February 10, 2015
NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015
Community members in formal and informal leadership positions throughout the region will gather at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on Feb. 12 to explore ways to work together for a thriving Eastside future.
Registrants include a diverse set of stakeholders from the business, nonprofit and public sectors who care about and are actively involved in arts and culture, basic needs, education, environment, health and wellness, economy, and neighborhoods and community building.
The luncheon is open to the public. It is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue. Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. The $50 cost includes lunch. Register at www.leadershipeastside.com or at the door.
February 3, 2015
“It’ll be a pretty dramatic transformation of the street,” said Issaquah’s Kerry Ritland, engineering manager for the project that will bring about that transformation of downtown’s Northwest Dogwood Street.
On Jan. 27, the city held an open house about the project, set to begin in May with completion planned by October.
December 12, 2014
UPDATED — 8:07 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014
Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School, Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School are closed Friday, Dec. 12 due to a power outage.
Initially, Issaquah High and Issaquah Middle were slated for a two-hour delay, but the district announced just after 8 a.m. that the schools will now be closed the entire day.
A powerful windstorm rolled through the Puget Sound region last night, knocking out power across Western Washington.
December 10, 2014
NEW — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 10, 2014
The Puget Sound region is bracing for a damaging windstorm set to cause havoc on Thursday.
Puget Sound Energy is on standby preparing for the worst, but the company is encouraging residents to get prepared now, before the winds hit.
On Twitter, PSE offered several tips to get its customers through the coming power outages.
First, PSE encourages residents to download its new mobile app. MyPSE allows residents to report power outages, view a map of outages, get estimated restoration times, see the number of customers affected in neighborhoods and report natural gas emergencies. This is the best way to get the most up to date information. Read more
June 24, 2014
A man trying to steal copper wire at the McDonald Substation near Issaquah was shocked June 18.
He caused a loss of power to about 2,800 Puget Sound Energy customers in Renton.
The man climbed on top of a transformer at about 4:30 a.m., according to Eastside Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Dave McDaniel. The man suffered severe burns covering 60 percent to 70 percent of his body.
September 26, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013
Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with Washington state regulators to increase natural gas rates for the upcoming winter season by an overall 1.5 percent, effective Nov. 1.
If approved by the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the proposed purchased gas adjustment will increase a typical household’s natural gas bill (based on 68 therms of average monthly usage over a 12-month period) by 1.4 percent, or $1.07, to $78.55.
That is about what PSE customers were paying in 2010. Commercial rates would increase by about 1.6 percent.
July 16, 2013
Puget Sound Energy is offering electric customers who live in manufactured homes and use electric forced-air as their primary heat source the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free.
The service offered to PSE customers in Issaquah, Fall City, Carnation and surrounding areas has up to a $500 value per customer and could reduce their energy bills by about 30 percent.
June 30, 2013
NEW — 10:40 p.m. June 30, 2013
A power outage occurred at about 9:30 p.m. June 30 in neighborhoods ranging from the Issaquah Highlands to Talus, and including downtown.
As of 10:15 p.m., representatives from Puget Sound Energy confirmed that Swedish/Issaquah was among the sites left without power. They said that a little over 6,000 of the utility’s customers had no electricity. Citizens reported to The Issaquah Press that transformers had exploded on Squak Mountain.
Puget Sound Energy expects full restoration to be complete by 4 a.m. July 1, though reports came in from homeowners that the lights were coming back on an hour after the initial blackout.
The cause for the outage is still being determined.
Call Puget Sound Energy’s 24 line at 1-888-225-5773 toll free.
December 18, 2012
State regulators fined Puget Sound Energy $430,000 for improperly charging residential disconnect-visit fees to electricity and natural gas customers, officials announced Nov. 30.
The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a multiparty settlement agreement stemming from 1,639 violations of state consumer protection rules.
In addition to the penalty, Bellevue-based PSE refunded to customers more than 9,000 disconnect-visit fees charged in error dating back to December 2009. The utility provider also agreed to change procedures for handling such visits.
December 11, 2012
State regulators fined Puget Sound Energy $250,000 for violating a 2010 order to require the Bellevue-based utility to review and correct customer accounts, officials announced Nov. 9.
The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a settlement on a complaint based on violations stemming from the 2010 order. Officials said PSE violated the order 515 times.
The utility is not allowed to pass the penalty costs to customers through rate changes.