Offer input about May Valley fire station at open house

July 14, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2012

Residents can learn about a fire station planned for May Valley at a July 19 open house hosted by Fire District 10.

The district is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

Plans call for EFR crews from Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.

Construction on the May Valley station could start next year.

The open house is 7 p.m. at EFR headquarters, 175 Newport Way N.W. Participants can offer input and ask district commissioners questions about the project.

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State distributes more vaccine as whooping cough epidemic continues

July 13, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. July 13, 2012

Statewide, health officials recorded more than 2,000 whooping cough cases since the secretary of health declared a pertussis epidemic April 3.

The epidemic is up to 2,883 reported cases and remains active. Officials urge vaccinations and other prevention measures to stop the spread of pertussis. The vaccine against the disease is called Tdap.

“Infants are most at risk for very serious illness from whooping cough, and many are made sick by an adult who didn’t know they were carrying the illness,” Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health office, said in a statement. “All teens and adults should get the Tdap shot. Even people who don’t have close contact with babies can spread the illness to babies when they’re in public.”

The state Department of Health ordered 14,000 more doses of whooping cough vaccine for uninsured adults to go with 27,000 doses already sent to local health and tribal partners.

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Starbucks offers complimentary fruit beverages

July 13, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. July 13, 2012

The coffee titan Starbucks rolled out a different sort of buzz in recent days — Starbucks Refreshers, a fruit-based energy drink.

Come Friday, customers can try the drinks — in flavors Cool Lime or Very Berry Hibiscus — from noon to 3 p.m.

Starbucks operates standalone stores in the Issaquah area in the Meadows complex, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite K1; at East Lake Center, 6170 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; and at Pine Lake Village, 340 228 Ave. N.E.

The ingredients include green coffee extract and fruit juice served over ice. Blackberries dot the Very Berry Hibiscus flavor. Lime slices bob in the Cool Lime flavor.

King County Council hears from outside panel about arena plan

July 12, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. July 12, 2012

The outside panel tasked to advise the King County Council about a $490 million arena proposal outlined possible risks and benefits related to the project in a committee meeting Thursday.

The group of experts and the council Budget and Fiscal Management Committee met to discuss the proposal to build a sports and entertainment arena in Seattle near Safeco Field.

The outside panel is comprised of members versed in economics, public finance, public-private partnerships, labor, urban development and transportation.

During the presentation to the committee, Bill Beyers, a University of Washington geography professor, argued for the importance of a complete economic impact study.

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Secretary of State Sam Reed predicts above-average turnout for August primary

July 12, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. July 12, 2012

The top elections official in Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed, predicted above-average turnout in the August primary election — 46 percent, or 3 percent more than the last comparable election.

The summer primary — bumped up to Aug. 7 to accommodate military and overseas voters — allows local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

The electorate selects the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

“The people of Washington are pretty revved up by the campaigns and issues this year and that should result in a darned good turnout, starting with our primary election,” Reed said in a statement. “We have an extremely competitive presidential race nationally and the media, campaigns, parties and special interest groups have been flooding us with campaign coverage and voter information.”

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Summer haze can impact air quality, raise health risks

July 12, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 12, 2012

Summer in Western Washington means a respite from the rain, but the season also brings wildfires and increased ozone levels. The result is diminished air quality and increased health risks for people battling heart and lung diseases.

Different factors contribute to summer air pollution. Several consecutive days of sunny, hot weather increase ozone. Wildfires produce smoky air containing fine particles and toxic chemicals. Vehicle exhaust also contributes to air quality issues.

People can lower exposure to air pollution by checking air quality conditions before participating in outdoor activities. State health officials recommended for people — especially seniors and others at increased risk — to limit outdoor activity and choose less strenuous things to do, such as going for a walk instead of a run, if air pollution is high.

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Councilman calls for economic analysis of arena proposal

July 11, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. July 11, 2012

King County Councilman Bob Ferguson called for a detailed and independent analysis to determine the proposed Seattle arena’s impact on jobs and the economy.

Ferguson intends to propose amending the agreement under consider to require the analysis after the King County Council and the Seattle City Council approve the pact for the arena. The study is meant to occur in the review and permitting stages, and before public financing is issued for the project.

In May, King County and Seattle leaders, joined by investor Chris Hansen, proposed a $490 million sports and entertainment arena near Safeco Field.

“The development of an NBA and NHL arena has the potential to impact important segments of our economy, including construction, tourism and maritime industries,” Ferguson said in a statement. “We must take an independent look to evaluate the impacts — positive and negative — on the region’s economy.”

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State ban on BPA in sports bottles goes into effect

July 11, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 11, 2012

Starting July 1, state law outlawed the manufacture, sale and distribution of sports bottle containing the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA.

The law covers sports bottles up to 64 ounces. BPA is used to keep plastic containers airtight, but has been linked to health problems, including miscarriages.

BPA is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

Polycarbonate plastic has been used to make products, such as compact discs, eyeglass lenses, water bottles and baby bottles. Epoxy resins line many food and drink containers.

The ban on BPA in sports bottles is the second phase in a state ban on certain products containing BPA. Legislators banned the chemical in a 2010 decision.

The initial step in a state law banning BPA started in July 2011, as the state banned BPA-containing bottles, cups and other containers for children younger than 3.

However, cans designed to hold or pack food can still contain BPA.

Score a Slurpee at no cost on 7-Eleven Day

July 11, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 11, 2012

The largest convenience store chain on the planet, 7-Eleven, turns 85 on Wednesday — July 11, or 7/11 — and to celebrate, customers can score a Slurpee at no cost.

The iconic beverage is available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as 7-Eleven celebrates 7-Eleven Day. The closest outpost to Issaquah is just outside city limits at 3302 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Customers can receive a 7.11-ounce Slurpee at no cost.

“7-Eleven Day, or free Slurpee Day, gets bigger and more popular every year,” Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO, said in a statement. “This year we expect to give away 7 million Slurpee drinks, more than ever before, beating last year’s offer by 2 million. On July 11, we at 7-Eleven will recognize our 85th year as the retail leader of convenience, and it will mark the 45th birthday of our iconic drink — the Slurpee. But the day is also when we do something special to thank customers for their support and welcome new guests.”

The chain celebrated the milestone on July 11 for decades, but not until the 75th birthday in 2002 did stores began hosting coast-to-coast birthday parties and offering free Slurpees.

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