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Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record

State’s dairy workers begin earning overtime with new law

“This bill corrects a historic injustice,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines).

 

Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)

Educational merit of critical race theory sparks heated debate

In Washington, schools have seen parents protest and threaten to remove their children from schools.

 

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Sexual assault leads to calls for closing King County Courthouse

Crime is rising in the ’dangerous environment that has surrounded our seat of government.’

 

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are rising in Washington

Data suggests the vaccine is effective in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health
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King County Council OKs millions for courts overwhelmed by pandemic backlog

Some lawyers testified that the backlog has created an “access to justice” problem.

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Fifty Years. Fifty Miles. $50,000. That’s the plan.

The walk is intended to inspire others to appreciate the connectivity of island life.

  • Jul 30, 2021
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New Owners Plan To Revitalize a Familiar Spot in Town

Pop Pop Bottle Shop will open in the late fall, after a complete renovation of the building.

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As County and Local Cases Rise, Mask Recommendation Returns

On July 24, the seven-day average of new daily cases in the county topped 200, up from 61 on July 1.

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Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present

Local exterminator noticed big change in rats over the past 40 years.

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Fail Better, UMO, Open Space for Arts & Community, Vashon Island

All the Island’s a Stage as Vashon Theatre Fest Opens

“The Tempest” and “Woody’s Guthrie’s American Song” — will be staged again this weekend.

Fail Better, UMO, Open Space for Arts & Community, Vashon Island
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A New Pastor Arrives on Vashon, With His Guitar in Tow

Mark Wagner has served as a paster in churches in Utah and most recently, Ellensburg, Washington.

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Eve Dumovich, Former Beachcomber News Editor, Dies at 78

Dumovich helped break the story of the Tacoma Smelter and its environmental impact.

  • Jul 28, 2021
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Families Are Invited to Chalk the Walk on Vashon

Organizers and volunteers will direct chalk artists and describe the activities going on.

  • Jul 28, 2021
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Sponsor of the motion to establish guidelines for the removal of encampments, Councilmember Reagan Dunn (courtesy of King County Council)

King County Council discusses policy for removal of homeless encampments

Still unclear what the standards will be, who will enforce it, and how jurisdictions will interact.

Sponsor of the motion to establish guidelines for the removal of encampments, Councilmember Reagan Dunn (courtesy of King County Council)
Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday July 23 and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.

Fire sweeps downtown Auburn apartment building, all residents out safely

Firefighters had to rescue two residents from the roof of an apartment building in downtown Auburn that burned late Friday night and into early Saturday… Continue reading

Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday July 23 and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.
Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo

Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the families of Charleena Lyles, Damarius Butts and Isaiah… Continue reading

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Vashon Island, Washington:
WS Ferry Sealth approached the ferry terminal at Vashon Heights

This Summer Marks 70th Anniversary for Ferries

Vashon played a significant in forming the system.

  • Jul 23, 2021
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WS Ferry Sealth approached the ferry terminal at Vashon Heights
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Vashon Chamber Presents a Strawberry Festival to Remember

The festival was designed to be “for Vashon by Vashon” and led by a dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Jul 23, 2021
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Firearm violence in King County on upward trend

King County prosecutors note a backlog in court cases, point to the pandemic as the reason why.

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Face coverings again recommended for indoor public settings

Regardless of vaccination status, says Public Health – Seattle & King County

  • Jul 23, 2021
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