Group recommends funds for Issaquah-area road projects

September 13, 2012

NEW — 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 2012

Planners recommended $1.1 million Thursday to complete road projects in the Issaquah area, including upgrades to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Southeast May Valley Road.

The projects could garner a small slice of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The planning agency is considering transportation improvements throughout the region.

In the Issaquah area, planners proposed $824,586 to preserve Southeast May Valley Road from state Route 900 to 229th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County.

Planners also recommended $315,414 for road overlay, or paving, along Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

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Unstable conditions prompt red flag warning for fire danger

September 13, 2012

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Sept. 13, 2012

Issaquah is under a regional red flag warning as a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures create explosive fire growth potential.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said the red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

The combination of wind and humidity can cause fire to spread rapidly. Other factors could lead to larger fires. The red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions already started, or could occur shortly.

Meanwhile, smoke from wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington reached the Puget Sound region.

Smoke from the lightning-sparked wildfires is causing air quality problems throughout the state.

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Planners seek public input on proposed Grand Ridge trailhead

September 13, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 13, 2012

King County parks planners asked the public for input on a proposed trailhead facility to add access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest near Preston.

The county Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a public meeting on the proposal from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E. The meeting includes a public question and comment period.

Citizens can also submit comments to the county through Oct. 12.

Officials said developed access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest is limited to two locations meant to serve only Grand Ridge Park.

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King County launches ‘Smart911′ service to connect callers, responders

September 12, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012

King County residents can soon upload personal information into a data service to assist 911 dispatchers and emergency responders.

The program, called Smart911, is a supplemental data service designed to allow residents to create personal safety profiles in a secure database. The information is meant to help crews find callers and assist in emergencies.

“With this new tool, 911 call-takers can locate callers and send help to the right place more efficiently,”King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It’s especially effective for users of cellphones, whose locations cannot be pinpointed as they can with landlines.”

Smart911 is free for King County residents, and registration is voluntary.

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Revised arena deal requires King County Council approval

September 12, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012

King County leaders praised the proposed agreement between Seattle City Council members and the lead investor behind a proposal to build a sports-and-entertainment arena in Seattle.

Seattle leaders announced revisions to the proposed arena deal Tuesday. King County Council members approved the arena proposal July 30, but any changes adopted by the Seattle City Council must go to the King County Council for approval.

“This is a great sign of progress. I always felt this proposal presented a win-win opportunity to bring back our Sonics, secure an NHL team and address the existing transportation issues south of downtown,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

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Expect traffic changes during Issaquah Highlands sewer project

September 12, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012

Motorists should prepare for a traffic modification in the Issaquah Highlands as crews work on a sewer project.

Crews plan to reroute traffic, at times, to the parking lanes along along Park Drive Northeast from 10th Avenue Northeast to 13th Lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Thursday.

Traffic is expected to remain open in both directions during the project.

Washington State Patrol answers online safety questions via Twitter

September 12, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 12, 2012

Washington State Patrol detectives experienced in investigations of computer crimes against children plan to answer questions Wednesday about online safety.

Twitter users can use the hashtag #askWSP to ask the detectives questions during the 90-minute Q&A session. The only off-limits topic is anything related to active cases. The event runs from 2:30-4 p.m.

Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez is the commander of Washington’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force and recently involved in the much-publicized arrests of Internet predators in Elma and Spanaway.

Sgt. Jesse Regalado commands the agency’s High-Tech Crimes Unit and is a recognized expert at recovering information off hard drives of missing persons and suspects.

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Let’s Go! for Sept. 13-19

September 12, 2012

Police seize 401 plants in marijuana investigation

September 11, 2012

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 401 marijuana plants and about 65 pounds of processed pot Sept. 6 during a raid at a house outside of Issaquah.

Investigators arrived in the 12700 block of 195th Place Southeast at 10:30 a.m. to serve a search warrant. The house is about a half-mile southwest of Southeast May Valley Road and about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

Inside, detectives discovered 536 plants in a collective grow operation for medical marijuana. Detectives did not arrest anybody in the raid, and later forwarded the case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

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