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Northwest Center’s IMPACT program is working to create more inclusive pre-kindergarten education across King County. Courtesy photo

IMPACT works to promote inclusive preschooling in King County

Their goal is to reduce pre-K expulsions.

Northwest Center’s IMPACT program is working to create more inclusive pre-kindergarten education across King County. Courtesy photo
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)

State schools chief urges a vaccine mandate for teachers

The superintendent of public instruction says the governor should require vaccinations for school employees.

  • Aug 12, 2021
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)

Councilmember calls for safety emergency declaration after county courthouse violence

Also proposed is legislation to improve courthouse security measures.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union workers hold a safety strike Aug. 11 after a violent patient left 11 employees injured Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union workers hold a safety strike Aug. 11 after a violent patient left 11 employees injured Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing

Cascade Behavioral Health workers strike after incident involving violent patient

Multiple employees are believed to have been injured and some even hostpitalized following incident.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union workers hold a safety strike Aug. 11 after a violent patient left 11 employees injured Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union workers hold a safety strike Aug. 11 after a violent patient left 11 employees injured Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing
Renee Davis. Courtesy photo

King County to pay family of pregnant mother killed by sheriff deputies

Renee Davis was a 23-year-old mother of three and pregnant when she was killed.

Renee Davis. Courtesy photo
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Photo courtesy of ecigarettereviewed.com

Lawmakers propose sweeping regulations for vaping industry

Bill supporters cite concerns over health issues and teen use.

  • Aug 11, 2021
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Photo courtesy of ecigarettereviewed.com
Courtesy of Weather.com

Another summer heat wave is coming to King County

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s for the second time this summer.

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Gov. Jay Inslee (center) speaks about getting vaccinated during his visit to the Auburn vaccine clinic on June 22, 2021. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Governor will require state employees to get COVID vaccine

Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.

  • Aug 9, 2021
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
Gov. Jay Inslee (center) speaks about getting vaccinated during his visit to the Auburn vaccine clinic on June 22, 2021. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

County employees and supporters march for safer working conditions

Rally was scheduled in light of a recent attack at King County Courthouse.

Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Reagan Dunn will face Kim-Khanh Van in the race for Metropolitan King County Council District 9.

Van will face Dunn for King County Council District 9

Renton city councilmember and attorney will take on four-term incumbent

Reagan Dunn will face Kim-Khanh Van in the race for Metropolitan King County Council District 9.
Seattle Film Summit organizers Chad Hutson (left) and Ben Andrews (right) - (courtesy of Seattle Film Summit)

Seattle Film Summit returns to partial in-person format this September

This year’s event will focus on promoting self-advocacy in the creative sector.

Seattle Film Summit organizers Chad Hutson (left) and Ben Andrews (right) - (courtesy of Seattle Film Summit)
Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo

Federal Way man arrested in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

A Federal Way man was arrested Aug. 4 for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. An FBI Special Agent signed an… Continue reading

Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo
Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record

State’s dairy workers begin earning overtime with new law

“This bill corrects a historic injustice,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines).

Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record
Photo courtesy of King County

King County announces purchase agreement of Federal Way hotel

Hotel and two additional Seattle properties to become part of county’s Health Through Housing homelessness program.

Photo courtesy of King County
Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)

Educational merit of critical race theory sparks heated debate

In Washington, schools have seen parents protest and threaten to remove their children from schools.

Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)
The King County Courthouse. File photo

Sexual assault leads to calls for closing King County Courthouse

Crime is rising in the ’dangerous environment that has surrounded our seat of government.’

The King County Courthouse. File photo
Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are rising in Washington

Data suggests the vaccine is effective in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health
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King County Council OKs millions for courts overwhelmed by pandemic backlog

Some lawyers testified that the backlog has created an “access to justice” problem.

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File photo

Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present

Local exterminator noticed big change in rats over the past 40 years.

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and his challengers, Kim-Khanh Van, Chris Franco, and Ubax Gardheere. Courtesy photos

King County Council District 9 candidates make pitches to voters

Two among Dunn, Franco, Gardheere and Van will advance from Aug. 3 primary

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and his challengers, Kim-Khanh Van, Chris Franco, and Ubax Gardheere. Courtesy photos