County wants to know residents’ attitudes about local rivers

June 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2015

King County, on behalf of the King County Flood Control District, has begun an opinion survey of residents this week to find out how aware and prepared they are for flood risks, what they think about floodplain management and how they enjoy local rivers.

Information collected during the survey will be used to help direct outreach efforts and improve flood and river safety. Survey questions will focus on residents’ personal preparedness for flooding, opinions about flood-risk reduction techniques and river recreation uses.

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Heat wave triggers blood shortage, donors are needed now

June 29, 2015

NEW – 6 .am. June 29, 2015

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors  after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the  heat wave and reduced collections caused by summer vacations.

Blood collections usually go down by about 15 percent to 20 percent during summer with schools and colleges on break and donors on vacation.

BloodworksNW is asking donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment at one of its 12 centers, or to find a mobile drive in their community close to where they live or work.

The nearest BloodworksNW center is at 1021 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Call 453-4011 for more information.

First-time donors are welcome. There is a special need for O-positive, O-negative and A-negative blood types.

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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Stay safe in hot temperatures this weekend

June 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2015

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Puget Sound region through 5 a.m. June 28.

The warning means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Public health officials recommend visiting air-conditioned areas, such as shopping malls or public libraries. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

To keep yourself and others safe:

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City’s landmark caboose makes tracks for new home in Cle Elum

June 25, 2015

For about 18 years, it sat near the corner of 228th Avenue and Northeast Fourth Street, quietly becoming a local landmark.

Early the morning of June 15, a large crane came and lifted it off its makeshift tracks, sending it on its way to its new home in Cle Elum.

According to seller Norbert Woloszyn, the new owner of the 1969 Burlington Northern steel caboose Woloszyn brought home almost two decades ago may finally finish the project he never did.

By Bill Hanville Contractors removed this Burlington Northern caboose early June 15 from its longtime spot near the corner of 228th Avenue and Northeast Fourth Street. The Sammamish landmark will be replaced by what could be another city landmark, a Metropolitan Market slated to open late next year.

By Bill Hanville
Contractors removed this Burlington Northern caboose early June 15 from its longtime spot near the corner of 228th Avenue and Northeast Fourth Street. The Sammamish landmark will be replaced by what could be another city landmark, a Metropolitan Market slated to open late next year.

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Initiative, referendum rights on hold for at least a bit longer

June 25, 2015

The Sammamish City Council likely will wait until July or later to make a final decision on whether to grant residents the right to mount initiative or referendum questions.

In an April 28 special election, voters indicated they wanted the powers of initiative and referendum by a margin of 3,830 to 3,076, or 55 percent to 44.5 percent. The vote was a nonbinding advisory vote and the council is under no obligation to act in accordance with the outcome.

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Sammamish City Council offers city manager contract to Lyman Howard

June 25, 2015

The Sammamish City Council formally offered Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard a contract and a base annual salary of $181,158 to be Sammamish’s next city manager.

The council took action after about a 20-minute executive session during its regular meeting June 16. Howard accepted the job, city spokesman Tim Larson said.

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Police blotter — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Hit and run

Reports did not say how much damage was done, but said someone struck a car parked in the lot of the Starbucks on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at about 3:45 p.m. June 6.

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Keep your pet safe in hot weather

June 25, 2015

NEW — 10:13 a.m. June 25, 2015

With temperatures soaring into the 90s, Seattle Humane reminds pet owners to keep their furry friends safe from the heat.

Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. Even at 70 degrees, the interior of a car can rise to 160 degrees in less than five minutes. Parking in the shade with the windows cracked is also dangerous.

Your pet’s footpads contain sweat glands that help keep him cool, and the feet are particularly vulnerable to hot surfaces. Sidewalks, pavement, sand and especially black asphalt can reach blistering temperatures in direct sunlight and cause nasty burns on your pet’s feet.

Signs of burned footpads include: Read more

Fireworks sales begin June 28

June 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 25, 2015

Consumer firework sales across the state will begin at noon June 28 and continue until 9 p.m. July 5.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminded residents in a news release to “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”

This year, 1002 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

With fireworks sales just days away it is a good time to remind everyone that personal fireworks require personal responsibility. With a little care and planning you can ensure that your family has a fun and safe Fourth of July: Read more

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