Report: King County adult smoking rate stalls

July 10, 2012

The adult smoking rate in King County stalled between 2007 and 2011, but tobacco use still accounts for one in five deaths countywide and $343 million each year in health care expenses and lost wages.

The information comes from a Public Health – Seattle & King County report about tobacco use. Officials released the document May 31 to mark World No Tobacco Day.

The report estimates 155,000 King County adults — or about 10 percent of adults — smoke cigarettes and another 26,000 adults use smokeless tobacco.

Though the overall smoking rate in King County is among the lowest in United States, the county has the most extreme smoking inequities among the 15 largest metropolitan counties in the United States.

The smoking rate among black or multiple race adults is double the rate among whites. A King County adult in a low-income household is three times more likely to be a smoker than a high-income household adult. Countywide, 19 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults smoke — almost double the county average.

The report estimated more than 15,000 students — including one in four high school seniors — used cigarettes or other tobacco products in the past month.

King County executive appoints public defense chief

July 10, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed longtime attorney David Chapman to lead the Office of Public Defense — a county agency responsible for providing aid to people unable to afford legal representation.

Constantine selected Chapman, a former pro tempore judge in King and Pierce counties, after a national search. Chapman is due to start in the role July 30.

“Dave Chapman’s great breadth of knowledge and his first-hand experience with so many aspects of the criminal justice system — as a judge, as a prosecutor, as a public defender and as a private attorney — make him uniquely qualified to lead our office of public defense through the coming years,” Constantine said in a statement.

Chapman earned a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1981 and most recently served as a private practice attorney.

“King County has shown a strong commitment to providing access to justice and appointing counsel for those who could not afford it,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working within the King County justice system to continue to improve our delivery of public defense services.”

Theater troupe goes outdoors with William Shakespeare

July 10, 2012

Free Shakespeare performances are coming to a park near you.

The Wooden O Shakespeare Co. is set to delight outdoor theatergoers this summer with productions of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale.” There will be a total of four performances, as both plays will be held at two separate locations on different dates.

Love has everyone unglued in “Twelfth Night.” Castaway Viola disguises herself as a boy to find work and gets caught in a compromising love triangle.

This comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics and beloved comic characters, according to Wooden O Shakespeare.

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Prepare for road construction, maintenance through July

July 10, 2012

Motorists should prepare for maintenance on city streets soon as crews start summertime repairs.

Expect construction on the following streets between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout July:

Mount Olympus Drive Northwest, Mount Olympus Drive Southwest, Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Mount Quay Drive Northwest, Mount Si Place Northwest and Mount Rainier Place Northwest.

Expect construction on the following streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout July:

East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The city awarded the contract for the maintenance overlay to Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries. The street overlay project is estimated to be completed in October.

Call the municipal Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 with questions or comments.

State launches summertime gypsy moth trapping program

July 10, 2012

State trappers started placing gypsy moth traps in trees, shrubs and other foliage to protect Evergreen State vegetation from the destructive pest.

The state Department of Agriculture hired 25 trappers to place 18,000 traps in residential neighborhoods, business districts, ports and rural areas statewide. Crews plan to check the traps every few weeks through October.

The nontoxic traps contain a sex pheromone to attract male moths. Inside the trap is a sticky coating to trap the moth. The device helps entomologists determine whether a gypsy moth population is developing.

“Trapping this season will detect any populations of gypsy moth that WSDA may propose to eradicate next year,” John Townsend, state trapping coordinator for the Department of Agriculture, said in a statement.

Officials have detected gypsy moths in Washington every year since 1977, but permanent populations have not been established due to the aggressive summer trapping and spring eradication efforts.

The gypsy moth is among the worst forest pests ever brought into the United States. In the species’ caterpillar form, the pest attacks more than 500 species of trees and plants.

Nominate small businesses for top King County honor

July 10, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine is on the search for the top small businesses in the county.

The county is accepting nominations for the 2012 King County Executive Small Business Awards until July 31. In order to qualify, businesses must operate in King County, have 50 employees or fewer and have been in business for at least three years.

Find the nomination form at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/BusinessAward.aspx

The nomination categories include Small Business of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Woman Small Business of the Year, Exporting Small Business of the Year, Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year, Workforce Development Small Business of the Year and Rural Small Business of the Year.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 10. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title. Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Issaquah Trophy & Awards, Susan G. Komen 3-Day join forces

July 10, 2012

Issaquah Trophy & Awards has selected the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as its recipient for its Awards for a Cause program during the third quarter of 2012.

Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The organization has invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill its promise.

Learn more about the three-day walk at www.the3day.org. See the trophies and awards that will benefit 3-Day at www.issaquahtrophy.com/awardsforacauseproducts.

Issaquah Trophy & Awards is a subsidiary of Trophies2Go.com Inc., whose mission is to guide, create and deliver meaningful recognition to companies and individuals. The business has been serving Issaquah, surrounding communities and the nation since 1987. Learn more about the Awards for a Cause program by emailing Anne Hall at anne@issaquahtrophy.com.

Chalk up a sidewalk masterpiece at summer festival

July 10, 2012

Sheama Tura, of Issaquah, draws a beach and a palm tree last year. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah’s summer tradition, the Chalk Art Festival, is coming to city sidewalks July 17.

The Issaquah Arts Commission invites artists of all ages to transform the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd., with their masterpieces from noon to 5 p.m. that day. All the entries will be judged at 5 p.m. with winners being announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green.

The event is free. Chalk and water will be provided.

Event organizers recommend arriving early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. All space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See a slideshow of masterpieces the day of the festival at www.issaquahpress.com.

Rotary Club soapbox derby race celebrates 15th anniversary

July 10, 2012

Drivers, co-drivers, parents, Rotary Club of Issaquah members, Issaquah High School wrestlers, Liberty High School cheerleaders and student volunteers pose for a group photo at the 2011 Challenge Day gravity car races. By Greg Farrar

The 15th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Day Race, an event that pairs children with disabilities with a young driver of a sleek soapbox derby car, is set for July 14.

The event allows participants to experience the fun of a derby race down Second Avenue past the community center in downtown Issaquah.

For the race, the pair of youngsters climb into the seat of a sleek soapbox derby car. With the slam of the starting gate, the car’s wheels begin to turn. As gravity kicks in, the two-seater makes its way along the street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with racing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other activities include adaptive cycling for children and adults with disabilities and lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Issaquah for event participants and volunteers.

The event was inspired by the vision of longtime Issaquah resident and retired Puget Sound Energy executive Leo Finnegan, the father of an adult son with a disability.

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Let your body be the canvas at painting event

July 10, 2012

The American Association of Nude Recreation is offering a unique way for local artists to showcase their work.

At the group’s Amazing Canvas Nudist Face and Body Painting Event, the canvas will be the human body and the tools will be paint.

The July 14 event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place at Fraternity Snoqualmie, a 40-acre family nudist park on the side of Tiger Mountain.

“The only perfect body is a naked one, and to an artist the naked body is a canvas,” Fraternity Snoqualmie spokeswoman Dawnzella Gearhart said.

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