Covington teen serves as page and more community news

Covington teen serves as page

Payton Arnett, an eighth grader at Buena Vista SDA School, spent a week as a page for Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn.

The program allows students an opportunity to spend a week working at the Legislature.

Arnett joined the page program because he wanted to learn how the government works and what the page program was like, he said in a media release.

He also said his favorite part was “all of the unique experiences and learning opportunities.”

He is 14 years old and lives in Covington.

Students interested in the page program can visit, for more information.

New educational opportunity launches in Covington

Green River College will offer free workshops and lectures as well as for credit courses at the Covington Library beginning this spring.

The workshops and lectures are free and open to the public. There is no RSVP needed and library membership is not required.

According to Sandra Davidson, Covington and SE King County program manager at Green River College, the program aims to provide community members the resources needed to reach their goals, whether that is to get a promotion at work, finish a stalled degree or learn a new skill.

Covington City Manager Regan Bolli agrees and sees the endeavor as a chance for community members to better they employment and life overall.

The inaugural workshop — “New Year, New Career” — is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

For more information, visit

Residents invited to open house

An open house scheduled for March 20 in Renton will give community members the chance to view proposed changes to federal flood maps, discuss the potential impacts of these changes and to provide feedback.

The preliminary maps describe flood areas along several rivers and streams in King County — including the Green River, the Cedar River, Springbrook Creek, Mill Creek, the Black River, Kelsey Creek and the west tributary of Kelsey Creek, a media release stated.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the banquet room at the Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway.

The city of Renton, the King County Flood Control District is hosting the open house and FEMA representatives will also be in attendance.

More information on flooding and flood safety in King County is available at

Visit state parks for free

On Monday March 19 Discover Passes are not needed to visit state parks on its 105th birthday.

Statewide there are more than 100 parks and recreation sites and trails to visit. This is the third of 12 “free days” in 2018.

The remaining free days are:

• Saturday, April 14 — Springtime free day

• Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day

• Saturday, June 2 — National Trails Day

• Saturday, June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day

• Sunday, June 10 — Free Fishing Day

• Saturday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday

• Saturday, Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day

• Sunday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

• Friday, Nov. 23 — Autumn free day

Discover passes are $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a one-day pass. For more information, visit

Beauty and the Beast coming March 30

The Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company will be performing Beauty and the Beast starting March 30 until April 7 at Green River College in Auburn.

The opening show March 30 begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 253-833-9111 ext. 2400.

WSP career camp

The Washington State Patrol is hosting a career camp for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in law enforcement.

Applications are now being accepted for the 41st annual Washington State – Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp help in Shelton from July 22 to 28.

Applications can be downloaded at The deadline is May 6.

Students are given hands-on opportunities and will have exposure to problems and challenges officers face daily.