King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

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First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 5, 2014

NEW — 9:09 p.m., Aug. 5, 2014

Incumbents lead the pack as King County announced the first tally of primary ballots Aug. 5.

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 29,727 votes or 59.45 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 15,710 or 31.42 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 4,469 or 8.94 percent.

In the 5th Legislative District representative race, Republican incumbent Chad Magendanz so far has collected the most votes in the race with 10,248 or 56.74 percent. Evergreen challenger Democrat David Spring landed in second place with 5,812 or 32.18 percent, while Democrat Colin J. Alexander and Ryan Dean Burkett fell behind with 1,222 votes (6.77 percent) and 758 votes (4.20 percent), respectively.

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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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Nominations sought for Earth Heroes program

March 4, 2014

King County wants to honor the very best students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that contribute to student environmental education and environmental protection, through the county’s Earth Heroes at School awards program.

Nominations for the 2014 Earth Heroes at School are due March 10; winners will be honored at an event this spring. Earth Heroes can be nominated by colleagues, classmates and the public. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

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New county program will house, stabilize up to 350 families

February 11, 2014

A new pilot program will move as many as 350 homeless families in King County into rental housing by Dec. 31, 2014, and provide a range of short duration support services to help those families achieve stability.

More than $3.1 million will be dedicated to the pilot over the course of the next year.

The pilot program, Rapid Rehousing for Families, will provide short-term financial assistance and temporary housing-focused supports, including employment and training services, to help remove the barriers that hinder homeless families from accessing and maintaining housing. The program is designed to resolve the housing crisis, while also working with families to move toward independence.

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County library system director steps down

December 24, 2013

Bill Ptacek, longtime director of the King County Library System, announced Dec. 19 that he would step down to take a similar position in Alberta, Canada.

Ptacek, who has led KCLS since 1989, will leave to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library on Feb. 1.

During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept the library system in the forefront of public libraries nationally.

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Grants offered for projects helping
 unincorporated areas

November 5, 2013

King County is offering a third year of Community Service Area grants. The grants encourage residents in the unincorporated communities to become more connected in their neighborhoods.

A total of $60,000 is available through the program for projects, with grants of less than $5,000. Examples of possible projects are:

  • newsletters that inform residents about important issues affecting the community;
  • events such as concerts, festivals, and educational and safety projects;

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King County launches disaster preparedness program

November 5, 2013

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently launched the Resilient King County initiative, a countywide, two-year planning process for crafting a comprehensive long-term recovery strategy following a major earthquake or other catastrophe.

The effort kicked off last month with a Disaster Recovery – CEO Leadership Summit. Representatives from the corporate and nonprofit sectors gathered on the Microsoft campus in Redmond to discuss the impact a major disaster would have on the region.

Numerous studies show the Pacific Northwest faces a high probability of a mega-earthquake in the next 50 years. Resilient King County is one of the first long-term regional recovery planning efforts in the nation.

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Boundary Review Board approves Klahanie annexation vote

October 11, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m., Oct. 11 2013

In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area Oct. 10.

Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.

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