Andy Hobbs

King County and Public Health have turned a former Econo Lodge motel into an emergency isolation/quarantine facility on Central Avenue in Kent. File photo

King County reports 27 coronavirus cases in homeless shelters

County has provided 60 motel vouchers so far for quarantining homeless individuals.


Joint statement from the mayors of Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Tukwila, Enumclaw, Algona and Pacific was issued Sunday, March 22, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtesy of City of Kent

South King County mayors: Please stay home, follow best practices

Update - 6 p.m. Monday, March 23 Additional mayors across King County have added their names to the list. The mayors of Des Moines (Matt… Continue reading


King County bus ad hitchhikes with the media | Andy Hobbs

An old ad for Pep cereal says that “the harder a wife works, the cuter she looks.” That ad shows the 1950s shirt-and-tie businessman doting on his apron-clad housewife, who holds a duster in her helpless little hand. She thrives on cooking, cleaning and dusting because “I always get my vitamins” from the cereal.


Maple Valley couple interviewed for episode of ‘Disappeared’

For a few hours, Federal Way became an unlikely stage for cable television. Last week, an NBC TV crew from New York interviewed Maple Valley residents Tom and Tanya Rider for an episode of “Disappeared” on the Investigation Discovery Channel. In 2007, Tanya Rider was stranded in her car for eight days after crashing into a ravine off Highway 169 in Renton.

Finding some empathy for immigrants | Andy Hobbs

As the Puget Sound region's population grows, so will scrutiny over Korean immigration. Earlier this month, a handful of Federal Way officials and leaders visited South Korea, armed with a sales pitch for Korean investors. One tool in their arsenal is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which grants green cards to foreigners (and their families) who pump $1 million into Federal Way’s economy.

Marijuana petitioners clash with ACLU over legalization effort

A grass-roots campaign is under way to legalize marijuana in Washington state. Sensible Washington is the political committee behind Initiative 1068, which seeks to remove criminal penalties involving adult use, possession and cultivation of marijuana. I-1068 needs 241,153 valid voter signatures by the July 2 deadline in order to appear on November's election ballot.

Online military voting next step in revolution of modern life through the Interent

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the military helped raise one of her biggest children. The Internet evolved from Cold War competition between the U.S. and former Soviet Union. Experimentation by the Department of Defense was instrumental in pushing and shaping the Internet’s development decades before “online” became a household term.