Eastside Fire & Rescue observes week dedicated to firefighter safety

June 19, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue has joined other fire service organizations across the United States and Canada to observe the annual Fire/EMS Health and Safety Week through June 23.

The observance is focused on reducing preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries for firefighters and emergency personnel.

The goal is to better prepare firefighters for daily activities. Objectives for the week include focusing on federal regulations and safety, survival skills and awareness training, and living healthy lifestyles on and off duty.

“We are looking forward to participating in Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week,” EFR Training Lt. Dick Breitenbach said. “Firefighter safety and health, along with the tools and ongoing training will prevent firefighter deaths. We look forward to providing our firefighters and EMS responders with resources that will keep them safe and healthy both on the job and at home.”

Rowers may be kidsters, but they’re serious about national championship

June 19, 2012


The Men’s Lightweight Eight, rowing in the water at Melton Hill Lake in Tennessee, include coxswain Gina Day, Sam Goertz, Matt Essig, Brennan Lewis, Johannes Gees, Andrew Wisegarver, Sean Allen, Max Antono and Ben Yuse. They took eighth at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships on June 10. Contributed by Sammamish Rowing Association

Listening to a group of local sophomore boys discuss packing an Xbox into their carry-on, you probably wouldn’t guess they were about to hop a plane for the Junior National Rowing Championships. But that is exactly where several local rowers were headed June 5.

“I’m feeling bouncy,” Sam Goertz said. “I’m just excited.”

The sophomore at Issaquah High School belongs to the Sammamish Rowing Association and occupies the stroke seat on the Men’s Lightweight Eight team, which was among the association’s four junior crews that competed June 8-10 at the Junior National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Also competing in Tennessee were Karina Yalcin, a junior at Issaquah High, and Ellie Place, a 2011 graduate of Issaquah High, who both row as members of the Women’s Varsity Eight team.

Goertz and his team members gladly admit they like to joke around, but when crunch time comes, they said, the team pulls it together. Read more

Sammamish High School Class of ’62 to host reunion

June 19, 2012

The Sammamish High School class of 1962 is hosting a reunion at The Coast Bellevue Hotel Sept. 14-16. At 3 p.m. Sept. 14 is a tour of the school. A social follows at the hotel. At 5 p.m. Sept. 15 a no-host reception/social is followed by a dinner buffet and dancing with music from ‘60s. From 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 is a breakfast buffet. All 1962 grads are encouraged to go to www.sammamish62.com to register and purchase tickets. No tickets will be sold at the events.

Officials start process to replace state Sen. Cheryl Pflug

June 19, 2012

King County Council members started the process June 11 to appoint a successor to Republican state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Under state law, the council is responsible for appointing a successor to the Senate seat after Pflug resigns July 1 to accept a state board post. The law calls for GOP officials to submit three candidates to the council for the open seat. Then, the council must make a selection within 60 days of Pflug’s resignation.

In May, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Pflug to a six-year term on the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, the panel responsible for mediating disputes about planning and development issues in municipalities throughout the state.

Members cannot serve simultaneously on the board and in the Legislature. Pflug intends to resign from the Senate on July 1, the same day the state board appointment starts.

Pflug’s successor is not expected to serve for long. Come July 1, only about six months remain before the Senate term expires.

The seat is up for election in the meantime between Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, a Republican.

Sports Calendar

June 19, 2012

Adult sports 

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

June 20 — Leaders Choice between Cougar Mountain and Snoqualmie Pass Hike – Moderate Bring your WA Discover Pass and your National Forest Pass, if you have them. 7-9 miles, 1,800- to 2,500-foot elevation gain. Usually not difficult for regular hikers.

June 23, 9 a.m. — Little Si Hike – Moderate See views from North Bend’s Little Si. Bring your WA Discover Pass, if you have one. Five miles, 1,400-foot elevation gain. Usually not difficult for regular hikers. Contact Mary Nolan at 837-1535.

June 24 9 a.m. — Chasing the Snow, Segment 5 Hike – Strenuous. Help us chase the snow away along the Mountains to Sound Greenway. This week we travel from Rattlesnake Lake along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to the McClellan Butte Trailhead. This is a long hike. To participate, you should have in the past few months taken a hike at least seven miles long. There will be a car shuttle. Bring something imaginative to share. Relax with us afterward at a cafe or pizza shop if you wish. Bring your WA Discover Pass and your National Forest Pass, if you have them. 11.2 miles, 1,200-foot elevation gain. Only for experienced hikers in good physical condition. Contact George Potter 516-5200.

June 24 9:30 a.m. — Cougar Mountain Hike – Easy Wilderness Peak Loop from Creek to Peak to Cliffs. 3.5 Miles, 1,100-foot elevation gain. Not difficult for occasional hikers. Contact Bob Gross 427-8449.

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Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington

June 19, 2012

In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.

Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.

In Issaquah, discharging fireworks is banned on Independence Day and the rest of the year. Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

Residents in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie and Mirrormont, face looser rules, but some restrictions apply.

County health officials encourage AED registration

June 19, 2012

King County public health officials launched a campaign June 4 to encourage businesses and organizations to adopt and register automated external defibrillators — portable devices designed to use electrical therapy to treat people suffering from cardiac arrest.

The effort, called the Shockingly Simple Campaign, is meant to encourage AED owners to register the devices with the county. The registration allows 911 dispatchers to locate the nearest AED during emergencies.

AED owners can register the devices on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website, http://kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ems/community/aed/preregistration.aspx.

Officials said fewer than 1,000 businesses and organizations countywide have registered AEDs.

In many cases, AED use is a cardiac arrest patient’s only chance for survival.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day includes safety message

June 19, 2012

King County Council members declared June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day to reflect concerns about the safety of vulnerable adults.

The proclamation encourages citizens to commit to building safer lives and safer community for elderly residents.

The council also highlighted the public and private agencies in the fight against elder abuse, including the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“As difficult as it is to believe, many cases of elder abuse involve their own family members,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative, said in a statement.

King County prosecutors handle about 350 cases a year involving elder neglect, abuse or financial exploitation. The office includes a specially trained unit to investigate and prosecute elder abuse cases.

Communities around the globe celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day every June 15.

County accepts applications for Metro Transit board

June 19, 2012

Issaquah residents can apply to a King County board to improve transit services.

Officials need a King County Council District 3 representative for the King County Transit Advisory Commission — a panel formed last year to advise King County Metro Transit staffers, the county executive and County Council, local jurisdictions and local transportation boards.

District 3 stretches from Woodinville to Issaquah, and from Lake Sammamish to the Kittitas County line.

Members include residents, entrepreneurs and other people concerned about transit service in the county. Members must live in King County and at least half of the members represent disabled or elderly riders.

The executive appoints members and, after approval by the council, appointees serve two-year terms.

The county accepts ongoing applications for the board. Learn more about the panel, and find application information, at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/be-an-advisor.html.

Book details Sammamish woman’s journey of grief and faith

June 19, 2012

Kerry Monroe

In early 2002, Kerry Monroe, of Sammamish, learned that her youngest son Micah had adult leukemia. That was 10 days before her husband, Jim, lost his six-year battle with mouth cancer.

She had never experienced such a disorienting grief, she said, and the days and months that followed were very difficult.

After her husband’s death, Monroe and her son lived at then-Seattle Children’s Hospital for a year and a half during his treatment. She left her two teenagers — Marlana, then a ninth-grader at Inglewood Junior High School, and Brandon, then a senior at Eastlake High School — at home to take care of themselves.

Those were “pretty important times for them — breaks my heart even today,” she said. But “what choice did I have?” Read more

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