April 8, 2014
A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.
The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.
“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”
April 1, 2014
The Four Creeks area was one of 27 localities to receive a Community Engagement Grant through the King County Community Service Area program March 13.
The grants for community enhancement range up to $5,000 each, with a required community match of at least one-fourth of the total project. Altogether, $63,000 will fund 27 projects throughout unincorporated King County.
Four Creeks neighborhood is located just south of Issaquah.
April 1, 2014
The tragedy of child abandonment was highlighted last month when the body of a newborn girl was found in a blanket near North Bend.
King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Kathy Lambert want King County to become a leader in preventing abandonment by increasing awareness of the options available to safely surrender newborns.
On Feb. 12, a walker discovered the body of a girl in a wooded area in North Bend. Authorities named the newborn Kimball Doe because the body was found near Kimball Creek Bridge.
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.
December 3, 2013
King County certified the general election results Nov. 26.
No changes were made to the initial local results.
Mayor-elect Fred Butler slightly widened his lead against Joe Forkner, ultimately gaining 74 percent of the vote. The four City Council races were all unopposed, handing Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and newcomer Mary Lou Pauly four-year terms.
December 3, 2013
County residents can text “King” plus a ZIP code to “468311” and Public Health – Seattle & King County’s new text messaging program will send information about upcoming health insurance enrollment events customized to that ZIP code.
“Now, it just takes a quick text to find the most convenient place to sign up for affordable healthcare,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said.
October 1, 2013
It may not be Mount Everest, but it’s still an honor.
King County Executive Dow Constantine stood with the first American to climb Earth’s tallest mountain to unveil new names for the Wilderness Peak Trail that winds its way up the southeastern side of Cougar Mountain Sept. 26.
Jim Whittaker, a Seattle native, whipped the burlap off the wooden signs that led the way to the new Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail and the Nawang Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail, named after Whittaker’s Sherpa, who braved all 29,000 feet with him. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the historic ascent. A year later, Gombu climbed to the summit again, becoming the first person to make the trip twice.
On a simple wooden bridge, extending over a calm stream, Tibetan prayer flags flapped as Constantine praised Whittaker and Gombu’s bravery.
September 25, 2013
NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 25, 2013
Join King County Executive Dow Constantine and mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker as King County honors Whittaker and climbing partner Sherpa Nawang Gombu for their historic ascent of Mount Everest 50 years ago.
Meet at noon Sept. 26 at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Wilderness Peak Trailhead, 10245 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Whittaker-Gombu ascent of Mount Everest, when Whittaker, a Seattle native, became the first American to summit Earth’s highest mountain. It was also Gombu’s first ascent of Everest; a few years later, he became the first person to conquer Mount Everest for a second time.
August 13, 2013
King County voters approved the county park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election in November.
Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.
For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014, which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.
Since the current park bonds will expire at the end of this year, the King County Council sent a new six-year measure to the voters with a vote of 7-2. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, representing Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie in District 3, and Councilman Reagan Dunn, representing Newcastle, Renton and parts of Issaquah in District 9, voted against it.
May 28, 2013
Small businesses have to work hard to keep ahead of the big box stores, and King County wants to recognize that.
Small businesses create two-thirds of the new jobs in the county, according to a press release from King County. For the third year in a row, King County Executive Dow Constantine is celebrating small businesses by asking for nominations for the Small Business Awards.
Businesses are eligible for nomination if they operate within King County, have 50 or fewer employees, and have been in business for at least three years. Cities, chambers of commerce, certain business organizations, and small business owners may nominate local firms that meet the criteria. Go to www.kingcounty.gov/smallbusinessawards to fill out the nomination form for your favorite small business. Nominations close July 15.
An average of 125 firms are nominated each year. Three finalist firms are selected in each of seven categories, and winners are announced at a ceremony attended by nearly 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.