County honors school district, Sammamish businesses for waste prevention

August 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015

Sammamish Montessori School, Accents Et Cetera Gift Baskets and the Issaquah School District were honored by King County’s Solid Waste Division on its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

Every year, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Solid Waste Division honor businesses and organizations for adopting practices that reduce waste and increase recycling.

It was the ISD’s seventh year in a row for being named a Best Workplace and its third year on the Honor Roll.

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Volunteers needed for Purrfect Pals cat rescue

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

Do you have two hours a week to spoil and play with kitties, and talk to potential adopters about wonderful cats that need homes?

Purrfect Pals cat rescue at the Sammamish Petco location, 474 228th Ave. N.E., needs volunteers.

Drop by the store to pick up a volunteer brochure, or fill out a volunteer application at http://purrfectpals.org.

Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Protect yourself and others from wildfires

July 31, 2015

NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015

Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.

Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.

A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.

And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.

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Plateau woman named finalist for business owner of the year award

July 31, 2015

NEW — Noon July 31, 2015

Sammamish resident Debbie Rosemont has been named one of five finalists for the 2015 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award presented by The Women Business Owners, the leading organization for women entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound.

Debbie Rosemont

Debbie Rosemont

Rosemont founded the company Simply Placed in her home office in 2003. Her team of professional organizers and productivity consultants has streamlined operations, taught organized systems and productive habits to hundreds of companies from Comcast to Microsoft based on the mantra “Simple solutions that work in a complex world.”

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Hefty fines highlight new tree-retention plan

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Cutting down the wrong tree could cost you thousands of dollars if the Sammamish City Council adopts new tree-retention rules outlined at a July 21 meeting.

The long-awaited proposal was put together over a period of months by the city Planning Commission, subject to council approval. While the plan contains numerous provisions, the proposed fines for violators might get the most attention.

Property owners who remove or allow the removal of protected trees could face penalties of $1,500 per inch of diameter of tree removed.

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Sammamish woman pleads guilty in crash through house that killed husband, son-in-law

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 30, 2015

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter

A Sammamish woman who mixed wine and sleeping pills before she crashed her Jeep through her lakefront home, killing her husband and son-in-law last year, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts vehicular homicide.

In addition, Carol Fedigan, 69, pleaded guilty to one count each of vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence. The latter two counts are gross misdemeanors.

Prosecutors and the defense are jointly recommending she serve 73 months in prison and one year of home detention when she is sentenced. Read more

Council OKs initiative and referendum rights for Sammamish residents

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The Sammamish City Council took the final step July 21 in handing residents the powers of initiatives and referenda.

In a vote that reflected previous council actions on the issue, the initiative and referendum question passed 5-1, with one member absent. Deputy Mayor Kathy Huckabay cast the lone negative vote.

Huckabay also cast a vote against the issue earlier this month, joined by Councilman Tom Odell, who was absent for the final vote.

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City won’t pass comp plan until months after state deadline

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

The amended plan may have been due in Olympia by June 30, but the Sammamish City Council will not pass a required update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan at least until it returns from summer break in September.

At their last meeting before that break, on July 21, legislators said they just received a copy of the updated plan the day before. Several council members said they had not had time to review the document in any detail. The comments of Councilman Bob Keller seemed to sum up the thoughts of council members.

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Police blotter — July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

NEW — 5:30 a.m. July 30, 2015

Underage partying

Responding to a loud noise complaint, police intervened in a party including minors at a residence on 198th Place Southeast. Reports said the host was cooperative, that minors present were released to their parents and police disposed of the remaining alcohol. The incident took place at about 1 a.m. July 8.

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