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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
August 6, 2013
NEW — 8:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 2013
King County voters approved the park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election this 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.
May 28, 2013
King County and Washington Toxics Coalition are offering Pesticide Free Zone ladybug signs free to families gardening without pesticides.
Families can take a pledge and receive a sign to recognize their efforts. The round sign has a ladybug on it and proclaims the lawn as a “pesticide free zone.” Sign the pledge to get your yard sign at http://bit.ly/15nBYo5.
More than 800 public places in King County are pesticide free. “Pesticide free” means that no chemical pest controls are used. However, the coalition is allowing the use of products that are allowed in organic agriculture, in the hopes of encouraging companies to develop safer products.
April 23, 2013
King County will host a community landfill meeting in the continued effort to gather feedback and share ideas.
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division will host an ongoing forum for area residents from 7-9 p.m. April 24 at the King County Library Service Center, at 960 Newport Way N.W.
Topics for the meeting will include updates from county staff about landfill activities and updates from Bio Energy Washington staff members on its landfill gas-to-energy plant.
April 23, 2013
King County extends an invitation for the public to take part in a free, guided tour of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on April 27.
As a part of the county’s Earth Week series of educational events, the tour will last for about an hour and limited space means that reservations will be required.
March 26, 2013
The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School may have happened on the other side of the country, but phones were ringing in the Issaquah School District.
In the weeks following the shooting in Connecticut, district officials said they had an influx of parents calling to find out what was being done to keep students safe. In response to the heightened concerns, principals across the district sent out newsletters on the topic and held parent safety meetings.
“What we know is effective is being prepared,” said Jodi Bongard, the district’s executive director of elementary schools.