County fireworks rules apply for New Year’s Eve merrymaking

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2011.

In Issaquah, the citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon to 11 p.m. Friday. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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State liquor stores remain open for revelers to toast 2011

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve revelers can toast the arrival of 2011, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Friday.

The stores open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. But all state-run liquor stores close Saturday for New Year’s Day.

Turn to the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a complete list of state-run liquor stores. The state operates a store in Issaquah near the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

Some contract liquor stores could be open Friday and Saturday. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

Holiday closures, schedule changes start Friday

December 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

Issaquah and most King County government offices close Friday for New Year’s Eve.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday, New Year’s Day. Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule Saturday.

King County Solid Waste Division transfer stations close Saturday for the holiday.

Because New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, the holidays does not affect residential garbage collection in Issaquah. Waste Management and Allied Waste collect garbage in Issaquah and the surrounding area.

Issaquah recreation facilities, including Julius Boehm Pool, also close Friday and Saturday.

Donate sweaters to neighbors in need

December 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The spirit of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” comes to Issaquah and the Puget Sound region soon during a sweater drive for neighbors in need.

PCC Natural Markets and KCTS 9 teamed up for the annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive to collect thousands of sweaters for local nonprofit organizations.

The greatest need is for children’s items, but the drive accepts all new and gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats. Find collection bins at the nine PCC Natural Markets and the KCTS 9 lobby from Jan 10 to Feb. 13.

Donors can drop off sweaters and coats at the Issaquah store, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., or the other locations. Or, drop off donations at KCTS 9, 401 Mercer St., Seattle.

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Icy conditions continue as road crews prepare for freezing temperatures

December 30, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010

City road crews remain on standby Thursday night to apply sand or de-icing fluid to Issaquah streets if needed.

In the meantime, roads remain open in Issaquah, though drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions, even on treated roads and especially at night.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said the overnight temperature in Issaquah should dip to 23. Conditions should remain clear, though patchy freezing fog is expected after 10 p.m.

The high temperature Friday, New Year’s Eve, is forecast reach 38 degrees and then sink into the low 20s again in time to ring in 2011.

Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

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Buses operate on reduced schedules New Year’s Day

December 30, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010

Buses operate on reduced schedules Saturday for New Year’s Day.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday.

The agency offers a list of affected routes to help riders prepare. During the reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled.

In addition, Metro Transit plans to raise fares next year in order to tackle a budget shortfall.

Sound Transit buses and trains operate on special holiday hours. Sunday schedules apply to all ST Express buses and Central Link light rail. The agency operates on regular weekday service Friday, New Year’s Eve.

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Liberty girls basketball team overcomes Shorewood

December 30, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 30, 2010

The Liberty High School girls basketball team rallied from a first-quarter six-point deficit Wednesday to defeat Shorewood 43-33 in the KingCo/WesCo Challenge tournament at Juanita High School.

Liberty, 7-2 on the season, trailed 13-7 after the first quarter and was down by four points at halftime. However, the Patriots outscored Shorewood 16-8 in the third quarter to surge into the lead. Liberty put away Shorewood with 14 points in the final quarter.

Danni Sjolander topped the Patriots with 11 points. Aspen Winegar added 10 points and Sierra Carlson had eight points for the Patriots, who won their second straight game in the tournament.

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Crews treat Issaquah streets after overnight freeze

December 30, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 30, 2010

City road crews deployed early Thursday morning to apply sand and de-icing fluid to Issaquah streets after roads froze overnight.

Roads remain open in Issaquah, though drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions, even on treated roads.

Conditions should improve throughout the day as the mercury climbs to 40 after a night of below-freezing temperatures. National Weather Service forecasters said daytime Thursday and Thursday night should be clear and dry.

Motorists can check road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah. The city debuted the program Tuesday.

King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

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Icy conditions could create road hazards during commute

December 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2010

Motorists should prepare for icy roads and hazardous conditions during the Thursday morning commute.

East King County is most likely to experience hazardous road conditions, after  temperatures dropped to freezing levels early Tuesday evening. Many roads remained wet from snowfall earlier in the day.

Conditions should improve later in the day as the mercury climbs to 40 after a night of below-freezing temperatures. Forecasters said Thursday and Thursday night should be clear and dry.

Issaquah and King County crews readied late Tuesday afternoon to toil through the night to keep roads clear.

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Crews prepare for possible overnight freezing conditions

December 29, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 29, 2010

King County road crews continue to work around-the-clock amid the potential for possible freezing overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning.

East King County is most likely to experience hazardous road conditions, as temperatures drop to freezing levels early in the evening and roads remain wet from snowfall earlier in the day. The travel warnings extend into the Thursday morning commute.

Road Services Division crews plan to work through the to keep roadways safe for travel. Motorists should use caution, especially near hills and bridges, and monitor traffic and weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Issaquah crews continue to monitor conditions and plan to clear priority routes if needed.

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