Bitter cold raises risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

November 24, 2010

NEW — 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

The forecast calls for temperatures in Issaquah to reach the mid-20s overnight.

Though the region continues to recover from the Monday snowstorm, National Weather Service meteorologists predict temperatures to remain below freezing until Thursday.

The risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning increases as the temperature falls. Carbon monoxide poisoning can strike suddenly and without warning.

In some cases, physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue. Head outside for fresh air immediately and call for medical help from a mobile phone or a neighbor’s home if carbon monoxide poisoning occurs.

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Buses operate on reduced schedules for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

National Weather Service meteorologists predict up to another inch of snow in King County for Thanksgiving morning.

So, King County Metro Transit continues to operate on snow routes — and a Sunday schedule — for the holiday. Metro plans to ease back to regular operations as ice melts and roadways return to normal.

Riders should check the color-coded map on  for the most current status of Metro service before traveling.

Sound Transit buses operate on special holiday hours Thursday. Regular weekday service for all Sound Transit buses and trains resumes Friday.

Riders should check the Sound Transit website for potential service changes in response to winter weather conditions.

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Crews plan to monitor local roads for ice on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

NEW — 6:45 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

King County crews plan to work on Thanksgiving to clear ice and compacted snow from high-priority roads in rural and unincorporated areas.

Issaquah public works crews plowed and sanded all of the snow-priority routes in the city. Find the snow priority map here.

The city has not closed any roads as a result of the Monday snowstorm.

The forecast calls for temperatures to climb after Thursday, but Road Services Division employees plan to monitor conditions in case ice forms on roads again.

Motorists planning to travel in the county during the holiday weekend, should check the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for winter driving conditions.

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King County Council gives thanks for local farmers

November 24, 2010

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Just before Thanksgiving, King County Council members gave thanks for local farms and produce.

The council recognized the Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign and members pledged to do the same.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is a celebration of plentiful harvests, and here in King County we have an abundance of farm fresh produce for which to be thankful,” Councilman Larry Phillips, sponsor of the recognition, said in a statement.

Organizers created the campaign to accentuate the connections buying local has forms to the environment, the use of fossil fuels and energy, and support for local farmers.

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Thanksgiving travelers should prepare for traffic snarls, harsh conditions

November 24, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

The kickoff to the holiday travel season started Wednesday as crews continued to clear ice and snow from roads.

The state Department of Transportation urged holiday travelers to prepare for the combination of winter driving conditions and traffic backups.

The agency also offers real-time information on traffic and mountain pass conditions. Drivers should prepare for harsh conditions by packing cold-weather supplies and tire chains as well.

Temperatures remain below freezing in most of the state, but DOT maintenance crews continue to toil around the clock to keep major highways bare and dry. Drivers should still expect ice in places — especially on less-traveled roadways — and should prepare for changing weather and road conditions all along holiday routes.

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Machine recount set for December in Issaquah legislative race

November 24, 2010

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

The last undecided race to represent Issaquah in Olympia is headed for a recount next month.

State Sen. Randy Gordon trailed challenger Steve Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. The gap between Democrat Gordon and Republican Litzow narrowed to 194 votes — or 0.32 percent — as the county tallied ballots.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

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Issaquah Community Center, pool reopen for drop-in visits

November 24, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Issaquah residents suffering from cabin fever amid the cold can drop in at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Both facilities close Thursday for Thanksgiving.

The city Parks & Recreation Department also canceled all recreation programs scheduled for Wednesday.

Officials canceled all Issaquah Municipal Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge is not issuing bench warrants if defendants fail to appear. The court is to remain open for regular business hours.

The city Human Services Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday night has been canceled. Officials also canceled the Dec. 22 meeting. The commission meets next at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

Issaquah School District administrators canceled school for Wednesday, the last scheduled school day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite the closures elsewhere, the show is set to go on at Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah. The performance of “Anne of Green Gables” is still scheduled for 8 p.m.

Limited garbage pickup could return for Issaquah residents Wednesday

November 24, 2010

NEW — 8:10 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Garbage could be picked up for some Issaquah residents Wednesday, as hauler Waste Management returns to service.

But the company said pickup could be limited due to hazardous road conditions.

The other hauler serving Issaquah residents, Allied Waste, suspended residential operations Wednesday.

The company plans to continue commercial and roll-off operations as conditions allow.

The bitter cold has caused drivers to find containers frozen to the ground and waste frozen inside the containers. Allied Waste said haulers intend to empty the containers as best as they can.

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City Council decides against property tax hike for 2011

November 23, 2010

The anemic economy has prompted the City Council to decide against a property tax increase for 2011.

The unanimous decision holds the property tax rate at the 2008 level — or $1.38 per $1,000 in assessed value in property taxes.

The council followed a recommendation from Mayor Ava Frisinger to avoid a property tax hike for 2011. Members decided against the increase Nov. 15.

Frisinger proposed a $30.4 million general fund budget for next year — a slight increase from the $29.8 million general fund budget in 2010.

The general fund is used to pay for police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

Money collected from property taxes accounted for almost a quarter of the general fund revenue in the 2010 budget.

Overall, Issaquah residents pay $10.80 per $1,000 in assessed value in property taxes to the Issaquah School District, King County, and numerous state and regional districts. The school district receives the largest slice — 44 percent.

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Doughnut menorah offers a sweet treat for Chanukah

November 23, 2010

The Chabad of the Central Cascades will celebrate the first of eight nights of Chanukah with this giant, nine-foot-tall menorah made out of doughnuts. Contributed

Normally, people of the Jewish faith grapple with the eternal Chanukah question of applesauce or sour cream, and which one tastes better on delicious potato pancakes called latkes.

This year, those attending the annual Chanukah celebration in the Issaquah Highlands will encounter another question: How many doughnuts will fit on a nine-foot menorah?

The Chabad of the Central Cascades is hosting a family-friendly festival of lights for the first day of Chanukah, and instead of featuring a menorah made out of LEGOs, balloons or candy, as Issaquah’s Chabad has in past years, this season’s centerpiece will be made of treats that would make Homer Simpson drool: kosher doughnuts. Read more

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