Washington State Patrol hosts youth law enforcement camp

January 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 26, 2013

Washington high school juniors and seniors interested in a law enforcement career can spend a week learning about job opportunities in the field.

The 36th annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp is accepting applications. May 10 is the application deadline.

The camp provides high school students with the opportunity to explore job opportunities in the law enforcement field. Participants can experience the law enforcement problems and challenges encountered by officers on a daily basis, and then learn how to handle the situations in a professional manner.

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Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses drop

January 25, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 25, 2013

Deaths from pain medication overdoses decreased between 2008-11, after increasing eightfold in the preceding decade.

The overdose death rate dropped 23 percent, and the number of deaths dropped from 512 in 2008 to 407 in 2011, state Department of Health officials reported Wednesday.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer, said in a statement. “While it’s encouraging that deaths have dropped, the death rate in 2011 was six times higher than in 1998. Health care providers play a critical role in prescribing medications and helping patients manage pain safely. Prescription pain medications are powerful drugs and must be handled carefully.”

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honors business innovators

January 24, 2013

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Jan. 24, 2013

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah clothe people around the globe, transform garbage into fertilizer, and create productions for local and Broadway audiences.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and city leaders announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — apparel manufacturer SanMar, WISErg, a manufacturer of fertilizer harvesters, and Village Theatre — at a ceremony and luncheon Thursday.

Leaders at the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services.

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Blaze damages Klahanie home; firefighters rescue cat

January 24, 2013

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Wednesday and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place at 9:49 p.m.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

Officials said the home was occupied as the fire started, and the homeowner suffered a minor injury as he or she attempted to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

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Port of Seattle vacancy is open to King County voters

January 24, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Residents interested in trade, tourism and transportation can apply for soon-to-open seat on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Commissioner Gael Tarleton intends to resign from the commission Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

Under state law, the commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor.

The position is open to U.S. and Washington residents eligible to vote in King County. Candidates must submit application materials by noon Feb. 1.

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Local high school wrestling / Jan. 15-17, 2013

January 23, 2013

City seeks applicants for boards, commissions

January 23, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 23, 2013

City leaders need civic-minded citizens to offer advice on important issues as municipal board and commission members.

The city needs applicants for openings on 12 boards and commissions. The groups advise the City Council on issues related to the arts, cable TV, development, parks and, in more specialized realms, city cemetery operations and sister-city relationships.

Meanwhile, officials need regular and alternate members for the 12 existing commissions. The applicants for board and commission posts do not need to reside in Issaquah.

Applicants undergo interviews before Mayor Ava Frisinger recommends appointees to the council for confirmation. The council usually confirms appointees in April, and terms for appointees start in May.

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Let’s Go! for Jan. 24-30

January 23, 2013

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Flu epidemic spares Issaquah community — so far

January 22, 2013

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy after receiving her own shot Jan. 19 during the free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy Jan. 19 during a free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Health officials urge vaccinations

Flu remains widespread in Washington and throughout the United States, and local health care providers and school administrators said although the epidemic is raging elsewhere, Issaquah is OK — so far.

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Bartell Drugs, public health agency offer flu vaccine

January 22, 2013

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers in-store flu vaccinations during pharmacy hours for $29.99. Pharmacists can vaccinate anybody 5 and older. Patients ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition to regular flu vaccines, Bartell’s provides customers with other options, including the Flu Mist nasal spray and, for seniors 65 and old, Fluzone High-Dose vaccines and Fluzone Intradermal — the latest flu vaccination technology with a 90 percent reduction in needle length.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics at the Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, on Wednesdays through January from 3-7 p.m.

The vaccination is available to people without insurance or who cannot afford to pay for vaccination otherwise.

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