King County Council offers public last chance to comment on arena proposal

July 28, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 28, 2012

The public can comment on a proposal to build a Seattle sports and entertainment arena before the King County Council considers the arena agreement.

The council is scheduled to hold a final public hearing on the proposal at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The sign-up to testify before the council starts at 12:30 p.m.

The council meets in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

Or watch the meeting live online, on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Channel 22.

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Issaquah garbage service is unaffected by Waste Management strike

July 27, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2012

Issaquah garbage service is unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers remained on strike.

Waste Management used to provide garbage and recycling service for most Issaquah customers, but the city switched to CleanScapes on July 1.

Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish. Allied Waste also handles garbage service in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.

Services for customers in King and Snohomish counties stopped Wednesday after Teamsters went on strike against over wage and benefits issues.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and the mayors of Kirkland, Redmond, Renton and Seattle called on Waste Management and Teamsters Local 117 representatives to return to the bargaining table.

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Issaquah, Skyline high school golfers hit the links for WJGA Districts

July 27, 2012

NEW — 7:30 a.m. July 27, 2012

Dozens of local area golfers hit Sahalee July 16 and 17 for the Washington Junior Golf Association District Two tournament.

Among them, Skyline High School standout Brian Mogg shot a two-day total of 149, good for third place in the boy’s age 16-17 division.

“It went pretty good until the last five holes,” Mogg said. “I bogeyed four of the last five holes, but other than that I did pretty good.”

Mogg’s coach at Skyline, Michael Fleming, loves the WJGA and what it’s done for his golfers.

“It’s a huge positive,” Fleming said. “In fact, I have more kids than ever partially inspired by Brian. He’s played a whole slate of these obviously since he was a kid.”

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Issaquah organizations earn King County honor for ‘green’ practices

July 26, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. July 26, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the Issaquah School District and Issaquah businesses for efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling Wednesday.

The school district, Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Pogacha of Issaquah and Rowley Properties ranked as Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Countywide, 92 businesses and government and nonprofit organizations achieved the distinction.

“From recycling Styrofoam and cellphones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” Constantine said in a statement.

The county put Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets and Rowley Properties on a Business Honor Roll for making the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for at least five consecutive years.

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Providence Marianwood chaplain walks across state, finishes on schedule

July 25, 2012

Johann Neethling (in front at left), chaplain for Providence Marianwood, finishes the home stretch of his eight-day, Spokane-to-Issaquah walk July 25. His daughter Maria Henderson (in safety vest) walked with him from start to finish. Her three children (from left) Cale, 13, Chris, 15 and Molli, 14, joined their mother and grandfather in the front of the entourage on 228th Avenue Southeast. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 4 p.m. July 25, 2012

Dozens of staff members and residents of Providence Marianwood cheered for Chaplain Johann Neethling as he crossed the finish line Wednesday after a more than 300-mile trip from Spokane.

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Patty Murray, Dave Reichert receive ‘Best of Congress’ honor from family groups

July 25, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 25, 2012

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and other Evergreen State lawmakers each earned a 2012 Best of Congress Award on Wednesday from national organizations advocating for working families.

Overall, 30 lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans alike — received the honor from Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media. The award recognizes honorees for leadership in improving the quality of life for working families, plus support for congressional staffers.

“I’m honored to be chosen to receive the 2012 Best of Congress award,” Reichert said in a statement. “Throughout my life and career, I’ve seen firsthand the difficulty of balancing work and family life. I recognize the constant struggle of so many people to make family life a priority while working to excel in a beloved career. In my legislative work and the organizations I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, I have always been committed to improving the lives of working families.”

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Officials urge vaccinations as whooping cough surpasses 3,000 cases statewide

July 25, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2012

State health officials said vaccination protection from whooping cough does not last as long as initially believed, but said vaccination remains the best defense against the illness.

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Washington surpassed 3,000 in recent days. The state documented most cases in school-age children vaccinated against pertussis.

“Whooping cough vaccines work but don’t seem to last as long as was expected,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a statement. “Even so, vaccinated people who get whooping cough have milder symptoms, shorter illnesses, and are less likely to spread the disease to others. Our biggest concern is keeping babies from getting sick — and vaccination is still the best protection.”

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United Way of King County raises $103 million

July 25, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2012

United Way of King County raised more than any other United Way organization in the United States — $103 million — leaders announced Tuesday.

The nonprofit organization received $34.1 million in direct donations on behalf of donors for efforts to end homelessness, meet people’s basic needs and give children better opportunities to succeed.

“The people and businesses of King County have long established a culture of giving back to the community, and it’s that sustained giving in our region that has enabled United Way and its partners to build the capacity of our community to take care of those in need, despite the challenging economy,” fundraising leader Roy Whitehead, Washington Federal president and CEO, said in a statement.

The organization benefited from particularly strong fundraising support from Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center, The Seattle Times and Russell Investments.

“People want to know that they are making a smart investment with their donations of both time and dollars,” Jon Fine, United Way of King County president and CEO, said in a statement. “Thanks to our efficiency and an operating endowment started by the Gates family, 98 cents of every dollar donated goes direct to community needs.”

King County announces program to conserve rural land

July 25, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2012

King County and Seattle leaders unveiled a land-use program Tuesday similar to the successful Issaquah program used to conserve the Park Pointe site on Tiger Mountain.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said the program is meant to improve infrastructure in South Lake Union and preserve 25,000 acres of forests and farmland in rural areas.

“This is the definition of win-win,” McGinn said in a statement. “We will continue to concentrate growth in our urban neighborhoods, where the jobs are and where people want to live and work. In return we will receive important benefits for the city and permanently secure more rural areas as forests and working farms.”

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Police detonate pipe bomb in Issaquah Highlands portable toilet

July 24, 2012

Police display a pipe bomb discovered in a portable toilet July 16 and later safely detonated the device. Issaquah Police Department

Police safely detonated a pipe bomb discovered inside a portable toilet in the Issaquah Highlands on July 16, not long after a construction crew discovered the Honey Bucket had been damaged by explosives.

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