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A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last week. The fire is listed as 84 percent contained, and fully lined. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Threat multiplier: How climate change, coronavirus and weather are scorching WA

Dry summer conspired with the pandemic and a wind storm.

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last week. The fire is listed as 84 percent contained, and fully lined. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo
Screenshot from the state Employment Security Department’s website at esd.wa.gov.

Workers may qualify for an extra $1,500 in unemployment back pay

A federal program will give some of the state’s unemployed a $300 weekly bump for the past five weeks.

Screenshot from the state Employment Security Department’s website at esd.wa.gov.
King County moves to Stage 2 burn ban

King County moves to Stage 2 burn ban

Outdoor fires, even barbecues or in fire pits, are now prohibited.

  • Sep 8, 2020
King County moves to Stage 2 burn ban
Screenshot of the air quality monitor at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. Courtesy Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

King County faces unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke

Weather monitors recommend people limit time outdoors, especially children, seniors and those with heart or lung disease.

Screenshot of the air quality monitor at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. Courtesy Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
North Bend approves new economic development director
North Bend approves new economic development director
Image courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Massive wildfires incinerate WA

All state Department of Natural Resources lands were closed to recreational activities on Sept. 8.

Image courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Ingrid Anderson is running against incumbent Mark Mullet for the 5th Legislative District’s Senate seat. Photo from Anderson’s campaign Facebook

Inslee endorses Anderson over Mullet for 5th District Senate seat

Mullet, the incumbent, came in second during primary, but has raised more money so far.

Ingrid Anderson is running against incumbent Mark Mullet for the 5th Legislative District’s Senate seat. Photo from Anderson’s campaign Facebook
Amazon adds more office space to Bellevue, now as many new jobs as HQ2

Amazon adds more office space to Bellevue, now as many new jobs as HQ2

The office space for an additional 10,000 jobs, making it 25,000 coming to downtown, is expected to complete in 2023.

Amazon adds more office space to Bellevue, now as many new jobs as HQ2
Snoqualmie’s Train Shed reopens Sept. 11

Snoqualmie’s Train Shed reopens Sept. 11

The Northwest Railway Museum is reopening the Train Shed exhibit hall on Friday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. The exhibit was closed earlier this year… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2020
Snoqualmie’s Train Shed reopens Sept. 11
Constantine announces King County climate action plan

Constantine announces King County climate action plan

Plots an example of decreased stormwater pollution, urban flooding prevention, immigrant connections

Constantine announces King County climate action plan
Robert Allen, 61, and his dog Jaxx have been living at the North Bend Motel since March, as part of a voucher program from Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. The stability a simple motel room provides is allowing Allen to heal from numerous injuries, and highlights the importance of providing shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Providing housing first is saving lives in the Snoqualmie Valley

The valley’s motel voucher program is keeping some of the most vulnerable off the streets.

Robert Allen, 61, and his dog Jaxx have been living at the North Bend Motel since March, as part of a voucher program from Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. The stability a simple motel room provides is allowing Allen to heal from numerous injuries, and highlights the importance of providing shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

COVID continues to whittle away at child care in Washington

It’s estimated that 25% of Washington child care facilities have closed since the pandemic began.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. The well can provide enough water for North Bend, but is required to have two sources of backup water for dry years. It has one backup mitigation source, but still needs another to satisfy Washington State Department of Ecology regulations. File photo

North Bend set to fine Sallal Water Association $2,000 a day

An ordinance requires the water association to provide water usage rates in the city.

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. The well can provide enough water for North Bend, but is required to have two sources of backup water for dry years. It has one backup mitigation source, but still needs another to satisfy Washington State Department of Ecology regulations. File photo
News around the valley: New brews, school schedule, council member censured
News around the valley: New brews, school schedule, council member censured
Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision

Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision

“Decision to close the National Archives in Seattle has far-reaching impacts across the Northwest.”

Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision
COVID-19 cases trending down in the valley after brief spike

COVID-19 cases trending down in the valley after brief spike

Latest numbers from King County

COVID-19 cases trending down in the valley after brief spike
Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.

More than 100 social justice groups call out newly-formed organization

A letter accuses the APPWW of anti-Muslim bias.

Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.
Sonia Joseph wipes away a tear in this December 2017 photo prior to entering the inquest hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent into the fatal shooting of her son Giovonn Joseph-McDade by a Kent police officer in June 2017. File photo

South King County cities win lawsuit over changes to inquest hearings

Court says King County Executive overstepped his authority regarding rules for investigating officer-involved deaths.

Sonia Joseph wipes away a tear in this December 2017 photo prior to entering the inquest hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent into the fatal shooting of her son Giovonn Joseph-McDade by a Kent police officer in June 2017. File photo
A freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo

Another batch of Sammamish kokanee delivered to Orcas Island

Some 250 kokanee fry were taken to the hatchery by ferry.

A freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
Pictured left to right: Former Congressman Dave Reichert, Slade Gorton, and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn visit Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area designation. Courtesy photo

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton dies at 92

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton died Aug. 19 in Seattle at age 92. Gorton’s political career spanned 40 years in Washington state and Washington, D.C.… Continue reading

Pictured left to right: Former Congressman Dave Reichert, Slade Gorton, and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn visit Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area designation. Courtesy photo