Take steps to keep seniors cool as temperatures climb

July 10, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 10, 2010

Seniors can be especially vulnerable to high temperatures, so public health officials urge King County residents to check up on elderly neighbors and relatives as the mercury climbs.

Older adults, young children and people with mental illness and chronic diseases face the highest risk of heat-related illness. Find tips to beat the heat from Public Health – Seattle & King County here.

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Health officials urge residents to keep cool as the mercury rises

July 7, 2010

UPDATED — 3:50 p.m. July 7, 2010

Forecasters predict temperatures in Issaquah to rise past 80 this week, as summer weather makes a belated debut.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, is cooperating with the city of Issaquah and opening its doors to everybody who wants to use the building as a cooling shelter.

People of all ages who want to take shelter from the summer heat are more than welcome to come, Executive Director Courtney Jaren said.

The city opened the senior center and Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71 as cooling centers during a heat wave last July, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said.

“If we start getting calls from concerned citizens, or from firefighters or police, then we start to open cooling centers,” she said.

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Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Off The Press

August 25, 2009

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Maybe the newspaper in front of you arrived at your doorstep, fashioned from ink and paper and delivered in a plastic bag. Perhaps you steered your browser to the Web counterpart, www.issaquahpress.com. Now, another option exists: The Issaquah Press has joined popular microblogging site Twitter. Follow us @issaquahpress.

Wait. What? Microblogging?

Let me explain how it works: Twitter users — tweeters — post updates, known as tweets, capped at 140 characters, or about the length of a text message. Each tweet is a condensed burst of information — a useful device, especially as news breaks and reporters gather information piece by piece.

Users follow other tweeters to build a network. As a user follows others, their tweets appear in his or her timeline. A conversation begins.

Like other news outlets worldwide, we utilize Twitter to speed information to our readers. Unlike other news providers, we strive to deliver hyperlocal content and news about regional issues that affect Issaquah residents. Since we first tweeted July 27, we’ve used the medium to chronicle a record heat wave, City Council decisions, ArtWalk and Concerts on the Green, the arrival of new businesses and the departures of others. Read more

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Record-breaking heat / July 29-30, 2009

July 31, 2009

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Heat can be dangerous, even fatal

July 31, 2009

NEW — 2 p.m. July 31. 2009

Heat contributed to the death of a Seattle man, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County officials. Authorities said the man was in his 60s and had heart disease; they said heat was a contributing factor in his death.

Public health officials used the incident to reiterate the danger of heat for children, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses.

“We know that heat puts additional stress on people with underlying chronic conditions, just like the flu and other infectious diseases,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “Tragically, excessive heat exposure can be fatal, and it’s possible that we may see additional deaths before the heat wave ends.”

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Ozone pollution, caused by persistent heat this week, may create health risks

July 29, 2009

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 28, 2009

Persistent high temperatures are raising ozone pollution in the greater-Seattle area and increasing health risks for sensitive populations, including children, teens, the elderly, people living with COPD, asthma or other lung disease, and people who work outdoors.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced today that air quality is expected to reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” or orange category, for some locations in King County. The American Lung Association in Washington is asking residents to take precautions and limit their exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution.

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