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Matt Axe, the Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Coordinator with the King Conservation District, speaks to homeowner Anita Kissee-Wilder about fire reduction strategies at her home in North Bend on Aug. 24. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.

King County braces for more wildfires in rural areas

Firefighters have already responded to a number of large fires.

Matt Axe, the Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Coordinator with the King Conservation District, speaks to homeowner Anita Kissee-Wilder about fire reduction strategies at her home in North Bend on Aug. 24. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.
This is a screenshot that shows the pursuit of a stolen vehicle Sept. 1 on Interstate 5 in King County.

VIDEO: Auburn police let suspected vehicle thief go, citing new laws

State laws passed earlier this spring require police to have probable cause to engage in a pursuit.

This is a screenshot that shows the pursuit of a stolen vehicle Sept. 1 on Interstate 5 in King County.
Juanita High School student Ria Mahon. Courtesy photo

Student brings awareness to menstrual health among Puget Sound’s homeless

When Ria Mohan, a junior of Juanita High School in Kirkland, had to choose a topic of focus for a HOSA (Future Health Professionals) research… Continue reading

Juanita High School student Ria Mahon. Courtesy photo
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New data dashboard tracks COVID-19 risk for unvaccinated, vaccinated people

Information compiled by Public Health – Seattle & King County

  • Sep 3, 2021
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This 2019 security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Courtesy photo

Oversight office releases scathing report on King County Sheriff’s Office

Report analyzes 2019 killing of Anthony Chilcott by deputies.

This 2019 security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Courtesy photo
Close-up hand using phone in night time on street. File photo

King County Council steps closer to establishing hate crime hotline

The program is aimed at reducing the number of unreported hate crimes.

Close-up hand using phone in night time on street. File photo
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A Link light rail train travels underneath the University of Washington during testing to open the new line to Northgate. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Northgate Link light rail testing moves into final stages

Three new north Seattle stations opening Oct. 2

  • Aug 30, 2021
A Link light rail train travels underneath the University of Washington during testing to open the new line to Northgate. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
Gov. Jay Inslee (left) bumps elbows with Auburn Vaccine Clinic staff member Mary Johnson (right) on June 22, 2021. Inslee visited the clinic to promote vaccinations in lower King County. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

COVID-19 surge puts strain on local hospitals

Delta is the predominate strain in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee (left) bumps elbows with Auburn Vaccine Clinic staff member Mary Johnson (right) on June 22, 2021. Inslee visited the clinic to promote vaccinations in lower King County. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip. (Photo courtesy of United States Military)

King County Councilman calls for plan to help Afghan refugees settle here

Washington state expects roughly 6,000 refugees to come from Afghanistan.

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip. (Photo courtesy of United States Military)
Highline College in Des Moines is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Washington state. File photo

State looks at college enrollment goals for high school students

“We want to close racial and ethnic gaps.”

Highline College in Des Moines is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Washington state. File photo
A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)

How you can help Afghan refugees in the Puget Sound area

Refugee service group looking for donations and volunteers to resettle refugees.

A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)
Seattle Children’s Hospital (courtesy of Seattle Children’s)

Group demands accountability following Seattle Children’s racism investigation

King County Equity Now petition calls for resignations and community program funding.

Seattle Children’s Hospital (courtesy of Seattle Children’s)
Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing

Governor reinstates indoor mask rule, whether you’re vaxed or not

Inslee also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing
Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo

Some people qualify for third shot of vaccine, says health department

New guidance comes as cases skyrocket in Washington and nation.

Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo
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Delta variant drives dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases across state

Hospital capacity fills up due to increase

  • Aug 13, 2021
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)

State schools chief urges a vaccine mandate for teachers

The superintendent of public instruction says the governor should require vaccinations for school employees.

  • Aug 12, 2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State ferry fares to rise this fall, and even more next fall

The 2.5% hike in each of the next two years will apply to everyone: drivers, bikers and walkers.

Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Renee Davis. Courtesy photo

King County to pay family of pregnant mother killed by sheriff deputies

Renee Davis was a 23-year-old mother of three and pregnant when she was killed.

Renee Davis. Courtesy photo