Nineteen of 157 recreational marijuana stores sold to minors; Issaquah store was not one of them

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015

In the first complete round of compliance checks of retail marijuana stores, 19 Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses sold marijuana to an underage investigative aide.

The Issaquah Cannabis Co. was not one of them; it passed its compliance check.

Washington State Liquor Control Board enforcement officers working with the aides checked each retail marijuana business for sales of marijuana to minors. The checks essentially represent an 88 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate.

“Our goal is 100 percent compliance,” WSLB Board Chairwoman Jane Rushford said in a news release. “While perfect compliance is always a challenging goal, it is clearly in everyone’s interest that our licensees be vigilant about preventing underage sales.”

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts sixth annual Pants Party to help send local children back to school prepared

August 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner will hold its sixth annual Pants Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the organization’s Issaquah hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

The event, held each year as children return to school, is part collection drive, part family-fun carnival. Attendees are asked to bring in a donation of new or gently used children’s pants (size NB to 14). In return, they are invited to stay for entertainment, food, games, giveaways and more.

Pants are the focus of the event because they are one of the items children need most when they head back to school. They are also an item EBC has a difficult time keeping in stock. This year, EBC hopes to collect 4,500 pairs of pants at the Pants Party.

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People reduced water use by 10 percent; officials ask for continued practice

August 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance commended its members and residents for contributing to the region’s collective reduction of its water use by 10 percent in the past two weeks, hitting the goal set by Everett, Seattle and Tacoma.

The regional water suppliers ask customers to continue their efforts to reduce water use to stretch water supplies until the rainy season. Updates on use will be issued every other week.

Cascade and its members — Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts — get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply. Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water.

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Windy weather causing power outages

August 29, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

An August windstorm is already causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy reports about 200 people in Issaquah are without power as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

The utility offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773. Read more

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PSE is upgrading transmission lines in Talus area

August 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

Puget Sound Energy will start work soon on Cougar Mountain electrical lines from Talus to the corner of Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.

Crews will install new distribution wires and upgrade the existing transmission system. The work is meant to improve the reliability of the electric service and reduce the risk of power outages in the area.

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Walgreens hosts fundraiser for wildfire-fighting efforts

August 28, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 28, 2015

To help victims of the forest fires in the Pacific Northwest, and aid recovery efforts in the region, shoppers at Walgreens through Sept. 8 can make donations to the American Red Cross in increments of $1, $5 or $10.

Donations will go to the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

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Help raise money for disaster relief at spaghetti dinner Sept. 3

August 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2015

In light of the recent fires in Eastern Washington, Village Concepts’ retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state are coming together to show their support for the cause through their Village Concepts Cares program.

To raise money for the victims, Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., will host a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 3.

Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted in the form of checks or cash. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

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Klahanie annexation area ZIP code will remain the same

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:38 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Although Klahanie proper and several adjacent neighborhoods are about to leap from unincorporated King County into the city of Sammamish, residents there will make the transition without having to change their addresses.

Their homes will stay on the same foundations, the street names will remain the same, and even the ZIP code — 98029 — won’t change.

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New noise protections kick in for unincorporated King County

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:27 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

New and improved noise guidelines for residents living in unincorporated King County are in effect.

Twelve separate county noise code chapters were consolidated into one, so residents can find the regulations easily, according to a news release. The new regulations shift the enforcement focus for neighborhood noise from solely technical decibel limits to public disturbance provisions.

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Registration is open for citizen’s police academy

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will hold a free 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.

Meet the men and women who serve and protect the community every day, ride along with a police officer and become a more informed citizen.

Each course of the Citizens’ Police Academy will be taught by Issaquah officers. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, the interactive courses will cover: Read more

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