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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Snoqualmie Chief Andy De Los Angeles died on January 21, 2021. He is remembered as a beloved Indigenous civil rights leader who dedicated more than 50 years of his life to fighting for the rights of all Tribal Nations. Photo courtesy of the Snoqualmie Tribe

Remembering Snoqualmie Chief Andres “Andy” Juan de los Angeles

He is remembered as an Indigenous civil rights leader who worked tirelessly for Tribal Nations.

  • Jan 25, 2021
Snoqualmie Chief Andy De Los Angeles died on January 21, 2021. He is remembered as a beloved Indigenous civil rights leader who dedicated more than 50 years of his life to fighting for the rights of all Tribal Nations. Photo courtesy of the Snoqualmie Tribe
June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

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West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
Chief Andy De Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

Chief Andy De Los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Tribe has died

Chief Andy De Los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Tribe has died today. The news was announced in a post on the Tribe’s Facebook page. More… Continue reading

Chief Andy De Los Angeles. Courtesy photo
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

  • Jan 21, 2021
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

  • Jan 19, 2021
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Report: 70 percent of gun deaths in Washington are attributable to suicide

Research done at The Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center suggest three policy solutions to help reduce rates… Continue reading

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Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum

Northwest Railway Museum: Train rides and shed update

The Northwest Railway Museum is happy to announce that winter train rides will be offered for the first time beginning on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021… Continue reading

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Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo

King County implements 0.01% sales tax to raise money for housing the homeless

Officials plan to buy hotels, motels and nursing homes for conversion into permanent housing.

Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo
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Social media site Parler returns after registering with Sammamish company

The right-wing social media website is not being hosted by Epik, but registered its domain.

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A landslide in December 2019 created a crack in this Fall City road, allowing for a one lane entry and exit. Courtesy of King County Road Services

Landslide risk in the Snoqualmie Valley

Rains have pelted King County in recent weeks, saturating the soil and increasing the risk of landslides in the Snoqualmie Valley. Landslides are a risk… Continue reading

A landslide in December 2019 created a crack in this Fall City road, allowing for a one lane entry and exit. Courtesy of King County Road Services
Local restaurants have had to adapt to new rules during the COVID pandemic. Pictured: JP’s Tavern in Federal Way’s turkey club sandwich with a side of tater tots. File photo

State lawmakers propose bill to fast-track the governor’s reopening plan

Bill’s sponsors want to give legislature control over COVID-19 restrictions.

Local restaurants have had to adapt to new rules during the COVID pandemic. Pictured: JP’s Tavern in Federal Way’s turkey club sandwich with a side of tater tots. File photo
Tolt Reservoir and Morning Glory Spillway. From Seattle.gov

Tolt Dam fails another weekly test following windstorm

Seattle Public Utilities will be presenting to the Carnation City Council on Jan. 19.

Tolt Reservoir and Morning Glory Spillway. From Seattle.gov
Superintendent Robert Manahan. File photo

SVSD superintendent Manahan will retire at end of school year

A statement from Manahan cited medical issues.

Superintendent Robert Manahan. File photo
An example of a room where students showing symptoms of COVID-19 at school will wait to be picked up by their parents. From the Snoqualmie Valley School District website.

Kindergarteners, first-graders set to return to SVSD classrooms this month

More Snoqualmie Valley School District students will be back in the classroom later this month, including kindergarteners and first-graders. In a Jan. 7 statement, Superintendent… Continue reading

An example of a room where students showing symptoms of COVID-19 at school will wait to be picked up by their parents. From the Snoqualmie Valley School District website.
North Bend City Council. Courtesy photo

Public works contract approved by North Bend City Council

The North Bend City Council’s first meeting of the year was marked by new committee appointments, approval of the public works employees union contract and… Continue reading

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Fentanyl. (Courtesy photo)

King County reports record numbers of drug overdose deaths

Preliminary toxicology testing shows most overdose victims used multiple types of drugs.

Fentanyl. (Courtesy photo)