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Puget Sound Fire District rescuers work to remove a tree that pinned a man in an apartment complex in unincorporated Maple Valley on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. 
                                Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Fire.

Man pinned under a tree after it falls into an apartment

Fourteen emergency services respond outside of Maple Valley

  • Feb 23, 2020

 

Charter review could overhaul King County Sheriff’s Office

Several changes to the King County Sheriff’s Office were proposed.

 

PNW plant-based foods could help in climate fight

Animal products create a lot of emissions, but veggie alternatives are coming from King County.

 

Neighbors warn Covington homeowner of roof fire

Puget Sound Fire units responded to a single-family residence in Covington just after 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at the 18200 block of 262… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

He thought his wife died, she was found in Covington

Missing elderly woman found in the same clothes she left in after months of being missing

  • Feb 20, 2020
The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo

Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities

Last minute amendment exempted ICE detainment facility.

  • Feb 19, 2020
The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo
A proposal to make King County Metro fares free for low-income households could be approved in the coming months. File photo

King County considers free transit for low-income residents

The program would target those at or below 80 percent of the federal poverty level.

A proposal to make King County Metro fares free for low-income households could be approved in the coming months. File photo

Replica of Vietnam Memorial making Enumclaw stop

A local vet has spent six years trying to secure this opportunity.

A 300-foot long hose stretches across a Covington property after a barn caught fire the morning of Friday, Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

Barn catches fire Friday morning

One Covington resident’s Valentine’s Day started off heated when their barn caught fire early in the morning. At 7:56 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, a… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2020
A 300-foot long hose stretches across a Covington property after a barn caught fire the morning of Friday, Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
Courtesy Photo, Kent School District

Voters approving Kent School District levy

52.6 percent in favor; 47.3 percent against

Courtesy Photo, Kent School District

Demo plans for Covington Elementary underway

City Council approves contract with architects to begin demolition process

From the Reporter archive. Photo by Kayse Angel
                                Protesters stand outside in the freezing weather on Nov. 4, 2017 to protest the proposed asphalt plant on Maple Valley Highway.

Activist group sparked by grant

“Save the Cedar River” was awarded $20,000 to oppose planned asphalt plant

From the Reporter archive. Photo by Kayse Angel
                                Protesters stand outside in the freezing weather on Nov. 4, 2017 to protest the proposed asphalt plant on Maple Valley Highway.

Tahoma levies passing on election night

The voters have spoken and after months of campaigning the Tahoma School District’s two proposed levies are passing. According to initial election results, available by… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens, 17, died Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy photo

Law enforcement challenges report on sting operation that killed Federal Way teen

King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight’s findings rattle Sheriff’s Office, police union.

Federal Way resident Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens, 17, died Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy photo

Unstable housing? Apply for Section 8

Applications open in February for housing vouchers

  • Feb 11, 2020
In 2018, the city of Seattle approved and then repealed a head tax within a month. It would have levied a $275 per employee tax on businesses grossing more than $20 million annually. Sound Publishing file photo

County head tax bill passes committee

Bill would let King County levy a tax on businesses to fund housing and address homelessness.

In 2018, the city of Seattle approved and then repealed a head tax within a month. It would have levied a $275 per employee tax on businesses grossing more than $20 million annually. Sound Publishing file photo
Covington Police Chief Andrew McCurdy speaks with local kids about police work and safety during the Coffee with a Cop event at the Covington Chick-fil-A on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Photo courtesy of the City of Covington.

Chicken sandwiches, coffee and cops

Locals turn out to regular Coffee with a Cop event

  • Feb 11, 2020
Covington Police Chief Andrew McCurdy speaks with local kids about police work and safety during the Coffee with a Cop event at the Covington Chick-fil-A on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Photo courtesy of the City of Covington.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill of the 2020 legislative session into law. On the right stands the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, who is wearing a red tie. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Gov. Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education

Law shifts a portion of the tax burden to large tech companies.

  • Feb 11, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill of the 2020 legislative session into law. On the right stands the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, who is wearing a red tie. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service
Sound Publishing file photo

King County Council could place roads levy lift on 2020 ballot

Levy could increase taxes for a median home by about $224 a year.

Sound Publishing file photo
King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County Metro bus fleet will be electrified by 2035

Future base in South King County would house hundreds of the zero-emission vehicles.

King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov