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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County has world’s highest survival rate for cardiac arrest

July 29, 2014

Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials.

The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

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Celebration is May 10 for Squak Mountain land

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.”

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Four Creeks receives Community Service Area grants from county

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.

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County Council seeks to raise awareness about safely surrendering newborns

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.

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