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Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a past news conference. (Screenshot courtesy of TVW)

Masks required at big outdoor events; vaccine mandates expanded

Governor’s mask order takes effect Sept. 13.

  • Sep 9, 2021
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com and Joseph Thompson jthompson@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a past news conference. (Screenshot courtesy of TVW)
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King County is looking for community members to help oversee law enforcement accountability

Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight is in need of applicants.

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Garbage at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley. FILE PHOTO

Why burning our trash may not be as bad as it sounds

Understanding waste-to-energy’s financial and environmental impact in King County.

Garbage at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley. FILE PHOTO
People hold up signs in protest of Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest proclamations during a Rally for Medical Freedom on Aug. 25 in Buckley. Photo by Alex Bruell/Sound Publishing

State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate

An agreement between the state and their union also provides for some leeway in meeting the deadline.

  • Sep 7, 2021
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
People hold up signs in protest of Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest proclamations during a Rally for Medical Freedom on Aug. 25 in Buckley. Photo by Alex Bruell/Sound Publishing
Matt Axe, the Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Coordinator with the King Conservation District, speaks to homeowner Anita Kissee-Wilder about fire reduction strategies at her home in North Bend on Aug. 24. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.

King County braces for more wildfires in rural areas

Firefighters have already responded to a number of large fires.

Matt Axe, the Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Coordinator with the King Conservation District, speaks to homeowner Anita Kissee-Wilder about fire reduction strategies at her home in North Bend on Aug. 24. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.
Juanita High School student Ria Mahon. Courtesy photo

Student brings awareness to menstrual health among Puget Sound’s homeless

When Ria Mohan, a junior of Juanita High School in Kirkland, had to choose a topic of focus for a HOSA (Future Health Professionals) research… Continue reading

Juanita High School student Ria Mahon. Courtesy photo
Front windows damaged at North Benson Urgent Care Clinic. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing

North Benson Urgent Care Clinic remains closed after property damage

Two seperate incidents caused window damage, according to the clinic.

Front windows damaged at North Benson Urgent Care Clinic. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing
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King County to require masks at large outdoor gatherings of 500 or more

New health officer order to control the spread of COVID-19

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This 2019 security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Courtesy photo

Oversight office releases scathing report on King County Sheriff’s Office

Report analyzes 2019 killing of Anthony Chilcott by deputies.

This 2019 security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Courtesy photo
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King County Council steps closer to establishing hate crime hotline

The program is aimed at reducing the number of unreported hate crimes.

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Gov. Jay Inslee (left) bumps elbows with Auburn Vaccine Clinic staff member Mary Johnson (right) on June 22, 2021. Inslee visited the clinic to promote vaccinations in lower King County. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

COVID-19 surge puts strain on local hospitals

Delta is the predominate strain in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee (left) bumps elbows with Auburn Vaccine Clinic staff member Mary Johnson (right) on June 22, 2021. Inslee visited the clinic to promote vaccinations in lower King County. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip. (Photo courtesy of United States Military)

King County Councilman calls for plan to help Afghan refugees settle here

Washington state expects roughly 6,000 refugees to come from Afghanistan.

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip. (Photo courtesy of United States Military)
Highline College in Des Moines is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Washington state. File photo

State looks at college enrollment goals for high school students

“We want to close racial and ethnic gaps.”

Highline College in Des Moines is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Washington state. File photo
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Kent-Meridian graduate becomes new Covington police chief

Megan Roberts replaces Andy McCurdy

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Inslee to provide clemency to those convicted under “unconstitutional” drug possession law

Governor’s office says 1200 people are eligible for clemency after State v. Blake decision.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital (courtesy of Seattle Children’s)

Group demands accountability following Seattle Children’s racism investigation

King County Equity Now petition calls for resignations and community program funding.

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Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing

Governor reinstates indoor mask rule, whether you’re vaxed or not

Inslee also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.

  • Aug 18, 2021
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com and Joseph Thompson jthompson@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing
Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo

Some people qualify for third shot of vaccine, says health department

New guidance comes as cases skyrocket in Washington and nation.

Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo
A map of preserved land and potentially preserved land under the Land Conservation Initiative (courtesy of King County)

King County preserves thousands of acres of farmland from development

The move is under the Land Conservation Initiative aimed at preserving 65,000 acres.

A map of preserved land and potentially preserved land under the Land Conservation Initiative (courtesy of King County)
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King County Fire Marshal enacts Stage 2 burn ban

The ban prohibits all outdoor recreational fires.

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