Prep backyard ecosystems for fall and winter wildlife

October 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages residents to add a few items to fall outdoor chore lists.

State wildlife experts said a typical neighborhood in Washington has more than 25 species of birds and mammals. The backyard ecosystem includes hawks, raccoons and even the occasional fox. More familiar creatures include robins, squirrels and chickadees.

Help prep the lawns and gardens for winter wildlife as daylight hours shrink, temperatures drop homeowners start to batten down for winter. Take some steps to make backyards more friendly to wildlife:

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Unions agree to forgo raises amid county budget crunch

September 30, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine and unions announced a tentative plan Thursday for almost 5,000 county employees to forgo raises next year.

The announcement came days after Constantine proposed deep service cuts and layoffs to bridge a $60 million budget gap. The decision to eschew the cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, could save the county about $8 million next year.

County Council members Julia Patterson, Larry Gossett and Issaquah-area representatives Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn — the Budget Leadership Team — praised the announcement in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

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Issaquah police collect eight boxes of medication at drop-off event

September 30, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

Issaquah police collected eight boxes of expired and unused medications during a drug drop-off event Sept. 25.

Officers collected controlled substances from 64 people during the daylong effort, part of the National Take-Back Initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna said prescription painkillers — often stolen and abused — help fuel a statewide overdose epidemic.

The problem led the DEA and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to host drug-collection events. The effort led to the collection of more than three tons of pharmaceuticals Sept. 25 in Washington.

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Liberty Patriots face Juanita in key 3A battle

September 30, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

The Liberty High School football team, ranked No. 2 in The Seattle Times’ Class 3A poll, gets its toughest KingCo Conference test of the season Friday when the Patriots play at 7 p.m. at Juanita.

The host Rebels, ranked eighth, are 4-0 on the season and have one of the biggest offensive and defensive lines in the league. Running behind the offensive line is standout back Jeremiah Laufasa, who is averaging 115.8 yards a game. The Rebels are coming off a 58-0 rout of Sammamish. Juanita is coached by former Liberty assistant Shaun Tarantola.

Liberty enters the contest with a 3-1 record. The Patriots defeated Mount Si 38-22 Sept. 24. Jake Bainton, who had missed the previous two games because of an injury, caught two touchdown passes for the Patriots.

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Register to vote in November election by Monday

September 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

In order to vote in the November election, Washington residents must register to vote by Monday.

To register, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership in order to vote in primary or general elections.

Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at King County Elections.

Issaquah voters will decide legislative, judicial and congressional races in the Nov. 2 election, plus a measure to raise the county sales tax rate.

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Metro Transit alters Issaquah bus routes Saturday

September 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

Bus riders should plan for changes Saturday, as King County Metro Transit revises schedules serving Issaquah on the following routes:

  • Route 209 — Discontinue the westbound trip to Issaquah leaving North Bend at 4:45 a.m.
  • Route 210 — Combine the westbound trips to downtown Seattle from the Issaquah Transit Center at 6:10 and 6:29 a.m. into a single trip leaving at 6:20 a.m.
  • Route 214 — Discontinue one morning trip and one evening trip.

The route and schedule changes are expected to save money and preserve bus service. Metro updates its routes three times per year.

Bus riders can find all the fall changes in a Special Rider Alert brochure in Metro information racks and here. Or find updated service information in the Trip Planner. Enter a travel date of Oct. 2 or later to find the updated service.

County executive appointed to national ‘green’ group

September 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine has been named as a director of the leading local government association set up to address climate change and sustainability.

Constantine joins Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Clackamas County, Ore. Commissioner Bob Austin; Santa Barbara, Calif. Supervisor Salud Carbajal; and Cambridge, Mass. City Councilwoman Henrietta Davis on the board of directors of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA.

“I’m honored to serve on this board and to have the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the country on these important issues that affect every community,” Constantine said in a statement. “Identifying sustainable approaches and systems for dealing with climate change and energy needs will require innovative thinking from across the country. ICLEI’s board provides an excellent venue for this work.”

The nonprofit ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has more than 600 members nationwide and provides the expertise, training, tools and technical support to help local governments advance climate, energy and sustainability goals.

State closes Lake Sammamish to salmon fishing due to low coho run

September 29, 2010

UPDATED — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to close lakes Sammamish and Washington to salmon fishing, citing concerns about the limited number of coho salmon.

The salmon fishery on Lake Sammamish is closed from Saturday until Nov. 30. The closure runs from Saturday until Oct. 31 on Lake Washington.

The coho run is low and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery may not collect enough fish to meet egg-take goals. The state said the lakes could reopen to salmon fishing if the run increases in the coming weeks.

Muckleshoot Tribe officials had counted 2,552 coho at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard by Monday.

Liberty soccer wins fifth consecutive game

September 29, 2010

NEW — 10:05 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team got its fifth straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory Tuesday when the Patriots defeated the host Juanita Rebels 2-0.

Liberty, which leads the league with a 5-0 mark, scored its goals in the second half. Whitney Cain, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 60th minute. Cassidy Nangle, assisted by Kimi Fry, scored eight minutes later.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

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Issaquah resident, a longtime recycler, is a Recycling Superstar

September 29, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

Wayne Elson started recycling cans and bottles 30 years ago — long before recycling became as simple as a trip to the curb.

For efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, the King County Solid Waste Division honored the Issaquah resident as a Recycling Superstar. The contest asked people share the tips and tricks they use to cut the amount of waste sent to the county landfill.

“We knew there were some serious recyclers out there who are really going the extra mile to recycle all they can,” King County Solid Waste Division Project Manager Gerty Coville said in a news release.

In addition to curbside recycling, Elson recycles scrap wood trim into picture frames. He also takes steps to recycle computers and monitors, scrap copper and used motor oil.

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