Local Republicans gather for caucuses amid strong turnout

March 3, 2012

Terry LaBrue, a precinct committee officer and Issaquah political consultant, announces results for the Brookshire precinct Saturday at Discovery Elementary School. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 3, 2012

Republicans clustered at community halls and elementary schools in Issaquah and nearby communities Saturday, as a long presidential nominating contest offered local caucusgoers a chance to shape the national contest.

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Issaquah police to join St. Patrick’s Day DUI crackdown

March 2, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. March 2, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day could be unlucky for impaired motorists.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies and the Issaquah Police Department plan to embark on a campaign to nab drunken drivers before, during and after the holiday.

The effort starts March 9 and runs through March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as Issaquah police and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 310 people for DUI during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort last year.

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2012 Spring Freetime

March 2, 2012

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Local councilman praises Norm Dicks as ‘a tireless and effective advocate’

March 2, 2012

NEW — 11:50 a.m. March 2, 2012

King County leaders praised U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks on Friday, after the 18-term congressman announced plans to retire in January 2013.

Dicks, a Belfair Democrat, earned a reputation as a champion of defense projects and environmental protection as the Washington congressional delegation’s longest-serving member.

“Thank you to Norm Dicks for a lifetime of service to Washington state,” County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “Norm has been a tireless and effective advocate for his district and the state as a whole.”

Dunn represents South King County communities near Issaquah on the King County Council.

“On a personal note, I was honored to have him serve as a pallbearer at my mom’s funeral. They developed a strong bond while working together in Congress, keeping the interests of the state above the interests of their respective parties,” Dunn continued. “For that, I will always be grateful.”

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King County offers extra services for Passport Day in the USA

March 2, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. March 2, 2012

Travelers embarking for international destinations need a passport — and King County is offering additional hours Saturday for people in need of passports.

The county is opening some community service centers for additional hours March 10 — or Passport Day in the USA — to accommodate people unable to apply for a passport in person during a typical workweek.

Under a change to law federal law in 2010, all U.S. citizens to present a valid passport book if entering or re-entering the United States by air. People entering from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean at land borders and sea ports-of-entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

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State’s top elections official urges strong turnout for caucuses

March 1, 2012

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 1, 2012

The top elections official in Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed, urged a strong turnout in the upcoming presidential caucuses.

The caucuses start Saturday, as Republicans gather to choose a challenger — from a field of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — for President Barack Obama.

The local GOP set up caucus locations at numerous sites in Issaquah and the surrounding area.

Democrats plan to gather for caucuses April 15, though Obama does not face a challenge for the nomination.

“We have received a good deal of attention from the candidates and our state will have an impact on the course of the nominating season,” Reed said in a statement. “A large number of delegates will be at stake this spring in Washington, the second-largest state in the West. Our Republican caucuses are very early on the elections calendar, coming on the heels of Arizona and Michigan and just ahead of the Super Tuesday.”

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert completes district office move to Issaquah

March 1, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 1, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opened a district office in Issaquah on Thursday, after redistricting prompted the Auburn Republican to relocate from the former office on Mercer Island.

“I’m excited to be moving to Issaquah,” Reichert said in a statement. “My priority as a congressman is serving my district and my constituents.”

Constituents can visit the office in the Sammamish View Office Building, 22605 S.E. 56th St., Suite 130. Call 677-7414.

The district office site in Issaquah needed to meet congressional security criteria.

Reichert chose Issaquah due to easy access from communities throughout the redrawn 8th Congressional District. The reshaped district stretches from Auburn to Wenatchee. The former district encompassed only communities in King and Pierce counties.

The congressman announced plans to relocate from Mercer Island to Issaquah on Feb. 24.

State Route 18 on Tiger Mountain to close for guardrail repair

March 1, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. March 1, 2012

Motorists should prepare for closures on state Route 18 across Tiger Mountain on Saturday, as crews continue the repair effort from the January storms.

Crews plan to close westbound state Route 18 between Interstate 90 and the Tiger Mountain summit at 6 a.m. to rip out and replace damaged guardrail. The roadway should reopen at 2:30 p.m.

Eastbound state Route 18 is scheduled to remain open for motorists headed east from the Issaquah area to Interstate 90 or the trailhead and parking area at the Tiger Mountain State Forest summit.

The state Department of Transportation recommended for westbound motorists to use interstates 5 and 405, plus other local routes, to reached Auburn, Maple Valley and Renton.

The guardrail needs to be replaced and support posts need to be installed after a tractor-trailer damaged the guardrail during the January snowstorm.

Crews must completely close the westbound highway, because workers cannot safely alternate traffic at the location due to the narrow roadway and the difficulty of tractor-trailers stopping on the steep grade.

King County leaders propose $200 million property tax levy for juvenile detention center

March 1, 2012

NEW — 9:30 a.m. March 1, 2012

King County leaders proposed a $200 million property tax levy Thursday to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

Kathy Lambert

Led by Councilman Bob Ferguson, County Council members proposed to put a measure on the August ballot for a nine-year levy. If the levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative on the council, joined Ferguson and councilmen Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott to introduce the legislation. County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court judges also support the proposed levy.

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City lowers flags to commemorate slain state trooper

March 1, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 1, 2012

Officials lowered flags to half-staff at Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings Thursday to honor slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

Radulescu died in the line of duty Feb. 23 during a Kitsap County traffic stop. The state trooper’s killer died hours later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire called for flags at all state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday, and encouraged other government entities, businesses and citizens to join the recognition.

The directive comes the same day as Radulescu’s memorial service. The service is 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

The flags should remain at half-staff until late Thursday afternoon or early Friday morning.

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