News Around the Valley: Grants, COVID-19, business assistance, salmon sightings

Grants available for community organizations, chambers

Chambers of Commerce and community-based organizations that provide marketing, technical assistance and economic development to small businesses in unincorporated King County are eligible for a one-time $10,000 grant if they have not already received funding from the county Chamber Grant program.

More information can be found online at the King County Department of Local Services webpage. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Coronavirus fall surge

Washington state health experts are predicting a surge in coronavirus cases as the country moves into fall. New cases are exploding throughout the U.S. as the weather brings people indoors.

The state is urging people to continue wearing masks, commit to fewer and smaller social gatherings and create safe workplaces by social distancing, rigorous cleaning and universal mask wearing.

According to the King County coronavirus dashboard, there were 99 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days, as of Oct. 27. Cases have been rising in the county since late September.

Minority, non-English speaking business assistance

The Washington state Department of Commerce has partnered with 20 community-based organizations to provide technical assistance for minority and non-English speaking owned business in the county, which have been disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. More information is available on the Washington state Department of Commerce website.

Salmon sighting season is here

Salmon are migrating back to their home rivers and streams to spawn, and there’s no better time to see them than before the end of November.

The 14th annual Salmon SEEson program provides information on virtual and self-guided viewing locations around King County. More information is available on the Salmon SEEson website.