AtWork! plugs in to statewide electronics recycling effort

August 2, 2011

Evergreen State consumers recycle old electronics by the bushel — more than 100 million pounds of outmoded computers, monitors and televisions since January 2009.

The haul is equal in weight to 181 fully loaded Boeing 787s.

Some 400,000 pounds of the statewide tally started as drop-offs to AtWork! The nonprofit organization helps connect employers and people with disabilities.

AtWork! operates a recycling center in Issaquah. The organization started collecting electronics in 2009 as the state rolled out E-Cycle Washington, a program to collect old electronics.

“That 200 tons of electronics has translated to more than $65,000 in revenue for our organization,” said Andrea Simmonds, director of development for Bellevue-based AtWork! “For us, every dollar that’s made in one of our social-enterprise businesses is a dollar that we can plow back into our mission of helping people with disabilities to find jobs in the community. So, for us, it’s kind of a win-win situation. We get to help the environment and it helps our ability to execute our mission.”

The organization sends, on average, two full trailers to E-Cycle Washington for processing twice each month.

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Birth: Katie Winter Smolin

August 2, 2011

Katie Winter Smolin

David Smolin, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Andrea Smolin, of Issaquah, welcomed daughter Katie Winter on July 5, 2011.

Katie was born at Swedish/First Hill hospital, in Seattle, weighing 7 pounds 11.2 ounces and measuring 19.25 inches.

Grandparents are Paul and Suzanne D’Errico, of Issaquah, and Kathy and Mike Smolin, of Palo Alto, Calif.

Great grandparents are Della and Mario D’Errico, of Boerne, Texas.

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Issaquah sends condolences to Norway after Oslo tragedy

August 2, 2011

The recent terrorist attacks in Norway prompted a global outpouring of goodwill to the Scandinavian nation, including a message from Issaquah.

Sister Cities Commission Chairman Mike Pautz sent a note to officials in Issaquah’s sister city, Sunndal, after the July 22 attacks on government buildings in the capital, Oslo, and a nearby youth camp. Authorities put the death toll at 77 people.

“I wanted to take a moment to say hello and send our positive thoughts to you and your families throughout Norway. Given the recent events in Oslo, and elsewhere in the world, it is important that we all do our best to help spread goodwill and support,” Pautz wrote. “Many of us in Issaquah are thinking of you and hoping that you are all doing well.”

Sunndal is more than 200 miles from Oslo, the largest city in Norway.

Issaquah and Sunndal leaders established a sister-city relationship 20 years ago. The pact included some early exchanges, but diminished as the years passed. Representatives from both cities intend to reignite the relationship soon.

Issaquah also claims Chefchaouen, Morocco, as a sister city.

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Issaquah women pack a punch — and thrill audiences — as Rat City Rollergirls

August 2, 2011

Grave Danger roller derby team members with names like Georgia O’Grief, SHedonist, Sara Problem and Carmen Getsome warm up for the crowd at KeyArena to see the Rat City Rollergirls 2011 League Championship. By Greg Farrar

The first time Cecilia Hanley saw roller derby, she was standing on stilts at a Maxim Magazine Super Bowl party in Detroit.

“I was like, ‘Why am I on stilts when I could be on roller skates?’” she said.

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Report dead birds to help track West Nile virus

August 2, 2011

What to know

In order to track West Nile virus, Public Health – Seattle & King County is asking residents to report dead birds by phone at 206-205-4394 or online at

Local health officials recommend residents reduce the number of mosquitoes by:

  • Tipping out containers collecting water, including barrels, buckets, wheelbarrows, bottles, wading pools, birdbaths, animal troughs and plant saucers.
  • Dumping water off of tarps and plastic sheeting, and disposing of used tires.
  • Cleaning garden ponds, circulating water in fountains and placing mosquito screens over rain barrels.
  • Cleaning leaf-clogged gutters and repairing leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Repairing ripped windows and door screens — and making sure they fit tight, so adult mosquitoes cannot enter the home.
  • Helping elderly neighbors mosquito-proof residences.

King County public health officials need community members to crow about dead birds in order to track the West Nile virus.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is asking residents to report dead birds. Crows, in particular, die quickly from West Nile virus, and clusters of dead crows could indicate the presence of the virus.

Officials did not detect West Nile virus in King County last year, but the virus has been active locally in the past.

Most people do not feel the effects of the infection, but in others, West Nile disease can cause severe symptoms, including diseases of the brain and spinal cord. West Nile disease caused 57 deaths in the United States last year, out of 1,021 reported cases in 41 states.

Throughout the summer and early fall, Public Health – Seattle & King County plans to collect dead birds deemed suitable for laboratory testing. The birds must be a crow, raven, jay or magpie; dead for less than 24 hours; and have no visible trauma or decay in order to be tested.

