State encourages hiring preferences for veterans

May 24, 2011

Issaquah attorney, lawmaker team up for groundbreaking legislation

Ted Wicorek (from right), J.W. Johnson, Booker Stallworth, Mike Gregoire, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Jim Robinson, Marjorie James, Rep. Jay Rodne, Sen. Jeff Baxter, David Black Jr. and Tom Hinman at the Wednesday signing ceremony. Contributed

David Black, a respected employment attorney and Issaquah resident, remembers the challenges his father, a Vietnam War veteran, faced after returning to the civilian workforce.

“He had a really hard time getting employment when I was growing up,” he said. “I remember him having three or four part-time jobs trying to piece something together, trying to make things work.”

Black stood alongside Gov. Chris Gregoire, state legislators and advocates late last month as the governor signed a first-in-the-nation measure to encourage private employers in Washington to hire veterans.

The legislation Black crafted and helped to pass enables private employers to voluntarily give preference to hiring veterans, or veterans’ widows and widowers.

Because the measure encourages, rather than requires, private employers to give preference to hiring veterans, the legislation does not run afoul of state or federal antidiscrimination laws. State law also prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants due to military status.

“The way to encourage positive employment regulation that has a social origin or a social benefit as well is to make it permissive and to encourage it,” Black said.

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Garbage haulers tout ‘green’ credentials

May 10, 2011

James Connors (left) and Rey Bravo, yard waste and recycle truck drivers, respectively, for Allied Waste, each drive the new compressed natural gas-fueled trucks on their South Cove routes. By Greg Farrar

City seeks eco-conscious company for trash contract

The city is on the hunt for a company to collect garbage and recyclables from Issaquah curbs, and the hauler displaying the “greenest” credentials could receive a boost in the selection process.

Come fall, leaders plan to select a company to handle the smelly task in the years ahead. In the meantime, Allied Waste and Waste Management — the haulers operating in Issaquah — continue to emphasize eco-conscious programs.

Allied Waste rolled out compressed-natural-gas-powered trucks on routes through the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods in recent months.

In February, the hunter green Waste Management fleet received a clean-air certification after a rigorous audit.

“Sustainability is always on the agenda,” city Resource Conservation Manager David Fujimoto said. “It’s important to the city and to the waste-management contracts.”

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Garbage pickup canceled for some Issaquah customers

February 24, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup for Issaquah customers Thursday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

The hauler provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods. The company’s customer service center is also closed Thursday.

Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Thursday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

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Allied Waste cancels Preston garbage pickup due to conditions

February 23, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup in Preston and the surrounding area Wednesday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

Allied Waste service is on a normal schedule for customers in Issaquah and neighboring communities in unincorporated King County should. Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Wednesday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

Allied Waste collects a double load of garbage, recycling and yard debris at no additional charge on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Residents can put excess materials due to missed collection in a temporary container, such as a box or paper bag marked “garbage,” “recycling” or “yard debris.”

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Issaquah schools delay Wednesday start time

January 12, 2011

NEW — 7 a.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Issaquah School District schools open one hour later Wednesday due to the slushy mess on local roadways.

The schools operate on a regular Wednesday schedule otherwise.

City road crews toiled throughout the night to clear roads as snowfall transitioned to rainfall.

Expect rain and temperatures in the 40s Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Allied Waste and Waste Management said garbage collection might be late for some customers in Issaquah and nearby Wednesday due to road conditions.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

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Holiday closures, schedule changes start Friday

December 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

Issaquah and most King County government offices close Friday for New Year’s Eve.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday, New Year’s Day. Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule Saturday.

King County Solid Waste Division transfer stations close Saturday for the holiday.

Because New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, the holidays does not affect residential garbage collection in Issaquah. Waste Management and Allied Waste collect garbage in Issaquah and the surrounding area.

Issaquah recreation facilities, including Julius Boehm Pool, also close Friday and Saturday.

Christmas closures, schedule changes start Friday

December 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2010

Issaquah and most King County government offices, plus state agencies, close Friday for Christmas Eve.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday, Christmas. Metro Transit buses also operate on a reduced weekday schedule Dec. 27-31.

Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule for Christmas.

King County Solid Waste Division transfer stations close Saturday for the holiday.

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Issaquah garbage service operates on holiday schedule Friday

November 26, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Regular garbage pickup has resumed for Issaquah customers after several days of snow-related delays.

Allied Waste and Waste Management operate on a holiday schedule Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. The haulers plan to serve Issaquah residents with a Thursday collection day, and then pick up trash for Friday customers on Saturday.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

Allied Waste also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont outside of Issaquah city limits in unincorporated King County.

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Limited garbage pickup could return for Issaquah residents Wednesday

November 24, 2010

NEW — 8:10 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Garbage could be picked up for some Issaquah residents Wednesday, as hauler Waste Management returns to service.

But the company said pickup could be limited due to hazardous road conditions.

The other hauler serving Issaquah residents, Allied Waste, suspended residential operations Wednesday.

The company plans to continue commercial and roll-off operations as conditions allow.

The bitter cold has caused drivers to find containers frozen to the ground and waste frozen inside the containers. Allied Waste said haulers intend to empty the containers as best as they can.

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Issaquah garbage collection suspended as road crews toil

November 23, 2010

UPDATED — 9:10 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Garbage pickup has been suspended for Issaquah residents due to the harsh conditions.

Waste Management and Allied Waste suspended residential operations Tuesday.

When weather conditions prevent safe collection, haulers collect a double load on your next regular collection day — at no extra cost. The city has asked residents to remove garbage containers from the curb until your next scheduled service day.

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