Police blotter

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5:17 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015


  • A wallet was reported stolen at 8:55 a.m. Aug. 28 in the 700 block of Front Street South.
  • A cell phone was reported stolen at 10:17 a.m. Aug. 28 in the 1700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A book of checks was reported stolen at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A pocketbook, cash and cell phone, with a total value of $550, were reported stolen at 1:32 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 1400 block of Highlands Drive Northeast.
  • At 3:09 p.m. Aug. 29, $500 in cash was reported stolen in the 1700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A 1995 Honda Accord, valued at $1,000, was reported stolen at 8:07 a.m. Aug. 30 in the 200 block of Wildwood Boulevard Southwest.
  • The theft of a ring, pocketbook and cell phone was reported at 3:34 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 1800 block of 12th Avenue Northwest. The total loss was valued at $28,245.

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Windy weather causing power outages

August 29, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

An August windstorm is already causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy reports about 200 people in Issaquah are without power as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

The utility offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773. Read more

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PSE is upgrading transmission lines in Talus area

August 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

Puget Sound Energy will start work soon on Cougar Mountain electrical lines from Talus to the corner of Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.

Crews will install new distribution wires and upgrade the existing transmission system. The work is meant to improve the reliability of the electric service and reduce the risk of power outages in the area.

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Snoqualmie hydroelectric museum hosts tours

August 27, 2015

NEW — 2:23 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum is offering free tours to the public until Sept. 7.

The hydroelectric project is the world’s first completely underground power plant and is one of the oldest operating power plants in the U.S., continuing to produce clean, cost-effective electricity for Puget Sound Energy customers throughout the state, according to the PSE website.

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PSE program helps qualified customers pay energy bills

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

For low-income customers, paying energy bills can be a hefty burden. But many people might not realize there’s help.

More than $3 million remains available for qualified Puget Sound Energy customers to help pay their electric and natural gas bills. It’s money that’s been set aside to assist those who need it most.

PSE’s Home Energy Lifeline Program provides qualified customers with additional bill payment assistance beyond what is offered by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. HELP is administered by local agencies in partnership with PSE.   

Agencies are eager to qualify eligible customers to the bill payment assistance program by the end of September. Read more

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PSE urges customers to be energy-efficient in extreme heat

June 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2015

Puget Sound Energy is encouraging its more than 1.1 million electric customers to be even more energy conscious as temperatures jump into the 90s over the next few days.

Across our service area, PSE’s electric infrastructure is performing well, and generating facilities have the capacity to meet the needs of customers. While excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid, our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave, a news release from PSE said.

Over the years, there has been more power consumption during the summertime as customers add some form of air conditioning in their homes; it’s estimated about 11 percent of residential electric customers currently have air conditioning. Because of that growth, energy conservation is even more important right now. PSE plans for peak customer usage by constantly monitoring the health of the system and investing in infrastructure projects to keep the system redundant and reliable.

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Transmission lines going in for new school

May 12, 2015

Puget Sound Energy has begun installing new transmission lines near Southeast Evans Street — close to Clark Elementary School and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club — for the new Issaquah Middle School.

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Public invited to hear leaders discuss future of the Eastside

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.

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Northwest Dogwood Street ready for rebuilding

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.

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Four Issaquah schools closed due to power outage

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.

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