Wells Fargo is latest Issaquah Highlands tenant

February 2, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 2013

Wells Fargo is the latest announced tenant for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo plans to open a 2,600-square-foot branch at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Federal Drive by September.

Customers can expect to see “green” features in the business, such as energy efficient light fixtures, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and sustainably grown and harvested wood materials.

The company also announced plans to open 15 to 20 outposts throughout the Puget Sound region in the next five years.

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February 1, 2013

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Firefighters wear red for heart health awareness

February 1, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staffers joined others Friday to don red for National Wear Red Day, a nationwide event to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

Nationwide, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.

Since the initial National Wear Red Day a decade ago, many strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women. Milestones include 21 percent fewer woman dying from heart disease, 23 percent more women aware of heart disease as the No. 1 health threat to women, legislation to help end gender disparities, and publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment.

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Department of Health calls for applicants to boards, commissions

February 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 1, 2013

The state Department of Health is seeking residents to serve on health-related boards, commissions and committees.

Overall, 26 groups need volunteers. The open positions include the Board of Hearing and Speech, Board of Optometry, Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, Examining Board of Psychology, Midwifery Advisory Committee, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and others.

“We’re excited to give our citizens a chance to influence the health and safety of our state in a variety of health fields,” Karen Jensen, assistant secretary for the Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, said in a statement. “These vacancies will be filled by people appointed by the governor and the secretary of health, who both take great pride in appointing qualified, responsible members to each position.”

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Issaquah starts 30-day countdown to plastic bag ban

January 31, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 31, 2013

The citywide ban on most retail plastic bags starts March 1, and Issaquah leaders reminded residents to prepare in the 30 days before the legislation goes into effect.

The measure also sets a 5-cent fee for most paper carryout bags. Under the ordinance, retailers keep the fee to offset the cost to phase out plastic bags and shoppers can see the expense itemized on receipts.

Though the ordinance requires most plastic bags to disappear from retailers in March, consumers should not expect to see the bags vanish altogether.

The legislation contains exemptions for plastic bags for bakery items, bulk foods, meat, produce, dry cleaning, newspapers, small hardware items and takeout foods.

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Officials warn of measles exposure at Issaquah-area businesses

January 30, 2013

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Customers at businesses in Klahanie could have been exposed to measles in recent days, local public health officials said Wednesday.

The case is the second person with confirmed measles in King County since Jan. 25. The infected person is a King County resident and contracted measles from a contagious traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the local resident might have exposed others to measles at QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center.

Measles is easily spread and highly contagious, although most people are immune to the disease due to vaccinations.

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Measles exposure possible at Tiger Mountain Community High School

January 30, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Officials said a staff member with contagious measles could have exposed Tiger Mountain Community High School employees, students, visitors and volunteers to the disease.

Public Health – Seattle & King County alerted the school community Wednesday to the possible exposure. The agency said people at the Issaquah campus from Jan. 23-25 could have been exposed to measles.

Measles is easily spread and highly contagious, although most people are immune to the disease due to vaccinations.

Officials said people exposed to the disease and not immune is likely to become ill between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4, or as late as Feb. 15.

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Westminster Kennel Club show entry / January 2013

January 30, 2013

Police arrest Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill for domestic violence

January 30, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Issaquah police arrested Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill on Tuesday for domestic violence at Hill’s Talus home.

Officers responded after a 26-year-old Issaquah woman said her boyfriend, Hill, assaulted her several times and kept her inside his home against her will.

The woman told police Hill blocked the doorway, did not allow her to leave the home and took her cellphone. The woman escaped from the residence when Hill went to the bathroom.

Officers arrested Hill, 30, for domestic violence and assault related to the incident at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The response to the home in the 60 block of Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest included police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units.

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City Council appoints Joe Forkner to open seat

January 29, 2013

NEW — 6:20 p.m. Jan. 29, 2013

Joe Forkner returned to the City Council on Tuesday after a divided council appointed the former councilman, onetime city employee and longtime community leader to a vacant seat.

The council appointed a successor to former Councilman Mark Mullet after about 15 minutes of discussion.

Members nominated Forkner and longtime Development Commission member Mary Lou Pauly for the post. The council chose Forkner in a 4-2 decision.

The seat opened Jan. 8 after Mullet departed to serve in Olympia. The entrepreneur and former banking executive defeated Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft to represent the 5th Legislative District in the state Senate.

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