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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)
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)
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
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Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

Here’s what you need to know about March 9 through March 15.

  • Mar 21, 2021
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New Case of COVID-19 Reported at Vashon School District

The positive case was not the result of any school program or activity.

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Training for Real Emergency, Fire Crews Put Out Flames in Vacant Building

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue conducted training exercises at a vacant building last week.

  • Mar 18, 2021
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For One Year, an Activist Has Helped Keep Islanders in Homes

Each month for the past year, more than 30 families have been helped by the fund.

  • Mar 18, 2021
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The Kids Are Not Alright: Online School and Mental Health

Many students struggling with mental health problems before the pandemic saw their conditions worsen

  • Mar 17, 2021
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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
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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Nature Center Taking a Closer Look at Island Coyotes

The organization is working with the University of Washington to isolate DNA samples taken from scat

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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)
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(Left to right) Vashon IGA workers Melissa Alumbaugh, Travis Waschenbach, Shawn Hoffman, Charlie Hoffman and Josh Taylor have endured a pandemic year, face to face with the public. Now, they are up next for vaccination, according to Gov. Jay Inslee’s revised priorities for groups of workers.

Teachers Get Vaccinated, Grocery Workers Are Next in Line

School staff and childcare workers on Vashon have raced to line up for vaccinations since President Joe Biden directed governors in all states to prioritize… Continue reading

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(Left to right) Vashon IGA workers Melissa Alumbaugh, Travis Waschenbach, Shawn Hoffman, Charlie Hoffman and Josh Taylor have endured a pandemic year, face to face with the public. Now, they are up next for vaccination, according to Gov. Jay Inslee’s revised priorities for groups of workers.
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference March 11, 2021.

State to expand indoor dining and allow fans in stadiums

Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference March 11, 2021.
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As State Deaths Tops 5,000, Third Vaccine is Approved

Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

  • Mar 11, 2021
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Grocery workers in unincorporated King County to receive $4 hazard pay bump

Workers at many large grocery stores in unincorporated King County will soon see a pay bump of $4 an hour after the King County Metropolitan… Continue reading

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News briefs: Residential fire, Pony Club anniversary, Community Council

Community Council discusses variety of issues Vashon Maury Island Community Council’s next general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, on Zoom.… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2021
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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

WA Legislature grapples with funding roads, bridges

Roads and bridges repair programs in King County are underfunded, and state legislators are thinking of ways to address critical infrastructure issues this session as… 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
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Proposed bill aims to trade handcuffs for help when it comes to drug use

Supreme Court decision to strike down drug possesion law leaves oppurtunity to shift paradigm

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

House passes bill to increase financial reporting, transparency by healthcare providers

Bill’s prime sponsor says it will help address healthcare equity and affordability.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo