Protect pets from frights on Halloween

October 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010

Regional Animal Services of King County has advised pet owners to prepare animals for Halloween guests, strange noises and unfamiliar costumed creatures.

On Halloween, frequent opening and closing of the door to greet trick-or-treaters can cause pets to become scared or excited and dash outside. Ideally, pets should wear two forms of identification, such as a pet license, ID tag, microchip or a combination.

Though seasonal decorations and burning candles seem like fun for humans, the decorations can be harmful to pets, and should be put beyond the reach of inquisitive noses and paws.

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Police promise no treats for impaired drivers on Halloween

October 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010

Police intend to scour King County roads to keep the scares and horrors off of the streets during Halloween weekend.

Halloween is a deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2008, 58 percent of all national highway fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or above.

“Traffic crashes kill or seriously injure hundreds of people in King County each year, and driving impaired is a leading cause of these crashes,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a statement. “Treat everyone to a fun and safe Halloween by driving sober or planning a safe ride home.”

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Elections offices expect flood of mail-in ballots soon

October 29, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Secretary of State Sam Reed, the top elections official in Washington, predicted a flood of mail-in ballots during the final weekend before Election Day.

Reed encouraged voters to return ballots as early as possible in order to meet the Tuesday postmark deadline. Ballots must be postmarked or slipped into designated drop boxes by 8 p.m. King County Elections has added a drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

“We welcome every single voter to take part in this very important election, and we want every single properly cast ballot to count,” Reed said in a statement. “I urge voters who haven’t returned their ballots yet to read up on the issues and races, and promptly return their ballots, either in the mail or in person at a drop box or the county elections office.”

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Maywood student picked for Youth All-American Bowl

October 29, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Cody Baker, an eighth-grader from Issaquah, has been selected to play in the 2011 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

A special jersey presentation is scheduled for halftime Friday at the Liberty High School football game. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Baker will play defensive end for the West team in the eighth-grade, no-weight-limit game. Currently, the Maywood Middle School student plays for the 5 Star Cougars of the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association. Baker began playing football in 2006 at age 9 and he is also a basketball and baseball player.

Pitting the nation’s top seventh- and eighth-graders against each another in an all-star format, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl brings together the top youth talent in the nation.

The bowl will be webcast live at Football University and here.

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Attorney General Rob McKenna challenges businesses to innovate

October 29, 2010

State Attorney General Rob McKenna answers questions from audience members at an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. By Laura Geggel

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Enlisting the political magnetism of state Attorney General Rob McKenna, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce kicked off a three-month program focused on innovation Oct. 27.

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Follow frightfully simple tips for Halloween safety

October 29, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Halloween is exciting for young revelers — but some of the scares can be real.

Halloween is a fun time for children, but the holiday is also time to be vigilant for possible safety hazards.

Before little ghouls and goblins set off into the night in search of candy, parents should talk to children about potential hazards of costumes or accessories, tainted candy and crossing the street unsupervised.

Drivers should also be vigilant for costumed children on Sunday night, as trick-or-treaters turned out in droves. Issaquah police plan extra patrols for Halloween weekend.

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Puget Sound Energy rates change Monday

October 28, 2010

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Slight changes to Puget Sound Energy electricity and natural gas rates take effect Monday.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved PSE’s request to pass through natural gas costs to customers. The increase of about 2 percent translates to about $1.50 for residential customers using 68 therms per month.

The commission announced the change Thursday.

In separate actions, regulators took steps to decrease electricity rates for PSE customers. The average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month should see his or her bill decrease by 2.63 percent from November through March — or $1.65, down from $99.68 to $98.03 per month.

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Police plan extra patrols to prevent ghoulish Halloween

October 28, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Issaquah police plan stepped-up patrols for Halloween weekend to create a safer environment for trick-or-treaters and property owners.

Extra police officers plan to focus on drunken driving, over-service at bars, vandalism and theft — all crimes prone to increase during a holiday weekend, such as Halloween.

“We hope these extra patrols will remind everyone to plan ahead, stay safe and respect our citizens’ private property,” Chief Paul Ayers said in a statement.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum, Giants victorious in series opener

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum wasn’t at his sharpest but he pitched well enough Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants stunned the Texas Rangers 11-7 in the opener of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

What was expected to be a low-scoring, pitchers duel between Lincecum and Texas’ Cliff Lee never developed. The Giants, who fought back from an early 2-0 deficit, lit up Lee for seven runs.

Lincecum pitched 5 1/2 innings, struck out just three and surrendered eight hits. However, he picked up the victory. When the Giants’ ace was relieved in the sixth inning, he was given a standing ovation by fans.

IHOP offers children free Halloween treats Friday

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

IHOP has no tricks, and only treats, for children Friday.

The pancake chain offers a free Scary Face Pancake to children 12 and younger from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday.

The promotion is part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program to provide a safe and fun Halloween event for children. Find the Issaquah IHOP at 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road.

The design-your-own Scary Face Pancake includes a buttermilk pancake sporting a whipped topping mouth and a strawberry nose, plus mini Oreos and candy corn for kids to customize a Halloween hotcake.

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