King Co. council member: Biodiesel costly, risky

This may surprise you. King County Metro is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. That fuel is canola-based biodiesel.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Initiative 26, partisan alternative head to ballot

The King County Council placed an alternative to Initiative 26, alongside the initiative on the August primary ballot. Initiative 26 was signed by more than 80,000 King County voters last winter and, if approved, will make the offices of King County executive, council and assessor nonpartisan.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Passionate, skilled Russert leaves behind life lessons

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack?

  • Jun 17, 2008

Don’t let alcohol stand in the way of graduate’s future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this weekend; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

  • Jun 14, 2008

Obama’s running mate? There are better options than Hillary

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

  • Jun 11, 2008

City of Pacific staying busy this summer

This is going to be a busy summer. Not only with events, but many of the long-term projects we have been working on over the past four years will be moving forward.

  • Jun 10, 2008

All the smarts in the world still can’t keep some afloat | Pat Cashman

Ever met one of those people who seemingly can do everything? I know a guy like that. He speaks approximately 47 different languages fluently, including Esperanto. He can play 14 musical instruments – simultaneously. And yet, I recently found out something he doesn’t know how to do – at all. Amazingly, he doesn’t know how to swim.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Auburn teacher, student who formed special bond reunite

From the beginning, Auburn’s Nikkolis O’Neal took a special interest in how things worked mechanically. It was his way of finding order in a distracted, often confused world of learning inside a crowded classroom.

Kent bike ride looks to raise motorists’ awareness of cyclists

It was a drizzly, cold evening May 21 at the James Street Park and Ride lot in Kent. But the inclement weather didn’t stop a band of cyclists from the task at hand: riding an 11-mile route to acknowledge the untimely deaths of their comrades. The event was the Ride of Silence, a worldwide rolling gesture aimed at those who share the road with cyclists, walkers and runners. And it was Kent’s first foray into the event.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Ron Paul campaign lends excitement to state Republican convention

The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town. Instead the tenacious Ron Paul people, who made up more than a third of the delegates, contested the McCain forces on virtually every front.

  • Jun 6, 2008

Hollywood needs to adjust its act with customers

Critics also swooned over “Sweeney Todd”, the musical box office flop about a bloodthirsty British barber who slits the throats of his customers and makes hash (literally) of their bodies.

  • Jun 2, 2008

New on the menu? Important nutritional information to chew on

The King County Board of Health made history last week, and it is a change you’ll soon see when dining out. We passed legislation, after extensive negotiation with the Washington Restaurant Association, which requires chain restaurants to provide consumers with nutrition information.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Bag this: Embrace the dark if you truly want to be green

Aneighbor of mine – Tony – is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously. For example, he tells me that he’s recently begun recycling his newspaper each week.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Family gives ultimate assist to save a life

When Gail Baker’s husband suddenly collapsed at their Auburn-area home, she instinctively knew what to do.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Water rights, future practices at Lake Tapps demand closer attention

The Lake Tapps problems is a series of very complicated issues. But very simply, it’s about water and who is entitled to it.

  • Jun 2, 2008

A lost commandment? Thou shalt not get off track

I was sure sorry to see of the passing of the famous actor Charlton Heston a couple of weeks ago. I especially liked him as Moses in the movie “The Ten Commandments.” Moses lived to be 120; Charlton Heston, a mere 84.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Impounding trouble in your own back yard

Imagine a pair of ferocious untrained pit bulls on the loose, suddenly free from the backyard confines of their careless owner and threatening a quiet Auburn neighborhood.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Finally, a serious transportation plan on the right road

Put aside for a moment the pros and cons of Dino Rossi’s just released transportation plan and consider this: It outlines what direction we should go in, why, how to get there, and how we’ll pay for it.

  • Jun 2, 2008