Eastside Fire & Rescue honors former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

January 15, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue on Thursday honored former Issaquah Councilwoman Maureen McCarry, a leader responsible for shaping the agency as a board member.

McCarry served as a representative on the eight-member board on and off since 2006. The former Harborview Medical Center executive offered financial and legal acumen as the 12-year-old agency expanded.

McCarry resigned from the City Council late last month as she fights amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

(The council is in the initial stage of the effort to appoint a successor to McCarry.)

EFR Board Chairman Ron Pedee presented a plaque to McCarry as other board members offered heartfelt thanks for her service.

McCarry served on the board as EFR expanded to include numerous cities and fire protection districts. In 2008, the then-councilwoman participated in rewriting the agency’s inter-local agreement, or governing document.

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Homeowners turn backyards into wildlife sanctuaries

January 15, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has reached a milestone in the effort to turn backyards into urban wildlife sanctuaries.

The agency’s Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program has celebrated 25 years — and exceeded a goal to turn 10,000 properties into sanctuaries in the year leading to 2010. The program had enrolled 11,454 properties across the state in time for the Dec. 31, 2010, deadline.

The program emphasizes urban and suburban properties — areas in need of habitat development and restoration. The largest chunk of properties — 89 percent, or 10,238 — is in Western Washington, from Bellingham to Vancouver.

The agency launched the 10,000 by 2010 campaign in summer 2009 and enrolled the 10,000th property in April 2010.

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Forecasters issue flood watch as rain continues to fall

January 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011

National Weather Service meteorologists urged residents to prepare for possible flooding as rain-sodden conditions continue throughout the region Saturday.

Forecasters in Seattle issued a flood watch through Monday afternoon for most Western Washington counties. The latest moisture-laden system could drop 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Precipitation — more rainfall and a brief-but-intense snowstorm — saturated the ground throughout from Tuesday onward.

Issaquah emergency planners reminded residents to keep storm drains near homes clear of fallen leaves and other debris. Call the city Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 to address larger storm water issues.

Residents can receive real-time Issaquah Creek flood data from a flood gauge in Hobart. Planners use the gauge to determine the city’s flood phases.

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Liberty High School swimmers sink Saints

January 14, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

Luke Duschl won two events and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay Thursday as the Liberty High School boys swimming team topped visiting Interlake 91-89 in a thrilling 3A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Duschl captured the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Logan Briggs, of Liberty, also won two events. Briggs won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Liberty pulled out the victory in the 400 freestyle. Briggs led off the relay for the Patriots and Duschl anchored it. Connor Biehl and Kevin Hays were other members of the relay.

The Patriots also won the 200 medley relay. Duschl, Raymond Ha, Hays and Briggs composed the relay.

Other first places for Liberty came from Ha in the 100 breaststroke and Jesse Herrild in diving.

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King County residents fret about proposal to cut unincorporated area councils

January 14, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

King County residents have called on leaders to preserve community councils in rural and unincorporated neighborhoods, despite directions from the County Council to reduce the program.

Residents from the Puget Sound shoreline to rural areas near Woodinville operate unincorporated area councils to conduct neighborhood programs and foster citizen participation.

The councils also act as liaisons for unincorporated area residents to the county government based in Seattle. The county is home to 1.9 million people, including 340,000 residents in unincorporated areas.

But County Council members winnowed the budget for the unincorporated area councils from about $330,000 to $50,000 late last year, as the county faced a $60 million budget gap.

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Most liquor stores remain open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 14, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to Martin Luther King Jr., because all state-run liquor stores remain open Monday, the federal holiday to honor the civil rights leader.

The stores open at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Some contract liquor stores could be open Monday as well. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

Turn to the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a complete list of state-run liquor stores. The state operates a store in Issaquah near the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

Investigators probe suspicious package at office building

January 13, 2011

UPDATED — 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

Emergency crews responded to a North Issaquah office building Thursday afternoon after receiving reports of a package containing a suspicious powder.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Issaquah Police Department teams responded to a building in the 1600 block of Northwest Sammamish Road at about 2 p.m. Thursday, after workers reported concerns about the contents in a package sent to the business.

EFR sent a hazardous materials team to retrieve and remove the package.

Responders said three or four workers reported headaches and sore throats. EFR did not transport any workers for medical treatment.

Crews ended the lock down and allowed workers inside the building to leave at about 5:15 p.m. Investigators interviewed some workers at the scene.

The investigation has expanded to include the police department, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the agency responsible for mail-related crimes.

The incident occurred at the Lake Place Office Center  near Costco and Costco headquarters.

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Liberty girls basketball team holds off Mount Si

January 13, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team moved into a three-way tie for second place in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference standings Wednesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Mount Si 39-36.

Mount Si, which has been in second place before the game, dropped to 5-2 in league play and into a tie with Liberty and Lake Washington.

Aspen Winegar, of Liberty, scored a game-high 12 points. Teammate Danni Sjolander added nine points. Jori Braun and Kassidy Maddux each had nine points to lead Mount Si.

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PUP, Issaquah pet rescue, hosts adoption fair Saturday

January 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

Help a pet find a new home Saturday during People United for Pets’ adoption fair.

Issaquah-based People United for Pets, or PUP, a nonprofit organization, hosts the fair at Petco, 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

PUP specializes in small and toy breed dogs.

The adoption fair features numerous dogs, plus volunteers to answer questions and offer giveaways.

PUP works alongside shelters, other rescue groups, and individuals to rescue dogs. The organization then places dogs in foster homes throughout the Greater Seattle area to await adoption.

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