The mosquito most responsible for West Nile virus in King County is the northern house mosquito, culex pipiens. The species prefers to lay eggs in standing water. Even small amounts of water, such as in plant saucers or a clogged gutter, can produce many mosquitoes.

People can avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks. Health officials recommend for people to consider using insect repellent, too.

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State honors bank employees for protecting Issaquah senior from fraud

August 2, 2011

State Attorney General Rob McKenna honored Bellevue bank employees July 28 for safeguarding an elderly Issaquah man suffering from dementia.

In 2008, a massage therapist at a local assisted-living facility and another woman tried to bilk the then-78-year-old man out of his savings. Authorities said the women took the man from the Issaquah facility to a courthouse wedding. Then, the massage therapist bride and the other woman took him to a Bank of America branch in Bellevue to cash out his bank account.

Employees called the police, and officers arrested the women.

For the effort, the employees received AGO Community Heroes plaques from McKenna. The attorney general also announced training materials to encourage more tellers to come to the aid of vulnerable customers.

“These banking professionals understand that exemplary customer service can be as simple as speaking up for a client who can no longer speak for himself,” he said in a statement. “The training materials we’ve produced encourage employees at banks and credit unions to be on the lookout, and speak up for vulnerable customers, just like Elizabeth Reamy, Laura Olson and Darshana Maru did.”

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Engagement: Sambrook, Fetterman

August 2, 2011

Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman

Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman, both of San Francisco, announce their engagement to be married on Aug. 20, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert and Janice Sambrook, of Issaquah. A 1999 graduate of Issaquah High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2003 from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2009 at Arizona State University. She quit her job to volunteer with the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society.

The future groom is the son of D. Scott and Ann Fetterman, of York, Pa. He is a 1999 graduate of Central York High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics in 2003 at Harvard and a Master of Science in computer science in 2003. He works at Facebook as engineering manager of Mobile.

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Lakeside Recovery 17-U wins regional tourney, heads to state

August 2, 2011

Danny Rawlings, of Lakeside Recovery 17-U, hits during the fifth inning July 28 against the Renton Cannons. He doubled and reached home in the fourth inning on a sacrifice RBI by Ioannis Kritsonis in the 6-3 victory. By Greg Farrar

When Mark Thorpe was assembling his Lakeside Recovery 17-U baseball team, he had a hunch it was state-tournament caliber. Thorpe’s hunch proved accurate.

The Lakeside Recovery 17-U team is playing in the American Legion AA state tournament this week at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. The club opened tournament play Aug. 2 against Mead.

Classified as the Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club’s junior team, the 17-U group has had an amazing season to date. The team, mostly Issaquah and Newport high school players, entered the state tournament with a 39-18 record. Lakeside Recovery 17-U won the District II Divisional tournament last week at Bannerwood.

In the title game, Lakeside Recovery 17-U defeated the Renton Cannons, a team composed of Liberty High School players, 6-3. The Cannons, who surprised Woodinville, 10-6, in a consolation game, also qualified for state but decided not to participate because the team did not have enough players. Woodinville replaced the Cannons as the District II No. 2 team.

Lakeside Recovery 17-U opened the district tournament July 26 with a 15-5 rout of Bellevue Legion. Then on July 27, Lakeside Recovery 17-U edged Woodinville, 4-3, in an eight-inning battle.

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King County Council stiffens pretrial rules for felons

August 2, 2011

In a July 25 decision, the King County Council toughened rules for violent offenders, and declared some felons ineligible for a pretrial release program.

Convicted violent, sex and domestic violence felons no longer qualify for telephone reporting as they await trial for a similar serious offense.

Through the Community Corrections Division, the county operates several alternative-to-detention programs, including electronic home detention, work-education release and reporting programs — CCAP Basic and CCAP Enhanced.

Under the council legislation, people charged with a violent, sex or domestic violence felony cannot participate in CCAP Basic, a telephone-reporting program, if they have been convicted of such a crime in the past.

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Washington State Patrol is No. 1 for DUI enforcement

August 2, 2011

The numbers show the Washington State Patrol is tough on drunken drivers: Troopers arrested almost 20,000 last year.

For the effort, the International Association of Chiefs of Police named the Washington State Patrol as the top DUI enforcement agency in North America.

The honor recognizes agencies for “year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education.” The state patrol is due to receive the award in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste has told front-line troopers they have no higher priority than removing drunken drivers from the road.

“We consider every DUI arrest a potential life saved,” he said in a statement. “We never know which drunks will kill, but we know with certainty that some of them will. We’re committed to taking all of them off the road.”

Statewide, police agencies arrest about 40,000 impaired drivers each year. The state patrol accounts for about half of the total.

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