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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41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Marcie Maxwell

August 22, 2013

NEW — 2:22 p.m. Aug. 22, 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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Democrats host candidate forum for 41st district seat

August 13, 2013

The 41st District Democrats are hosting a moderated candidate forum for individuals seeking the appointment to State Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s vacated seat.

Five candidates seeking the appointment will participate in the candidate forum from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the King County Library Services Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

There will be a 30-minute public meet-and-greet opportunity before the candidate forum. The candidate forum will be attended by the 41st District Democrats Precinct Committee Officers, members of the 41st District Democrats organization and the general public. All are welcome to attend this public forum.

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Three candidates compete for 9th District council seat

July 30, 2013

Ballots for the August primary are due Aug. 6 and the only local King County Council seat up for election represents District 9.

Reagan Dunn seeks his third four-year term in the large district that spans Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton and surrounds Issaquah to the south. He is a former federal prosecutor and attorney in civil practice.

According to his statement in the county voters’ pamphlet, he has “worked to keep county government’s spending in check and your taxes low while working hard to protect our environment and public health services.” Additionally, he said he focused on prioritizing government spending so critical emergency services and road maintenance are properly funded.

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Park bond goes to voters

June 11, 2013

Area voters will weigh in on a proposal in August whether to raise property taxes to fund county parks.

By a 7-2 vote, the King County Council decided April 29 to send the measure to voters. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents Issaquah and Sammamish on the council, voted against the measure along with Councilman Reagan Dunn.

The proposed six-year levy would replace a pair of expiring levies that support parks countywide. The existing levies have a combined tax rate of 13.31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed levy would have a value of 18.77 cents per $1,000.

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County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

February 7, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2013

Local youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000. Past grant recipients include playgrounds and athletic fields, including the Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Other local grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

Overall, officials awarded $12 million through the program in the past 20 years.

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State of the County address outlines plans for infrastructure

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined initiatives to curb gun violence, provide easier access to services for military veterans and family members, and enroll 180,000 uninsured residents into affordable health care.

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Constantine presented the proposals to the public and the King County Council on Monday in a State of the County address delivered at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry.

In the address, Constantine said the county emerged strong from the challenges created related to the Great Recession, and said priorities for the year focused on the county’s future by strengthening human infrastructure — such as jobs, health care and veterans services — natural infrastructure — including efforts to address climate change, flood protection and environmental cleanup — and built infrastructure — such as maintaining roads and transit.

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King County Metro Transit works to ease bus crowding

January 29, 2013

King County Metro Transit is gathering public input on proposed schedule and route changes to routes along the Interstate 90 corridor, including routes serving Issaquah.

The shift is meant to ease crowding and improve travel times on peak commute routes.

The routes under consideration for changes include routes 210, 211, 214, 215 and 218 — routes serving Issaquah. The list also includes Sammamish-to-Seattle Route 216 and Eastgate-to-Seattle Route 212.

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King County Metro Transit aims to improve Issaquah bus service

January 22, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 22, 2013

King County Metro Transit is gathering public input on proposed schedule and route changes to routes along the Interstate 90 corridor, including Issaquah-bound routes.

The shift is meant to ease crowding and improve travel times on peak commute routes.

The routes under consideration for changes include routes 210, 211, 214, 215 and 218 — routes serving Issaquah. The list also includes Sammamish-to-Seattle Route 216 and Eastgate-to-Seattle Route 212.

Metro Transit identified the routes as among the busiest and most productive commuter routes in the transit network. Buses carry 5,000 to 7,000 Eastside commuters daily along the I-90 corridor to downtown Seattle and serve major transit hubs in the Issaquah Highlands, downtown Issaquah and Eastgate.

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Coalition promotes human trafficking awareness

January 16, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, observed nationally on Jan. 11, King County Council members issued a proclamation Monday to bring regional attention to modern-day slavery.

Representatives from the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Bridge Residential Recovery Program for prostituted youth, Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking Alliance and the advocacy group Washington Engage joined the council in recognizing the regional partnerships to combat human trafficking.

“In Washington, we can be proud that we were the first state in the union to criminalize human trafficking, and King County successfully prosecuted the state’s first human trafficking case,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative and the proclamation sponsor, said in a statement. “Local officials and rescue organizations are working together to send a strong message that forced servitude and prostitution of immigrants and teens will not be tolerated.”

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