Change your smoke alarm batteries when you ‘spring forward’

March 8, 2013

NEW — 2:25 p.m. March 8, 2013

As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 10, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” said State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy.

Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives.

Learn more about fire safety on the State Fire Marshal website — www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.

New strategies proposed to reduce toxics

March 7, 2013

The public is invited to weigh in on new strategies being proposed to reduce the use of toxic substances in Washington.

Last fall, the Washington Department of Ecology convened a group of business, government, academic and nongovernmental leaders to come up with new approaches for reducing toxic chemical pollution in Washington. The department asked them to think outside their typical legal and political silos to find creative new approaches to toxics that would offer better human health, environmental and economic outcomes.

After several months of thoughtful discussion and hard work, the group delivered the results of its discussion to Gov. Jay Inslee and the leadership of the Legislature.

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Let’s Go! March 7-13

March 6, 2013

Clear-cut looms between Squak, Cougar mountains

March 5, 2013

By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times Helen Farrington worries about flooding on May Creek (seen at left), which runs past her backyard.

By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times
Helen Farrington worries about flooding on May Creek (seen at left), which runs past her backyard.

More than two decades after battles over logging in spotted-owl habitat began to die down, plans to clear-cut trees next to a county park near Issaquah have ignited a new controversy.

As with most anything having to do with real estate, it boils down to location, location, location.

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Construction starts on downtown parks

March 5, 2013

Construction is under way at the downtown parks along Issaquah Creek, and amenities should open to the public in June.

The construction site — a 15.5-acre expanse often referred to as the crown jewel in the municipal parks system — encompasses the interconnected Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks across Rainier Boulevard North from Darigold.

The parks converge on former farmland at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews started work at the site early last month.

By Greg Farrar Construction workers, with shovel and excavator, dig a trench for electrical utilities to the restroom and picnic shelter on Feb. 7 to be built in Cybil-Madeline Park at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Holly Street.

By Greg Farrar
Construction workers, with shovel and excavator, dig a trench for electrical utilities to the restroom and picnic shelter on Feb. 7 to be built in Cybil-Madeline Park at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Holly Street.

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Volunteer now for school levy committee

March 5, 2013

Every four years, the Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational essentials that the state does not fund, including school buses, classroom technology and about 20 percent of the operations budget.

Because current levies expire next year, the district is forming a community committee to help plan the renewal levy measures.

Representatives from the business, senior citizen and at-large communities are needed to attend three or four meetings on Wednesday evenings in April and May.

Call 837-7024 or email Levy2014@issaquah.wednet.edu if you are interested.

 

Woman, 83, dies after head-on collision

March 5, 2013

A head-on collision turned fatal after a Chrysler car struck an oncoming truck.

At 6:44 p.m. Feb. 25, Issaquah police responded to the 22800 block of Southeast 43rd Way where the wreck occurred. Witnesses at the scene told police that the car, driven by an 83-year-old unidentified Issaquah female, headed down the street without headlights before abruptly veering onto the other side of the road.

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State approves city’s shoreline master program update

March 5, 2013

The Washington Department of Ecology has approved Issaquah’s recently updated shoreline master program.

Issaquah’s shoreline program will result in significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of 12 miles of shorelines and the water quality of Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish in the city.

“The SMP update expands Issaquah’s long-term commitment to protecting our streams, streamside habitat, lakeshore and water quality. And, the SMP conserves shoreline resources through thoughtful land use and development while providing public access and recreation opportunities along our shorelines,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement.

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Forest landowners can receive help with salmon recovery

March 5, 2013

Hundreds of private owners of forestland who want to do their part for salmon recovery may be eligible for more help than they imagined was available, according to a press release from the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

A new video shows small forest landowners how they and their communities can benefit from a culvert removal program that will help defray costs of improving salmon habitat. The recently revitalized Family Forest Fish Passage Program helps private forest landowners replace culverts and other stream-crossing structures that keep trout, salmon and other fish from reaching upstream habitat.

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School fashion show fundraiser is March 8

March 5, 2013

Issaquah High School’s second annual fashion show is coming March 8.

Proceeds for the evening go directly to the Issaquah High School Associated Student Body to fund the groups, programs, outreach and clubs in which so many students participate.

The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction in the high school’s commons, where food will be available for purchase. The fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Theater doors are set to open at 6:45 p.m.

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