Metro Transit offers information about ridership, delays and more

January 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

King County residents and Metro Transit riders can track bus ridership, vehicle breakdowns, accident rates and how often buses arrive on time, as the transit agency rolls out performance data to the public.

Metro Transit offers Monthly Performance Measures — graphs and data about ridership trends, service quality measures, safety and security data, and some financial information.

The website launched Monday. The agency plans to update some statistics monthly and other reports on a regular basis.

“As a public agency, Metro Transit is accountable to the people we serve,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a statement. “We want to make it easy for our customers and others to find information about our performance, and see how we are measuring up to our targeted goals.”

Staffers developed the website during the past year. Offering the performance information to the public is a recommendation from the Regional Transit Task Force. (Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler served on the task force.)

Desmond said he hopes to see the website evolve over time, and include with more data and other information.

King Conservation District appoints director

January 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

King Conservation District leaders have picked the interim executive director for the full-time role, the agency announced Monday.

Sara Hemphill has served in the interim role since January 2010, after serving as a consultant to the district for 10 years and logging almost 20 years on resource conservation and regulatory compliance projects.

“Sara will continue to play a key role in furthering the district’s goals and objectives,” district Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement. “Her unique blend of career experience and knowledge of the district have been invaluable over the past year.”

In addition to administrative duties, Hemphill continues to serve as the legislative strategist, lobbyist, and internal and external affairs facilitator, for the district.

Read more

King County leaders honor civil rights hero Thursday

January 12, 2011

NEW — 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

King County leaders pause Thursday to celebrate the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The county celebration at The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle features musicians, poets and a keynote address from Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a research director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The festivities start at noon Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. The 5th Avenue Theatre is located at 1308 Fifth Ave.

(The federal holiday to honor King is Monday.)

The county Civil Rights Commission has also recognized three eighth-grade students in a yearly essay contest to recognize King. The contest encourages students to think about King’s legacy of peace and justice.

The county celebration includes a presentation of the top essays.

Read more

Sammamish skiers cruise to success

January 12, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Sammamish alpine skier Brooke Wales took 25th overall in the downhill competition Wednesday in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria.

Wales scored her first Europa Cup points (43.57) after finishing with a time of 1:8.80.

The time was less than two seconds behind the winner, Stefanie Moser, of Austria, who skied the course in 1:06.91. Wales skis for the United States team, and is a member of the Mission Ridge Ski Team.

Another Sammamish resident also experienced success on the slopes.

Yina Moe-Lange, who raced for Denmark in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, placed 18th overall in the slalom competition Tuesday at Snowbird, Utah.

Moe-Lange crossed the finish line in 1:38.82, less than five seconds behind winner Anne Cecilie Brusletto, of Norway.

Red Cross urges earthquake preparedness on Haiti anniversary

January 12, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Though most Western Washington residents focused on a brief snowstorm Tuesday and Wednesday, the local American Red Cross chapter urged residents to prepare for earthquakes on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“Washington is not only known for its beautiful landscape, but for its earthquakes risks, which can create widespread damage and extended power outages,” local Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson said in a statement. “The Jan.12 anniversary is a good reminder for families to review their emergency plan and select an out of area contact should a strong earthquake strike the Pacific Northwest.”

Though the region has not faced a major temblor since the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake rattled Western Washington a decade ago, emergency planners train often and encourage residents to prepare.

Read more

Residents dump old electronics for E-Cycle Washington

January 12, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Evergreen State residents recycled 39.5 million pounds of outdated TVs, computers and monitors last year through the E-Cycle Washington program.

The total recycled material beat the amount recycled in 2009 — 38.5 million pounds. Discarded televisions comprised 61 percent of the total.

The state passed legislation in 2006 to require manufacturers and the Department of Ecology to establish and run a statewide system to collect and recycle electronics. Manufacturers fund the program.

Before the program launched, many old electronics ended up in landfills. The result is a potential mountain of wasted resources — and toxic runoff.

Read more

State Sen. Steve Litzow pledges bipartisan cooperation

January 12, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 12, 2011

State Sen. Steve Litzow, a freshman Republican from Mercer Island, indicated a willingness to cooperate with Gov. Chris Gregoire and other Democrats as leaders tackle a vast budget gap.

Gregoire urged legislators to “be bold” in the State of the State address Tuesday. The governor called on the Legislature to refashion state agencies, programs and services.

The state faces a $4.6 billion hole in the budget for 2011-13. Evergreen State residents could face increased fees and reduced services from state agencies and larger class sizes as a result of widespread cuts.

“The governor acknowledged our fiscal problems, admitted the state has over-stretched its resources, and clearly recognizes that education is our paramount duty,” Litzow said in a statement. “Her ideas for change are not yet vetted through the legislative process and public testimony, but I am optimistic that the best solutions for our state will prevail.”

Read more

Issaquah schools delay Wednesday start time

January 12, 2011

NEW — 7 a.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Issaquah School District schools open one hour later Wednesday due to the slushy mess on local roadways.

The schools operate on a regular Wednesday schedule otherwise.

City road crews toiled throughout the night to clear roads as snowfall transitioned to rainfall.

Expect rain and temperatures in the 40s Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Allied Waste and Waste Management said garbage collection might be late for some customers in Issaquah and nearby Wednesday due to road conditions.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

Read more

Crews prepare to tackle snow on Issaquah streets

January 11, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011

City road crews remain on standby as snow continues to fall in Issaquah.

Roads remain open in the city, but Public Works Operations crews plan to clear priority routes if the need arises. Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

If drivers must abandon vehicles along Issaquah streets, park clear of travel lanes to allow snow equipment to pass.

The city tows vehicles left abandoned in travel lanes. Call the Issaquah Police Department nonemergency line, 837-3200, to locate vehicles after a snowstorm.

Read more

Newport Way improvement plan includes roundabouts

January 11, 2011

City to redo stretch near Issaquah Valley Elementary

Roundabouts could someday punctuate Newport Way Northwest under a plan the City Council adopted last week to upgrade the bustling corridor in the years ahead.

In a lopsided decision Jan. 3, the council agreed to pursue a plan to add roundabouts at the Northwest Juniper Street, Northwest Holly Street and Northwest Dogwood Street intersections. Planners also recommend extending another southbound lane to the corridor from West Sunset Way to Maple Street Northwest. The plan is designed to address projected congestion on the street in the coming decades. Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »