October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

September 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month.

Local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.

A highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17.

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2013 Salmon Days

September 27, 2013

Come to free Family Birding Walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday

September 27, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 27, 2013

Celebrate the arrival of fall with a family birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The leaves will be dressed in their fall finery, and the ducks and waterfowl will be back on the lake. Look up when you hear the call of geese flying overhead and listen for Pacific wrens in the nearby bushes.

John Tubbs, a well-known birder and nature photographer, will lead the walk, but you can leave whenever your children want to, according to a press release from Eastside Audubon. Bring water and snacks, and dress for the weather.

Meet just inside the main entrance of the park, at 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, and take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end.

It’s a free day at the state parks: No Discover Pass is needed. No pre-registration or fee is required for the guided walk.

PSE seeks overall 1.5 percent increase in natural gas rates

September 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013

Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with Washington state regulators to increase natural gas rates for the upcoming winter season by an overall 1.5 percent, effective Nov. 1.

If approved by the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the proposed purchased gas adjustment will increase a typical household’s natural gas bill (based on 68 therms of average monthly usage over a 12-month period) by 1.4 percent, or $1.07, to $78.55.

That is about what PSE customers were paying in 2010. Commercial rates would increase by about 1.6 percent.

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King County will honor climbing legends Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu by renaming trails tomorrow

September 25, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 25, 2013

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine and mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker as King County honors Whittaker and climbing partner Sherpa Nawang Gombu for their historic ascent of Mount Everest 50 years ago.

Meet at noon Sept. 26 at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Wilderness Peak Trailhead, 10245 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Whittaker-Gombu ascent of Mount Everest, when Whittaker, a Seattle native, became the first American to summit Earth’s highest mountain. It was also Gombu’s first ascent of Everest; a few years later, he became the first person to conquer Mount Everest for a second time.

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Let’s Go! Sept. 26 – Oct 2

September 25, 2013

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Klahanie annexation meeting becomes tug of war

September 24, 2013

In a meeting that stretched over two nights, the King County Boundary Review Board watched a local tug of war over Issaquah’s intent to annex the Klahanie area.

The Boundary Review Board is responsible for guiding and controlling the growth of municipalities. The quasi-judicial body is empowered to make decisions on incorporations, annexations, mergers and more. It will decide whether to allow an annexation vote to Klahanie-area residents by its next regular meeting Oct. 10. On Sept. 18 and 19, it heard government and public testimony about Issaquah’s intent to annex the potential annexation area and more.

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Salmon Days is named best festival in the world

September 24, 2013

The 2012 Salmon Days Festival earned 11 international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 17.

The annual event earned the coveted gold for the Haas Wilkerson Grand Pinnacle Award, given to the best overall festival. Issaquah bested festivals from all around the world in the $250,000 to $750,000 budget category. Salmon Days also received the prestigious honor in 2009.

“I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of people who have made Salmon Days what it is for the last 43 years,” said Robin Kelley, festival director. “It has always been the best to us. It’s nice and humbling to see it recognized on the world stage.”

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State revises recreational marijuana business rules

September 24, 2013

Cities of Issaquah, Sammamish would get one retail store each

Final proposed draft rules from the state would only allow one Issaquah recreational marijuana store.

After hearing public comment on the drafted rules for marijuana production, processing and purchasing, the state Liquor Control Board released a revised version Sept. 4.

Coming two weeks after the city passed a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses, the new rules address many of the quoted issues the city had with the original draft. The revised version offers numbers for amount of marijuana produced, limits on production and specifics on how many retailers will be scattered across the state.

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Friends of Youth holds parenting classes

September 24, 2013

Friends of Youth will present a six-week parenting class beginning Oct. 2 and continuing through Nov. 6.

“Systematic Training for Effective Parents,” is geared to parents of 2- through 12-year-olds.

The classes will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N.

The classes cost a total of $60, but scholarships are available. Call Patty at 392-6367, ext. 100, to register.


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