Residents dig out from February snowstorm

March 1, 2011

Camden Jeske (left), 9, and his brother Mason, 6, try different strategies for a successful snowball fight with their dad Terry on Feb. 24 at their home south of downtown Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Snowflakes, egged on by a relentless drumbeat from TV meteorologists, started to fall in Issaquah just as the afternoon commute started in earnest Feb. 22.

Unlike the pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm responsible for gridlock on roads and mass transit in Issaquah and throughout the region, planners said the late February snowfall did not cause quite so many headaches.

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Regional blood supply reaches critical levels

February 24, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Puget Sound Blood Center said the blood supply in the region could reach critical levels in many blood groups soon, due to missed donations stemming from the recent snowstorm.

Leaders encouraged Western Washington residents to donate as soon as possible in order to maintain the blood supply.

People can stop by 11 donor centers in order to donate. Call 1-800-398-7888 to schedule appointments. The center encourages appointments, but welcomes walk-in donors, too.

The center said a blood group is labeled critical if less than a two-day supply remains; a four-day inventory is considered operational.

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Donate blood at the Issaquah Highlands fire station

January 18, 2011

There are still spaces available at the upcoming Issaquah Highlands blood drive, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the highlands fire station, Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Dr.

All donations go to the Puget Sound Blood Center. The center needs about 900 people to donation every day so it can meet the needs of local patients. Read more

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Puget Sound Blood Center extends holiday hours

December 14, 2010

The Puget Sound Blood Center is opening donation centers extra days to avoid the possibility of a holiday shortfall, a time when donations are historically low.

The Bellevue Center, located at 1021 112th Ave. N.E., will be open for whole blood donations from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Christmas week it will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 19, closed Dec. 25, and open again from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

To make an appointment, call 800-398-7888 toll free or go to

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Puget Sound Blood Center launches Give Twice

June 22, 2010

Puget Sound Blood Center is kicking off its initiative to maintain an adequate blood supply throughout the summer, when donations traditionally drop off and trauma cases increase by 20 percent.

Called Give Twice, the campaign, now in its third year, asks donors to give blood between June 13 and Aug. 7 and again 56 days later — the soonest allowable — between Aug. 8 and Oct. 2.

The closest facility to Issaquah is the Bellevue Center, at 1021 112th Ave. N.E.

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