Follow simple steps for merry, bright and safe holiday season

November 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2010

The state fire marshal urges Washington residents to practice fire safety during the holiday season.

“The risks of fire increases as residents tend to stay inside to avoid the cold, damp weather,” Fire Marshal Charles Duffy said in a statement. “The use of heating devices such as portable space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves should be done with care. Cooking activities, holiday lights, candles and other decorations also create fire danger.”

Now is also a good time to test smoke alarms and review home escape plans. If a fire occurs, everyone in a household should know how to exit the home quickly and safely.

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Union grocery employees mull agreement soon

November 26, 2010

NEW — 7 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Union grocery store employees plan to vote next week on a tentative agreement reached after lengthy bargaining between the union and management.

The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, represents workers about 25,000 workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway across the region. The decision also affects grocery and meat workers in Mason County and meat workers in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.

Details of the agreement should be released after union members vote on the tentative agreement Wednesday through Friday.

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King County collects old holiday lights at Green Holidays events

November 26, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010

King County launched the Green Holidays campaign Friday to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The kickoff includes a chance for residents to drop off old holiday lights for recycling. In exchange, each recycler receives a coupon for energy-efficient lights from Bartell Drugs or McLendon Hardware.

Find the Green Holidays booth at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle until 5 p.m. Friday.

Residents can also drop off holiday lights at the Group Health Ice Arena in Bellevue from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon – 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

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Skyline sophomore Max Browne pushed himself to keep up with his brothers

November 26, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Max Browne trudged into the house, dejected.

“I am bad. I am awful. I didn’t get any hits,” the 7-year-old announced to whomever would listen.

When family members asked him what was wrong, he explained that after 27 at-bats against his older brother, Michael, he couldn’t get a hit.

He couldn’t even make contact. There was a six-year gap between the two brothers, but Max couldn’t be comforted.

He has always wanted to win.

Eight years later, Max is the sophomore starting quarterback for top-ranked Skyline (11-1), winner of three consecutive state football championships, who play Curtis in the Class 4A semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

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Curtis should be Skyline’s toughest test

November 26, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

The toughest test of the season for the Skyline High School football team could come Saturday in the Class 4A state semifinals. The Spartans, hoping for a three-peat, meet the Curtis Vikings at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.

Skyline enters the game with a 11-1 mark while Curtis is 12-0. The Tacoma Dome is a favorite venue for both teams. The Spartans certainly have fond memories of playing in the T-Dome. Skyline has won two straight 4A state championships in the Tacoma Dome, as well as capturing the 4A title in 2005, and 3A crowns in 2000 and 2007.

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Remember to practice ladder safety during holiday decorating

November 26, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Thanksgiving is history and the holiday season is ready to blaze forth in lights and decorations hung from eaves, roofs and other difficult-to-reach spots.

Using a ladder to hang seasonal decorations carries risks. The state Department of Labor & Industries reminds homeowners and employers to practice ladder safety as the holiday season starts.

Each year, falls related to ladders injure almost 900 workers across Washington. Such falls can result in permanent disability and even death.

Under state law, employers must train workers required to use a ladder to follow safety precautions and how to recognize ladder hazards. Use the following 10 tips for ladder safety during holiday decorating: Read more

Issaquah garbage service operates on holiday schedule Friday

November 26, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Regular garbage pickup has resumed for Issaquah customers after several days of snow-related delays.

Allied Waste and Waste Management operate on a holiday schedule Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. The haulers plan to serve Issaquah residents with a Thursday collection day, and then pick up trash for Friday customers on Saturday.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

Allied Waste also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont outside of Issaquah city limits in unincorporated King County.

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Recycle post-feast grease for free — and prevent clogged pipes

November 26, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Turn Thanksgiving post-feast grease into biodiesel — and help prevent a hazard in local sewer systems.

King County has joined General Biodiesel to offer disposal locations for free and eco-friendly option to dump cooking fats and grease through Dec. 31.

The closest 24/7 disposal site to Issaquah is the Sammamish Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E. Find a complete list of disposal sites here.

The announcement came as Issaquah officials consider a plan to cut on the amount of food grease running down restaurant drains and into the municipal sewer system.

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Use caution, commonsense to hire Black Friday plumber

November 26, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

Black Friday is best known for door-buster sales and the busiest day of the year for retailers. But Thanksgiving excess — think grease and food down the drain, plus houseguests — puts a strain on household plumbing.

For Washington residents in need of a Black Friday plumber, the state Department of Labor & Industries advises people to choose carefully.

“Not all plumbers are created equal,” Bruce Springer, technical specialist of plumber certification at L&I, said in a statement. “Professional plumbers have specialized training and certification from the state.”

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King County medical examiner: Issaquah-area man dies from hypothermia

November 25, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2010

The recent cold has claimed the life of a 66-year-old Issaquah-area man.

James R. Furseth died Nov. 20 in Issaquah from hypothermia due to exposure to the cold, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Temperatures in the Issaquah area dipped to near freezing on the day Furseth died.

The cold also claimed a 76-year-old Redmond man, Jerry M. Fitzgerald. Officials said Fitzgerald died from hypothermia Nov. 19.

The medical examiner’s office had no further details about the men Thursday morning.

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