Issaquah man injured in Pierce County crash

September 11, 2012

Pierce County firefighters rescued a 76-year-old Issaquah man Sept. 6, after his Chevrolet Suburban plunged into a ravine about eight miles north of Mount Rainier National Park.

Washington State Patrol troopers said motorist Charles Huffaker attempted to turn around near the Fairfax Bridge on state Route 165 at about 1 p.m. He then mistook the gas pedal for the brake and the Suburban slid off the road and about 20 feet down a steep embankment toward the Carbon River. He then attempted to climb back to the road, but lost his footing and fell about 100 feet down the ravine.

Off-duty law enforcement officers noticed the vehicle and stopped to investigate at about 4 p.m.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue crews later freed Huffaker, and medics airlifted him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Wall collapse injures Issaquah Highlands construction crew

August 28, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.

EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.

Wall falls on workers at Issaquah Highlands construction site

August 24, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 24, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals early Friday afternoon after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center. Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions.

The state Department of Labor & Industries intends to investigate the accident, per standard procedure.

Sammamish motorcycle crash closes road, injures man

July 24, 2012

Police said a 42-year-old Sammamish man sustained serious injuries in a July 14 motorcycle accident along Southeast Duthie Hill Road.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the man fell from the motorcycle in the 27700 block of Southeast Duthie Hill Road near Trossachs Boulevard Southeast at about 9:30 p.m.

Police closed the road for several hours as officers and emergency medical technicians tended to the man.

Sullivan said police do not believe the crash involved other vehicles, but said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Sullivan said the man was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center and was expected to make a full recovery as of July 18.

High credit rating saves county more than $16 million

July 24, 2012

Solid credit ratings helped King County lower borrowing costs to fund health and safety improvements.

The county sold $94.6 million in bonds July 16 to refinance outstanding general obligation bonds related to Harborview Medical Center. The facility is owned by King County and operated by the University of Washington.

The county issued the Harborview bonds initially in 2004 to fund seismic improvements to the hospital. The county’s AAA credit rating led to favorable bids for the bond refinancing.

The top bids for the bonds came from J.P. Morgan Securities at a 1.7 percent interest rate. The low interest rate means the county should save $16.4 million through the bonds’ maturity date in 2023.

Officials said the savings in debt service payments can then be passed on to taxpayers in the form of lower levy amounts for voter-approved bonds.

King County child injury deaths drop by 62 percent

July 17, 2012

King County public health officials attributed a drop in injury deaths of children and teenagers in recent years to better education, policies, research and law enforcement.

The rate of death from injuries for children and teenagers 19 and younger declined by 62 percent from 2000 to 2009, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced June 18.

Countywide, 22 children died from injuries in 2009, down from 55 in 2000. The improvements in King County surpassed a national trend of fewer child injury deaths. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said child deaths from injuries declined 29 percent from 2000 to 2009.

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Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry dies

July 10, 2012

Maureen McCarry, a former City Council president and longtime community leader, died early July 4 after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, 18 months after resigning from the council.

Maureen McCarry

McCarry, 62, served on the council amid a period of expansion in Issaquah, as council members addressed long-term issues related to transportation, economic development and the environment — a hallmark for McCarry.

In separate stints on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, she made the environment a priority.

The commitment earned McCarry the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community early last year. The top environmental honor in the city recognized McCarry for tireless efforts to forge agreements outlining construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus, preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and strengthen tree-protection rules.

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Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry dies

July 5, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. July 5, 2012

Maureen McCarry, a former councilwoman and longtime community leader, died early Wednesday after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, 18 months after resigning from the City Council.

Maureen McCarry

McCarry served on the council amid a period of expansion in Issaquah, as council members addressed long-term issues related to transportation, economic development and the environment — a hallmark for McCarry.

In separate stints on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, she made the environment a priority.

The commitment earned McCarry the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community early last year. The top environmental honor in the city recognized McCarry for tireless efforts to forge agreements outlining construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus, preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and strengthen tree-protection rules.

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Child injury deaths in King County drop by 62 percent

June 20, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. June 20, 2012

King County public health officials attributed a drop in child injury deaths to better education, policies, research and law enforcement.

The rate of death from injuries for children 19 and younger declined by 62 percent from 2000 to 2009, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Monday.

Countywide, 22 children died from injuries in 2009, down from 55 in 2000. The improvements in King County surpassed a national trend of fewer child injury deaths. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said child deaths from injuries declined 29 percent from 2000 to 2009.

“In King County, child injury rates have fallen twice as fast as national injury rates,” Dr. Beth Ebel, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington, said in a statement. “We led the nation in strong bicycle helmet legislation, passed the first booster seat law in the country and have innovative programs to prevent childhood drowning. These programs make a difference.” Read more

Wedding: Elmquist, Ruiz

April 17, 2012

Freddy Ruiz and Katie Elmquist

Katie Elmquist and Freddy Ruiz, both of Issaquah, were married April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich officiated.

A reception followed, also in Pickering Barn.

The couple honeymooned at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Joan Elmquist, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Liz Elmquist, Brenna McGinnis, Janelle Gallagher, Amy Doerschel and Joslynn Ruiz.

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