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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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Friends of the Trail crew members scope out a pile of trash before cleaning it. Contributed by Wade Holden

Friends of the Trail celebrates 25 years

The nonprofit has been working to haul dumped trash out of public land in King County.

Friends of the Trail crew members scope out a pile of trash before cleaning it. Contributed by Wade Holden
Bellevue police standoff. File photo

Eastside police agencies form independent use of force investigation team

Agencies from Snoqualmie to Mercer Island, along with the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, are slated to be part of it.

Bellevue police standoff. File photo
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Insurers told to stop using credit scores to set rates

A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.

  • Mar 24, 2021
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)
Mt. Si senior quarterback Clay Millen looks for a receiver to connect with during the Wildcats’ 23-13 victory over Bellevue on March 12, 2021. On one play in the second half, Millen broke free from three Bellevue tacklers and threw the ball 30 yards for a touchdown. Millen nailed two touchdown passes to Zach Soliday and one to Jacob Shaffer. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions

Students return to SVSD classrooms

The one exception is for online remote middle school students.

Mt. Si senior quarterback Clay Millen looks for a receiver to connect with during the Wildcats’ 23-13 victory over Bellevue on March 12, 2021. On one play in the second half, Millen broke free from three Bellevue tacklers and threw the ball 30 yards for a touchdown. Millen nailed two touchdown passes to Zach Soliday and one to Jacob Shaffer. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)

Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

  • Mar 23, 2021
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)
Tom Merry of Rainier Asphalt and Mike Day of Fury Site Works on the new Tanner Trail extension. Contributed by North Bend

Two businesses make donations to improve Tanner Trail

Contributed by North Bend Earlier this month, two North Bend businesses – Rainier Asphalt & Concrete and Fury Site Works – donated time, equipment and… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2021
Tom Merry of Rainier Asphalt and Mike Day of Fury Site Works on the new Tanner Trail extension. Contributed by North Bend
A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo

Bill would end Native imagery for public schools, teams

30 high schools in Washington affected

  • Mar 17, 2021
Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital to hold March 28 mass vaccination event

Vaccinations are by appointment for those eligible.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.
A photo showing areas where the USGS expects tropicalization to occur in southern states. U.S. Geological Survey

Study: Southern states will “tropicalize” due to climate change

While that may sound nice, it also means more mosquito diseases and forest displacement.

A photo showing areas where the USGS expects tropicalization to occur in southern states. U.S. Geological Survey
Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District

Inslee signs order to get students back in classrooms

The directive requires districts to offer at least two days of on-campus instruction per week for all grades.

Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District
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North Bend water system plan approved by Washington state

North Bend’s water system plan was approved by the Washington state Department of Health on March 4. The plan allows the city to provide water… Continue reading

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Pacific Science Center sign (photo credit: University of Washington)

Male advocacy group files legal complaint against Pacific Science Center for girl-specific programs

Complaint claims the museum is violating equal protections clause by excluding boys

Pacific Science Center sign (photo credit: University of Washington)
Some kelp underwater. Kelp forests are a critical ecosystem for herring and salmon. (UVic Geography department)

Southern Sound kelp are in a pinch

Kelp in some areas of Puget Sound are struggling to survive amid the pressures of climate change, according to a new study from the Washington… Continue reading

Some kelp underwater. Kelp forests are a critical ecosystem for herring and salmon. (UVic Geography department)