Washington ranked 16th most honest state

August 3, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 3, 2013

According to data gathered from experiments conducted in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the National Honesty Index found Washington state to be the 16th most honest.

Beverage company HONEST Tea developed the experiment to determine how honest people are when it seems no one is looking. The company set up unmanned kiosks stocked with its beverages and offered them for $1 on the honor system.

From July 8-18, 61 locations throughout the country were tested, with data collected on how many people paid for the beverages.

Overall, Americans were 92 percent honest, with Alabama and Hawaii tying for most honest state at 100 percent.

The experiment results also found:

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Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice

August 2, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013

Washington State Parks has announced that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-cause wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

Campers may still use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use, propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes, propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base, and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

This ban follows a similar ban by the Department of Natural Resources, which has fire protection responsibility of about 50 percent of state park lands.

Issaquah School District registration opens online this month

August 1, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2013

For the first time, all Issaquah School District levels will be able to confirm enrollment status online this year.

The Enrollment Verification Process for elementary schools is Aug. 1-7, while Back to School Check-In and RSVP for middle and high schools, respectively, go live from Aug. 12-18.

Through the online portal, families will be able to confirm enrollment status, download and print necessary forms, sign up for PTSA, add money to a student’s lunch account, subscribe to the district E-news mailing list and donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Depending on the grade level, it may also be possible to pay fines and fees, or join boosters.

For more specific information, contact your child’s school. The district will post notice of registration and the instruction page when the processes go live.

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Teens, enter digital media contest for hiking safety awareness

July 31, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2013

Safe Kids Snohomish County, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service and the Washington Trails Association have created “Teens on Trail,” a contest to promote hiking safety.

Teens from throughout the state have the chance to win a backpack filled with the 10 hiking essentials, including a map, compass and thorough first aid kit. The entry for the contest can be a photo, video, sound clip or animation about teenagers and hiking safety.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 young people are treated in emergency departments for outdoor recreational injuries. Of those, 51.5 percent are between the ages of 10 and 14.

The submission deadline for “Teens on Trail” is Sept. 30. Entrants must be between ages 10 and 18. Learn more here.

Learn more about the “Ten Essentials” of hiking here.

Issaquah man leaves baby alone in hot car

July 30, 2013

Father arrested for second-degree abandonment

31-year-old Issaquah man was arrested July 24 after leaving his 3-month-old son in the car while he shopped at a grocery store.

At about 7 p.m., in the 4500 block of Klahanie Drive Southeast, a woman heading into the QFC spotted a baby alone in a white Volvo, according to King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. After informing store employees in the shopping center in an attempt to find the baby’s parent, the woman called 911.

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Postal worker gets probation for mail theft

July 30, 2013

An Issaquah postal worker, who pleaded guilty to opening mail and stealing at least $500 and 30 gift cards, will not face jail time.

Last fall, 45-year-old Annie Wei was caught with opened mail in her purse after questions about lost gift cards and money along her route led to an investigation. On July 26, she was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and $585 in restitution fines after being charged with one federal misdemeanor count of delay of destruction of mail.

According to the report prepared by Anne Stanek in the United Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, mail was planted in order to catch Wei in the act.

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Police arrest suspected Eastside liquor thieves

July 30, 2013

Issaquah police apprehended two suspects thought to be behind a string of Eastside liquor store burglaries July 21.

Officers said they arrested a 39-year-old Seattle woman and an 18-year-old SeaTac man during a traffic stop as they attempted to flee from a recent theft in town.

Detective Diego Zanella said a helpful store employee called police after recognizing the pair, who had targeted QFC and Safeway stores in Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond.

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Zoning planning begins for legal marijuana

July 30, 2013

Where should producing, processing and retail sales of marijuana take place in the city?

That’s the question the Policy Planning Commission began to answer during its July 25 public hearing. There, the zoning rules for future marijuana businesses were first unveiled.

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With the passage of voter Initiative 502 last fall, recreational usage of marijuana was legalized. The initiative called for the state Liquor Control Board to regulate the new market and set rules for permits. According to the agenda bill discussed at the public hearing, local governments still have control over establishing business practices.

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National Night Out offers a safe evening of food, fun and friends

July 30, 2013

The police department and community will come together for a night of learning, food and fun Aug. 6 during Issaquah’s fifth annual National Night Out.

The National Night Out is an event hosted by many cities across the country. Its purpose is to raise awareness of emergency preparation, criminal activity, theft prevention, and to help strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments.

By Greg Farrar Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

By Greg Farrar
Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

Issaquah will host the event at City Hall. There are a variety of activities and services, and organizations to talk to, all of which are focused on promoting safety and offering advice and help to those who need it.

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