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.

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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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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Final election results reveal low turnout

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.

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New text message service aids health insurance enrollment

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.

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Renamed Whittaker trail honors American climbing legend

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.

By Peter Clark Jim Whittaker (right) kisses a picture of his deceased Sherpa partner Nawang Gombu as King County Executive Dow Constantine shares the moment. The two unveiled the new names of trails on Cougar Mountain after Whittaker and Gombu, who climbed Mount Everest 50 years ago.

By Peter Clark
Jim Whittaker (right) kisses a picture of his deceased Sherpa partner Nawang Gombu as King County Executive Dow Constantine shares the moment. The two unveiled the new names of trails on Cougar Mountain after Whittaker and Gombu, who climbed Mount Everest 50 years ago.

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