Offer input on 2013 King County budget

September 25, 2012

Residents can comment on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed 2013 budget next month at a series of meetings countywide.

The meetings, hosted by the King County Council budget team, start Oct. 3 in Courtroom 3F at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent.

The next meeting, and the closest event to Issaquah, is Oct. 10 in the City Council Chambers at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

The last meeting is Oct. 17 in the 10th floor King County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Residents can watch coverage from the meetings the next day on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22. The budget team also plans to post updates to Facebook and Twitter.

Hearing offers customers a chance to respond to utilities’ January storm efforts

March 15, 2012

NEW — 11:15 a.m. March 15, 2012

Utility customers from Issaquah and other areas impacted during the January storms can offer input on energy and telephone companies’ responses at a public hearing in Olympia.

People affected by the snowstorm and subsequent ice storm can speak at the state Utilities and Transportation Commission’s public hearing Monday. The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., Puget Sound Energy representatives plan to discuss electricity-related problems encountered during the storms. Then, at 10:30 a.m., regional cable and telephone companies plan to discuss performance during the storms. The public comment portion starts at 11:15 a.m.

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Issaquah business joins delegation to global technology conference

February 21, 2012

Issaquah business Chetan Sharma Consulting is among 11 small businesses from Washington representing the Evergreen State at the Mobile World Congress — the premier event in the global mobile tech industry.

The event — scheduled to unfold in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1 — includes 60,000 mobile technology leaders from more than 100 countries.

Chetan Sharma Consulting is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm formed in 2001. The company’s clients include telecommunications giants, such as Comcast, Qualcomm and Sprint Nextel.

The state Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration assembled the Washington delegation.

Though trade shows such as Mobile World Congress provide companies valuable opportunities to reach additional customers, costs often put such shows out of reach for many small businesses.

More companies in Washington received the opportunity to participate opportunity via a Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Promotion, or STEP, grant. The state Department of Commerce uses the funds to provide export vouchers of up to $5,000 with a 25 percent match to qualifying companies.

Issaquah business joins delegation to global technology conference

February 16, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Issaquah business Chetan Sharma Consulting is among 11 small businesses from Washington representing the Evergreen State at the Mobile World Congress — the premier event in the global mobile tech industry.

The event — scheduled to unfold in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 1 — includes 60,000 mobile technology leaders from more than 100 countries.

Chetan Sharma Consulting is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm formed in 2001. The company’s client include telecommunications giants, such as Comcast, Qualcomm and Sprint Nextel.

The state Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration assembled the Washington delegation. Some Washington companies participating in the event received vouchers to help defray costs through a federal grant and state export promotion program.

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City Council approves Wave Broadband cable agreement

December 13, 2011

Wave Broadband is the cable provider for customers in many multifamily residences, City Council members decided Dec. 5.

The city needed to complete the routine action to transfer the cable franchise agreement from Broadstripe to Kirkland-based Wave Broadband.

The decision comes as Broadstripe dissolves. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2009. Wave Broadband started to purchase local Broadstripe assets in August.

Wave Broadband inherited the Broadstripe customers in multifamily complexes in the Issaquah Highlands and Providence Point, plus some single-family residences.

The major cable provider in the city, Comcast, long offered a broader lineup and more services than Broadstripe. Wave Broadband offers more services and a broader channel lineup than Broadstripe.

The council started the process to transition from Broadstripe to Wave Broadband last month.

Issaquah handles the franchise negotiation process through a citizen Cable TV Commission. Commissioners and Wave Broadband representatives then negotiated the 10-year agreement.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members discussed the proposal Nov. 8 and sent the agreement to complete council for approval.

Wave Broadband acquires Broadstripe, cable service changes for local customers

November 29, 2011

The cable provider Broadstripe is out and Wave Broadband is in for some Issaquah customers.

Broadstripe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2009. Kirkland-based Wave Broadband started the process to purchase local Broadstripe assets in August, and received a green light from the City Council to proceed Nov. 7.

Wave Broadband intends to invest $15 million in broadband systems in the Northwest to upgrade offerings and service for former Broadstripe customers.

The changeover could end a long disparity in cable service for Issaquah residents. The major cable provider in the city, Comcast, long offered a broader lineup and more services than rival Broadstripe.

