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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Crews shift focus to ice; snow re-enters forecast Saturday

February 24, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Crews plan to tackle ice on Issaquah-area roads as forecasters predict the temperature to plunge to 15 degrees overnight Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said Friday should be clear and cold in Issaquah. Temperatures should dip into the teens again overnight Friday.

Snow re-enters the forecast Saturday. The chance of precipitation during the day is 60 percent, and up to a half-inch of accumulation is possible.

Rain and temperatures in the 40s should return Sunday.

In the meantime, Issaquah road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight Wednesday and continued to work throughout Thursday on lower-priority streets.

Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.

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Regional blood supply reaches critical levels

February 24, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Puget Sound Blood Center said the blood supply in the region could reach critical levels in many blood groups soon, due to missed donations stemming from the recent snowstorm.

Leaders encouraged Western Washington residents to donate as soon as possible in order to maintain the blood supply.

People can stop by 11 donor centers in order to donate. Call 1-800-398-7888 to schedule appointments. The center encourages appointments, but welcomes walk-in donors, too.

The center said a blood group is labeled critical if less than a two-day supply remains; a four-day inventory is considered operational.

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Census: Issaquah’s population crests 30,000 people

February 24, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Issaquah’s population ballooned by more than 170 percent in the last decade to 30,434 people — the result of a population boom fueled by annexations and housing construction.

Information from the 2010 Census released Wednesday also depicts Issaquah as a more diverse city than a decade ago.

The city claimed 11,212 residents after the 2000 Census. In the decade since the last decennial count, housing construction boomed in the hillside Issaquah Highlands and Talus neighborhoods. Issaquah also encroached on unincorporated King County communities through annexations.

Issaquah’s population remains overwhelmingly Caucasian — 77 percent — although the percentage dipped from the 2000 Census — 89 percent — as more and more Asian residents settled in the city.

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