April 10, 2012
Nearly 50 personal watercraft enthusiasts hit the 45-degree water of Lake Sammamish in a search of the lake for Easter eggs on April 8.
“I can’t feel my toes,” Danya Simpson, of Ocean Shores, said after returning to shore with three eggs in hand at the conclusion of the third annual On-Water Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser.
The event began at 10 a.m., with personal watercraft riders departing from the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch area.
November 29, 2011
The Issaquah Community Network recently awarded eight grants totaling $7,000 and, according to the network, those grants are aimed at supporting local school activities and efforts to promote healthy youth and strong families.
Awards were made at the regular meeting of the Issaquah Community Network board Nov. 7.
“We were pleased to receive grant applications from a mix of previous grantees and new applicants,” said Judy Brewer, board chairwoman.
October 25, 2011
King County children and teenagers face risks from underage drinking, substance abuse, cyberbullying and other challenges, human services experts told County Council members Oct. 10.
The council — meeting as the Committee of the Whole — listened to presentations about possible threats to young people.
“To hear what young people are going through in our communities in a real wake-up call,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement issued after the meeting. “These issues aren’t isolated to a specific area of King County. Even affluent areas have their own set of risk factors.”
Youth Eastside Services Executive Director Patti Skelton-McGougan discussed problems related to suicide, gangs and cyberbullying in Eastside communities.
September 13, 2011
Help for troubled teenagers and children is only a bus stop away.
King County, local service agencies and Safe Place — a national nonprofit organization formed to create community safety nets for young people in crisis — combined forces for the effort.
Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver places a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.
September 6, 2011
Turnout in the Aug. 16 primary election reached 32 percent, less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.
King County Elections released the information after officials certified the results Aug. 31.
Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 packets the elections office mailed in late July.
The electorate resoundingly approved a measure to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017 — 69 percent to 31 percent. Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.
The elections office tabulated 338,255 ballots and did not record any discrepancies.
Voters cast 192 ballots on Accessible Voting Units and returned 32,146 ballots to drop boxes stationed throughout the county, including at Issaquah City Hall.
Officials challenged signatures on 11,285 ballots and resolved challenges on 5,457 ballots.
No Issaquah City Council or school board races appeared on the August ballot.
The general election is Nov. 8, and the elections office plans to mail ballots to voters in October.
August 31, 2011
NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011
King County Elections certified the results of the Aug. 16 primary election Wednesday morning.
Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 elections officials mailed in late July. Turnout reached 32 percent — less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.
The electorate resoundingly approved — 69 percent to 31 percent — renewing the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017.
Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.
August 31, 2011
NEW — 2:15 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011
Help for troubled teenagers and children is only a bus stop away under a plan King County leaders announced Wednesday.
The county, local service agencies and Safe Place — a national nonprofit organization formed to create community safety nets for young people in crisis — joined for the effort.
Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver then makes a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.
Metro Transit and the service agencies— YouthCare, Friends of Youth and Auburn Youth Resources— mean King County is the largest Safe Place partner in the state. The purpose of the program is to put the necessary community resources in place to get help to young people quickly and decrease the potential for harm.
August 23, 2011
The levy is expected to generate about $100 million for programs to aid veterans and needy residents. The funding is split 50-50 between veterans programs and human services efforts.
“The citizens of King County have demonstrated their respect for our veterans and compassion for our neighbors most in need by voting to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy,” County Executive Dow Constantine, a levy supporter, said in a statement late Aug. 16.
“I thank the voters for approving the levy and showing, once again, that King County is an extraordinary community in which to live.”
The measure, Proposition 1, garnered more than 60 percent of the vote in the initial results King County Elections released last week. The elections office is due to certify the results Aug. 31.
The measure garnered broad support from human services organizations and advocates for veterans. The county Voters’ Guide, in fact, did not include any statements opposing Proposition 1. Even the County Council put the measure on the ballot in a unanimous decision.
August 21, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011
Donate school supplies for children in need at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah.
The composting facility, 17825 Cedar Grove Road S.E., is a collection site for back-to-school donations to the Maple Valley Food Bank. Donate through Wednesday to receive a 15 percent discount on bagged or bulk compost, and a 33 percent discount on kitchen collection kits.
Donate binders, notebooks, pencils and more to the food bank in order to receive the discount.
The food pantry encourages people to purchase and donate school supplies, make a monetary donation to support the purchase of wholesale backpacks and supplies, or include a monetary gift alongside supplies.
The food bank distributed 568 supply-filled backpacks at the start of the 2010-11 school year.
Cedar Grove Composting is near the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in unincorporated King County, about eight miles south of downtown Issaquah.
Friends of Youth in downtown Issaquah is also collecting back-to-school supplies for needy children before classes start in the Issaquah School District on Aug. 30.
August 16, 2011
NEW — 8:16 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011
King County voters offered strong support Tuesday for renewing the county Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017.
The measure, Proposition 1, garnered 66 percent of the vote in the initial round of results King County Elections released just after 8 p.m.
The figure is expected to shift in the coming days as the elections office receives and counts more ballots, but the measure appears certain to pass. The initial tally released Tuesday night encompassed 208,833 ballots.
The levy renewal is projected to generate $100 million through 2017. The funding is split 50-50 among programs for veterans and the neediest residents in King County.
The electorate approved the initial Veterans and Human Services Levy — 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value — to fund programs for veterans and social service efforts in 2005. The existing levy is due to expire Dec. 31.