May 5, 2015
The King County Council recently unanimously adopted a motion transferring retired Metro Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to local governments, community programs, senior citizens and young people.
The Issaquah Senior Center and Life Enrichment Options were two of 26 organizations to receive the vans.
January 27, 2015
Not all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood.
One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball.
A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible.
News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. Read more
September 30, 2014
Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Sept. 18 in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month.
Dunn, 43, revealed his plea to The Seattle Times during an interview in which he acknowledged an alcohol-abuse problem for which he first sought treatment in 2011.
September 8, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2014
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children under age 15. Every year, 15,000 get cancer, with one out of every five losing the battle.
On Sept. 2, the King County Council recognized those King County families fighting the disease and the professionals helping them by declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in King County.
The American Cancer Fund for Children Inc. and Kids Cancer Connection Inc. were created 20 years ago with the focus of helping children with cancer and their families.
Locally, those agencies work with Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, providing a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment.
July 1, 2014
The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.
“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”
June 19, 2014
NEW — 1:25 p.m. June 19, 2014
King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members
King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of four open positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission.
The commission advises the county executive and King County Council about matters related to the county’s civil rights programs and other civil rights issues. If selected and confirmed by the council, commissioners serve three-year terms.
June 3, 2014
A first, and necessary, step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.
The King County Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.
Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who is on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded it, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.
The vote is a nonbinding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan — and there is little indication it would oppose it — it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.
January 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler has been reappointed to the Sound Transit board of directors.
The board chairman, King County Executive Dow Constantine, reappointed Butler to a four-year term through Dec. 31, 2017. The reappointment is subject to confirmation by the King County Council.
Butler has served as a Sound Transit board member since 2003.
December 18, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013
Marijuana operation regulations in King County received approval Dec. 9.
During its regular meeting, the King County Council unanimously adopted legislation modifying county building codes and development regulations for the placement of recreational marijuana businesses licensed by the state Liquor Control Board. The regulations would only apply to unincorporated areas.
Outdoor and greenhouse growing would be available in agricultural and rural areas. Indoor growing would be available in business and industrial zones. As per state guidelines, operations cannot exist within 1,000 feet of childcare centers, schools, parks, libraries, recreation centers or in residential areas.
October 1, 2013
A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse.
The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852.
Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.