King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

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Who’s News

November 8, 2011

Pet photographer named best in Western Washington

Issaquah business Bailey & Banjo has been named Best Pet Photographer in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington annual contest.

Bailey & Banjo was established in 2007 by Julie Clegg, an Issaquah Highlands photography enthusiast who is also a contributing photographer for CityDog Magazine, volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society and a supporting member of HeARTs Speak (a nonprofit organization that connects artists with rescues and shelters).

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Issaquah dentist helps extract 1,218 teeth in Tennessee

January 4, 2011

Dentist Donna Quinby and dental hygienist Stephanie Keane, of Issaquah’s Eastside Pediatric Dental Group, give free medical care to a patient in Tennessee while working with the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps. Contributed

More than 450 people filled the parking lot at Signal Mountain High School in southeastern Tennessee, waiting for a chance to see a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who could fill their cavities or make them a new pair of glasses.

These were the working poor who were uninsured or underinsured, adults who needed medical care, but could not afford it after having to pay for rent, food and other expenses.

After seeing a “60 Minutes” segment about Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, Dentist Donna Quinby, of Eastside Pediatric Dental Group in Issaquah, decided she wanted to help.

“Having the opportunity to reach out and help people in need is one of the most rewarding experiences, and one of the reasons why I chose dentistry as my profession,” Quinby said.

She flew to Signal Mountain to deliver free dental care during an Oct. 23-24 clinic and helped pay the airfare of three co-workers who joined her: dental hygienist Stephanie Keane and dental assistant Christina Moon, from Eastside Pediatric Dental Group; and dental hygienist Seng Phanhthavilay, from Seattle Special Care Dentistry, where Quinby teaches dental residents. Phanhthavilay commended Quinby for pushing them.

The four healthcare workers volunteered to set up medical supplies on the Friday before the clinic and were among the first to arrive and the last to leave that weekend.

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Washington state gets a ‘B’ on national dental exam

March 16, 2010

Thinkstock The Pew Center on the States graded Washington state’s pediatric oral health with a ‘B.’

A national study has given the state of Washington a “B” grade for its pediatric oral dental care.

The Pew Center on the States recently released its report, “The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children.” It graded all 50 states in eight categories on whether and how well they are employing what the Pew Center deems as “cost-effective policy solutions to ensure dental health and access to care for children.”

The Pew Center graded each state on the following criteria:

-Share of high-risk schools with sealant programs

-Hygienists can place sealants without dentist’s prior exam

-Share of residents on fluoridated community water supplies

-Share of Medicaid-enrolled children getting dental care

-Share of dentists’ median retail fees reimbursed by Medicaid

-Pays medical providers for early preventive dental health care

-Authorizes new primary care dental providers

-Tracks data on children’s dental heath.

Washington met or exceeded six of the eight, qualifying it for a B grade, tying it with eight other states, including Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Main, New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas. Read more

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