Stephanie Quiroz

Eastside firefighter Danika Lawson making coffee at the first brew off event at the Trail Youth Coffee Home on March 19. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Local first responders participate in brew off event at Trail Youth Coffee Home

Firefighters and police officers compete for the brew off trophy.

Eastside firefighter Danika Lawson making coffee at the first brew off event at the Trail Youth Coffee Home on March 19. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Volunteers gathered at Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland for the ceremonial tree planting day on Feb 27. King County Executive Dow Constantine thanked everyone who’s contributed to the milestone for the One Million Trees initiative. Photo courtesy of King County.

King County moves closer to planting one million trees

Volunteers have planted 705,840 trees. Only 425,000 more trees to go.

Volunteers gathered at Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland for the ceremonial tree planting day on Feb 27. King County Executive Dow Constantine thanked everyone who’s contributed to the milestone for the One Million Trees initiative. Photo courtesy of King County.
The King County Council awarded nine citizens the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service on Feb 27. Photo courtesy of King County council.

King County residents receive Martin Luther King medal of distinguished service

Recipients include Eastside King County residents, Amy Biggs and Jim McEachran

The King County Council awarded nine citizens the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service on Feb 27. Photo courtesy of King County council.
Councilmember Kathy Lambert from District 3, donated a “retired” King County Metro van to Carnation Farms. The donated van will benefit the farm in transporting kids to and from educational programs. Photo courtesy of King County council.

Carnation Farms receives “retired” King County van

Van will benefit the farm in transporting kids to and from educational programs

Councilmember Kathy Lambert from District 3, donated a “retired” King County Metro van to Carnation Farms. The donated van will benefit the farm in transporting kids to and from educational programs. Photo courtesy of King County council.
King County Library System (KCLS) is named the leading U.S. library with 4.8 million digital checkouts in 2018 for the fifth year in a row by Rakuten OverDrive. Photo courtesy of KCLS Facebook.

King County Library System exceeds 1 million digital checkouts in 2018

KCLS leads the record for the fifth year in a row

King County Library System (KCLS) is named the leading U.S. library with 4.8 million digital checkouts in 2018 for the fifth year in a row by Rakuten OverDrive. Photo courtesy of KCLS Facebook.
From left, Tara Martin, Lisa Snow, Jeff LaBelle and Jessica Rice completed the process of earning National Board Certification. The National Board Certified Teachers teach at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Photo courtesy of Eastside Catholic School

Eastside teachers earn National Board Certification

Eastside Catholic School teachers earn highest mark of achievement.

From left, Tara Martin, Lisa Snow, Jeff LaBelle and Jessica Rice completed the process of earning National Board Certification. The National Board Certified Teachers teach at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Photo courtesy of Eastside Catholic School
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is excited to serve as chair in the new committee. Courtesy of King County.

Councilmember Kathy Lambert to chair new council committee

Lambert excited to serve as chair of Department of Local Services

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is excited to serve as chair in the new committee. Courtesy of King County.
Young boy carries a sign that reads, “Boys will be good humans.” Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Thousands march in third annual Seattle Women’s March

Marchers include residents from the Eastside

Young boy carries a sign that reads, “Boys will be good humans.” Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Jim Curtis hosted a free martial arts program for veterans on Jan. 16 at the Mount Si Sports and Fitness Facility. The program is geared toward helping veterans who are dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related issues. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Local veteran hosts free martial arts program for military veterans dealing with PTSD

Jim Curtis honors the dead by helping the living

Jim Curtis hosted a free martial arts program for veterans on Jan. 16 at the Mount Si Sports and Fitness Facility. The program is geared toward helping veterans who are dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related issues. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
From left, director of local services John Taylor welcomes Danielle de Clercq as deputy director and Jim Chan as director of the permitting division. Photo courtesy of King County Local Services

King County’s Department of Local Services begins operations

Unincorporated King County rang in the new year with its own department

From left, director of local services John Taylor welcomes Danielle de Clercq as deputy director and Jim Chan as director of the permitting division. Photo courtesy of King County Local Services
Local Boy Scout Troops 115, 425, and 466 will be picking up the trees within the North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City areas on Saturday, January 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 466

Local Boy Scouts recycle Christmas trees for fundraiser

Boy Scout Troops 115, 425 and 466 will pick up trees on Jan. 5.

Local Boy Scout Troops 115, 425, and 466 will be picking up the trees within the North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City areas on Saturday, January 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 466
John Taylor

John Taylor appointed first director of Department of Local Services for King County

Starting January 1, Taylor will lead the new Department of Local Services to better meet the needs of unincorporated King County.

John Taylor
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.

Three Eastside Organizations receive “retired” King County vans

Councilmember Claudia Balducci donates three vans to help each organization in its mission.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.
On Dec. 3, King County Metro launched their new pilot program in partnership with the carpooling apps Waze Carpool and Scoop. The partnership will help commuters find carpooling partners and provide more mobility options to area workers. Courtesy of King County Metro.

King County Metro partners with carpooling apps Waze Carpool and Scoop

Partnership to introduce mobility solutions to help customers get where they need to go.

On Dec. 3, King County Metro launched their new pilot program in partnership with the carpooling apps Waze Carpool and Scoop. The partnership will help commuters find carpooling partners and provide more mobility options to area workers. Courtesy of King County Metro.

The King County Library System Foundation is awarded a grant from Boeing

KCLSF receives an $80,000 grant from the Boeing Company

Stewart will preform her concert series, “A Season for Singing” in various libraries throughout King County. She started off the holiday season with a concert in Skykomish on Nov. 16. Families can visit the KCLS website to find Stewart’s upcoming concerts. Courtesy of Nancy Stewart.

Nancy Stewart’s ‘A Season for Singing’ concert coming to a library near you

King County Library System prepares for its annual Season of Stories and Songs.

Stewart will preform her concert series, “A Season for Singing” in various libraries throughout King County. She started off the holiday season with a concert in Skykomish on Nov. 16. Families can visit the KCLS website to find Stewart’s upcoming concerts. Courtesy of Nancy Stewart.
Veteran’s, Josh Harris and Asa Palagi start security company in early 2018 called Cascadia Global Security. Photo courtesy of CGS.

Two veterans launch private security company

Asa Palagi and Josh Harris start Cascadia Global Security to provide personalized security

Veteran’s, Josh Harris and Asa Palagi start security company in early 2018 called Cascadia Global Security. Photo courtesy of CGS.
L-R: Annalisa Favorido, Melinda Caluori (au pair coordinator), Ellen Gunterberg, Rebekah Medlin, Darcy Shepherd and Karen Zuniga share their cultural exchange experiences. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

A cultural exchange experience in the Valley

Around 40 au pairs live with local families as part of a cultural exchange experience in Snoqualmie and North Bend

L-R: Annalisa Favorido, Melinda Caluori (au pair coordinator), Ellen Gunterberg, Rebekah Medlin, Darcy Shepherd and Karen Zuniga share their cultural exchange experiences. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.