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                                A diagram of the Legacy Site that was presented to the Maple Valley City Council.

A farmers market will pop up at the Legacy site

The project is a way to help get eyes on the 50 acres of development area

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                                A diagram of the Legacy Site that was presented to the Maple Valley City Council.

Puget Sound Fire to ask voters for property tax hike

Agency would reduce fire benefit charges in Kent, Covington

A high tide at Raymond’s Willapa Landing Park in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo

On the West Coast, Washington is most prone to sea level rise damage

Report by the Center for Climate Integrity shows multibillion-dollar cost of battling back the sea.

A high tide at Raymond’s Willapa Landing Park in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo
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Buckle up for another smoky summer

Wildfires in Washington will likely roar back this year and into the future.

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Left to right, Ken Beckman, Aaron Beckman, Grant Beckman, Howard Elliot Neely and Jane Neely Beckman. Howard was the then-93-year-old grandson of Aaron Neely, Sr., who built the house. Photo by Karen Meador

Neely Mansion celebrates its 125th

Make sure to visit the nationally-recognized historical home on June 22.

Left to right, Ken Beckman, Aaron Beckman, Grant Beckman, Howard Elliot Neely and Jane Neely Beckman. Howard was the then-93-year-old grandson of Aaron Neely, Sr., who built the house. Photo by Karen Meador
Students from Lake Wilderness Elementary School show off donated food bags they gave to Backpack Buddies for Kids. The Maple Valley nonprofit gives students with food insecurity meals for the weekend and now for the summer.
                                Photo courtesy of Backpack Buddies for Kids of Maple Valley.

Backpack Buddies extends services to summer

Program provides food and vouchers to families in need

Students from Lake Wilderness Elementary School show off donated food bags they gave to Backpack Buddies for Kids. The Maple Valley nonprofit gives students with food insecurity meals for the weekend and now for the summer.
                                Photo courtesy of Backpack Buddies for Kids of Maple Valley.
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                                Pictured left to right: Karen Martin, Primo Voce instructor and Kent Elementary Music Specialist; Nelli Southwick, Covington Elementary; Sophia Dermody, Sunrise Elementary; Elizabeth Ollom, Martin Sortun Elementary; Dennis Mottern, Covington Elementary; Isabelle Paxton, Sunrise Elementary; Irene Biju, Sherwood Forest Elementary, FWSD; Holly Johnson, Maple Valley homeschool; and Taylor Roy, Lake Youngs Elementary. Not pictured is Latin Wombles,Grass Lake Elementary.

Rainer Youth Choirs’ Primo Voce wins first

Covington-based Rainier Youth Choirs’ youngest ensemble won the top award at the adjudicated Music in the Park Festival last weekend, June 7 and 8, in… Continue reading

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                                Pictured left to right: Karen Martin, Primo Voce instructor and Kent Elementary Music Specialist; Nelli Southwick, Covington Elementary; Sophia Dermody, Sunrise Elementary; Elizabeth Ollom, Martin Sortun Elementary; Dennis Mottern, Covington Elementary; Isabelle Paxton, Sunrise Elementary; Irene Biju, Sherwood Forest Elementary, FWSD; Holly Johnson, Maple Valley homeschool; and Taylor Roy, Lake Youngs Elementary. Not pictured is Latin Wombles,Grass Lake Elementary.

“Don’t give up hope” student essay winner says

Crestwood Elementary School student wins Holocaust essay contest

  • Jun 15, 2019

Tasting room proposal could redefine alcohol production in King County

Pilot program would benefit wineries, breweries and distilleries. Several farmers are concerned.

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                                Dave Lutes holds the proclamation from the King County Council declaring June 7 as ‘Dave Lutes Day’ with Amy Erickson and Holly Potts with the Kent School District.

He spent over 40 years in education, so the county gave him a day

After 42 years of working in the Kent School District, David Lutes decided to retire

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                                Dave Lutes holds the proclamation from the King County Council declaring June 7 as ‘Dave Lutes Day’ with Amy Erickson and Holly Potts with the Kent School District.

Community dreams about new downtown Maple Valley

City wonders how to build a downtown with an enriched atmosphere

Coving-coving- Convington Chameleon needs a name

City asks residents to help name new ambassador

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                                Kentlake High School’s graduating class of 2019.

Let’s hear it for the graduates

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors from Kentwood, Kentlake and Tahoma high schools. The reporter writers, editors and staff can’t wait to see what… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019
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                                Kentlake High School’s graduating class of 2019.
A park survey icon created by the City of Maple Valley.

Maple Valley offers parks survey

City wishes to meet families’ needs for parks

A park survey icon created by the City of Maple Valley.

“Do you hear the people sing?” – Tahoma takes home musical achievement

The 5th Avenue Theater award Tahoma students for Les Miserable performance

Bear Robotics show off their wins of the season during the Maple Valley Days Parade on June 8. Photo by Kayse Angel

Another parade, another hit

Maple Valley had it’s annual parade on June 8 along Witte Road. The parade occurs the Saturday of Maple Valley Days. There were businesses and… Continue reading

Bear Robotics show off their wins of the season during the Maple Valley Days Parade on June 8. Photo by Kayse Angel

A fashion fire leads to evacuation

Firefighters investigating department store blaze

  • Jun 10, 2019
In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond back in court

Three attorneys are suing the city and its mayor for unpaid services.

In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still
Justin Gielski, an “American Ninja Warrior” contestant, sits in an ice bath after a workout. With him are his two children, Sophie, 9, and Axel 8. COURTESY PHOTO

Putting it on the line

Maple Valley’s Gielski returns stronger, leaner to give ‘American Ninja Warrior’ another try

Justin Gielski, an “American Ninja Warrior” contestant, sits in an ice bath after a workout. With him are his two children, Sophie, 9, and Axel 8. COURTESY PHOTO
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                                Cedar River students and staff stand together after receiving the Golden Can award.

Cedar River Elementary wins Golden Can Award

Students donated the most pounds of canned goods per student than others in the district

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                                Cedar River students and staff stand together after receiving the Golden Can award.