September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:19 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue began advertising Sept. 21 for a replacement for Fire Chief Lee Soptich who will step down at the end of January after roughly 10 years on the job.
The EFR board of directors hired a California consultant company, The Mercer Group Inc., to help with the search, said Ingrid Anderson-Boyle, EFR human resources manager.
According to a timetable provided by Anderson-Boyle, Mercer will advertise the position and accept résumés until Oct. 19. The company plans to come up with about six to eight semifinalists, said Clark Wuzberger, a project manager for The Mercer Group. Read more
September 25, 2015
Twenty-year veteran firefighter Michael Raymond VanDenBergh, 47, died Sept. 14, 2015, as a result of a “duty-related” cancer, which was diagnosed about five years ago.
VanDenBergh spent many of his service years in Issaquah.
September 16, 2015
The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 recently awarded scholarships in its 16th annual program for high school seniors based on their community service/volunteer activities.
July 31, 2015
NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015
Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.
Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.
A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.
And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.
July 28, 2015
NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be lowered.
Although people at the meeting suggested the limit be 25, Butler didn’t mention a specific speed limit for the change. He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.
The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.
The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.
July 14, 2015
Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official
There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more
July 2, 2015
Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.
Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.
June 23, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.
The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.
For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.
June 10, 2015
- A resident in the 400 block of Mount Defiance Circle Southwest reported at 1:48 p.m. May 29 that someone broke into the home and stole an unknown amount of jewelry.
- A resident in the 300 block of Gilman Boulevard reported at 11:07 a.m. May 31 that someone had broken in, causing $500 in damage to an air conditioning unit and stole $8 in cash.
June 6, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.
Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.
EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.