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King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Semi fire closes westbound I-90 near North Bend

A collision between a semi truck and a dump truck Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital and has closed I-90 westbound at milepost… Continue reading

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Homeless in the Valley during COVID

How the pandemic is affecting unsheltered residents and service providers.

Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

WA classrooms to reopen this fall, says state superintendent

Chris Reykdal says in-person instruction is possible if schools comply with safety rules.

  • Jun 11, 2020
Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW
Rick Rudometkin. Courtesy photo

Rudometkin approved as Snoqualmie city administrator

The Snoqualmie City Council approved the hiring of Rick J. Rudometkin as the new City Administrator for Snoqualmie. He has served as the interim city… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2020
Rick Rudometkin. Courtesy photo

Washington families can get help to buy food during school closures

Pandemic EBT available early July for children whose schools closed due to COVID-19

  • Jun 10, 2020

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

A conspiracy theory website ran pictures of North Bend locals, accusing them of being agitators.

Poison Center records increase in poison exposures during COVID-19

Poison exposures from the misuse of chemicals spiked 53 percent in the early days of the pandemic.

Dillon Garnes

Mt. Si High School senior Dillon Garnes dies

A Mt. Si High School senior died in his sleep on Sunday, June 7. Dillon Garnes was on the school’s football and track teams, and… Continue reading

Dillon Garnes

Future of new sex ed law may rest in the hands of voters

Opponents are confident they have enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

King County Library System to slowly reopen after 3 month closure

Now in Phase 1.5, KCLS will gradually allow book returns with strict guidelines.

A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.

Video of Bellevue officer’s forceful restraint of unarmed woman goes viral

Update: After the video spread, Bellevue police announced it was prohibiting neck restraints. The police chief has called the video of the officer’s actions “disturbing” but “reasonable for the resistance he was faced with.”

A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.
Chief Perry Phipps of the Snoqualmie Police Department. He has been an officer for 34 years.

Chief Phipps issues statement on George Floyd protests

Snoqualmie’s Police Chief Perry Phipps issued a statement on protests which have followed in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Floyd was killed… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2020
Chief Perry Phipps of the Snoqualmie Police Department. He has been an officer for 34 years.
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

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

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

King County assessor wants Legislature to fix laws to help small businesses

Changes needed because of COVID-19 impact on commercial properties

  • Jun 4, 2020

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

The county is also hoping the state lets them reopen several businesses by Friday.

Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Snoqualmie holds peaceful police violence protest

The protest attracted around two dozen people who held signs in downtown Snoqualmie.

Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Protesters fall back from clouds of smoke and tear gas at a protest May 31 in downtown Bellevue. Photo by Haley Ausbun/Sound Publishing

Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

National Guard called to assist city.

Protesters fall back from clouds of smoke and tear gas at a protest May 31 in downtown Bellevue. Photo by Haley Ausbun/Sound Publishing
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Rates of COVID-19 lower in the Valley

East King County has lower rates than much of the rest of the county.

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Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant on March 23. File photo

New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County

All workers will need to wear masks as restaurants, retail shops and other businesses reopen.

Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant on March 23. File photo