Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday crackdown

January 8, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday season crackdown

January 4, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Jones Soda Co. bottles Issaquah High School purple, gold beverages

January 1, 2013

The Jones Soda bottles in Issaquah High School flavors of grape and pineapple cream feature pictures of Issaquah students at a school assembly and cheering for their football team. By Greg Farrar

Stores will soon introduce an innovative tandem of new Jones Sodas, featuring pictures and ideals furnished by nearby Issaquah High School and Eagles event coordinator Tim Baynes.

Baynes has been working in unison with Eric Chastain, vice president of operations with Jones Soda Co.’s Seattle headquarters. The tiny inscription on the back of the Grape Soda bottle reads:

“Issaquah High School is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in the heart of Issaquah. We pride ourselves in our ability to serve and support one another and the world around us. Whether that is building wells in Ethiopia and Nepal or joining the fight against cancer, we impact our world when we work together.

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New Year’s resolutions vary for exercise industry insiders

January 1, 2013

January is the time when many people set a goal to lose weight and get in shape. What about fitness buffs? They already spend tons of time in the gym and have bodies to prove it. So what resolutions do they make for the new year?

“I think the New Year’s resolution for anybody that is already fit is probably just trying to stay fit,” said Allen Kuhl, a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Issaquah. “Most people think that for people who do this all the time, it becomes easier … but we’re no different than anyone else. We want to eat bad food.”

For Kuhl, who competes in bodybuilding and can bench-press 500 pounds and squat 700 pounds, staying on top of his workouts is important, but the 28-year-old also has another resolution this year. At 5-foot, 7-inches and 260 pounds he’d like to de-bulk a bit to 210 pounds.

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Time runs out for end-of-year donations to nonprofit organizations

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

The need is up nonprofit organizations, but as donors start to make out checks for year-end donations, local organizations sometimes struggle to stand out in a field crowded with requests for giving.

In King County, end-of-year charitable giving to nonprofit organizations is on the to-do list for many donors. The average person makes 24 percent of annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy.

Issaquah and the Puget Sound region maintain a long-held reputation for generosity to charitable causes. The key for nonprofit organizations to successfully solicit donations, local leaders said, is to highlight successes.

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Use common sense to avoid New Year’s safety hazards

December 31, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

State fire officials asked New Year’s Eve revelers to use common sense to avoid safety mishaps as 2012 comes to a close.

The holiday is a time for families and friends to get together, but New Year’s Eve also poses a greater risk for fire, whether revelers entertain at home or head out to ring in 2013.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office offer advice to remain safe around New Year’s Eve fireworks and at holiday events.

The safest way to experience New Year’s Eve fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.

Make sure fireworks possession is legal, and the law allows for discharge. Though King County loosens fireworks rules in unincorporated areas on New Year’s Eve, Issaquah keeps a citywide ban in place.

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Sheriff warns against celebratory New Year’s Eve gunfire

December 31, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

King County Sheriff John Urquhart warned New Year’s Eve revelers against shooting guns to ring in 2013.

Nationwide, celebratory gunfire causes injuries and deaths, and local law enforcement officials want to prevent such problems in King County.

“Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant,” Urquhart said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office said if investigators can pinpoint somebody shooting, then the agency intends to fully enforce the law. The minimum penalty for reckless endangerment is up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

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Fireworks restrictions remain in effect for New Year’s Eve

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2013.

In Issaquah, a citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Officials remind residents to set off only approved and legal  fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal  Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks  sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon Dec. 27 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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Prepare for Issaquah Community Center, pool closures

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for the New Year’s holiday.

The community center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. Then, the center reopens for regular hours Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close at 3:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve and reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

In addition to the community center and pool, officials plan to close City Hall from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, and then reopen Jan. 2. Issaquah Municipal Court is open New Year’s Eve and then closed New Year’s Day.

State planners offer tools to ease holiday travel headaches

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.

The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

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