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Hamed Shirzad runs Shirzad Jewelry in Kirkland and recently completed an exhibit for the Bellevue Arts Museum, showcasing traditional Persian jewelry. Contributed by Hamed Shirzad

Kirkland’s Hamed Shirzad’s stunning Persian jewelry exhibit debuts at Bellevue Arts Museum

After a decade of work on his labor of love, Kirkland’s Hamed Shirzad has finished a set of Persian jewelry which will soon be on… Continue reading

Hamed Shirzad runs Shirzad Jewelry in Kirkland and recently completed an exhibit for the Bellevue Arts Museum, showcasing traditional Persian jewelry. Contributed by Hamed Shirzad
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High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

  • Apr 12, 2021
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The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Formerly incarcerated people regain right to vote in Washington

Rights restored immediately upon release.

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Salmon update: King County wants cleaner water, more habitat

Salmon and orcas are in the spotlight once again as King County unveils a new strategic plan to rework its approach to protecting water quality… Continue reading

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
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Judge orders Issaquah School District to pay for violating disabilities education act

Issaquah School District was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to provide adequate education to a special education student. The complaint… Continue reading

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Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

More than 20 arrested across the Puget Sound in drug distribution conspiracy

DOJ says law enforcement agencies seized over 70 guns and hundreds of thousands in cash.

Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)
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Snoqualmie volunteer firefighter Robert Angrisano, left, and career firefighter Theresa Tozier were both honored with awards during the Snoqualmie Fire Department’s annual dinner in March 2021.

Snoqualmie firefighters honored during annual award dinner

Several Snoqualmie Fire Department firefighters were recognized for their community service at the department’s annual awards dinner. The dinner was held online, and both career… Continue reading

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Snoqualmie volunteer firefighter Robert Angrisano, left, and career firefighter Theresa Tozier were both honored with awards during the Snoqualmie Fire Department’s annual dinner in March 2021.
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Snoqualmie Tribe, partners, to open Eastside’s first community-based mass vaccination site on April 12

Located at Lake Sammamish State Park, it has capacity for up to 300 people per day.

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Cars lined up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital on March 26 as people awaited their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the hospital’s first mass vaccination event. Contributed by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital mass vaccination event goes smoothly

Wind and rain couldn’t keep more than 800 people from lining up to receive a first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Snoqualmie… Continue reading

Cars lined up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital on March 26 as people awaited their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the hospital’s first mass vaccination event. Contributed by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend flag stuck at full-mast

The city hall flag pole is experiencing technical difficulties.

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
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Sheriff’s office wants help identifying Green River killer victim

Staff reports In 2003, Gary Ridgway, Washington’s notorious Green River killer, pleaded guilty to murdering 48 women. As of today, two of Ridgway’s victims remain… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2021
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King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. File photo

King County needs more lawyers to attack backlog of cases

6,107 open cases is double the normal amount for King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
A view of Mount Si from the Dahlgren property. (Courtesy Photo)

Utility work to begin April 5 on Dahlgren property

Work on a 212-unit apartment complex in North Bend at the Dahlgren property has resumed after clearing and grading work was completed last fall. Crews… Continue reading

A view of Mount Si from the Dahlgren property. (Courtesy Photo)
A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Phase Finder for vaccine eligibility to be eliminated March 31

Eligibility verification via Phase Finder no longer required for appointments, vaccinations beginning this week.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Map of King County Council District 3. Courtesy of King County

2 challenge Lambert for King County Council seat

District 3 position represents much of the rural Eastside and several cities.

Map of King County Council District 3. Courtesy of King County
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County will begin site preparation work for its newest community located at 250 E. 2nd Street in downtown North Bend. Courtesy photo

Habitat for Humanity holds virtual meeting on North Bend development

Habitat for Humanity will be holding a free, virtual public outreach meeting to provide an overview of applicant qualifications and requirements for a new housing… Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County will begin site preparation work for its newest community located at 250 E. 2nd Street in downtown North Bend. Courtesy photo
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Inslee: K-12 schools can reduce COVID social distancing

The governor reduced social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms from 6 feet to 3 feet.

  • Mar 26, 2021
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
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Issaquah School District settles negligence lawsuit for $4.25 million

The lawsuit alleged the district covered for a now-convicted child molester while he was a teacher.

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More people can get the COVID vaccine on March 31, but supply is still limited

The number of people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is set to increase in King County, but the number of available doses has yet… Continue reading

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