Aaron Kunkler

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

COVID continues to whittle away at child care in Washington

It’s estimated that 25% of Washington child care facilities have closed since the pandemic began.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.

More than 100 social justice groups call out newly-formed organization

A letter accuses the APPWW of anti-Muslim bias.

Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.
Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Heat wave is on the way this weekend

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-90s on Sunday.

Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography
School lunch. File photo

School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

School lunch. File photo
Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Hospital representatives said “certain services” would cease, but wouldn’t give specifics.

Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say
Do opportunity zones in King County work?

Do opportunity zones in King County work?

The zones were created by Congress in 2017 to create jobs and spur economic development.

Do opportunity zones in King County work?
Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated

Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated

School administration will now begin selecting a new mascot.

Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated
Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options

Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options

Voters could be asked to decide in November.

Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options
A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com

State receives King County to Spokane rail study

It would take about eight and a half hours to reach the Inland Empire from Puget Sound.

A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com
According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline. Courtesy image

Drug courts, officer de-escalation programs impacted by MIDD cuts

The fund provides money for mental illness and drug dependency programs across King County.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline. Courtesy image
Snoqualmie Library. File photo

Libraries take first steps towards reopening

Curbside service and book returns are returning in the coming weeks.

Snoqualmie Library. File photo
King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

Racism was declared a public health crisis by King County’s Board of Health. Along with the proclamation, the county’s health authority pledged to work more… Continue reading

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis
King County could be in Phase 2 this week

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

King County could be in Phase 2 this week
A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Semi fire closes westbound I-90 near North Bend

A collision between a semi truck and a dump truck Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital and has closed I-90 westbound at milepost… Continue reading

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson
How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

A conspiracy theory website ran pictures of North Bend locals, accusing them of being agitators.

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend
The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

The county is also hoping the state lets them reopen several businesses by Friday.

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks
As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

County will need to make severe cuts to MIDD program this year.

As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up
File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo

Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2

Mayors cite heavy economic damage from prolonged shutdown.

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

The regulations will impact 19 areas around the state.

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions