Marijuana regulations set for unincorporated King County

December 18, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

Marijuana operation regulations in King County received approval Dec. 9.

During its regular meeting, the King County Council unanimously adopted legislation modifying county building codes and development regulations for the placement of recreational marijuana businesses licensed by the state Liquor Control Board. The regulations would only apply to unincorporated areas.

Outdoor and greenhouse growing would be available in agricultural and rural areas. Indoor growing would be available in business and industrial zones. As per state guidelines, operations cannot exist within 1,000 feet of childcare centers, schools, parks, libraries, recreation centers or in residential areas.

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Funding fire service per call could cost Issaquah

January 15, 2013

Issaquah could contribute more to Eastside Fire & Rescue if the regional agency changes to a funding model based on the amount of calls each member produces.

Meanwhile, Sammamish could trim fire service costs by $156,000 and $314,000 per year if EFR partners — Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38 — agree on changing the funding model.

For Issaquah and North Bend, the change could substantially increase the amount the partners pay to EFR in the name of maintaining the agency’s current incarnation beyond 2014.

A committee of elected officials and staff members from each partner met last month to discuss the implications of using call load as a factor in determining how much to charge.

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Lightning McQueen to appear at Bounce for Hope benefit

January 15, 2013

Kids and parents alike can get their picture taken with the real Lightning McQueen race car at the second annual Bounce for Hope benefit for Seattle Children’s at Kidz Bounce in Preston on Jan. 21.

The event is organized by Hope on the Hill Guild, a group founded in 2009 that seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of children treated at Seattle Children’s and their families.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the hospital’s uncompensated care program, which provides funding for the treatment of all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

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Landowners receive fire benefit charge notices

January 15, 2013

Landowners in Fire District 10 — Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area — recently received fire benefit charge notices.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill, and the recipient is not required to act, unless he or she believes some information is erroneous.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue extends deadline for volunteer firefighters

January 8, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.

The agency needs men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

The minimum age to apply to serve as a volunteer firefighter is 18. Applicants must have good driving records and must live within five miles of the closest response station.

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TalkingRain’s Sparkling ICE earns beverage honor

January 8, 2013

Preston-based TalkingRain received a national beverage honor for Sparkling ICE, a zero-calorie beverage.

Sparkling ICE recently earned the title of Best Enhanced Water at the 10th Annual BevNET Live Winter Conference in Santa Monica, Calif.

BevNET is the leading beverage-oriented media company and a respected authority on the beverage industry. The awards serve as a benchmark for the developing beverage landscape.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue extends application deadline for volunteer firefighters

January 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve rural communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.

The agency needs energetic, community-minded men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

EFR provides emergency services to about 119,000 residents spread across 190 square miles, from Issaquah to North Bend and from Carnation to Maple Valley.

Firefighters work from 15 stations — including 10 staffed by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders. Volunteers carry pagers and respond if emergencies occur in their neighborhoods.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue seeks volunteer firefighters

January 1, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking for male and female volunteer firefighters for the Tiger Mountain, Preston, Maple Hills, Lake Joy and Wilderness Rim communities.

Fire, emergency medical and special response services are provided from 15 stations, of which 10 are staffed with volunteer firefighters and EMS responders who carry pagers and respond when there is an emergency in their neighborhood.

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TalkingRain earns national beverage honor

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Preston-based TalkingRain earned a national beverage honor for Sparkling ICE, a zero-calorie beverage.

Sparkling ICE recently earned the title of Best Enhanced Water at the 10th Annual BevNET Live Winter Conference in Santa Monica, Calif.

BevNET is the leading beverage-oriented media company and a respected authority on the beverage industry. The awards serve as a benchmark for the developing beverage landscape.

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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