Learn fire safety tips during National Burn Awareness Week

February 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2011

National Burn Awareness Week starts Sunday, and emergency management officials urged residents to use the event to prevent fire-related injuries.

FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy said the week makes for the perfect calendar observance to focus on preventing fires and protecting children. National Burn Awareness Week runs through Feb. 12.

“Children under the age of 5 account for 52 percent of all child fire deaths, and home fires tend to spike in winter months, placing younger children and toddlers at even greater risk,” Murphy said in a release.

FEMA estimates fires injures 18,300 Americans each year, and more than 3,500 people die in fires. Children age 14 and younger make up 10 to 15 percent of all fire deaths.

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Nominate Issaquah business leaders for royal titles

February 4, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

Forget Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Issaquah needs a pair of royals to hold court at Issaquah Chamber of Commerce functions throughout 2011.

King and Queen Issaquah serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community. The duo presides at ribbon-cutting ceremonies, participates in the Independence Day and Salmon Days Festival parades, and is honored at chamber events.

Chamber members nominate candidates based on business and community leadership roles.

E-mail Queen Mum Joyce Adams at joyce.adams6@comcast.net to nominate a chamber member for the royal title. List the nominee and business, and include a brief explanation about why he or she deserves the honor. Nominations must be submitted by April 1.

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Man freed from garbage truck snagged in power lines

February 4, 2011

UPDATED — 7:55 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

Emergency crews responded to Northwest Mall Street early Friday morning after a Waste Management truck became snared in power lines, trapping a man inside the cab.

Rescuers freed the injured man at about 7:30 a.m.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Puget Sound Energy crews responded to the incident in the 1600 block of Northwest Mall Street as news helicopters thudded overhead.

Rescuers do not yet know if the truck snagged a power line or if the lines fell do to another cause.

Waste Management handles garbage pickup in most areas of Issaquah.

Republicans re-elect 5th Legislative District chairman

February 4, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

Longtime Republican and community activist Bob Brunjes has been selected for a third term as chairman of the 5th Legislative District GOP.

The organization represents the GOP in the 5th District. Brunjes oversees 182 precinct committee officers throughout the district.

The district stretches from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass, and from Sammamish to Maple Valley. The district is unique in Western Washington for being represented entirely by Republicans.

King County GOP Chairwoman Lori Sotelo described him as “a tenacious professional.”

Brunjes is a recognized statewide as a Republican spokesperson. He led the successful re-election efforts of state Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne in November. Brunjes also promoted the local campaigns of Congressman Dave Reichert and King County Council members Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn.

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Issaquah updates impact fees to match inflation

February 4, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

The city has updated impact fees to adjust for inflation.

The affected areas include fees for government buildings, fire, parks, police and transportation. The city updates the fees each year.

Per the City Council, the city updates the fees updated annually to avoid larger changes every few years. The annual fee changes do not require council approval. The updated rates took effect Tuesday.

Residents can find a complete list of impact fee changes at the municipal website.

The city requires impact fees as part of any construction, reconstruction or other uses of property if the project requires the review and approval of a development permit.

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Man tries to pick up three Maywood students

February 3, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Three Maywood Middle School students reported that an unknown man offered them a ride home when they were walking back from school at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

None of the students knew the man, who was driving a turquoise Taurus along Southeast 144th Street in Renton.

The students declined the man’s offer and ran home, where they told their parents about the incident.

One parent called the King County Sheriff’s Office, and an officer interviewed one of the students and filed a report. She visited the neighborhood, but did not locate any vehicles matching the description, Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said in an e-mail to parents.

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Tyler Lucas candlelight vigil / Feb. 2, 2011

February 3, 2011

Community gathers to honor Issaquah teenager killed in car crash

February 3, 2011

Friends of Tyler Lucas comfort one another during a candelight vigil at Issaquah High School on Wednesday night. By Laura Geggel

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Friends and family gathered at Issaquah High School on Wednesday night to honor and celebrate the life of Tyler Lucas, an 18-year-old lacrosse player who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Tuesday.

More than 100 of his peers and lacrosse coaches attended, holding candles that lit up the dark, clear night as they remembered a teammate who inspired them to play with a passionate verve.

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Issaquah senators introduce bill to nix teacher seniority

February 3, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 3, 2011

The state could require school districts to use evaluation ratings to determine teacher layoffs, under a bill introduced by Issaquah legislators Steve Litzow and Rodney Tom.

The state senators aim to scrap the “last in, first out” seniority rule used to determine teacher layoffs during budget cuts and enrollment slumps.

“When we lay off newer teachers who have proven their effectiveness in the classroom, we are not only denying today’s students access to a quality learning experience, but future students as well,” Bellevue Democrat Tom said in a statement. “Many of those teachers never return to the classroom, seeking new professions that reward great performance and going the extra mile.”

The senators cited a recent study by the University of Washington Center for Education Data & Research, and said the research indicated the practice is inefficient economically and educationally.

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Prosecutor requests reserve dollars to combat crime

February 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Deep cuts to criminal justice services and a rise in aggravated assaults have left the King County Prosecutor’s Office unable to tackle the burgeoning caseload, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told a County Council committee Wednesday.

The office has lost 51 employees, including 36 deputy prosecutors, since 2008. In the same period, aggravated assaults increased 42 percent and robberies climbed 31 percent. The office also has 48 homicide cases pending.

Satterberg testified before council Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee to request additional dollars for the Prosecutor’s Office.

“Public safety is my No. 1 concern,” Councilman Bob Ferguson, the committee chairman, said in a statement. “By making a number of targeted investments, we can continue to prosecute dangerous crimes and keep criminals out of our communities.”

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