Union grocery employees mull agreement soon

November 26, 2010

NEW — 7 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Union grocery store employees plan to vote next week on a tentative agreement reached after lengthy bargaining between the union and management.

The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, represents workers about 25,000 workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway across the region. The decision also affects grocery and meat workers in Mason County and meat workers in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.

Details of the agreement should be released after union members vote on the tentative agreement Wednesday through Friday.

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Union grocery workers at local stores authorize strike

November 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Union workers at major grocery chains in Issaquah and the Puget Sound region voted Wednesday to authorize a strike, but no walkout is imminent as stores prepare for the start of the holiday shopping season.

The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, represents workers about 25,000 workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway across the region. The vote also affects grocery and meat workers in Mason County and meat workers in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.

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Stores offer free smoke detector batteries Saturday

November 4, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 4, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue and retailers in Issaquah and elsewhere offer free batteries Saturday as part of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign.

The effort is part of a national campaign to urge people to adopt a lifesaving habit: change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries at the same time to change clocks from daylight-saving time each fall. Remember to change clocks before bedtime Saturday.

People can receive free nine-volt batteries at participating stores from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday until the free batteries run out.

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Churches unite for monthlong food drive

September 28, 2010

Parishioners from several Issaquah churches mobilized Sept. 25 to collect donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank before the onset of the busy holiday season.

The push is part of the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry, a regional drive to encourage businesses, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals, neighborhood associations and schools to host food drives and fundraisers.

“Staying warm and well-fed when the weather outside starts to turn is important,” the Rev. Mark Miller, pastor at Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, said last week.

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Monthlong food drive kicks off at Issaquah grocers Saturday

September 24, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2010

Parishioners from several Issaquah churches kick off a monthlong food drive to benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at local grocers Saturday.

The push is part of the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry, a drive to encourage businesses, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals, neighborhood associations and schools to host food drives and fundraisers.

Participants plan to distribute shopping lists to shoppers at four Issaquah stores to encourage them to pick up staple items for the food pantry. Shoppers then drop off the purchases at the store. The organizers collect and donate the food.

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Amnesty period for unlicensed pets ends soon

September 14, 2010

Residents in Issaquah and 26 other cities, plus unincorporated King County, have less than 20 days before the amnesty period on unlicensed pets expires.

The countywide no-tolerance policy for unlicensed pets goes into effect Oct. 2. Outlaw owners face $125 fines for unlicensed spayed or neutered pets, and up to $250 for unaltered animals. Read more

Amnesty period for unlicensed pets ends soon

September 10, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 2010

Residents in Issaquah and 26 other cities, plus unincorporated King County, have 20 days before the amnesty period on unlicensed pets expires.

The countywide no-tolerance policy for unlicensed pets goes into effect Oct. 2. Outlaw owners face $125 fines for unlicensed spayed or neutered pets, and up to $250 for unaltered animals.

Purchase licenses at more than 100 locations across the county, including Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, veterinary hospitals and QFC grocery stores. Find the complete list here.

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Updated animal services program debuts

July 6, 2010

The way King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities handle animal control, sheltering and pet licensing services changed last week.

The updated plan took effect July 1, as 27 cities and the county signed a cost-sharing agreement to provide animal services.

Officials hope the changes help the county move beyond a troubled, unprofitable era in animal services. Problems with King County Animal Care and Control leadership, organization and operations led to public outcry and legal challenges, prompting the King County Council to direct County Executive Dow Constantine to make changes late last year.

The two-and-a-half-year agreement divides King County into four animal control districts, each staffed by at least one animal control officer. Even the name — King County Animal Care and Control — changed to Regional Animal Services of King County.

The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency. The county estimates pet licenses can raise most of the $2.5 million needed to pay for the bulk of the program.

Issaquah City Council members agreed last month to join the regional plan.

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King County offers amnesty to outlaw pet owners, urges people to license animals

July 1, 2010

NEW — 1:35 p.m. July 1, 2010

Owners of unlicensed pets can license their animals without facing a fine until Oct. 1, as part of the updated animal control plan enacted Thursday.

King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities signed on to the two-and-a-half-year agreement last month. The pact includes a 90-day amnesty period for owners of unlicensed pets to purchase a license without facing a fine.

A no-tolerance policy for unlicensed pets goes into effect Oct. 2. Outlaw owners face $125 fines for unlicensed spayed or neutered pets, and up to $250 for unaltered pets.

Purchase licenses at more than 100 locations across the county, including Issaquah City Hall, veterinary hospitals and QFC grocery stores. Find the complete list here.

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Walkin’ in the rain

October 27, 2009

Cascade Ridge Elementary School students and their families walk laps in the rain around the school Oct. 16 during the annual PTA walkathon fundraiser, which brought in $46,000 to afford outside expert seminars for children, classroom grants and teacher stipends. By Greg Farrar

Cascade Ridge Elementary School students and their families walk laps in the rain around the school Oct. 16 during the annual PTA walkathon fundraiser, which brought in $46,000 to afford outside expert seminars for children, classroom grants and teacher stipends. By Greg Farrar

Cascade Ridge Elementary School families broke out the galoshes and rain gear to raise money for their school Oct. 16.

The school’s walkathon, their largest fundraiser, took place on the rainiest day so far this month. But that didn’t stop the families from walking or running a few laps while jamming to the school’s teacher band, The Hee Haw Band, and a deejay.

“It’s fun,” said Ethan Wolfe, a fourth-grader who ran 11 laps. “I like to walk around the school.”

The fundraiser brought in more than $46,000 for the school’s Parents, Teachers and Students Association, which helps bridge the funding gap between state funding and what is necessary for a 21st century education, said Cathia Geller, a walkathon team member.

For instance, money from the event will help pay for seminars with outside experts in math, science, art and music to teach the children, she said. It also pays classroom grants and teacher stipends. Read more

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