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July 14, 2015

For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal

Contributed For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

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For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

It stands as the Holy Grail of mountaineering, towering over the rest of the Himalayas at more than 29,000 feet. For most, climbing Mount Everest — some far away peak in Nepal, featured in big-name magazines as a challenge to conquer the summit — is only a dream. Read more

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Local Mount Everest climber is safe after earthquake, avalanche

April 28, 2015

Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell and his team of climbers from Issaquah-based Mountain Gurus are safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal and the Mount Everest area on April 25.

Dennis Broadwell

Dennis Broadwell

A post on the group’s Facebook page later in the day confirmed that Broadwell, 43, and the rest of the team were OK. News reports on April 27 said the earthquake killed more than an estimated 4,000 people in and around the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, and the death toll was expected to rise as search efforts continued.

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Klahanie man safe after Nepal earthquake

April 27, 2015

NEW — 10:25 a.m. April 27, 2015

A Klahanie man leading a team of climbers on an expedition to Mount Everest is safe after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country of Nepal.

Dennis Broadwell, owner of Issaquah-based mountaineering companies Mountain Gurus and Northwest Alpine Guides, began a two-month Everest climb in late March.

“Our Expedition Leader Dennis Broadwell just reported that the team is safe,” a message posted to the Mountain Gurus Facebook page April 25 said. “We are sending thoughts and prayers to everyone in Nepal affected by the earthquake.”

The April 25 earthquake has already claimed 3,000 lives, with countless others missing and injured. More than a dozen were killed, and several injured, after the quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. Read more

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October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

September 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month.

Local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.

A highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17.

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