King County leaders reflect on Nisqually earthquake

February 28, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 28, 2011

King County leaders said the county has undertaken projects designed to protect life and property in the 10 years since the Nisqually earthquake.

The magnitude-6.8 tremor struck the region at 10:54 a.m. Feb. 28, 2001.

“I was a state senator serving in Olympia when the Nisqually quake struck, and it sounded like the Capitol building dome was going to collapse on top of us,” County Executive Dow Constantine recalled. “Particularly after that experience, I take emergency preparation very seriously. I am pleased to see the progress we have made in the past decade to make us better able to withstand the next substantial earthquake in our region.”

The earthquake cracked the Capitol dome and caused widespread damage across the Puget Sound region.

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City Council interviews applicants Tuesday

February 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2011

The nine applicants for a City Council vacancy face the council Tuesday night, as the process to select a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry nears a coda.

Candidates face the council in public interviews scheduled for a special council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way. Then, after the 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.

Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

Many candidates bring experience in municipal government or a keen understanding of council business to the interview process.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7, though the appointee might not join the council until later in the month. The salary for council members is $700 per month.

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Washington Conservation Corps seeks applicants

February 27, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2011

The state Department of Ecology is seeking 22 people between 18 and 25 to serve in Washington Conservation Corps positions in King County and elsewhere.

Members receive job training, help restore and protect the environment, offer environmental education and volunteer opportunities for thousands of residents of all ages, and provide assistance to citizens in the Evergreen State and across the nation during natural disasters.

Interested parties can complete the application at the Department of Ecology website.

Members selected for six-month stints earn state minimum wage and a $2,675 AmeriCorps Education Award for repaying student loans or for future tuition expenses.

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Leaders urge preparedness on Nisqually earthquake anniversary

February 26, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011

Monday marks 10 years since the Nisqually earthquake — a magnitude-6.8 earthquake credited for changing attitudes about emergency preparedness and for spurring a decade of reforms.

In Issaquah, city leaders credited the temblor for alerting officials and residents to the importance of disaster preparedness and response. Issaquah School District planners also learned lessons from the earthquake.

The state Emergency Management Division prepared a summary of changes implemented since the earthquake struck at 10:54 a.m. Feb. 28, 2001.

American Red Cross leaders used the 10-year anniversary to encourage Western Washington residents to evaluate personal earthquake preparedness plans and to prepare for disasters.

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Girl Scouts offer app to locate cookie sales spots

February 26, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011

Girl Scouts fanned out across the region Friday to offer Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and the rest to the cookie-craving public.

Cookie sales continue at many locations in Issaquah and beyond through March 13. Use the Cookie Locator to find cookie booths.

Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche all cost $4 per box, payable by cash or check.

Finding a cookie booth is easier nowadays, thanks to the Cookie Locator smart phone app.

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Executive Dow Constantine delivers State of the County address Monday

February 25, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine is poised to deliver the State of the County address Monday to County Council members, leaders and community members.

The speech — Constantine’s inaugural State of the County address since assuming the top job in November 2009 — offers a chance to highlight accomplishments, highlight the executive’s legislative agenda and the council’s priorities.

Constantine is due to deliver the speech at a special council Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, 401 Fourth Avenue N. The speech starts at 10 a.m.

Leaders picked Kent for the location to highlight the population centers beyond Seattle, as well as the diversity of residents served by county government.

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Skyline grad is picked for U.S. swim team

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

Former Skyline High School swimming star Andie Taylor has been named to a field of 47 swimmers that will represent Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

The swimming competition takes place Aug. 14-19.

Taylor, who now competes for Stanford University, is scheduled to compete in the 400-meter individual medley and the 200 butterfly.

Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation.

Taylor, a freshman, ranked sixth in the nation in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:06.12, which ranks fourth all-time at Stanford. She has moved into fifth all-time in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 butterfly.

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Seasons end for Issaquah School District basketball teams

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team, the girls teams for Issaquah and Liberty came to an end last week when all three were eliminated in post-season tournaments.

The Skyline boys fell to Newport 53-46 Feb. 17 in a loser-out game in the 4A KingCo tournament at Juanita.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans.

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Transportation returns to normal amid bitter cold

February 25, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

Temperatures dropped into the teens overnight Thursday, and the region is expected to remain in a deep freeze through Sunday morning.

Issaquah road crews worked throughout the night to combat ice on city streets.

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses returned to regular routing. The agencies advised riders to prepare some minor or localized changes, but otherwise the transit system is back to normal.

Expect another bitterly cold night. National Weather Service meteorologists said the temperature in Issaquah should plummet into the teens again late Friday.

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Students’ artwork could grace U.S. Capitol

February 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

Congressman Dave Reichert invites high school students in the 8th Congressional District to submit their artwork to the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.

“Being in a position to help showcase the talents of young people in our communities is a true privilege of my role as our district’s representative,” Reichert said in a statement. “Each year, I find myself amazed at the effort and quality of work these students produce and I’m confident this year will be no different.”

Since 1982, the winning selection from the 8th District has graced the House of Representatives’ Cannon Building Tunnel in Washington, D.C., for a period of one year.

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