King County officials hope that a new flood prevention campaign here will prevent scenes like those in midwestern states where recent flooding of the Mississippi River devastated communities.
Local fire departments, the King County fire marshal and the state Department of Natural Resources ordered restrictions Thursday on outdoor burning in order to reduce the risk of wildfires in the current dry conditions.
Emergency services and healthcare providers will know which hospitals have room for patients via a new online system for monitoring patient counts, according to King County health officials.
King Aquatic Club offers competitive swimming, exercise and social events for kids and young adults 6 to 18 years old. Sometimes they dive into fund-raising for the club, as they did May 2 at Covington Aquatic Center. During the annual, two-hour “swimathon,” participants up to the age of 14 tried to swim a maximum of 200 lengths of the pool to collect on financial pledges made by families, neighbors and businesses. The kids “look forward to it each year,” said Grainne Hed, one of the parents there to count laps and lend encouragement. She also sent in these photos. (More about the club is at http://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=king).
Cara Rudd, whose south King County-area ties include serving the Tahoma School District as a choreographer for student stage productions, finished as the third runnerup in the Miss Washington pageant last weekend.
Cascade Water Alliance, whose members include Covington Water District, has reached an agreement with two Indian tribes on environmental issues involving plans for Lake Tapps to become a regional water source.