Announcements

King County has fewest homicides in ten years

Maintenance Closure for Green Lake Community Center, Evans Pool (Dec. 18 – 26)

Queen Anne Bridge Repair Work Next Week

Seahawks and 12th Man take on the 49ers Saturday

Sound Transit votes to approve $2 million

Sales of tobacco to minors doubles in Seattle


King County has fewest homicides in ten years

In 2010, King County saw the lowest number of deaths due to homicide in the past ten years. The number of suicides also declined, dropping nearly 10 percent from 2009, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s (KCME) report released.  The KCME 2010 annual report presents a detailed analysis of deaths that fell under KCME’s jurisdiction, including suspicious, sudden, unexpected or violent deaths in King County, as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities and drug overdose deaths. For a copy of the full King County Medical Examiner’s 2010 annual report, please call 206-731-3232 or visit kingcounty.gov/health/examiner.


Maintenance Closure for Green Lake Community Center, Evans Pool (Dec. 18 – 26)

Both the community center and pool at Green Lake Park will close starting this weekend to allow for preventive maintenance on the gym floors. The floors will be refinished. Due to the nature of the work being done, the entire facility will be closed to the public. The public restrooms will be available for use, and can be accessed from the outside restroom doors. The schedule of other pools locations can be found online at: seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/currentschedule.htm.


Queen Anne Bridge Repair Work Next Week

Next week, between the two holiday weekends, Dec. 27 through 30, a Seattle Department of Transportation crew will make repairs to the two-lane N Queen Anne Bridge.  During the work, which will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, the westbound lane will be closed to traffic.  Flaggers will manage the flow of traffic on the one lane that will be open across the bridge.  Motorists may experience a slight delay through the work zone.


Seahawks and 12th Man take on the 49ers Saturday

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, the Seattle Seahawks will kick-off against the San Francisco 49ers at CentruryLink Field. A crowd of 67,000 fans is expected to rock the stadium and uphold its 12th Man reputation to help defeat the 49ers.

With the game kicking off at 1 p.m. and wrapping up around 4:30 p.m., there could be additional traffic congestion in Pioneer Square, SODO, and the freeways approaching the stadium area. King County Metro Transit has both regular service and special shuttles for this game. To plan a transit trip to the game, use the convenient Online Trip Planner, or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000. Riders should remember to plan their trip both ways, and know that the shuttles leave the stadium 30 minutes after the end of the game.


Sound Transit votes to approve $2 million

Seattle’s elected leaders welcomed the Sound Transit board’s vote today approving an amendment to their 2012 budget to include $2 million to study of high-capacity transit from Ballard to downtown. Funding to study this corridor was included in the Sound Transit 2 package approved by voters in 2008. This agreement would accelerate that work by several years.


Sales of tobacco to minors doubles in Seattle

Seattle tobacco retailers were caught selling tobacco to underage minors fifteen percent of the time in 2011. This marks an alarming jump of twice the 7 percent sales rate over the previous five years in the city.  Overall, there were 70 sales (from 63 establishments) to minors across Seattle over 468 retailer inspections this year.

Illegal sales of tobacco to minors have doubled throughout King County over the same period, from an average of six percent between 2006 and 2010 to 12 percent in 2011. For more information about tobacco prevention, please visit Public Health – Seattle & King County’s web site at kingcounty.gov/health/tobacco.

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