November 20, 2012
Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Nov. 14.
Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide. Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants.
The grants amount to less than $5,000 apiece, and each community must match at least 25 percent of total project cost. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.
The county awarded a $1,254.50 grant to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program, plus a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.
November 15, 2012
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 15, 2012
Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Wednesday.
Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide.
Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.
The county awarded $1,254.50 to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program.
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain residents also received a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.
July 31, 2012
Local residents can meet officers from the Issaquah Police Department, obtain valuable safety information and munch on free hot dogs at the city’s National Night Out event Aug. 7.
The nationwide event heightens neighborhood crime awareness, generates support for local anticrime efforts, and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Some 15,000 communities and 36 million people around the country are expected to participate in their local neighborhoods.
May 8, 2012
The latest King County strategy to engage rural residents — including more than 16,000 people near Issaquah — earned early praise from a community leader in the unincorporated tract between Issaquah and Renton.
County Executive Dow Constantine appointed a top adviser April 4 to lead the outreach effort from county government to residents in rural and unincorporated areas. The announcement marked the latest step in a long-running effort to change how leaders and residents interact.
Alan Painter — Constantine’s former adviser on human services, health and housing policy — is the manager for the community service areas program. In the past 18 months, county officials carved unincorporated land into designated areas to coordinate on issues, such as crime prevention or potential development.
August 9, 2011
Local residents got the opportunity last week to meet face-to-face with their local law enforcement officers during National Night Out Against Crime events.
There were two local National Night Out celebrations Aug. 2 — one held by the Issaquah Police Department on the steps of Issaquah City Hall and the other held by the King County Sheriff’s Office at Maple Hills Community Park.
“To give you an idea of how many people are here, we bought 700 hotdogs and we’re going to use all of them,” said Sgt. Scott Trial, with the Issaquah Police Department.
Issaquah’s Night Out celebration featured roughly 35 information booths, some by private vendors and regarding topics ranging from home alarm systems to emergency preparedness. To aid residents in the fight against identity theft, free document shredding was offered to destroy sensitive documents.
On the lawn behind Issaquah’s City Hall, eventgoers got the opportunity to meet Savute, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian bear dog. Savute deals primarily with bears and cougars. (His job is to chase the animals into trees making for an easier shot with a tranquilizer gun.)
“Last week, he treed a bear in North Bend trying to get someone’s French doors open,” said Jason Capelli, game warden for the department of fish and wildlife.
The Issaquah event featured prizes, raffles and a live DJ. The Maple Hills event had informational safety demonstrations. At both events, grilled hotdogs were offered free to those in attendance.
August 3, 2011
July 26, 2011
Local residents have two events to choose from to mark National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 2.
The Issaquah Police Department will host the city’s annual happening on the steps of Issaquah City Hall.
Issaquah Police Sgt. Scott Trial said city officers used to visit neighborhood Night Out events, such as block parties and so on, but more recently began putting together a more unified event.
August 4, 2010
August 3, 2010
County Executive Dow Constantine trekked east to Hobart — and into the sometimes-tenuous relationship between county government and rural King County residents — for a forum last week.
Constantine said unincorporated-area and rural residents stand to bear the brunt of looming cuts to county services, including King County Sheriff’s Office deputy layoffs and cutbacks to the county court system.
“There is significant disconnect between the cost of doing business and the dollars available,” he said during the July 26 meeting at Hobart Community Church. “We’re scrounging and scrapping to find ways to protect the quality of life for 2 million people in this county.”
Inside the overheated church, Constantine heard from leaders of the six unincorporated area councils — citizen groups elected by residents in regions as disparate as Vashon Island and rural Maple Valley. The unincorporated county is home to about 340,000 of the 1.9 million county residents.
The group includes Four Creeks, home to about 14,000 residents in a swath stretched between Issaquah and Renton. The area encompasses Maple Hills, May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities south of Issaquah city limits.
July 27, 2010
Ever wonder who wears our city and county police uniforms?
Well, head down to Issaquah City Hall or the Maple Hills Community Center between 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and you can find out – even better, our men and women in uniform will cook up free hot dogs.
“It is something our officers have come to look forward to, barbecuing and meeting the public,” Sgt. Scott Trial said. “It is a really important partnership between the citizens of Issaquah, the business community and the police department to solve crime and know what to look for in suspicious activities.”
This year marks the 27th annual National Night Out, a night designed to encourage residents in cities and counties throughout the nation to come out and meet each other and local law enforcement officers to find ways to fight crime and keep their communities safe.