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Covington officials have begun accepting applications for appointment to a vacancy on the city’s Planning Commission.
King County Sheriff Sue Rahr has developed a proposed 2009 budget that she said offers creative ways to trim spending while minimizing cuts of deputies to about of what she originally feared.
As Mark Haddock leaves the Kent School District, he’s leaving local schools on a more level playing field than when he arrived. The assistant superintendent for learning and school improvement retired at the end of June from his district position and will take up a teaching job for the second time at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.
Black Diamond Miners Days opens this Friday and continues through Sunday. The fifth annual festival will include merchants’ sidewalk sales all three days, a lunch hosted by Eastern Star on Saturday, a barbecue and chili cookoff and a wine-tasting (the latter at Mama Passarelli’s Dinner House) on Saturday, and a casino night Saturday.
For the second straight year, Green River Community College is hosting student leaders from Bangladesh for a Leadership Institute as part of a federal grant program funded by the U.S. State Department.
Citizens participating in a forum on Covington’s economic development came up with the following when asked for suggestions on how to build a lasting economy, examples of businesses that fit with the city, and unique opportunities for Covington:
Downtown Covington is booming with new development, but residents who attended an economic development forum hosted by the city want to see more of everything, from restaurants to shops to hotels.
King County Executive Ron Sims wants a 25-cent fare increase on Metro Transit buses to help offset rising fuel costs and avoid cutting any service.
In a few months, the privilege of using the boat launch at Lake Meridian might cost a few dollars. The funds would be used to help maintain the launch, as well as to control weeds in the lake. The fee also could cut down the number of boats to help prevent overcrowding on the water.
A State Route 169 bridge across the Green River near Black Diamond has been declared safe for traffic following emergency repairs of the roadway last week.
James Koch wants to make sure fellow volunteer firefighters stay safe, so he is supporting Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety’s levy lid lift – Proposition 1 – which will be on the Aug. 19 primary election ballot. Koch is part of the three-member Citizen Committee to Pass Maple Valley Proposition 1, along with Jim Blumenthal and Paul Bokar. If the measure is passed by voters in the district, which includes Maple Valley and some Covington areas, it will allow Maple Valley Fire (also known as Fire District 43) to restore its property taxing level to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, chief Tim Lemon explained.
King County and the union for its sheriff deputies have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract.
Bill Blair, 69, an active member of the community who served on the city’s Planning Commission, died June 19 at his home in Covington.
The home of Darcy Burner, a candidate for Congress in the district that includes Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington, was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning.
The Covington, Maple Valley, and Black Diamond branches of the King County Library System are seeking volunteers to teach beginning computer classes such as “Introduction to Computers,” “Internet Level 1,” “E-mail Basics” and “Microsoft Office Products.” Applicants will be trained to be NetMaster volunteers.
Tahoma Learning Community, a program affiliated with the Tahoma School District, offers offers art and sports camps and other activities this summer.