Expect regular trash pickup on Independence Day

July 3, 2012

Issaquah customers should expect regular garbage service on Independence Day.

The holiday falls just after most city customers switch from Waste Management to CleanScapes on July 2.

Customers can continue to use existing carts. CleanScapes plans to add stickers in July to describe what can be composted and recycled.

Though the collection day is changing for some customers, the billing cycle is not changing for anyone. Customers poised for a collection day change should have received a postcard with information about the switch.

Customers with questions can call CleanScapes at 837-1234 or go to www.cleanscapes.com to learn more.

The changeover from Waste Management to CleanScapes affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

CleanScapes is also renovating a space in Gilman Village for a customer service center.

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to find lost pets

July 3, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.

Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets.

Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.

“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” agency Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”

Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, by contacting Sarah Luthens at sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-3946.

Press Editorial

July 3, 2012

Fun facts for the Fourth

The Fourth of July can be much more than just a day of celebrating your patriotism, flipping burgers and watching fireworks. It can also be a day of impressing your friends and family with Independence Day trivia knowledge.

Read more

Prepare for Independence Day road closures in downtown Issaquah

July 2, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2012

Motorists should prepare for downtown road closures as Issaquah celebrates Independence Day.

In order to accommodate the Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Day celebration and the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade, plan for closures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along:

  • Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way
  • Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood to Northwest Juniper Street
  • East Sunset Way from Front Street to Second Avenue Southeast
  • Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Rainier Avenue and Northwest Dogwood Street. Then, the festivities move to Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Red Cross offers Independence Day safety tips

July 1, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2012

Independence Day means many people plan to discharge fireworks and fire up grills for backyard barbecues — but both activities can cause burns and fires.

Experts at the local American Red Cross chapter remind revelers to practice some simple safety tips to keep the holiday safe and fun.

Read more

Officials aim to avoid repeat of fireworks-related blazes

June 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2012

State fire officials reminded Independence Day revelers to practice fire safety in a bid to avoid a repeat of fireworks-related fires from 2011.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy said fireworks caused 264 fires last year, including 199 wildland and vegetation fires — or 75 percent of fireworks-related blazes. The fires resulted in $118,350 in losses.

Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and susceptible to fire. If revelers use fireworks in hot, windy conditions, a small fire can rapidly grow if grass or another fuel is present.

If a firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or bucket of water and soak the area. Make sure no hot spot remains to rekindle later.

Read more

Independence Day brings changes to transit schedules

June 29, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. June 29, 2012

Issaquah bus riders should prepare for Sunday schedules on July 4 as King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit observe Independence Day.

The holiday schedule means many Metro Transit commuter bus routes do not operate. Bus riders should be sure to check the schedule for individual routes in advance of the holiday. Sunday fares go in effect on all Metro Transit routes July 4.

Due to many holiday events starting over the weekend and continuing through July 4, riders should check for bus reroutes in the Metro Online Alerts Center under the Construction & Events heading. Or, sign up for Transit Alerts to receive news about specific routes.

In addition, all Metro offices, including the Customer Information phone lines, close for holiday. When the Customer Information Office is closed, most transit information is available on Metro Online, or in the online Trip Planner.

Department of Natural Resources urges Independence Day fire safety

June 28, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2012

Though rain dominated the early fire season, state Department of Natural Resources officials said a fire risk is still present, and Independence Day revelers should practice fire safety on state lands.

Discharing fireworks is illegal on Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah and all Department of Natural Resources-protected lands. In addition, a burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other Department of Natural Resources lands goes into effect July 1. The summertime ban runs through Sept. 30.

“The major wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico remind us how destructive they can be to our homes and lives,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “We urge everyone to exercise caution with any fire-related activities this holiday weekend.”

Read more

King County animal control agency needs volunteers to find runaway pets

June 28, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.

Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets. The program aims to reunite separated owners and pets.

“We’re excited to once again join with Missing Pet Partnership to offer this valuable training,” Sarah Luthens, Regional Animal Services of King County volunteer program manager, said in a statement. “And while Mission Reunite will help bring lost pets back together their owners, it’s also important for people to license and microchip their cat or dog. A pet that is licensed and microchipped has a much better chance of being reunited with its owner.”

Read more

Celebrate Independence Day in Issaquah with parade

June 26, 2012

Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »