Eastside Fire & Rescue extends deadline for volunteer firefighters

January 8, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.

The agency needs men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

The minimum age to apply to serve as a volunteer firefighter is 18. Applicants must have good driving records and must live within five miles of the closest response station.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue extends application deadline for volunteer firefighters

January 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve rural communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.

The agency needs energetic, community-minded men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

EFR provides emergency services to about 119,000 residents spread across 190 square miles, from Issaquah to North Bend and from Carnation to Maple Valley.

Firefighters work from 15 stations — including 10 staffed by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders. Volunteers carry pagers and respond if emergencies occur in their neighborhoods.

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How school officials know when to call a snow day

January 1, 2013

All roads come under consideration during winter weather

Issaquah School District buses line up on a snow day. Contributed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast for a drier-than-normal winter in the Pacific Northwest is good news for local schools, but just in case, Jo Porter and her transportation staff are prepared.

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Public can comment on May Valley fire station proposal

January 1, 2013

The public can comment on the permit application for a planned Fire District 10 fire station in May Valley.

Plans call for crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.

Construction on the 10,000-square-foot fire station is expected to start next year. Meanwhile, residents can comment on the permit application to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue seeks volunteer firefighters

January 1, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking for male and female volunteer firefighters for the Tiger Mountain, Preston, Maple Hills, Lake Joy and Wilderness Rim communities.

Fire, emergency medical and special response services are provided from 15 stations, of which 10 are staffed with volunteer firefighters and EMS responders who carry pagers and respond when there is an emergency in their neighborhood.

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Cold Case Unit’s end could leave boy’s disappearance unsolved

December 18, 2012

Funding trouble leads sheriff’s office to disband program

David Adams

In May 1968, 8-year-old David Adams disappeared from Tiger Mountain as he walked home for dinner.

Searchers combed Issaquah and the surrounding area in the days ahead, as the mystery attracted attention from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The search brought as many as 1,000 people to Issaquah, but detectives and volunteers found no signs of David.

The case file sat on a shelf at the King County Sheriff’s Office for 41 years until early 2009, after the agency received a federal grant and launched a renewed push to solve several cold cases.

Despite successes in solving other years-old cases, grant funding is gone and county dollars to continue the program from September to December since evaporated.

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Unincorporated King County residents avoid $20 roads fee

December 18, 2012

Residents in unincorporated King County — including Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area and more than 200,000 people countywide — no longer face a $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance.

King County Council members dropped the proposed fee from the 2013 county budget, and approved the spending plan Nov. 13 in a unanimous decision. Instead, officials plan to lobby the state government for additional road dollars — a challenge as the state faces another budget shortfall next year.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas.

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Police arrest Issaquah man after high-speed chase

December 18, 2012

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Issaquah man on Tiger Mountain just after noon Dec. 13, after the suspect led police on a high-speed chase and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter detected the man in a thick forest.

The incident started just before noon in the 19500 block of Maxwell Road Southeast, in unincorporated King County northeast of Maple Valley. Investigators said a deputy patrolling the neighborhood spotted a man attempting to break into a house.

The suspect noticed the officer, ran to a car and fled. The deputy stopped the vehicle moments later near Southeast 208th Street and Maxwell Road Southeast, about a half-mile northeast from the interchange of Southeast Renton-Maple Valley Road and state Route 18.

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Deputies arrest man after high-speed chase near Issaquah

December 13, 2012

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Dec. 13, 2012

Police arrested a burglary suspect Thursday afternoon along state Route 18 near Issaquah after the man led deputies on a high-speed chase.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies pursued the man on eastbound state Route 18 after a police officer identified him as a suspect in a burglary late in the morning. The man then refused to pull over and attempted to flee from police.

Once the suspect reached Tiger Mountain southeast of Issaquah and south of Interstate 90, he abandoned the vehicle and fled into the forest.

Deputies and the sheriff’s office helicopter, Guardian One, searched the brush for the man.

Police later located him in the brush, and arrested him.

Lakeside Industries development pact could transform quarry site

December 11, 2012

The gravel quarry on a hillside below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if city leaders approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.

The landowner and quarry operator, Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries Inc., proposed a 30-year development agreement last year for about 120 acres on both sides of Highlands Drive Northeast. The proposed pact is scheduled to reach the City Council on Dec. 17, as officials consider a plan to remake the area.

The land under consideration is zoned for mineral resources and single-family residences. The development agreement could change the designation on some areas to urban village, the same rules used for the highlands and Talus.

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