King County pet adoptions reach 2,500

January 8, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County connected 2,500 pets and owners in 2012, officials announced Dec. 31, just before the curtain dropped on the year.

Laura Grieve, a Renton resident, adopted the 2,500th pet — a cat named Gaston — just before the Pet Adoption Center closed New Year’s Eve.

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County executives make friendly football playoff bet

January 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins engaged in a friendly rivalry in the days before the teams meet on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker each put up a case of coffee on the outcome.

The java comes from from local producers — Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Diva Espresso and other locally roasted coffees from King County, and 8 O’Clock Bean Coffee from Cheverly, Md.

The county CEOs also agreed for the loser to wear the winning team’s jersey to community service events in January. The effort is meant to promote National Mentoring Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects.

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King County pet shelter adoptions reach 2,500 for 2012

January 2, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 2, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County connected 2,500 pets and owners in 2012, officials announced Monday, just before the curtain dropped on the year.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to find new, loving homes for so many pets this year,” agency Operations Manager Glynis Frederiksen said in a statement.

Laura Grieve, a Renton resident, adopted the 2,500th pet just before the Pet Adoption Center closed Monday evening.

The adoption closed a busy year for the animal control agency.

In April, King County Executive Dow Constantine selected Gene Mueller to lead the agency. Issaquah and 24 other cities also renewed contracts for animal care and control services. The contract went into effect Tuesday and runs through December 2015.

Residents could soon text 911 during emergencies

January 1, 2013

Residents could someday text information to 911 call centers in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County, after federal officials proposed rules for major wireless carriers to add the capability.

Stan Conrad

The call center at the Issaquah Police Department, like other call centers countywide, is equipped to receive text-to-911 messages, but wireless carriers lack the capability.

The county is poised to add text-to-911 capability as early as next year, on the heels of federal rules proposed Dec. 17 to require wireless carriers and text messaging applications to deliver 911 text messages.

In the proposed rules from the Federal Communications Commission, officials emphasized for people to make a voice call to 911 whenever possible.

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King County milestones shape 2012

January 1, 2013

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently reflected on the top accomplishments of 2012, including same-sex marriage legalization and improvements in county agencies.

The accomplishments include the merger of once-incompatible business systems, a decision to place future schools in urban areas, procurement reforms, revitalization of Seattle’s Pioneer Square and a regional animal services contract.

Voters approved a property tax levy for a juvenile criminal justice facility. The county also oversaw a shift in the permitting office from Renton to Snoqualmie, delivered honors for small business owners, enacted a deal to build a sports-and-entertainment arena in Seattle, and acquired a rail corridor for Eastside rails and trails.

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Leaders call for 8-cent gas tax hike to fund ailing roads

January 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

King County leaders asked state legislators for a gas tax increase and for the ability for counties to collect a vehicle tab fee for road maintenance.

In a letter to lawmakers last month, Eastside elected leaders joined King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn asked legislators to raise the gas tax by 8 cents to fund ailing roads.

The proposal offered from Constantine, McGinn and the Sound Cities Association calls for 65 percent of gas tax revenue to go to the state and 35 percent to go to local transportation projects.

(Issaquah a member city in the Sound Cities Association, a regional advocacy group once called the Suburban Cities Association.)

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King County to host Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

January 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

King County officials and employees plan to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in a public celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17.

The public is invited to join the celebration at The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Scheduled speakers at the event include King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chairman Larry Gossett.

The celebration is scheduled to include musical performances by The Sound of the Northwest and opera soloist Cheryse McLeod Lewis, and the MLK Employee Singers.

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King County executive reflects on accomplishments

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine reflected on the top 12 accomplishments of 2012, including same-sex marriage legalization and improvements in county agencies.

“Any list is going to be subjective, and not every story here was one that captured the public’s attention — but each held its own place in our agenda to create a sustainable government that works, and one that works for all the people,” he said in a statement. “My thanks to the work of all our departments and staff who helped make our successes possible.”

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Connecticut school shooting raises questions for Issaquah school administrators, parents

December 18, 2012

The massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school raised difficult questions for Issaquah School District administrators and parents in the days after a gunman killed 26 people — including 20 children — on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus.

Officials sought to reassure parents about campus safety and offer advice about how parents can talk to children about the tragedy.

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