Issaquah, King County road crews prep for snowfall

November 20, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 20, 2010

Snow could dust the Issaquah area Sunday.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast a 40 percent chance of snow showers during the day Sunday, plus a 50 percent chance of snow showers Sunday night and Monday. The forecast calls for accumulation of less than a half-inch, and low temperatures in the 20s.

The outlook has prompted the Issaquah Public Works Operations Department and the King County Road Services Division to ready snow equipment to mobilize if the conditions require roads to be plowed and sanded.

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Best Buy opens long-awaited Issaquah store

November 20, 2010

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Nov. 20, 2010

Best Buy opens at 10 a.m. Saturday — just in time for the holiday shopping rush.

The store, located near Fred Meyer in the East Lake Center plaza along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, stretches across almost 40,000 square feet.

The store offers familiar Best Buy services, including the Geek Squad tech support team.

Best Buy started hiring employees for the store in early October.

The store occupies the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and Pacific Fabrics spaces. In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed in June.

Protect pipes from freezing before bitter cold arrives

November 20, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 20, 2010

With freezing temperatures forecast for Thanksgiving week in Western Washington, residents should take steps ASAP to protect pipes from freezing.

National Weather Service forecasters said cold air moving into the state in the days ahead could bring a chance of snow at lower elevations. Temperatures in the region could drop into the 20s and 30s into early next week.

The cost of a frozen and broken pipe can be more than just the cost of a plumber. Residents might be forced to go without water until the leak is repaired. If no one is home as the pipe thaws, flooding and property damage could lead to sizable repair costs and inconvenience.

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Issaquah woman ordered to pay $300,000 for insurance fraud

November 19, 2010

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Nov. 19, 2010

A King County Superior Court judge ordered Issaquah resident Linda Ann Rose on Friday to pay $300,000 in restitution to insurers she bilked after a parking lot fender bender.

Rose, 67, has been ordered to pay $250,000 to Progressive and $25,000 to MetLife. Rose must also forfeit another $25,000 in a structured settlement from MetLife. The settlement had not yet been paid.

Rose pleaded guilty to three felony counts of using false claims or proof to file insurance claims in early November.

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Red Cross offers tips to prepare for cold as temperatures drop

November 19, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 19, 2010

The holiday season in the Pacific Northwest also marks the start of cold weather and flooding.

National Weather Service forecasters said cold air moving into the state in the days ahead could bring a chance of snow at lower elevations. Temperatures in Western Washington could drop into the 20s and 30s into early next week.

The local American Red Cross chapter offered a series of safety tips to endure the cold and prepare for a safe holiday season.

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Issaquah companies earn international business honors

November 19, 2010

Artitudes Design CEO Andrea Heuston holds a Stevie Award for Community Involvement Program of the Year. By Laura Geggel

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2010

Issaquah businesses picked up gold-plated Stevie Awards for Women in Business last week. The international competition honored women executives, business owners and their companies Nov. 12.

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King County sheriff decries cuts to rural police service

November 18, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr lamented the upcoming cuts to police service in rural areas, including the closure of a police storefront near Issaquah and reduced resources to investigate property crimes.

King County Council members decided Monday to eliminate 28 deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Office, close police storefronts, and eliminate school resource officers from Liberty High School and other campuses.

“All the cuts in police services were difficult,” Rahr said in prepared remarks delivered Thursday at the King County Courthouse. “All the cuts will mean a hardship for the 305,000 citizens living in unincorporated King County, especially if they are victims of a crime. I wish none of the cuts were made.”

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United Way seeks clients, volunteers for free tax prep program

November 18, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

Though Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, the focus at the United Way of King County is already on income tax season.

The nonprofit organization offers free tax preparation and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to middle- and low-income families.

Organizers seek volunteers to help prepare tax returns. In addition to tax preparers, the United Way also seeks helpers to man intake desks, enroll eligible families for public benefits and serve as interpreters. Learn more about the program here or call 206-461-5048.

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Nominate eco-conscious people, businesses and agencies for Recycler of the Year

November 18, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The search is on for the top recyclers in the Evergreen State.

Nominate eco-conscious individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations for Recycler of the Year honors from the Washington State Recycling Association.

Nominate individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to expanding and strengthening recycling and waste prevention.

The categories include individual recycler, public agency, institution, nonprofit, commercial generator, public education, event recycling, composting, innovation and the Nucor Steel Award for Primary Business.

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Issaquah Brewhouse pours on packaging awards

November 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

Issaquah Brewhouse bottles and tap handles scored higher than entrants from beverage giants and nabbed first-place packaging awards.

The bottle for Issaquah-brewed White Frog Ale took first place in the special packaging category in the San Francisco POP Awards. The awards honor best in point-of-purchase displays. The green-and-white bottle label features — what else? — a frog in mid hop.

The brewhouse also received a first-place award for the tap handle for White Frog Ale. The handle received the second consecutive first-place honor in the Beverage Dynamics Packaging and Design Competition.

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