 60 lucky fans to join a Seahawks camp and meet team personnel. Contestants must enter by Sept. 14.

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