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FILE PHOTO: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Dozens of King County Sheriff’s Office employees left jobs instead of getting vaccinated

This added on to the existing number of vacancies in the department.

FILE PHOTO: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 coming to Interior Health

Testing can tell whether cases are rising or falling in a community

  • May 11, 2022
  • by Bill Metcalfe
Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted
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King County audit finds backlog of property tax exemption applications for seniors, people with disabilities, and disabled veterans

The auditors found that program expansions lead to three-times the amount of applications.

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Screenshot from video press conference)

AG announces $518 million settlement from pharmaceutical companies over their role in opioid crisis

Most of the settlement money will be used to mitigate the opioid crisis in Washington.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Screenshot from video press conference)
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WSP looking for witnesses to a shooting on Highway 18

Shots fired at truck April 29 in Auburn

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Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen.

FBI searching for Auburn couple convicted for fraud, skipped sentencing

The two were last seen leaving a Federal Way hotel on May 1.

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Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen.
Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi Inslee, listen to challenges faced by teachers on May 4 in Renton. (Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)

Inslee visits Renton High School to proclaim Teachers Appreciation Week

Amid teacher shortage, Renton pilots program to fast-track students into educators for the district.

Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi Inslee, listen to challenges faced by teachers on May 4 in Renton. (Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
A flow chart showing the protection order process (Screenshot from King County Auditor’s Office report)

County auditor finds barriers to access, inequities in outcomes for people seeking protection orders

The auditors made several recommendations to improve the protection order process.

A flow chart showing the protection order process (Screenshot from King County Auditor’s Office report)
Patti Cole-Tindall (Courtesy of King County)

Patti Cole-Tindall is named new King County Sheriff

A hearing and confirmation process for the appointment is set to begin on May 18.

Patti Cole-Tindall (Courtesy of King County)
Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.

JUDGED BY XII (Episode 3): Behind the decision to charge a police officer with murder | King County Local Dive

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
Police lights (File photo)
Police lights (File photo)
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How unintended consequences led to King County’s removal of a Green River levee

Officials say the levee destroyed wetland habitat critical for salmon over 60 years.

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The Enumclaw library passes out free at-home rapid COVID tests last January. Sound Publishing file photo

COVID levels rise to ‘medium’ transmission risk in King County

No new restrictions, recommendations or regulations were suggested by health officer Jeff Duchin

The Enumclaw library passes out free at-home rapid COVID tests last January. Sound Publishing file photo
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Snoqualmie Tribe receives support from national tribal law experts in case regarding treaty rights

Tribe Chairman says the case may be “the most important Tribal Supreme Court case of our generation.”

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A man who appears to be President Joe Biden is seen in the back seat of a car in the president’s motorcade, departing the Green River College after the president’s speech. Photo by Alex Bruell/Sound Publishing

Biden’s visit to Auburn prompts crowds, protests, and a little bit of everything

President Joe Biden made a stop at the Green River College in Auburn on April 22 during his two-day visit to Washington and Oregon last… Continue reading

A man who appears to be President Joe Biden is seen in the back seat of a car in the president’s motorcade, departing the Green River College after the president’s speech. Photo by Alex Bruell/Sound Publishing
Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.

Judged by XII (Episode 2): Police officer’s history of violence | King County Local Dive

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
The Sammamish Valley is home to a collection of farms, wineries and tasting rooms. File photo
The Sammamish Valley is home to a collection of farms, wineries and tasting rooms. File photo

King County continues to grapple with alcohol rules in rural areas

Much of the debate surrounds wineries, breweries and distilleries operating as retail businesses.

The Sammamish Valley is home to a collection of farms, wineries and tasting rooms. File photo
The Sammamish Valley is home to a collection of farms, wineries and tasting rooms. File photo
Blue surgical masks overhead view (Adobe stock image)

Face coverings no longer required on transit and in transit facilities in Puget Sound region

The policy change is related to a federal judge’s decision to strike down mask mandates on airplanes.

Blue surgical masks overhead view (Adobe stock image)
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Public health agencies link Norovirus outbreak to oysters from British Columbia

As of early April, 103 norovirus illnesses have been reported from 13 states, 62 in Washington.

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