Garbage strike ends without snag

April 27, 2010

Union trash haulers went on strike against Waste Management for less than 48 hours last week.

The strike ended before most Issaquah residents noticed changes to garbage service. Waste Management serves most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a company unaffected by the strike — hauls garbage in the southwestern corner of the city.

The union said haulers returned to work without conditions “to prevent a public health crisis” and reduce service disruptions.

Representatives for Waste Management and the union, Teamsters Local 174, planned to reopen labor negotiations. The dispute centered on medical benefits.

“These are positive developments and I’m glad to see both sides returning to the bargaining table,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement issued after haulers returned to work. “I believe the parties can work toward reaching a fair and equitable resolution.”

The contract for Waste Management haulers expired March 31. Union negotiators rejected what Waste Management described as the “best, last, final offer” in early April.

Allied Waste, the hauler responsible for Greenwood Point and South Cove, reached a labor deal with workers April 11. The company also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont in unincorporated King County.

Council will decide board and commission appointments

April 27, 2010

City Council members will appoint members to 12 city boards and commissions May 3.

The appointees will shape the way Issaquah develops, and advise officials about everything from growth to the environment to public art.

The council had been scheduled to decide on the appointments April 19, but some council members had trouble accessing a section of the city website with information about the applicants. The difficulty prompted the council to delay the decision until the next meeting, to allow officials time to review the information.

The city issued a call for applications in January. Candidates faced interviews with board and commission members. Mayor Ava Frisinger followed the recommendations from boards and commissions officers, and recommended the list to the council for approval.

Police arrest man for Squak Mountain burglaries

April 27, 2010

Issaquah Police arrested a 26-year-old Issaquah man last week in connection with burglaries on Squak Mountain.

Police said the man burglarized two residences April 21 on Mount Fury Circle Southwest and Mount Olympus Drive Southwest. The intruder forced doors open to enter the residences.

Officers recovered stolen property worth more than $3,000. The items included several flat-screen TVs, a guitar and a computer.

Authorities booked the man into the King County Jail for felony possession of stolen property and a state Department of Corrections violation.

Police seek witnesses to the burglaries, and encourage anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area in April to call Detective Ryan Raulerson at 837-3238.

Roll up your sleeves — it’s cleanup time

April 27, 2010

The DownTown Issaquah Association is looking for volunteers to do some spring cleaning and community building in its annual downtown spring cleanup.

The event will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 1. And if getting to know your neighbors isn’t incentive enough, lunch from the Flying Pie Pizzeria ought to be.

“We just want to invite everybody to come out, and it’s a great family event,” said Greg Spranger, executive director of the DownTown Issaquah Association, who’s helped organize the event for the last 10 years.

Volunteers should meet at the Hailstone Feed Store at 9 a.m. The plan is to clean a stretch of Front Street from the Grange Mercantile building to The Issaquah Press building, as well as a stretch of Sunset Way from the train depot parking lot to the library parking structure. Cleaning activities will include weeding, sweeping and picking up trash.

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State patrol seeks trooper cadets

April 27, 2010

Washington State Patrol leaders need a few good men and women — 54 to be exact.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature authorized the agency to hire 54 trooper cadets in July. Now, the state law enforcement agency faces a challenge to find enough qualified candidates to fill the class.

Hiring took on a new urgency due to the number of vacancies and potential vacancies WSP faces. The agency has 34 trooper vacancies, and another 100 or so commissioned officers will be eligible to retire Jan. 1.

The combined hiring and training process takes about 12 months to complete. The physical fitness test — pushups, sit-ups and a mile-and-a-half run — proves to be a significant hurdle for applicants.

Officials said about a third of all applicants fail the physical fitness test.

To help meet hiring goals, the agency will conduct testing in Kennewick on April 30. WSP will also condense the six-month hiring process into two months.

Learn more about the trooper cadet selection process here, or call a recruiter toll-free at 800-888-8384.

Free health screenings at Bartell Drugs on April 30

April 27, 2010

Bartell Drugs is providing free and discounted health screening clinics at 10 of its stores, including Issaquah, April 28 – May 9.

The Issaquah store, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., will host a walk-in clinic from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 30. Customers will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

The screenings will include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure testing as a preventative measure against diabetes and heart disease, according to a press release.

