Turn back clocks and change smoke detector batteries

November 6, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 2010

Prepare to fall back: daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Set clocks back one hour before bedtime and plan ahead.

The time change offers a bonus: another hour of shuteye.

Now is also a good opportunity to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Eastside Fire & Rescue reminded Issaquah, Sammamish and other area residents to change batteries before bedtime.

The daylight-saving schedule changed a result of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. The change is designed to provide more light during summertime hours and help save energy.

In the meantime, rest up: daylight-saving time starts again March 13.

Eastside Fire & Rescue cuts could mean slower responses in Issaquah

November 6, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 6, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue has announced plans to reduce staffing at stations in Issaquah, Sammamish and other communities — and the cuts could mean slower response times for emergency crews.

In order to confront a budget shortfall, EFR plans to keep fewer responders on duty at fire stations.

The agency has a policy to maintain three responders on duty at all times at nine stations throughout EFR’s coverage area. Under the plan announced Friday, the agency plans to drop a station per day from three responders on duty to two.

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Metro reminds riders of holiday schedule changes

November 6, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2010

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting on Thursday, Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a period when Metro usually has 20 to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. On several of the upcoming holidays, Metro uses a Sunday schedule.

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Issaquah woman pleads guilty to insurance fraud

November 5, 2010

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010

A 67-year-old Issaquah woman has pleaded guilty to three insurance fraud charges, after she demanded more than $600,000 from insurers in the aftermath of a fender bender.

Investigators said Linda Ann Rose was involved in a parking lot collision Nov. 13, 2004. During the incident, a sport-utility vehicle struck Rose’s vehicle, a rented Ford Mustang.

Though photos of both vehicles showed only minor damage, Rose claimed severe back injuries resulted from the collision.

Rose’s attorney demanded $656,874 from the SUV owner’s insurers and then filed a personal injury lawsuit in the case.

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County transit task force recommends Metro changes

November 5, 2010

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010

King County Metro Transit should rethink how the public transit agency transports riders, a transit task force recommended Friday.

The recommendations in the Regional Transit Task Force report represent a potential roadmap to long-standing differences related to Metro bus service.

Instead of adding or reducing service based on geographic formulas, the plan calls for service to be linked to productivity, connections to job markets and demand for transit. The plan also emphasizes strong consideration for geographic value and social equity.

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Isabella, Alexander rank as state’s most popular baby names

November 5, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010

If it’s a girl, she’s Isabella. If it’s a boy, he’s Alexander.

The names ranked as the most popular baby names in Washington for 2009, birth data released by state Department of Health shows.

The agency ranked the top 100 names, from Isabella and Alexander at No. 1 to Isabel and Lincoln at No. 100. Find the complete list here.

Find the top 100 names for the last 30 years here. The state started tracking baby names and other birth-related data in 1980.

The most common name for a girl born in 1980: Jennifer. The top choice for boys: Michael.

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King County adds almost 71,000 ballots to tally

November 5, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

King County Elections added almost 71,000 ballots to the tally Thursday afternoon, as the U.S. Senate race reached a coda and the arithmetic changed for local legislative races.

The elections office added 70,821 votes to the report to bring the total number of ballots counted to 495,478.

The office has received almost 770,000 ballots so far. The office predicted 68 percent turnout, but turnout — fueled by interest in close federal and state races, plus nine ballot measures — had surpassed 71 percent by Wednesday.

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Eagles go hunting for Bears in Olympia

November 5, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

The Issaquah High School football team has faced adversity throughout the season with injuries to key players. However, the Eagles have managed to find valuable replacements. Issaquah will be depending on quarterback Braden Bouwman, one of those replacements, to lead it to a crucial victory Saturday in the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Issaquah plays the Olympia Bears at 7 p.m. in Olympia’s Ingersoll Stadium.

“Olympia has a lot of tradition. We know we will have our hands full,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said earlier this week.

Olympia, 8-1, enters the contest as the Narrows League champion. The Bears have won the league title six times in the last eight years.

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Yank political signs from city and state roadsides soon

November 5, 2010

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

Relief is in sight for motorists tired of seeing signs touting Patty Murray, Dino Rossi and a host of other political candidates.

Though the ballot count continues, Election Day is history, and the deadline to yank political signs from along state highways and city streets looms.

Under state law, property owners must remove temporary political signs visible from state highways by Nov. 12.

Issaquah rules call for campaign signs to be removed within a week of Election Day, or Nov. 9. City Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner starts to round up rogue signs after the deadline passes.

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Issaquah tops Newport in 4A KingCo volleyball final

November 5, 2010

NEW — 9:10 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

With Newport threatening to steal the second game of Thursday night’s 4A KingCo Conference tournament title match, Issaquah senior Rachel Roeder thought about a season’s worth of grueling volleyball practices.

She also thought about how coach Todd Parsons reminds his players of the need to be warriors on the floor. With those things in mind and with plenty of help from fellow senior Sarah Hanna, the Eagles won the game and went on to take the match, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15.

“When we’re down we have to take the team on our backs,” said Roeder, the KingCo MVP who finished with 21 kills. “Sarah really stepped up and took it upon herself with serving that she was just going to go after it. I always try to put it away for the team.”

Both teams advance to next week’s state tournament in Kennewick. In an earlier match, Woodinville beat Garfield 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 in a loser-out matchup. The Falcons will host the No. 3 WesCo team at 2 p.m. Saturday for a state trip.

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