September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2014

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children under age 15. Every year, 15,000 get cancer, with one out of every five losing the battle.

On Sept. 2, the King County Council recognized those King County families fighting the disease and the professionals helping them by declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in King County.

The American Cancer Fund for Children Inc. and Kids Cancer Connection Inc. were created 20 years ago with the focus of helping children with cancer and their families.

Locally, those agencies work with Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, providing a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Regional athletic facility moves toward construction

July 1, 2014

The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.

“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”

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King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members

June 19, 2014

NEW — 1:25 p.m. June 19, 2014

King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members

King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of four open positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission.

The commission advises the county executive and King County Council about matters related to the county’s civil rights programs and other civil rights issues. If selected and confirmed by the council, commissioners serve three-year terms.

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Klahanie annexation takes another step

June 3, 2014

A first, and necessary, step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.

The King County Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.

Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who is on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded it, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.

The vote is a nonbinding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan — and there is little indication it would oppose it — it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.

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Issaquah mayor reappointed to Sound Transit board

January 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler has been reappointed to the Sound Transit board of directors.

The board chairman, King County Executive Dow Constantine, reappointed Butler to a four-year term through Dec. 31, 2017. The reappointment is subject to confirmation by the King County Council.

Butler has served as a Sound Transit board member since 2003.

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Marijuana regulations set for unincorporated King County

December 18, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

Marijuana operation regulations in King County received approval Dec. 9.

During its regular meeting, the King County Council unanimously adopted legislation modifying county building codes and development regulations for the placement of recreational marijuana businesses licensed by the state Liquor Control Board. The regulations would only apply to unincorporated areas.

Outdoor and greenhouse growing would be available in agricultural and rural areas. Indoor growing would be available in business and industrial zones. As per state guidelines, operations cannot exist within 1,000 feet of childcare centers, schools, parks, libraries, recreation centers or in residential areas.

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Memorial for fallen deputies comes closer to fruition

October 1, 2013

A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse.

The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852.

Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

Newcastle police officer Richard Herzog

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Patriot Way becomes a reality

September 7, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013

The long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6.

The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen.

“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly.

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Democrats select candidates for 41st District

August 27, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Remembering the Forgotten War

August 27, 2013

Local Korean War veteran among 60th anniversary ceremony honorees

By Greg Farrar Ron Howatson, of Issaquah, a Navy Seabee during the Korean War, receives the Albert Larson VFW Post 3436 Veteran of the Year award from post commander David Waggoner during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

By Greg Farrar
Ron Howatson, of Issaquah, a Navy Seabee during the Korean War, receives the Albert Larson VFW Post 3436 Veteran of the Year award from post commander David Waggoner during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

In 1953, the leaders of the United States, China, South Korea and North Korea signed the armistice ending the Korean War. On July 27, 2013, the 60th anniversary of the momentous occasion, the King County Council recognized those who fought in the conflict in the Republic of Korea.

Among them was Ron Howatson, an 81-year-old veteran who served as a Navy “Seabee” at K-6 in Pyongtek, South Korea. “Seabee” comes from the initials CB, for construction battalion, made up from engineer and construction specialists serving in the Navy. According to Howatson, of Issaquah, it seemed like they had the best of everything.

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