The screenings provide customers with immediate on-site results for blood glucose levels, total good and bad cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

The clinics will also have free educational materials for customers.

Other discounted screenings and services are: $15 diabetes screenings, $5 osteoporosis screenings and $5 total cholesterol testing. A lipid panel is also available for $15, however, customers will need to fast for eight to 12 hours for accurate results.

Learn more here.

Benefit raises money for Tent City 4

April 27, 2010

Tent City 4 garnered more than $1,400 through a fundraiser organized to educate Issaquah and Eastside residents about homelessness.

“View from the Tent” — a dramatic monologue based on letters from a homeless man — anchored a benefit for the homeless encampment. Tent City 4 residents answered questions from the audience after the April 17 performance. Ticket and book sales benefited the encampment.

Author M. Barrett Miller compiled letters from a homeless man into a self-published book, “View from the Tent: Thoughts from a Homeless Man.” Dan Niven, a Seattle actor and musician, adapted the book into a monologue.

Tent City 4 departed Issaquah for Kirkland on April 24 after a 90-day stay at Community Church of Issaquah.

Issaquah Highlands ranked as top ‘green’ community

April 27, 2010

Natural Home magazine has named the Issaquah Highlands among the “greenest” communities in the United States.

The magazine included the highlands on the “Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods” and lauded the community for residences and commercial buildings built to eco-friendly standards. The magazine also noted the 1,400 acres of forest and open space preserved as part of the highlands.

The hillside community has attracted more than 7,000 residents to Grand Ridge since 1998. No other Washington community earned a spot on the list.

The list includes three Oregon communities. The rankings appear in the May-June issue of the magazine.

Plans for more commercial and office space in the highlands shifted through the years as major tenants — such as Microsoft — opted to build elsewhere. The recession also slowed grand plans for the community.

The latest plan offered by highlands developer Port Blakely Communities includes a storage facility, a grocery store, a movie theater and a gas station. Port Blakely seeks a development partner in order to complete the project.

Natural Home bills itself as “the authority on sustainable home design and materials, earth-friendly décor and natural lifestyles.”

Fighting together: Cancer survivor inspires beauty and barber school to host fundraiser

April 27, 2010

It was a long battle, but Diane Davis said the support of her students at Evergreen Beauty & Barber College’s Bellevue campus helped her find the strength to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008.

“The hardest part was telling my family, I have two daughters, and helping them calm down,” said Davis, an Issaquah resident. “The treatments were rough, of course, too.

“But people here were so supportive.”

On behalf of Davis and other students and instructors who have battled cancer, the college and its students decided to host a fundraiser for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at both its Everett and Bellevue campuses, said Frank Trieu, director of the Bellevue Campus.

“This is a family-owned business,” he said. “It’s about our students, not about our business. Our business is to help our students grow holistically.”

“I think it’s wonderful that our students want to help,” Davis said. “Though, I didn’t go through Cancer Care Alliance, I know they have wonderful support services that are beneficial to people and families fighting cancer.”

The fundraiser asks patrons to purchase an Easter egg for $1, Trieu said. Inside the egg, like any good Easter egg, is a surprise, like $49 off microdermabrasion or $35 off a hair color treatment at the school.

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United Auto Body of Issaquah gains AAA Approval

April 27, 2010

United Auto Body of Issaquah was recently designated as a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.

To receive its AAA-approved status, the staff of United Auto Body has:

  • An established history of excellent customer satisfaction and community reputation,
  • ASE certified technicians,
  • Maintained a clean and safe facility.

As part of the AAA approved network, United Auto Body has agreed to:

  • Guarantee workmanship, fit and finish for a minimum of one year,
  • Take full responsibility for repair of vehicle even when subletting a portion of a repair,
  • Offer a written estimate of repairs,
  • Let AAA arbitrate any disputes regarding the quality of service or repairs.

United Auto Body will display the AAA Approved Auto Repair logo to identify them as a reliable facility. The shop is at 1514 N.W. Mall St. and can be reached at 392-7099. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For a complete list of AAA-approved auto and auto body repair facilities, call 800-AAA-HELP toll free or go here.

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