Hot spell is no sweat for residents

July 13, 2010

Temperatures in Issaquah rose into the 90s last week, as summer weather made a belated debut.

The area posted records July 7-9 with three days that sent the mercury soaring past 90 degrees at Sea-Tac International Airport, where official measurements are taken, National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike McFarland said.

The 90-degree heat July 7 and 95-degree heat July 8 broke records set at 88 degrees in 1953, while the 93-degree record July 9 broke the record of 91 degrees set in 1985, he said.

During the hot spell, police officers, city officials and firefighters said they kept busy with routine calls, but there were few instances of people in distress due to it.

“There were a few calls from folks who were worried about dogs left in vehicles, but the dogs were all OK,” city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan wrote in an e-mail.

There weren’t any cases involving heat-related injury or illness, Eastside Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Josie Williams said.

The local American Red Cross chapter and Public Health – Seattle & King County reminded Issaquah and King County residents — including children, the elderly and people with chronic health issues — to take precautions to address the heat and stay safe.

To help, The Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, opened its doors to everybody who wanted to use the building as a cooling shelter.

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City, EFR come in third in Relay for Life donations

July 13, 2010

City of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue employees came in third in overall fundraising for the 2010 Relay for Life event. They raised more than $9,000 for the American Cancer Society and were presented with the Diamond Award for their efforts.

“Participating in Relay has become a city tradition for us,” city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said. “Our employees faithfully support the cause through donations, volunteer hours and participation in our annual citywide fundraising event.”

The teams who raised the most money in the Issaquah Relay for Life were Team Aloha with $55,750, and Hank’s High Flyers with $9,583, according to the event website.

“It’s a wonderful way to support those affected by cancer, many of whom are our family members, co-workers and dear friends,” Monahan said.

Find more statistics about this year’s Relay for Life event here.

Health officials urge residents to keep cool as the mercury rises

July 7, 2010

UPDATED — 3:50 p.m. July 7, 2010

Forecasters predict temperatures in Issaquah to rise past 80 this week, as summer weather makes a belated debut.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, is cooperating with the city of Issaquah and opening its doors to everybody who wants to use the building as a cooling shelter.

People of all ages who want to take shelter from the summer heat are more than welcome to come, Executive Director Courtney Jaren said.

The city opened the senior center and Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71 as cooling centers during a heat wave last July, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said.

“If we start getting calls from concerned citizens, or from firefighters or police, then we start to open cooling centers,” she said.

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Union trash haulers offer to end strike

April 22, 2010

NEW — 4:05 p.m. April 22, 2010

Waste Management trash haulers represented by the Teamsters Union offered to return to work at midnight Friday.

The union said haulers plan to return to work without conditions “to prevent a public health crisis” and reduce service disruptions.

Waste Management trash haulers represented by Teamsters Local 174 went on strike Wednesday morning. The company picks up garbage in most of Issaquah, except for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods. Altogether, Waste Management serves more than 1 million customers across King and Snohomish counties.

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Officials urge Waste Management, union to resolve garbage strike

April 21, 2010

UPDATED — 5:10 p.m. April 21, 2010

King County leaders urged a quick settlement to the strike against Waste Management by garbage haulers represented by Teamsters Local 174.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent a joint letter to Waste Management and the union Wednesday.

Waste Management trash haulers represented by the Local 174 went on strike Wednesday morning. The company picks up garbage in most of Issaquah, except for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods. Altogether, Waste Management serves more than 1 million customers across King and Snohomish counties.

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Trash pickup continues despite strike threat

April 6, 2010

Garbage pickup continued as usual last week, although trash haulers and Waste Management failed to reach a deal for a labor pact.

The haulers’ contract expired at midnight March 31, and trash workers had authorized a strike. Although Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 continue to work toward a final agreement, union officials said drivers should continue to report to work. Waste Management officials said the company plans to hire nonunion workers to continue trash service uninterrupted in the event of a strike.

Waste Management negotiators delivered what the company described as the “best, last, final offer” to Local 174 late last week.

If Local 174 strikes, members of Teamsters Local 117 will not cross the picket line. Local 174 members handle garbage; members of Local 117 pick up recyclables and yard waste.

Issaquah officials continue to monitor the situation. The city devoted a section of the municipal Web site to the labor talks, and city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan encouraged residents to check the site as negotiations unfold. Read more

With garbage strike delayed, Waste Management asks residents to put out trash as usual

April 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 1, 2010

Garbage should be picked up as usual Thursday, after trash haulers and Waste Management agreed to continue labor negotiations.

The haulers’ contract expired at midnight Wednesday. Although Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 continue to negotiate a final agreement, union officials said drivers should report to work Thursday. The parties agreed to continue negotiating early Thursday morning.

“We are happy that talks are continuing and look forward to participating in a full day of bargaining focused on a deal,” Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said in a statement posted on the company Web site.

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With garbage strike possible Thursday, city officials monitor situation

March 29, 2010

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 29, 2010

City officials continue to monitor ongoing labor negotiations between the garbage haulers who pick up trash in Issaquah and contractors Waste Management and Allied Waste.

The city devoted a section of the municipal Web site to the ongoing labor negotiations, and city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan encouraged residents to check the site as negotiations unfold.

King and Snohomish counties haulers voted Sunday to call a strike if a contract dispute could not be settled by Thursday. The strike could begin as soon as midnight Wednesday, when the haulers’ contract expires.

If the haulers strike, the companies plan to recruit managers and nonunion personnel to continue service.

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2010 Census: Time to stand up and be counted

February 23, 2010

Once every 10 years, it comes out of hiding, and it feeds. It feeds on your personal information, and it’s hungry for its decennial supper. No, it’s not a horrible monster; it’s the 2010 census.

Here’s the good news: The Census Bureau has taken steps to ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible for residents.

The census is a short questionnaire mailed to every household across the country every 10 years. Only one census must be filled out per household, and the census will ask about the number of people living in a given household. Specifically, it will ask the ages, genders and races of the people living in the household, and their relations to the homeowner. It will also ask for a phone number.

All residents need to do is fill out the census and return it in the postage-paid envelope the Census Bureau provides. It’s as simple as that.

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Questions linger as animal control switch looms

January 5, 2010

Despite a Jan. 31 deadline to close county-run animal shelters, questions remain about how King County Animal Care and Control will provide service to Issaquah and 33 other cities after the deadline passes. Read more

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