“Hopefully, if Wave is true to form, customers will see an improvement in offerings and cable lineups,” city TV Coordinator Tim Smith said.

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County to host budget forum at Pacific Cascade Middle School

September 27, 2011

Citizens can offer input on King County’s 2012 budget next month at a local forum.

County Councilwoman Julia Patterson, leader of the council’s Budget Leadership Team, announced Pacific Cascade Middle School and other sites as locations for budget discussions. The budget team is seeking input on County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed 2012 budget.

Issaquah’s representative, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, and Councilwoman Jane Hague and Councilman Joe McDermott also serve on the budget team.

“These public hearings are an opportunity for the residents of King County to make their voices heard on the issues that matter most to them,” Patterson said in a statement.

The budget team is scheduled to collect input from citizens at a series of meetings:

  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 — Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 — Maleng Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 3F, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 — King County Courthouse, County Council Chambers, 10th Floor, 516 Third Ave., Seattle

The county plans to offer coverage of the meetings on King County TV, channel 22 on Broadstripe and Comcast.

Outdoor Channel honors Liberty High School graduate wounded in Iraq

July 20, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 20, 2011

Retired U.S. Army Spc. Rory Dunn, a 2000 Liberty High School graduate, survived devastating injuries caused by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Now, as a display of gratitude for Dunn’s sacrifice, the Outdoor Channel whisked the former soldier deep into the heart of Texas for a whitetail deer hunt. Crews filmed the expedition for “Grateful Nation” — a show about disabled veterans on a hunt alongside host Tim Abell, a former Army Airborne Ranger.

Dunn’s episode is scheduled to air at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 4:30 p.m. July 24 on the Outdoor Channel, channel 406 on Comcast.

In the episode, Dunn returns to South Texas and the Catarosa Ranch in the famed “Golden Triangle” of big game hunting.

Dunn also made a surprise appearance on “Grateful Nation” last year to reunite with a combat buddy.

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DIY Network crashes Issaquah homeowners’ master bathroom

July 12, 2011

$70,000 upgrade transforms space into spa-inspired destination

The master bathroom in Jeremy and Carrie Paget’s South Cove home resembled a time capsule from 1981, the year the house was built — colorless tile, a slim skylight and oak cabinets accented in brass.

Factor in a leaky shower and a dearth of space, too, and the need for a floor-to-ceiling overhaul became apparent.

“We didn’t really use this room other than just to get ready and use the sink to brush our teeth, things like that,” Jeremy Paget said.

Reclaimed teak is a prominent feature in the renovated bathroom at Jeremy and Carrie Paget’s home after a ‘Bath Crashers’ makeover. By Greg Farrar

Now, after some persistence and TV magic, the blah bathroom is a destination. DIY Network’s “Bath Crashers” transformed the space. The episode featuring the Pagets debuted July 4.

The remade space includes a spacious shower outfitted with a pebble-tile floor, a deluxe bathtub and larger skylight to drench the bathroom in natural light. The upgraded bathroom also includes more electrical outlets than the 1981 original.

The reclaimed teak flooring and surround-sound system lend the space a feel more commonly found in a spa than a suburban bathroom. The estimated cost for the renovation: $70,000 in donated materials and labor.

Crews used some attic space above the garage and space from a closet to expand the bathroom. The team enlisted the homeowners to help install tile and flooring.

“They came through,” Paget said. “They made some really cool changes.”

The homeowners listed ideas for “Bath Crashers” host Matt Muenster, a contractor, and a crew descended on the house in March.

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Leaders urge emergency preparedness after Japan disaster

March 15, 2011

The unfolding disaster in Japan — unleashed after a magnitude-9 earthquake struck the island nation — has emergency planners in Issaquah reminding residents to prepare for earthquakes and other calamities.

“This tragedy overseas reminds us that our region is also at high risk from natural disasters,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “The time to prepare is before emergency strikes.”

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan in the afternoon March 11 (late March 10 in Washington and on the West Coast). The death toll could exceed 10,000 people.

The local group spearheading personal emergency preparedness is the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, a nonprofit organization formed to prepare residents to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.

“The real basic message is: Be prepared,” council President Alan Bramwell said.

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