First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 12, 2014

Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.

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State unveils new online map of public lands

August 12, 2014

The state Recreation and Conservation Office recently unveiled a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies.

The statewide map allows people to click on a location and learn which agency owns the land, the number of acres, the main use of the land and the cost of acquisition if acquired within the past 10 years.

Information is provided about land owned by cities, counties, the federal government and three state agencies — the state Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Task force will raise awareness of how to give up newborns

August 12, 2014

A new county task force has been formed to develop a campaign to ensure people know they can safely relinquish newborn babies.

Representatives from public health, criminal justice agencies and human service programs will work on educating people so they know there is a safe way to give up babies.

State law allows parents to hand over a newborn within 72 hours of birth to qualified personnel at a hospital, fire station or federally designated rural health clinic, without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

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Outdoor burning banned through Sept. 30

August 12, 2014

As hot and dry weather threatens to bring fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Aug. 11 that it is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands.

Those who negligently allow fire to spread or who knowingly place forestlands in danger of destruction or damage are subject to possible civil liabilities and criminal penalties under state law.

The statewide burn ban will run through Sept. 30. It applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.

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Trunk ‘N’ Treasure sale is Saturday

August 12, 2014

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department will hold its third annual Trunk ‘N’ Treasure from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 in the community center parking lot, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Last year, hundreds of vendors came with trunks of toys, collectibles, crafts, furniture, housewares and more. Vendor applications along with the required event fee were due Aug. 8.

Shopping begins promptly at 9 a.m. rain or shine, and customers are welcome to browse the trunks filled with trinkets free of charge.

Learn more by contacting Cathy Jones at or 837-3300.

Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement Monday by Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by the department, through Sept. 30.

That agency has fire protection responsibility for all but a few state parks. Prohibiting open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate with the department’s effort to prevent wildfires.

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Think green with Eastside gardening program

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Dust off the gardening gloves and keep those dinner scraps as you learn how to transform food and yard waste into compost and get tips to safely eliminate garden pests in the Master Recycler Composter-Eastside program.

Applications, available here, are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Email your completed application to Maren Neldam at with the subject line MRC Eastside Application.

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King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

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Grange Supply celebrates 80th anniversary

August 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2014

Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd., will celebrate its 80th anniversary Sept. 6 with food, prizes and a visit from Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes free hot dogs and popcorn.

Those in attendance can spin a wheel to win prizes.

Morris will speak and answer questions about gardening at 1 p.m.

Eastside Baby Corner sends more than 13,000 items to wildfire victims

August 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 9, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner’s one-day emergency drive July 25 netted 11,000 wipes and nearly 3,000 diapers for children impacted by the fires in Eastern Washington.

The nonprofit organization received a call from relief organizers in Wenatchee asking for assistance with diapers, wipes and pull-ups.

However, EBC did not have enough pull-ups or wipes to contribute, and decided to ask for help collecting the items. Relief organizers, needing the supplies immediately, came to pick up the donations Saturday morning, leaving donors just one day to get their contributions to EBC.

The 13,000 diapers, wipes and pull-ups (the combination of donated and EBC-supplied diapers) should be enough to keep 100 children in diapers for a month.

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