Issaquah receives assistance to plan for long-term growth

June 9, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2012

Issaquah is receiving technical assistance to plan for long-term growth, through to a program at a nonprofit organization and a federal grant.

Forterra, the former Cascade Land Conservancy, announced the technical assistance for Issaquah and other Washington communities Wednesday. The grant comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program — a nationwide program to boost communities’ economic and environmental health.

Issaquah officials intend to use the technical assistance from Forterra to work on the Central Issaquah Plan — a proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900. Planners intend to increase density and the mix of uses in the area, make the area more pedestrian-friendly and preserve open space.

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Shelters join forces to find homes for Chihuahuas seized in Issaquah

June 8, 2012

NEW — 12:25 p.m. June 8, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County and the Seattle Animal Shelter need to find homes for Chihuahuas seized from a filthy home in Issaquah last year, officials at the organizations announced Friday.

The county animal control agency and foster families started caring for the dogs in October, after King County Sheriff’s Office investigators raided a home in the 5900 block of 189th Avenue Southeast on Cougar Mountain, about a mile south of Cougar Mountain Zoo.

“We’re happy that these dogs have a second chance at a good life,” Glynis Frederiksen, Regional Animal Services of King County operations manager, said in a statement. “Thanks to our hard-working staff and wonderful foster families, we’ve been able to nurse them back to health. The previous owner has agreed to release them so that we can find them new forever homes.”

Prosecutors said Issaquah resident Margaret Ann Hamilton, 70, hoarded more than 100 dogs at homes in Issaquah and Burien.

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Homebuilder plans to add 81 homes on Cougar Mountain

June 8, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. June 8, 2012

Homebuilder CamWest announced plans Wednesday to build 81 homes on Cougar Mountain.

The development, called Belvedere, is in Bellevue inside Issaquah School District boundaries and near Cougar Ridge Elementary School. Plans call for CamWest to develop the homes on half-acre sites.

CamWest started developing plans for the site since securing the location in February. The sales center for the neighborhood is expected to open in August.

In November, Toll Brothers — based in Horsham, Pa. — acquired Kirkland-based CamWest to enter the Seattle home market.

Executives at the combined company said the Cougar Mountain location is a selling point.

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Washington state parks, national parks offer free entry for National Get Outdoors Day

June 7, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. June 7, 2012

Forget the Discover Pass.

Washington state parks, alongside national parks, offer free entry Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day, a chance to experience outdoor recreation areas at no cost.

So, visitors headed to Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks in the Issaquah area do not need a Discover Pass to enter. Similarly, the entrance fee to Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks — and all other national parks in Washington and from coast to coast — is waived.

Washington boasts more than 100 developed state parks, from majestic Deception Pass State Park to the old-growth forest of Lewis & Clark State Park.

The state also hosts 13 national park sites under National Park Service administration.

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Police offer safety message to teenagers as graduation approaches

June 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2012

The approach of graduation at Issaquah School District high schools and elsewhere prompted the Washington State Patrol to remind teenagers to celebrate graduation safely.

Troopers urged parents to talk to teenagers about the perils of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

“I have seen my share of fatal collisions involving kids who just graduated from high school and were celebrating with their friends,” Lt. Kandi Patrick said.

In recent years, more than 1,000 fatal collisions in Washington involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 25. Police said vehicle drivers and passengers encompassed more than 90 percent of deaths, and 61 percent encompassed the vehicle driver.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich receives Fire Chief of the Year Award

June 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Lee A. Soptich has received the prestigious Chief Dan Packer – Fire Chief of the Year Award.

Soptich, who was nominated by agency members and surrounding department fire chiefs, received the award at the annual Washington Fire Chiefs banquet May 24.

The award is presented each year to the leader who contributes to their respective department and community in an exemplary way.

Each nominee must: emulate Fire Chief Dan Packer’s strong leadership characteristics of loyalty, determination, strength in action and relationships; give professional performance consistent with the WFC Code of Ethics; extend courtesy and respect to community, fellow employees and members of the WFC; have exceptional performance and accomplishments; contribute significantly to the safe and effective operations of fire service as a member of the WFC; and contribute above and beyond the normal call of duty.

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State: More adults get whooping cough vaccine amid epidemic

June 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2012

The ongoing whooping cough epidemic in Washington is driving increased demand for the vaccine among adults, state health officials reported Tuesday.

Between March 25 and May 26, the state immunization registry recorded 82,453 doses of Tdap, as the whooping cough vaccine is called, for adults age 19 and older — more than double the 34,171 doses recorded in the same time period last year.

Data from health plans also shows the uptick. Group Health gave almost 60 percent more Tdap to adults in April 2012 compared to April 2011. Premera Blue Cross is experiencing a similar trend. Tdap vaccinations in April 2012 rose by more than 70 percent for members compared to the average month.

“Adults in Washington are doing their part by getting the whooping cough booster, called Tdap,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a statement. “The increase in adult vaccination is vital to protecting babies who are the most vulnerable because they’re too young to be fully vaccinated. Thank you to everyone who’s gotten vaccinated, and I want others to follow their example.”

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Issaquah Train Depot film series presents ‘My Man Godfrey’

June 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

The films plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“Bluebeard” concludes the film series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

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Local legislator Steve Litzow invites constituents to telephone ‘town hall’

June 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2012

Constituents can join state Sen. Steve Litzow for a telephone “town hall” meeting to discuss the recent legislative sessions.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. June 13 and last for 60 minutes. Litzow plans to take constituents’ questions and share views about the recent legislative sessions throughout the discussion.

Litzow represents the portion of Issaquah in the 41st Legislative District — Cougar Mountain and areas west of 12th Avenue Northwest. However, after the 2011 redistricting goes into effect after the November election, the district should encompass more of Issaquah.

Call the toll-free number at 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 110085 at the prompt. Constituents can direct questions before and after the event to Litzow’s office via email at, or by phone at 453-3076.

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King County Sheriff’s Office seeks information about Klahanie robbery suspect

June 5, 2012

NEW — 6:15 p.m. June 5, 2012

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators asked for assistance from the public Tuesday to find a man suspected in recent robberies of sub shops.

Police said the man robbed a Subway in Woodinville on May 26 and then a Subway in Klahanie on May 30.

Police described the suspect as a white man, 22 to 24 years old, and 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 190 pounds. He sported a couple days’ growth of facial hair and had short, blond hair.

Investigators said the man entered Subway in the Klahanie Shopping Center, 4510 Klahanie Drive, dressed in a light colored hat, a Run DMC T-shirt and jeans.

In the earlier Woodinville robbery, he wore a white T-shirt with a river design in a blue and red square, and jeans.

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