National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

March 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year. The majority of nonfatal poisonings occur in children under age 6, with most poisonings happening in the home.

Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental death in Washington, surpassing car crashes and falls. Children, teens, adults, seniors and pets are all at risk.

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Wear green and get St. Catty’s Day adoption discounts at Seattle Humane

March 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2014

The Seattle Humane Society, in Bellevue, hosts a St. Catty’s Day three-day event, March 14-17.

Wear the color green and adopt a cat for just $17. The offer applies to cats 1 and older.

View available pets online or visit them in person, at 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, near the junction of Interstate 90 and I-405.

Seattle Humane is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

24 Hour Fitness hosts Harlem Globetrotters clinic, register by March 17 for discount

March 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 13, 2014

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their basketball skills and popular Summer Clinics to the region, in partnership with 24 Hour Fitness.

As part of their 471 Summer Clinic Tour in 19 markets across the U.S., the Globetrotters are coming to the local 24 Hour Fitness, 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, June 25-28.

Each day consists of three separate two-hour sessions — 9-11 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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King County Green Building Legacy Award goes to former Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger

March 12, 2014

NEW — 6:45 p.m. March 12, 2014

Former Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger will be presented with the King County Green Building Legacy Award for her efforts to make the city a hub for green building.

The award will be presented at the Sustainable Cities Roundtable fifth-anniversary event March 13 at the Bullitt Center in Seattle, according to a news release from the city.

Frisinger, who retired in January after 16 years as mayor, received the honor in the 2014 Outstanding Leadership in Green Building Awards, part of the King County GreenTools program.

The program “helps builders, residents, businesses and governments create and sustain green buildings, and sustainability policies and programs.” Learn more about the program and King County Green Building here.

Let’s Go! March 13-19

March 12, 2014

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New art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

March 11, 2014

By Kate Smigiel  Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past.

The project, entitled “Black Forest (29,930,000 tons),” is spread across the forest floor in the form of nearly 50,000 pounds of biochar, environmentally friendly charcoal that appears similar to the coal that was once mined from the mountain.

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Residents doubt flood-handling promises for Gilman

March 11, 2014

City and developer assurances couldn’t hold back a flood of doubt March 4.

The Rivers and Streams Board held a public hearing about plans for redevelopment on Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Almost 40 people attended to hear how developer Lennar Multifamily Investors’ residential building plans might affect the existing floodplain.

“We’re primarily here to hear the public’s comments,” City Environmental Planner Peter Rosen said at the meeting. “There’s a lot of information and a lot of issues in terms of the building design, and that’s going to be dealt with by the development commission. Here, we’re trying to focus on the natural resource issues and flooding.”

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Students post racist messages regarding Garfield players

March 11, 2014

TACOMA — Issaquah and Garfield high school administrators worked together to ensure a safe environment when the schools faced each other in the Class 4A boys semifinal basketball game March 7.

The extra effort came after racially charged messages appeared on social media following the schools’ matchup Feb. 21.

Garfield’s school resource officer reached out to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to inform it of the situation. The WIAA decided additional security for the game was not necessary. Issaquah planned to have more school administrators on site than usual to provide extra security.

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Issaquah resident to run against Jay Rodne

March 11, 2014

Issaquah resident Essie Hicks plans to take on incumbent 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne in this year’s Nov. 4 election.

Hicks, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Feb. 18. Rodne, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004.

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Essie Hicks

“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the 5th District,” Hicks said. “In Olympia, I will work every day to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique.”

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Issaquah’s Combat Flip Flops is a post-conflict success story

March 11, 2014

What do Army Rangers, a dedication to helping global post-conflict areas and flip-flops have in common? Together, they create innovation in Issaquah.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honored Combat Flip Flops last month as one of three Innovation in Issaquah award winners. The award marked another milestone in the interesting business’ trajectory, which began in the mountains of Afghanistan.

By Greg Farrar Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin, CEO of Combat Flip Flops, poses in his Issaquah workroom with a sarong hand-embroidered by a woman-owned business in Afghanistan, along with the very first finished pair of sandals he produced in February 2013.

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Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin, CEO of Combat Flip Flops, poses in his Issaquah workroom with a sarong hand-embroidered by a woman-owned business in Afghanistan, along with the very first finished pair of sandals he produced in February 2013.

“We fought in a different war,” company co-founder Matthew Griffin, casually known as “Griff,” said in his Issaquah garage, which served as the manufacturing facility for the first 4,000 pairs of flip-flops. “We had to run guys down in the most adverse conditions. But it was a really giving culture and we never forgot it.”

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