To the Editor

December 3, 2014

State park

If our money goes there, we should get free access

Well, folks, the Issaquah City Council said that no taxpayer funds would be given to Lake Sammamish State Park items. So much for that hokey council promise.

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Fred Meyer, QFC raise $81,000 to Oso relief

July 8, 2014

Fred Meyer and QFC customers, along with The Kroger Co. Foundation, donated more than $81,000 in just three weeks to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso through the Red Cross of Snohomish County.

From March 23 through April 12, Fred Meyer and QFC customers in the Puget Sound area dedicated donations in the stores’ cash register coin boxes or scan cards to the relief effort.

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Bartell Drugs accepting mudslide donations

April 29, 2014

In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the recent Oso mudslide.

Donations of any amount can be made with a cashier at Bartell Drugs at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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Make donations to mudslide emergency responders at Lowe’s

April 15, 2014

In response to the recent deadly Oso mudslide, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in all Washington stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make financial donations.

As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help the Red Cross deliver immediate aid to communities in need.

Participating Lowe’s stores, including Issaquah’s at 1625 11th Ave. N.W., are accepting through April 27 donations of emergency supplies to the search and rescue teams in the affected area to support the continued recovery efforts.

 

After Oso, fears of local landslides arise

April 8, 2014

After the devastating Oso mudslide March 22, long-held fears arose in Issaquah.

“It’s scary,” resident Philip Cherian said about the large hill steeply rising over Southeast Black Nugget Road, blocked from the roadway, Home Depot and Fred Meyer by a wall. “We live in the area and drive by there, and you can see water seeping through.”

Rapid earth movement at that site, and at others around town, has long been a concern for the city. Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said the city has remained vigilant over the Southeast Black Nugget Road site, performing studies on the private property.

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Local EFR responders reflect on the Oso slide

April 8, 2014

Two of our awesome Eastside Fire & Rescue workers each have just spent more than a week helping others responders from Snohomish County at the disastrous Oso mudslide.

Capt. Steve Westlake, Station 72, worked as the command staff chief of operations. Josie Williams, public information officer and education officer, managed the Joint Information Center. These are some of their reflections. — Greg Farrar

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
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“Spending nine full days working 16-hour shifts makes you appreciate the term teamwork, the only way you are able to accomplish goals, work through situations and problems, and support each other each day.

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Toiletries/baby items are on the way to Darrington, courtesy of volunteers and Eastside Baby Corner

April 8, 2014

NEW — 2:08 p.m. April 8, 2014

Thanks to volunteers and Eastside Baby Corner, 853 pair of underwear, 1,253 pair of socks, 194 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 9,668 diapers and pull-ups, 40 cases of paper towels and 40 cases of toilet paper are on their way to Darrington today to assist those affected by the Oso mudslide.

Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.     Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.

Eastside Baby Corner Development Coordinator Shelia Ritchie hands diapers to one of the owners from First Due movers, Jim Smith. Nearly 10,000 diapers and pull-ups were donated for those affected by the Oso mudslide.

The underwear, socks, shampoo and conditioner, and the diapers and pull-ups were donated. Eastside Baby Corner also raised $1,300, which was taken to Costco to purchase the toilet paper and paper towels.

First Due Movers donated the truck and manpower to load it.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake hosts mudslide fundraiser pancake breakfast Saturday morning

April 4, 2014

NEW – Noon April 4, 2014

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is throwing its support behind those affected by the Oso mudslide, with an April 5 benefit fundraiser.

The Issaquah retirement community will host a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The feast costs $10 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Oso mudslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected by the disaster.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

Eastside Baby Corner holds emergency drive to help children impacted by Oso mudslide

April 2, 2014

NEW — Noon April 2, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner, with the assistance of First Due Movers, is holding an emergency drive from through Tuesday, April 8, to collect items the children of Oso and the surrounding communities need most.

The items specifically requested by agencies in the Oso area are shampoo and conditioner, socks and underwear in all sizes from toddler to teen, and diapers and pull-ups.

Visit EBC online or more information and to learn more about drop-off locations and hours.

Mudslide Relief is on its way

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark

By Peter Clark

With only a day’s notice, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank held an impromptu drive for the victims of the Oso mudslide March 27. Director Cori Walters said the bank received 40,000 pounds of food, toiletries, clothes, shovels, picks and gloves. Volunteers were greeted with hugs and tears upon delivery. ‘I want to thank our community for really stepping up to the plate and helping us help the Darrington Food Bank and the Darrington Fire Department,’ Walters said. ‘It was truly amazing to see what we were all able to accomplish in a short period of time.’