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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King County will honor climbing legends Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu by renaming trails tomorrow

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.

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Voters pick county park bond, contenders for November election

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.

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