Protect yourself and others from wildfires

July 31, 2015

NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015

Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.

Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.

A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.

And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.

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Crews battling brush fire near Preston

July 31, 2015

NEW — 12:38 p.m. July 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews are battling a brush fire near Interstate 90 in Preston, just east of Issaquah.

By Matt Holt A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

By Matt Holt
A brush fire erupts alongside Interstate 90 near Preston.

The fire is under control, though crews are expected to be on-scene for sometime overhauling the fire, according to the Eastside Firefighters Twitter account.
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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more

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Non-residents now expected to pay Issaquah recreation fees

January 27, 2015

As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.

The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.

The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.

Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more

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Learn about corridor plan involving Tiger Mountain at Dec. 10 public meeting

December 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014

The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.

Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.

The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.

The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.

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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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