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King County charter update targets police oversight, elections, council size

A commission is reviewing the county’s charter and will make recommendations by May.

 

Primrose School of West Bellevue saw a second location in Washington open in 2018. Madison Miller/staff photo.

Parents are feeling the pinch of child care costs

A King County report charts ways the county could reduce child care costs and boost access.

 

City wrestles with pending budget shortfalls

Auburn faces grim financial outlook as the council looks for possible solutions

 

Law would prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state

Canada has already banned this procedure

  • Feb 21, 2019

Split Washington in two? 51st state movement highlights cultural divide

Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane introduces bill to establish state in Eastern Washington called Liberty

  • Feb 21, 2019
Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, on the House floor. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Legislature

Entenman passes bill to crack down on sex traffickers

Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, 47th Legislative District, passed her first bill as a state legislator out of the state House of Representatives last week by… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2019
Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, on the House floor. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Legislature

Auburn School Board to recognize outstanding staff member

The Auburn School District Board of Directors will recognize Svetlana Marar, custodian at Lea Hill Elementary, as the outstanding staff member of the month at… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2019

State of the Cities luncheon is Tuesday, March 5

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerc’e annual State of the Cities Connect Luncheon is Tuesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2019

Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says

‘State and local law enforcement must uphold Washington law.’

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Truth in government bill seeks to change state agency name

Taxpayer advocate and state Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, has introduced truth-in-government legislation that accurately portrays the work of a state agency. Senate Bill 5925 would… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2019
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I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector flyover ramp to open Thursday

Critical link to 40-mile express toll lanes corridor will improve traffic operations by eliminating weaving

  • Feb 20, 2019

Teens urged to enter museum’s My Hometown Writing Contest

Deadline to enter is March 17

  • Feb 20, 2019

Infield of main ballfield at Brannan Park to get synthetic turf

City Council OKs $611,268 project at the main ballpark; all-weather rug will cut down on game rain-outs

Two Payless ShoeSource stores in Auburn to close when company folds

Payless ShoeSource last Friday announced plans to shutter its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including the stores at 1215 Auburn Way… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, activists fight youth incarceration in King County

No New Youth Jail Coalition members send Valentines to King County officials asking them to reconsider funding priorities

Utility work to affect intersection of Auburn Avenue and 1st Street NE

On Thursday, Feb. 21, utility work by InfraSource for Puget Sound Energy will require lane closures and disruptions to all directions of Auburn Avenue at… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Southbound traffic backs up as northbound drivers cruise on with ease on the Highway 99 viaduct on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

WSDOT hopes ‘Viadoom’ habits continue

The department credits commuters with adapting to the closure and mitigating impacts.

Southbound traffic backs up as northbound drivers cruise on with ease on the Highway 99 viaduct on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Former two-term state Senator Joe Fain has a new job – president and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce selects Fain as new president and CEO

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it had selected former 47th Legislative District State Sen. Joe Fain to be its new president and… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2019
Former two-term state Senator Joe Fain has a new job – president and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Auburn Police arrest Kent man suspected in hit-and-run incident that seriously injured boy

Auburn Police have arrested a Kent man suspected of being the driver in a hit-and-run incident that left a 15-year-old boy seriously injured. The 26-year-old… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2019

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.