Log jams adding to Green River’s danger

Log jams adding to Green River’s danger

Two log jams were blocking most of the Green River this week, creating a hazard for anyone using the stream, according to authorities.

The jams, which are almost back-to-back, are about two miles downstream from Flaming Geyser State Park. People rafting on the river could be swept into and under the jams and possibly drown, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff Department said Wednesday.

The department posted signs along the river warning of the danger and advised anyone using the river to head to shore no later than Metzler Park, an undeveloped site at about 186th Ave Southeast off Green Valley Road.

Rivers throughout western Washington are running fast and high and are very cold, making for dangerous conditions, officials said.

Airman finishes basic military training

Andriy Odayskyy, son of Iryna Gifford of Covington, has completed basic military training as an Air Force airman at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The six weeks of training included physical conditioning, rifle marksmanship and field exercises.

MV automotive shop certified by AAA

AAA has formally certified Automotive Experts of Maple Valley as a AAA-approved auto repair facility.

The status is based on history of customer service and reputation, equipment standards and certification of technicians, according to AAA Washington/Inland.

Arboretum hosts class on flower presses

Lake Wilderness Arboretum will host a class on how to build and use a flower press for collecting specimens for display.

Non-members will pay $15 for the class, which is free for members. Advance registration, which is required, and information are available at