Longtime Costco CEO Jim Sinegal announces retirement

August 31, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Jim Sinegal, a Costco cofounder and the Issaquah-based company’s longtime CEO, said Wednesday he plans to retire in January.

Costco’s board elected Craig Jelinek, president and chief operating officer, as president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.

Costco employs more people — about 2,700 at the corporate headquarters and flagship warehouse — than any other business in Issaquah.

“Costco has a very strong culture and a deep bench of management talent,” Sinegal said in a statement. “I have total confidence in Craig’s ability to handle his new responsibilities and feel we are fortunate as a company to have an executive of his caliber to succeed me as chief executive of Costco.”

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King County Elections certifies August primary results

August 31, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Elections certified the results of the Aug. 16 primary election Wednesday morning.

Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 elections officials mailed in late July. Turnout reached 32 percent — less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.

The electorate resoundingly approved — 69 percent to 31 percent — renewing the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017.

Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.

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King County Metro Transit offers safe space for youth

August 31, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Help for troubled teenagers and children is only a bus stop away under a plan King County leaders announced Wednesday.

The county, local service agencies and Safe Place — a national nonprofit organization formed to create community safety nets for young people in crisis — joined for the effort.

Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver then makes a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.

Metro Transit and the service agencies— YouthCare, Friends of Youth and Auburn Youth Resources— mean King County is the largest Safe Place partner in the state. The purpose of the program is to put the necessary community resources in place to get help to young people quickly and decrease the potential for harm.

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Fans can vote for favorite local high school in online contest

August 31, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Aug. 31 2011

With the winning school taking home $500, Seattle’s Prep Sportswear is asking high school sports fans to weigh in on their favorite school during the high school football season.

Dubbed “Turf Wars,” the first battle takes place around the Skyline vs. Liberty game set for Friday.

Voting began online Monday. Go to www.PrepSportswear.com/TurfWars to vote for your favorite team.

The Turf Wars series will select one high school game from Washington for the rest of the high school football season.

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Crews extinguish fire at downtown Chopaka Apartments

August 31, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews snuffed out a blaze at the Chopaka Apartments clubhouse in downtown Issaquah early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a report of a natural gas leak in the clubhouse at 145 Newport Way N.W. at 7:28 a.m.

The maintenance employee at the apartments said a gas leak occurred in the clubhouse, but firefighters investigated and determined the odor actually emanated from a fire still burning in some furniture. No gas leak existed.

Firefighters said smoke and heat damage had spread throughout the structure, but heat did not build to cause the flames to spread. The fire, starved for oxygen, had almost burned out.

Heat did build to the point of melting plastic items inside the building and vent coverings on the roof.

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne uses last season’s title-game loss as motivation

August 31, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

For all the things Max Browne accomplished as a sophomore, it is the one thing he didn’t that pushes Skyline’s quarterback.

When the 2010 Class 4A state title game ended with Ferris claiming a 24-16 victory over the Spartans, Browne didn’t drop his head, at least not right away. Instead, he turned to the Saxons’ sideline. He watched them celebrate.

“Some people may think it’s crazy,” he said. “But it definitely fueled me.”

From that moment on, through every workout, camp and practice, one thing has continued to carry him: Get it back.

“His dedication to this team is unbelievable,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

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Leaders announce $1.4 million effort to combat gang violence

August 31, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County leaders bolstered efforts to combat street gangs Monday and directed $1.4 million from a law-enforcement emergency fund to confront a rise in gang violence.

Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert

The funds aid prosecutors, sheriff’s deputies and community organizations in anti-gang efforts. The county intends to add three deputy prosecutors and a paralegal focused solely on gang-related cases. Plans call for the King County Sheriff’s Office to receive additional equipment and training.

County Council members created the law-enforcement emergency fund last year to address unforeseen criminal justice needs.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, joined County Executive Dow Constantine, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and other leaders Monday to announce the initiative.

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King County Council honors former Issaquah mayor

August 31, 2011

A.J. Culver (center), former Issaquah mayor, holds certificate from the King County Council after members recognized him for a long public-service career Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.

The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.

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Sounders assist at Lake Sammamish State Park

August 30, 2011

Players join Mountains to Sound Greenway restoration project

Servando Carrasco (left), Seattle Sounders FC midfielder, and Tor Bell, restoration program manager, use loppers to remove blackberry bushes Aug. 29 while joining other volunteers during a Mountains to Sound Greenway habitat restoration project beside Issaquah Creek at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Seattle Sounders FC fans often hold blue-and-green scarves aloft to show support for the team at CenturyLink Field.

Fans offered the same ardent support Aug. 29 for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust at Lake Sammamish State Park. The restoration team greeted Sounders forward David Estrada and midfielder Servando Carrasco as volunteers pulled invasive plants.

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SanMar plans to relocate 400 jobs from Preston to Issaquah

August 30, 2011

The apparel company SanMar plans to relocate about 400 jobs to Issaquah from Preston in the months ahead.

SanMar purchased a hillside office building behind The Home Depot last month. The company intends to complete some minor upgrades to the space and then occupy the building by December.

The relocation encompasses the front-office departments housed at the Preston headquarters, such as accounting, distribution, marketing, product design and more. The company plans to maintain the existing distribution facility in Preston.

SanMar supplies apparel and accessories to companies for embroidery and other embellishment. Clients include household names such as Columbia Sportswear and Nike.

“This is a great opportunity for us to have more space, a big block,” SanMar Vice President Jordan Lott said. “It creates really no additional commute time for the vast majority of our employees. It really is an opportunity to have nicer office space and not disrupt the commutes of the vast majority of our employees. It was kind of a win-win all around.”

SanMar purchased the Eastpointe Corporate Center for $32 million last month. The glass-sheathed office building encompasses 156,323 square feet — more room for the burgeoning company.

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