Issaquah’s class of 1985 plans 30th reunion

July 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2015

The Issaquah High School class of 1985 has planned a 30th reunion from 6-10 p.m. July 25 at Redhook Brewery and Pub, at 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at IssyHigh1985.myevent.com.

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County wants to know residents’ attitudes about local rivers

June 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2015

King County, on behalf of the King County Flood Control District, has begun an opinion survey of residents this week to find out how aware and prepared they are for flood risks, what they think about floodplain management and how they enjoy local rivers.

Information collected during the survey will be used to help direct outreach efforts and improve flood and river safety. Survey questions will focus on residents’ personal preparedness for flooding, opinions about flood-risk reduction techniques and river recreation uses.

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Young boy struck by car dies

June 29, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015

A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.

The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.

According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.

“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.

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Suspects arrested after high-speed chase and firing on officer

June 29, 2015

UPDATED — 12:30 p.m. June 29, 2015

Four suspects are in police custody, after a driver led a Snoqualmie Police Department officer on a high-speed chase that started in North Bend and ended in Issaquah.

The car’s front passenger fired multiple bullets at the officer’s squad car during the chase. But both the officer, and his vehicle, emerged unscathed, according to a city of Snoqualmie news release.

The officer spotted the suspicious car at the North Bend Premium Outlets Mall at about 11:30 p.m. June 28.

As he followed the car to monitor for possible criminal activity, the driver sped off toward Interstate 90 and entered the westbound on-ramp at a high rate of speed, according to the news release. Read more

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Heat wave triggers blood shortage, donors are needed now

June 29, 2015

NEW – 6 .am. June 29, 2015

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors  after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the  heat wave and reduced collections caused by summer vacations.

Blood collections usually go down by about 15 percent to 20 percent during summer with schools and colleges on break and donors on vacation.

BloodworksNW is asking donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment at one of its 12 centers, or to find a mobile drive in their community close to where they live or work.

The nearest BloodworksNW center is at 1021 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Call 453-4011 for more information.

First-time donors are welcome. There is a special need for O-positive, O-negative and A-negative blood types.

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PSE urges customers to be energy-efficient in extreme heat

June 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2015

Puget Sound Energy is encouraging its more than 1.1 million electric customers to be even more energy conscious as temperatures jump into the 90s over the next few days.

Across our service area, PSE’s electric infrastructure is performing well, and generating facilities have the capacity to meet the needs of customers. While excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid, our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave, a news release from PSE said.

Over the years, there has been more power consumption during the summertime as customers add some form of air conditioning in their homes; it’s estimated about 11 percent of residential electric customers currently have air conditioning. Because of that growth, energy conservation is even more important right now. PSE plans for peak customer usage by constantly monitoring the health of the system and investing in infrastructure projects to keep the system redundant and reliable.

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Stay safe in hot temperatures this weekend

June 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2015

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Puget Sound region through 5 a.m. June 28.

The warning means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Public health officials recommend visiting air-conditioned areas, such as shopping malls or public libraries. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

To keep yourself and others safe:

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Car hits boy in crosswalk on Newport Way Northwest

June 26, 2015

UPDATED — 6:11 p.m. June 26, 2015

For residents of Northwest Oakcrest Drive, the inevitable happened.

A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive at about 11:30 a.m. today as the boy and his mother crossed westbound Newport Way. The boy was walking a few steps ahead of his mother, who was pushing his bike behind him. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The boy is currently in critical condition in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.

The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old Klahanie woman, stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol involved.

About 45 minutes after the accident, a woman later identified as the boy’s grandmother came upon the scene, shocked by what she saw. Immediately recognizing the boy’s bike, still in the crosswalk, and his shoes nearby, she began to wail in grief, not knowing the fate of her grandson.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Department officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson June 26 in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Department Officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

 

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Child on bicycle hit by a car on Newport Way Northwest

June 26, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 26, 2015

A 5-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive about an hour ago.

The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the child stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police, the city said on Twitter.

Newport Way Northwest is closed in both directions from state Route 900 to Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The city asks that people use alternate routes, if possible.

No further information about this morning’s accident was available.

Three years ago, two dogs were hit and killed in the same crosswalk.

By David Hayes Police are on the scene where a 5-year-old boy was struck by a car at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

By David Hayes
Police are on the scene where a 5-year-old boy was struck by a car at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Master Chorus Eastside celebrates America on June 28

June 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 26, 2015

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular All-American Independence Celebration returns at 3 p.m. June 28 to Pickering Barn to commemorate the Fourth of July.

American music of all styles stands side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence celebration.

The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, so this year’s “Celebrate America” theme focuses on Lincoln’s life and times, complete with songs and sing-alongs from the early and mid-1800s, readings from some of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, and the world premier of a musical setting of the Gettysburg Address by University of Washington professor emeritus Abraham Kaplan.

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