April 5, 2011
Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job
My grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she’ll whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a marble pound cake, box it and mail it across the whole county, straight to me.
Her famous kiffles — thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly — always disappear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise.
For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn’t know what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it wasn’t often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents.
Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with packaging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, another helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done.
Now that I have a venue to recycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could recycle other things, like plastic bags, cellphones or alkaline batteries.
It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything.
December 7, 2010
Union grocery store employees approved a new contract last week after lengthy bargaining between the union and management.
The union, Teamsters Local 38, represents 2,600 workers at Albertsons, QFC and Safeway across the region.
QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.
“Our members sent a clear message to their employers in November when they stood with each other in solidarity and voted by 90 percent to authorize a strike,” Steven Chandler, Local 38 secretary-treasurer, said in a statement. “Their message was heard, the employers took them seriously and I believe the 97 employers’ ratification vote today again shows the strength of unity of our members.”
Union workers at major grocery chains in Issaquah and the Puget Sound region voted Nov. 8 to authorize a strike, but no walkout occurred during the Thanksgiving shopping rush.
The union and Allied Employers, the labor relations firm representing the grocery chains, reached a stalemate in October after months of negotiations about pay, health benefits and pensions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.