King County heart attack survival rate reaches record 52 percent

September 1, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012

The heart attack survival rate in King County reached a record 52 percent last year — much higher than the heart attack survival rate in other areas, officials announced Aug. 31.

The information arrived in the annual report on the Emergency Medical Services/Medic One system.

“Fast response during traumatic events like a heart attack is critical, and these new findings once again affirm the skill of our dispatchers who take 911 calls and the professionals who provide rapid, high-quality emergency care and transport,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

The report highlights the heart attack survival rate and other milestones.

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Labor Day means limited Metro Transit, Sound Transit service

September 1, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012

Sound Transit and most King County Metro Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule Monday for Labor Day.

If a route does not usually run on Sunday, then the route does not operate on the holiday, Monday. Riders should expect to pay holiday and Sunday fares on Metro bus routes on Labor Day.

Metro offices remain closed on the holiday, including the Customer Information Center phone lines. Customers should turn to Metro Online for updates about transit service.

Riders headed to Seattle should prepare for Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center. Use the Trip Planner to determine the best route.

Sound Transit also operates on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day. On holidays with a Sunday schedule, only certain bus routes operate, including Route 554 between Issaquah and Seattle.

King County fire marshal extends summer burn ban

September 1, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012

Continued dry conditions led the King County fire marshal to extend the countywide burn ban until further notice, officials announced Aug. 31.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said August marked the driest August ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with only a trace of rain recorded. (Meteorologists use data collected at the airport for official climate records in the region.)

The dry August beat the old record of 0.01 inch set in 1974.

The fire marshal — and officials in Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties — declared a regional burn ban in July. The ban was due to end Sept. 1.

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State shuts down rental-referral business for questionable practices

August 30, 2012

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Aug. 30, 2012

The state Attorney General’s Office said Thursday a rental property referral service has agreed to stop accepting fees from apartment seekers and provide refunds to customers.

In King County Superior Court, attorneys from the Consumer Protection Division filed a consent decree, or voluntary agreement, with Chad Hurn, owner of Seattle-based Northwest RentPad, LLC — also known as Rentpad NW. The company included listings for Issaquah and other cities in the Greater Seattle area.

“Hurn told consumers that he would provide lists of rental properties that specifically matched their needs and use his supposed expertise to find rental properties for people with eviction or criminal histories,” Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Steele said in a statement. “Instead, he gave consumers lists of properties that were unavailable, uninhabitable or unsuitable.”

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2012 Fall Freetime

August 30, 2012

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Use travel tools to make holiday trips less laborious

August 30, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 30, 2012

Labor Day means more traffic on state highways as motorists hit the road to celebrate the last holiday weekend of summer.

In order to ease congestion, the state Department of Transportation and contractors plan to suspend most construction work for the weekend. Crews move off most roads from noon Friday through Sept. 3.

“It’s a popular weekend to travel; traffic is pretty much going to be busy any time you head out the door, but I find knowing what to expect in advance and/or where to find the traffic info makes traveling much easier,” Mark Finch, Statewide Travel Data Analysis Office manager, said in a statement.

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Discover images from local history on Pinterest

August 29, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 29, 2012

Find iconic images from local history on the King County Archives’ Pinterest boards.

The agency launched several Pinterest boards containing dozens of photos to pique interest in a vast collection of documents and photos. Some photos in the collection have not been widely seen before by the public.

“Our agency has a huge number of items that document the history of our region,” acting county Archivist Janette Gomes said in a statement. “By putting these pieces of King County’s past on Pinterest, we’re opening our collection to a wider audience. We hope people will help us spread the word and share the items they find most interesting by re-pinning them.”

The collection on Pinterest contains more than 100 photos, including old maps, artwork and images from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. County archivists plan to continue to add to the Pinterest collection in the months ahead.

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King County executive appoints emergency management director

August 29, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 29, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed local crisis manager Walt Hubbard to lead the county Office of Emergency Management.

Hubbard served as acting director at the agency for the past several months, since former Director Hillman Mitchell departed for a private sector job. Officials selected Hubbard after a nationwide search, and Constantine announced the appointment Tuesday.

“Walt brings a wealth of experience and strong local relationships that will help us protect residents and businesses in the event of disaster,” he said in a statement.

King County faces risks from earthquakes, floods, terrorism, volcanic eruptions and numerous other threats, both natural and manmade.

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Let’s Go! for Aug. 29 to Sept. 5

August 29, 2012

Issaquah brothers become brain surgeons for a day

August 28, 2012

Kunal Gupta (left) looks on as his brother Kanav uses a titanium drill on a plastic skull model. Dave Schinkel, a clinical specialist with the drill manufacturer, Medtronic, describes how the drill is handled during surgery. By Greg Farrar

Two Issaquah brothers were among those invited by the Swedish Neuroscience Institute to become brain surgeons for a day on Aug. 24.

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