City, school district join local businesses honored for waste prevention

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:48 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

The city of Issaquah, the Issaquah School District and several local businesses were honored by King County’s Solid Waste Division on its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

Every year, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Solid Waste Division honor businesses and organizations for adopting practices that reduce waste and increase recycling. It was the ISD’s seventh year on the list and the third in a row on the Honor Roll. The city of Issaquah joins the ISD on the Honor Roll for the first time, having been named to the list five straight years.

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Aegis breaks ground on region’s only Chinese-focused retirement community in nearby Newcastle

July 30, 2015

NEW — 9:15 p.m. July 30, 2015

History is one of Newcastle’s greatest assets.

The Eastside suburb’s story dates back more than 150 years, when it was the second largest town in King County. During that time, coal was king, and Newcastle had plenty of it.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region's first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri, Aegis Living founder Dwayne Clark, former Gov. Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine break ground on Aegis Gardens, the region’s first senior living community built for Chinese-American retirees.

That history was at the forefront of attendees’ minds July 30, when nearly 300 people gathered in Newcastle to celebrate the groundbreaking of a unique Aegis Living retirement community. Read more

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Tent City 4 lands in Snoqualmie with plans to stay until November

July 23, 2015

Moving from Issaquah as promised July 11, the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 has landed in Snoqualmie near Echo Lake and Interstate 90.

“Everything is going well so far,” camp director/spokesman Sam Roberson said.

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Cougar/Squak Corridor Park celebrates grand opening on National Trails Day

July 16, 2015

Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn attended the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park last month on National Trails Day.

Courtesy of King County Council  Celebrating the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park are (from left) Paul Kundtz, Washington State director, Trust for Public Land; Kurt Fraese, board president, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust; King County Councilman Reagan Dunn (and daughter Pemberley Jennifer Dunn); David Kappler, president, Issaquah Alps Trails Club; Rhonda Berry, chief of operations, King County Executive’s Office; Rebecca Lavigne, trail program director, Washington Trails Association; and Katy Terry, assistant division director, King County Parks and Recreation Division.

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Celebrating the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park are (from left) Paul Kundtz, Washington State director, Trust for Public Land; Kurt Fraese, board president, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust; King County Councilman Reagan Dunn (and daughter Pemberley Jennifer Dunn); David Kappler, president, Issaquah Alps Trails Club; Rhonda Berry, chief of operations, King County Executive’s Office; Rebecca Lavigne, trail program director, Washington Trails Association; and Katy Terry, assistant division director, King County Parks and Recreation Division.

“In 2012, this land was under threat of being clear-cut,” said Reagan Dunn, whose council district includes the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park. “Thankfully, through the work of many, we are able to celebrate the opening of a new park that provides varied recreational opportunities and protects critical habitat.”

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Tent City 4 to pull up stakes and leave area July 11

July 2, 2015

Having been camped out on the edge of Issaquah since March 14, the homeless encampment Tent City 4 is leaving the area July 11, said Sam Roberson, camp director and spokesman.

Roberson said the encampment sent the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine a $500 rent check on what turned out to be county property in the High Point area, just off Interstate 90’s Exit 20. The rent expires next week and Roberson said the encampment would be gone as promised.

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Development raises fears of adding traffic, harm spawning salmon

May 27, 2015

One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.

Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times  Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

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Neighborhood groups receive grants for community events

April 28, 2015

Several communities around Issaquah were the recipients last month of numerous grassroots grants given by the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine to support community or neighborhood activity.

All in all, 36 grants were given out countywide. The communities are all in unincorporated areas of the county. Grants ranged up to $5,000 for a total of $60,000 and are part of King County’s Community Service Area Program.

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Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Metro to offer service between Issaquah Highlands, Snoqualmie

February 10, 2015

Beginning later this month, King County Metro will offer customized shuttle service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley.

The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County, according to a press release.

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King County executive to raise 12th Man flag on Blue Friday

January 8, 2015

NEW — 6:26 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015

To help kick off the Seattle Seahawks’ run to a second-straight Super Bowl — and to salute the best fans in the National Football League — King County Executive Dow Constantine will raise the 12th Man flag over the King County Administration Building at the appropriate time of 12:12 p.m.

The building is in the King County Administration Building Plaza, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle.

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