Local 4-H programs could receive $100,000 to continue

June 27, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine asked for $100,000 on Wednesday to continue county support for 4-H youth programs.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the King County Council for approval. The measure is meant to continue 4-H programs through 2012. The proposal calls for dollars to continue horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other 4-H programs.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to Washington State University, the county’s partner in 4-H programs.

“More than 10,000 young people in King County gain valuable life experiences through 4-H, and this funding will keep the program going in collaboration with our partners at WSU Extension,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Who’s News

September 21, 2010

EFR honors longtime county medical services director

Tom Hearne

The board of directors for Eastside Fire & Rescue recognized Tom Hearne, retired King County Emergency Medical Services director, for his accomplishments and contributions during the regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 9.

Hearne has served in the Emergency Medical Services Division of King County since 1978, and in the role of director from 1996-2009.

“No one has done more to advance pre-hospital care over the last 10 years in King County,” said EFR Chief Lee Soptich. Read more

Off The Press

August 3, 2010

King County Fair: More than just a family outing

Chantelle Lusebrink Press reporter

Since 1863, King County families have traveled from near and far — by horse and vehicle — to reach the county’s annual fair.

Today, the King County Fair combines the best traditions of the past, but reinvents itself each year, so there is more for families to marvel at while spending quality time together.

This year is no exception, with local artists, rides and a world of invention and farming at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Hear music by Emily Pratt, Phil Hansen, Boys of Greenwood Glen and the Allegro Women’s Ensemble while hunting for custom hand-thrown pottery and intricate quilts. Read more

American Association of University Women honors local female students

May 18, 2010

The American Association of University Women, Issaquah Branch, on April 22 honored nine outstanding high school women scholars who excel in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Issaquah High School

Kathleen Moore — mathematics

Kathleen Moore

Among the seven science and math courses Moore will complete this year are Advanced Placement physics, chemistry, biology and calculus. Moore has also been recognized for excellence in American literature. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Robotics Club. Outside of school, Moore has counseled at the Girl Scout day camp for six years and works at the local food bank. After high school, Moore plans to attend a four-year university and work toward a degree in math, science or engineering.

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Kathy Lambert will oversee animal control, elections in new committee post

February 9, 2010

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has new authority to set the agenda for how the county operates. The councilwoman — whose district includes Issaquah — will serve as chairwoman of the Council Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. Read more

Local 4-H program survives county cuts

December 22, 2009

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

King County officials nixed a plan last week to put the local 4-H program out to pasture.

A last-minute, $109,000 infusion from the King County Council will keep the program afloat for another year. The youth organization with agricultural roots now includes offerings in things such as plant science, horse riding and robotics.

Local 4-H’ers will also have somewhere to showcase their handiwork: The council allocated $50,000 to continue the King County Fair — the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River.

Councilman Reagan Dunn, who represents unincorporated King County south of Issaquah, said the outcry from 4-H participants and parents prompted the council to adjust the budget.

“I’m glad that we were able to scrape together enough funding for another year, because 4-H is so important to the youth of my district,” Dunn said in a statement released after the Dec. 14 council decision. “I have heard from hundreds of parents and students who participate or have participated in the program. I have seen them in action at the King County Fair. It was very sad to think that the program might end.”

Officials decided to cut money for 4-H as they worked to fill a $56 million county budget gap. After officials announced the cut, however, 4-H supporters rallied to preserve money for the program. Read more