Celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, national parks

September 19, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

The annual event is meant to encourage people to head outside and enjoy the outdoors.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark invited the public to join volunteers to celebrate the event on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands across Washington.

Statewide, hundreds of volunteers plan to join the agency and partner organizations to repair trails, clean up litter, clear brush, remove invasive plants and complete other projects in recreation lands and conservation areas.

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Let’s Go! for Sept. 20-26

September 19, 2012

King County renames, reorganizes permitting agency

September 19, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

In response to changes in unincorporated King County, leaders renamed and reorganized the county permitting agency Monday, as officials prepare to relocate the permitting office from Renton to Snoqualmie.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members approved a measure to reorganize the Department of Development and Environmental Services and rename the agency as the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.

The responsibilities for the agency do not change with the reorganization and the name switch.

Officials plan to move the agency office closer to customers, and start shifting operations to Snoqualmie late next month.

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Leaders mark 40th anniversary of Clean Water Act

September 19, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

King County leaders acknowledged local efforts to clean lakes and rivers in recognition of 40 years since the federal Clean Water Act became law.

The law, enacted in 1972, set a national goal “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters” and provided mechanisms to enforce water quality standards.

King County Council members recognized the milestone Monday, and unanimously approved a program to update the amount of untreated wastewater in Puget Sound and local lakes and rivers.

“Access to clean water is fundamental to our health, economy and quality of life,” Councilman Larry Phillips said in a statement. “The Clean Water Act has protected our nation’s water as an essential resource for all Americans, and our hard work in King County adheres to the letter and the spirit of the law keeping our waterways pristine.”

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King County Sheriff’s Office reform plan is approved

September 19, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

Officials adopted a plan to reform the King County Sheriff’s Office as the agency assesses critical reports about use of force, misconduct and citizen complaints.

In a unanimous decision Monday, King County Council members approved legislation to established benchmarks and a timeline to implement reforms at the sheriff’s office.

The legislation calls for the sheriff to take specific actions and meet certain deadlines to implement the recommendations raised by recent reports.

The sheriff must report back to council on measures of progress on meeting the recommended reforms.

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Used vanpool vehicles return to service for nonprofit organizations

September 19, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 18, 2012

Leaders donated used vehicles from the King County Metro Transit vanpool fleet Monday to provide transportation assistance to local governments, community programs, seniors and youths.

King County Council members authorized the donation. The vans served in the Metro Transit vanpool fleet for at least six years and reached the end of service life.

“Serving the mobility needs of those too young and too old to drive, as well as those with health challenges, is an important service for King County to provide,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — said in a statement. “Using our retired vanpool vans for these important transportation needs is an efficient way of serving those who do not have other options.”

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Issaquah Eagles sweep Liberty Patriots in volleyball rivalry

September 18, 2012

Leanne Scott (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive hitter, puts the ball over the net for set and match point Sept. 12 as Melia Parilla jumps up to defend for Liberty. By Greg Farrar

With pounding music in the gymnasium as the setting, the cross-district rivalry was reignited as the Issaquah High School volleyball team swept Liberty High School, 3-0, Sept. 12.

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Issaquah High School graduate Jennie Reed celebrates Olympic cycling medal

September 18, 2012

Jennie Reed, at the Marymoor Park velodrome in Redmond Sept. 14, holds her 2012 Olympic silver medal in team pursuit cycling. By Greg Farrar

As Olympic silver medalist and Issaquah High School grad Jennie Reed packs up her West Seattle home in preparation for a move back to the Eastside, she said she realizes moving will be a bit harder than she expected.

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Condition of aging Julius Boehm Pool could shape park bond measure

September 18, 2012

Come summertime, about 1,000 people each day slip into the 84-degree water at Julius Boehm Pool, a fixture in downtown Issaquah for decades.

The crowd is diverse in age and activity — early-morning lap swimmers, senior citizens in water-exercise classes, children for swimming lessons and more. Summer is the busiest time of year for the pool.

The pool is 40 years old — 15 years older than designers intended for the facility — and visitors and employees often encounter signs of age.

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Issaquah election results offer clues to November

September 18, 2012

King County is a hard-fought battleground in the race for governor, and the August primary election results for Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna confirm Issaquah is closely divided, too.

Only 150 votes separated McKenna from Inslee among Issaquah voters last month. In 2004, for comparison, 133 votes statewide decided the contest between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi.

The information comes from a detailed analysis of precinct results in the Aug. 7 election. Elsewhere on the ballot, Issaquah voters endorsed incumbents, and rejected past and present state legislators’ bids for higher office.

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