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Herbicide used to ward off weeds in Lake Wilderness

The city of Maple Valley is treating Lake Wilderness with an herbicide in an effort to control invasive, non-native aquatic weeds.

  • Jul 11, 2008

Another bridge in need of repairs

Safety-related concerns have been raised about another bridge in southeast King County, this one part of Southeast Green Valley Road.

  • Jul 11, 2008

Applicants sought for city Planning Commission

Covington officials have begun accepting applications for appointment to a vacancy on the city’s Planning Commission.

  • Jul 11, 2008

Voter registration deadlines near

Deadlines are approaching for voters who either need to register or change their voter records in order to be eligible for next month's primary election.July… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2008

Less deputies would lose jobs under King County Sheriff’s budget proposal

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
Mark Haddock

Kent superintendent leaves district for teaching gig at St. Martin’s

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
Mark Haddock
A pair of elk contemplated crossing a road in Maple Valley as dusk was falling June 27. They were spotted near the old Tahoma Middle School and gave a photographer ample time to click away.
A pair of elk contemplated crossing a road in Maple Valley as dusk was falling June 27. They were spotted near the old Tahoma Middle School and gave a photographer ample time to click away.

Miners Days rolls back into Black Diamond Friday

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008

Covington School Briefs | July 9

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008

Citizens offer economic development suggestions for Covington

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:

  • Jul 10, 2008
The new Home Depot store

Covington citizens say they want variety in downtown development

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
The new Home Depot store

King County exec wants 25-cent fare increase to offset Metro fuel costs

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
This might be the last summer before fees are charged to launch boats at Lake Meridian

Lake Meridian boat launch fees could take effect by October

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
This might be the last summer before fees are charged to launch boats at Lake Meridian

State DOT OK’s SR-169 bridge repairs, declares it traffic safe

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.

  • Jul 10, 2008
Firefigthter Blake Cleveland inspects one of the fire trucks of Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety. Equipment and other basics of the fire district are paid for through a levy that voters will decide on next month.

Maple Valley citizens cite firefighter safety in push to pass Prop. 1

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.

  • Jul 9, 2008
Firefigthter Blake Cleveland inspects one of the fire trucks of Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety. Equipment and other basics of the fire district are paid for through a levy that voters will decide on next month.

Deputies and county have tentative deal

King County and the union for its sheriff deputies have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract.

  • Jul 8, 2008

Bill Blair wanted to ‘make his community better’

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.

  • Jul 5, 2008

Fire destroys candidate’s house

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.

  • Jul 5, 2008
This was the week for a crumbling hillside beside State Route 169 near Black Diamond to undergo emergency repairs by the state Department of Transportation (DOT). Workers impaled the slope with soil nails (above) and then sprayed it with concrete (left). If the hillside hadn’t been stabilized
This was the week for a crumbling hillside beside State Route 169 near Black Diamond to undergo emergency repairs by the state Department of Transportation (DOT). Workers impaled the slope with soil nails (above) and then sprayed it with concrete (left). If the hillside hadn’t been stabilized
Lois VanDress

How to be a computer NetMaster

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.

  • Jul 4, 2008
Lois VanDress