Voter registration deadline for primary is Monday

July 6, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2013

Monday, July 8, is the King County deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 6 primary election.

Residents can register online or by downloading and printing a voter registration form here.

Items on the ballot will be King County park bond and various positions including county executive and County Council District 9.


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Don’t forget to check out ArtWalk tonight

July 5, 2013

NEW — Noon July 5, 2013

ArtWalk is back, tonight from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Issaquah.

Event maps are available at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., or here.

Meet local business owners, hear live music, shop and dine in Issaquah.

The Downtown Issaquah Association reminds residents that Northwest Alder Place will be closed to traffic from First Place Northwest to Front Street between the hours of noon and 10 p.m. to facilitate ArtWalk.

Front Street will remain open to traffic.


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Cool off at Family Game Night tonight at the pool

July 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 5, 2013

If you’re looking for a way to cool off, head to Julius Boehm Pool tonight, and the first Friday of every month, for Family Game Night from 6:30-9 p.m.

Treasure hunts, water limbo, relay races and buddy swimming are just a few of the underwater adventures waiting to be had.

Family Game Night costs $10 per family, or $4 per adult and $3 per child/senior. It is appropriate for all ages and swimming abilities. The pool is at 50 S.E . Clark St.

Call the pool at 837-3350 to learn more.

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Fireworks are no fun for pets

July 4, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. July 4, 2013

Make this Independence Day fun and safe for you and your pets.

Big gatherings, kabooms and brilliant fireworks are all things people love about Independence Day, but they can be very frightening for pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can ensure that this holiday is enjoyable for everyone.

Seattle Humane Society pet safety tips for Independence Day:

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Issaquah’s Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade / July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

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Play it safe with fireworks tonight

July 4, 2013

NEW — Noon July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July — what a day for picnics, family get-togethers, and of course fireworks!

However, an average of 10,000 fireworks related injuries are reported every year in emergency rooms across the country, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 and 11 account for the highest percentage of injuries.

Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, such fireworks that are considered legal end up in the hands of young children who are unsupervised.

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Head to parade, Heritage Day, Down Home Fourth, car show and fireworks today

July 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2013

Join the Issaquah community today in celebrating America’s independence and Issaquah’s history.

Bouncy houses, live entertainment, face painting, slug races and hay hunts are just a few of the activities planned for the Fourth of July festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids and pets can also dress up and decorate their bikes for the annual Kids, Pets ‘N’ Pride Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, and end at Veterans Memorial Field.

The Issaquah History Museums will set up stations for old-time laundry, dress-up, butter churning and logging, so kids and adults alike can experience Issaquah’s history firsthand. Read more

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State budget includes funding for Lake Sammamish State Park projects

July 3, 2013

NEW — 7 p.m. July 3, 2013

Though the budget was slow to pass, Lake Sammamish State Park will benefit from the results of two legislative special sessions.

A total of $3.5 million will be allocated to improvement projects for the park from the 2013-2015 capital budget that passed the Legislature on June 27 and was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30.

Freshman Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) championed the inclusion of the funding through the budgetary stalemate that came close to a state government shutdown.

“I was ecstatic to see the Issaquah projects included,” Mullet said of the funding for the park and transportation improvements north of Interstate 90. “I considered those two things a very big success.”

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Firefighters battle blaze at former station

July 3, 2013

NEW — 5:35 p.m. July 3, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue station No. 72 had the strange honor of putting a fire out at their old station house.

EFR Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said firefighters first got a call about the smell of smoke at 4:22 p.m. July 3, which he said was then quickly upgraded to a structure fire.

The building, a manufactured home firefighters slept in at the old station, near the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and Maple Avenue Northwest, was not believed to be occupied, Tryon said.

“It’s currently considered suspicious, and is being investigated by King County fire investigators and the Issaquah Police,” he said of the blaze.

The fire, which took about 15 minutes to get under control, was in the crawlspace of the building near a wood porch.

Tryon said the firefighters moved out of the old station about a year and a half ago.


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Take a walk and make new Friends tonight at state park

July 3, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. July 3, 2013

Join The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park tonight at 7 p.m. for a walk.

The group will meet at the large rotunda inside the park, on the right as you turn into the first parking lot. An annual Discover Pass for parking is needed, or pay a $10 one-time fee.

There are also morning walks at 10 every Wednesday.

Walks are informal and take different paths each week, but all are on level ground. Walks are typically one hour, but walkers can drop out as needed.

Learn about other walks, and about joining the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

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