DUI crackdown continues through holiday

December 27, 2011

Police urged motorists to consider a designated driver on New Year’s Eve as a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers continues through the holiday season.

The effort runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown. The seasonal campaign started on Thanksgiving.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

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New Year’s holiday means closures at city facilities

December 27, 2011

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

The community center is scheduled to close from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close Jan. 1-2 for the holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court close Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

Holidays mean reduced Metro Transit, Sound Transit service

December 20, 2011

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

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City community center, pool close for maintenance, holidays

December 13, 2011

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for maintenance and the holidays.

The community center is scheduled to close for much of the remainder of the year. The center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 19-23. Then, the center closes for Christmas from Dec. 24-26.

The center closes again for the New Year’s holiday from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close from Dec. 24-26 for Christmas and Jan. 1 and 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court also close Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.

Prepare for Issaquah Community Center, pool holiday closures

December 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 11, 2011

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool for maintenance and the holidays.

The community center is scheduled to close for much of the remainder of the year. The center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 19-23. Then, the center closes for Christmas from Dec. 24-26.

The center closes again for the New Year’s holiday from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close Dec. 24-26 for Christmas and Jan. 1-2 for the New Year’s Holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall is scheduled to close Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. Issaquah Municipal Court also closes Dec. 26.

Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers

November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

The anti-DUI effort is organized under the aegis of the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices. Target Zero managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.

Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.

Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers

November 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

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Metro Transit reminds riders to prepare for holiday schedules

November 8, 2011

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, because Metro Transit usually serves 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. The mass transit agency uses a Sunday schedule for several of the upcoming holidays.

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Local residents celebrate Osama bin Laden’s death

May 3, 2011

Issaquah residents set off fireworks late May 1 upon hearing President Barack Obama announce the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in a military operation.

The impromptu celebrations could be heard near Klahanie and in downtown Issaquah as residents celebrated almost a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Police did not respond to any fireworks-related calls during the celebrations.

Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them on a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

King County limits putting off fireworks in unincorporated areas to Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.

Issaquah residents celebrate announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death

May 1, 2011

NEW — 9:30 p.m. May 1, 2011

Issaquah residents set off fireworks Sunday night upon hearing President Barack Obama announce the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in a military operation.

The impromptu celebrations could be heard near Klahanie and in downtown Issaquah as residents celebrated almost a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate fireworks for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

King County limits putting off fireworks in unincorporated areas to Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.

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