DOT alerts holiday travelers to another route to Eastern Washington

July 1, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 1, 2010

For holiday travelers headed to Eastern Washington, the state Department of Transportation reminded drivers about the detour on state Route 410 — another link to the sunny side of the Evergreen State.

A landslide closed a four-mile stretch of the road in October, but the state opened a detour route 45 days later. The detour route includes a two-lane, 35-mph roadway.

State Route 410 connects King and Yakima counties through scenic Chinook Pass and Mount Rainier National Park. The state prohibits commercial vehicles from the road.

The transportation agency plans to start construction on a permanent route around the landslide next year, and complete the link in 2012. Learn more about the landslide here.

Trash hauler plans changes for South Cove and Greenwood Point residents

July 1, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. July 1, 2010

Trash pickup for about 900 customers in South Cove and Greenwood Point could improve soon.

On July 10, the trash collector for the area, Allied Waste, plans to deliver garbage and yard waste carts to customers without the carts. Customers should start using the new carts during the week of July 12.

The updated service agreement OK’d by the City Council in April calls for Allied Waste to provide free wheeled garbage carts for all residents in the neighborhoods, as well as free curbside electronics pick-up.

Customers can also recycle more items, including plastic cups, trays and bags; clean aluminum foil and trays; clean paper latte cups; textiles; lids three inches and larger in diameter; and small metal appliances, such as toasters.

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City employee gets buzz cut for good cause — cancer research

July 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2010

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers takes a clipper to Emergency Dispatcher Jacqueline Kerness' hair as part of a Wednesday fundraiser for cancer research. By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Eagle Room at City Hall buzzed in anticipation as Emergency Dispatcher Jacqueline Kerness nervously sat down in a chair at the center of the room.

Stepping behind her, poised with a set of buzzing electric clippers, Police Chief Paul Ayers made the first swipe through Kerness’ hair, sending the brown locks to the floor.

“Here we go,” he said, taking a swath of hair from the base of her head. “I think it’s looking good.”

Shedding her hair Wednesday was all for a good cause, though, Kerness said.

Her colleagues bid to take a turn with the clippers, each time raising money for fellow emergency dispatcher, Carma Mathieson, to participate in September’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.

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Buy fireworks to support relief trips to Mexico, Skyline football

June 30, 2010

NEW — 3:15 p.m. June 30, 2010

This Fourth of July, help build houses for needy families in Mexico just by buying your fireworks locally.

The fireworks stand at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., opened Monday. It will be open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day through July 4.

Profits from the sale of fireworks will largely support the church’s annual mission trip to Mexico, and fund house-building materials, other church outreach programs and a new facility construction program.

The youths and adults selling fireworks in the tent will be earning money needed to fund their own trips, according to Lana Bromling, 16, the daughter of the Rev. Brad Bromling, pastor of Issaquah Christian Church.

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Felicia Hollis Lybbert

June 30, 2010

Felicia H. Lybbert, of Sammamish, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, in Federal Way. She was 23.

A funeral service will be July 6 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 26529 S.E. Duthie Hill Road, Issaquah. A graveside dedication will be at 1 p.m. July 7 at Moses Lake Cemetery in Moses Lake.

Felicia was born May 20, 1987 in Bellevue, to Terry and Phyllis Lybbert. She was raised in Issaquah and was a member of the class of 2005 at Skyline High School. Felicia loved children and worked for many years as a nanny.

In her leisure time, Felicia enjoyed working with animals, horse training and spending time with her beloved dog, Beyonka. She enjoyed various sports and activities over the years, such as baseball, soccer, track, snowboarding and singing. Felicia also loved family gatherings and creating videos for her friends and family.

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Greenpeace blimp targets Costco for seafood policies

June 30, 2010

Greenpeace airship A.E. Bates brings a message to Costco from the skies above the chain's Issaquah corporate headquarters Wednesday morning. By Anthony Bolante, Greenpeace

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. June 30, 2010

The environmental group Greenpeace sent a blimp bearing the message “Costco: wholesale ocean destruction” to hover above the company’s Issaquah corporate headquarters and flagship warehouse early Wednesday morning.

Issaquah residents and Interstate 90 drivers reported seeing the green blimp during the morning commute at about 8:30.

Greenpeace took Costco — the third-largest retailer in the United States and the largest employer in Issaquah — to task for what the environmental group described as exploitation of the oceans. Greenpeace called on Costco to stop selling fish species threatened by overfishing, including orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.

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DOT offers travel tools for drivers to declare independence from holiday traffic

June 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2010

Use state Department of Transportation travel tools to declare independence from delays during the Fourth of July weekend.

The agency encouraged holiday travelers use its website and 24-hour traveler-information line, 511, to find out about traffic congestion and delays.

Officials hope the tools help travelers avoid traffic snarls, like the 27-mile backup through Snoqualmie Pass at the end of Memorial Day weekend.

Check the website for the most-traveled — and delay-prone — routes: Interstate 90, Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, I-5 south of Olympia through Lewis County and U.S. Route 2.

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Man drowns at Lake Sammamish State Park

June 29, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue Chaplain Shelley Frey (right) comforts the wife and 5-year-old son of Geronimo Morales, 23, of Seattle, as paramedics perform CPR on him June 24 in an aid car and prepare to transport him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center. By Greg Farrar

Lake Sammamish, still cold for swimmers despite sunshine and balmy temperatures on land, claimed a Seattle man late last week during a family outing at the state park.

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No lifeguard on duty at state park

June 29, 2010

State cuts eliminate program from Lake Sammamish

The drowning at Lake Sammamish State Park last week exposed strains in a state budget too stretched to fund lifeguards in state parks.

Geronimo Morales, 23, drowned June 24, just offshore from crowded Tibbetts Beach, which has been left unguarded for 16 of the past 18 years.

Officials said tight budgets limit the amount the state can spend on lifeguards at Lake Sammamish and other state-managed swimming spots.

Tibbetts Beach has lacked regular lifeguards since 1992, and swimmers must enter the lake at their own risk.

Such accidents remain too common, despite steps to prevent such tragedies, parks and public heath officials said last week. The drowning also raises concerns about water safety as Lake Sammamish and other state parks ready for the summer rush.

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Stay safe near the water this summer

June 29, 2010

Summertime sunshine lures residents in Issaquah and across King County to lakes, streams and rivers unwatched by lifeguards.

King County Sheriff’s Office data shows most King County drownings — 56 percent — occur in April, May and July.

Fast-moving currents can pull unsuspecting users under trees and logjams left from winter, and lead to drowning. Wear a lifejacket, steer clear of high, running water and swim only in designated areas.

Public Health – Seattle & King County also urges people to swim only in areas with lifeguards, but waterways in state and most county parks lack lifeguards.

The agency recommends for people not to swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Despite summer temperatures on land, waterways remain cold from snowmelt, so hypothermia poses a risk to swimmers. Hypothermia affects everyone, regardless of age, size or experience. Officials recommend thermal protection for adventurous types taking to the water.

Boaters should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejacket. Officials also recommend a life jacket for people floating on inner tubes or swimming in open water.

Lake Sammamish State Park offers free lifejackets for park goers to borrow at the popular Tibbetts Beach swimming area. Call the park office at 649-4276 to learn more.

Under state law, everyone younger than 12 must wear a life jacket while on any boat less than 19 feet long. Every boat must have a lifejacket for everyone on board.

Sources: Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Sheriff’s Office

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