Come see holiday lights at Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish tonight

December 7, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2013

A new tradition begins tonight with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.

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Follow these easy tips for preventing, thawing frozen pipes

December 6, 2013

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013

Water expands when it freezes. This puts tremendous pressure on its container, including metal or plastic pipes, often causing them to burst during exceptionally cold weather.

The American Red Cross offers these easy tips to get your pipes through the current cold spell and the rest of winter:

Preventing frozen pipes

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:

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Humane Society offers winter tips to keep pets safe, healthy

December 6, 2013

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013

With snow and freezing temperatures here, it’s time to prepare pets for the winter weather. Seattle Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe when the temperature dips.

Keep pets indoors

Pets can get frostbite, too. Never leave pets outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. On freezing cold days, keep their walks and snow-romps short. Never let dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become easily lost. Always make sure pets are microchipped and wear ID tags.

Dress appropriately

A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.

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Swedish/Issaquah named one of the top hospitals in the nation

December 6, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2013

In its first year of eligibility, Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center has earned the distinction as one of the top hospitals in the nation at providing the highest quality of patient care, according to The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey of more than 1,300 hospitals.

The designation was awarded to only two hospitals in Washington state.

Swedish/Issaquah, which opened in 2012, is one of only 55 urban hospitals named as a “Top Hospital” by Leapfrog, which also recognized 22 top rural hospitals and 13 top children’s hospitals.

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Ride the Issaquah Valley Trolley and see Santa this weekend

December 5, 2013

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2013

The Issaquah Valley Trolley will operate this weekend, Dec. 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Riders board at the Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The fare is by donation.

The route covers a half-mile of track from the depot to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek and back. Riders will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds and feel of car No. 519 in action and be able to imagine what it was like to arrive in Issaquah via rail a century ago.

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Let’s Go! Dec. 5 – Dec. 11

December 4, 2013

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Final election results reveal low turnout

December 3, 2013

King County certified the general election results Nov. 26.

No changes were made to the initial local results.

Mayor-elect Fred Butler slightly widened his lead against Joe Forkner, ultimately gaining 74 percent of the vote. The four City Council races were all unopposed, handing Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and newcomer Mary Lou Pauly four-year terms.

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Victoria Clipper theft suspect ‘wanted to go to West Seattle’

December 3, 2013

By Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times A police officer escorts Samuel K. McDonough, wearing a white cloth on his head, who allegedly commandeered the Victoria Clipper IV in Elliott Bay Dec. 1.

By Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times
A police officer escorts Samuel K. McDonough, wearing a white cloth on his head, who allegedly commandeered the Victoria Clipper IV in Elliott Bay Dec. 1.

When Darrell Bryan arrived at the Victoria Clipper offices at 5 a.m. Dec. 1, he was worried about the wind and choppy waves on Elliott Bay and how they might affect the passenger ferry’s usual departure to British Columbia.

One look out the window, and dicey weather became the least of his problems.

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Value Village will move into former Albertson’s space

December 3, 2013

Value Village has signed a lease and submitted drawings for a store-remodeling permit to occupy the former Albertson’s store.

The store, at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, will be 28,127 square feet on the ground floor of the building and 1,711 on a mezzanine level. Another 21,466 square feet will remain vacant, and is labeled in the drawings as a second suite.

City Associate Planner Jason Rogers confirmed Value Village is moving into the space.

“I would assume it’s correct,” he said. “We just received a building permit application from them last week.”

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Christmas Boat Parade hits Lake Sammamish

December 3, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.

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