Stephanie Quiroz

New agreements approved to provide better services to unincorporated King County

Local Services now has four service partnership agreements with other county departments.

 

Bellevue resident Reily Finnelly is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Finnelly gets to do what she loves: fly planes and travel the world. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

Destined to fly, Bellevue resident becomes Air Force pilot

Pilot Reily Finnelly travels all over the world with Air Force

 

The city of Bellevue and EarthCorps remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by planting conifer trees on Jan. 21 at Eastgate park in Bellevue. Grace Brueles and Jillian Olson plant a conifer tree. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Bellevue honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The City of Bellevue marks MLK day with trio of events

 

Overlake Medical Center president and CEO Mark Mike Marsh, along with Amber Weiseth and Dr. Bill Berry from Ariadne Labs in Boston speak of the importance of the Team Birth Project on Jan 22. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

National C-section program launches at Overlake Medical Center and EvergreenHealth Hospital

Program aims to reduce C-sections and increase rate of vaginal deliveries.

Overlake Medical Center president and CEO Mark Mike Marsh, along with Amber Weiseth and Dr. Bill Berry from Ariadne Labs in Boston speak of the importance of the Team Birth Project on Jan 22. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

King County Council proclaims January as Martin Luther King Jr. Month

This year’s theme: affirmative action = justice

Zumba instructor Cristina Herrera led the Zumbathon event on Jan. 5 at the YMCA in Bellevue. The Zumbathon was hosted to collect blankets for the homeless. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Zumba for blankets

Zumba class collects blankets for the homeless

Zumba instructor Cristina Herrera led the Zumbathon event on Jan. 5 at the YMCA in Bellevue. The Zumbathon was hosted to collect blankets for the homeless. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.

Three Eastside Organizations receive “retired” King County vans

Councilmember Claudia Balducci donates three vans to help each organization in its mission.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.
From left, Frannie Ronan, 9, and St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School principal Martine Romero pose with Mariner Moose on Dec. 13. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School nationally recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School

The Catholic school is the first and only elementary school in Washington state to be recognized.

From left, Frannie Ronan, 9, and St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School principal Martine Romero pose with Mariner Moose on Dec. 13. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
On Nov. 18, Neha Krishna of Bellevue won the Washington State Ms. Asia pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Washington. Courtesy of Neha Krishna

Resident takes home the Washington State Ms. Asia crown

Neha Krishna wins the Ms. Asia pageant on Nov. 18.

On Nov. 18, Neha Krishna of Bellevue won the Washington State Ms. Asia pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Washington. Courtesy of Neha Krishna
King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci presented Music Works Northwest, a $45,200 check on Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of King County

Music Works Northwest receives financial boost from King County Council

Community Music School receives $45,200 check.

King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci presented Music Works Northwest, a $45,200 check on Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of King County
King County Metro paused bus services at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, to honor the memory of Mark McLaughlin. McLaughlin was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1998. Courtesy of King County Metro.

King County Metro buses paused all bus services to honor memory of transit operator Mark McLaughlin

Buses pulled over to honor Mark McLaughlin on Friday, Nov. 23.

King County Metro paused bus services at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, to honor the memory of Mark McLaughlin. McLaughlin was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1998. Courtesy of King County Metro.
The 2019-20 county budget of $11.7 billion dollars passed by the King County Council. The King County budget priorities are affordable housing and homelessness, public safety, local services, expanding transit access and options, environment, parks and recreation, and equity an health. Graphic courtesy of King County

County council passes 2019-20 budget

Budget priorities include affordable housing and homelessness, public safety and expanding transit access and options.

The 2019-20 county budget of $11.7 billion dollars passed by the King County Council. The King County budget priorities are affordable housing and homelessness, public safety, local services, expanding transit access and options, environment, parks and recreation, and equity an health. Graphic courtesy of King County
During the week of Nov. 12-19, community members filled shoeboxes with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Eastside churches and schools participate in global Christmas project

National Collection Week for operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts were collected Nov. 12-19.

During the week of Nov. 12-19, community members filled shoeboxes with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
The Council recognized the AFIS program as it celebrates 30 years of assisting law enforcement throughout King County. Councilmembers, AFIS staff and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht join AFIS regional manager, Carol Gillespie. Photo courtesy of King County.

King County Council recognizes county’s Automated Fingerprint Information System

For three decades, AFIS has helped law enforcement solve thousands of cases.

The Council recognized the AFIS program as it celebrates 30 years of assisting law enforcement throughout King County. Councilmembers, AFIS staff and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht join AFIS regional manager, Carol Gillespie. Photo courtesy of King County.
Bellevue resident Evelyn Clark was crowned Miss Washington USA 2019 on Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Miss Washington USA.

Bellevue resident is named Miss Washington USA 2019

Evelyn Clark is crowned Miss Washington USA on Nov. 4.

Bellevue resident Evelyn Clark was crowned Miss Washington USA 2019 on Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Miss Washington USA.
The Kirkland shelter for families and women will be located at 11920 NE 80th St. in Kirkland and will provide as many as 50 beds for families with children and 48 beds for women. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland.

Upcoming shelter for women and families offers hope to Eastside

The city of Kirkland anticipates the shelter for families and women to be completed in 2020.

The Kirkland shelter for families and women will be located at 11920 NE 80th St. in Kirkland and will provide as many as 50 beds for families with children and 48 beds for women. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland.
Members of the King County Council join retiring executive director of ARCH Arthur Sullivan after the council recognized Sullivan as a voice for affordable housing in East King County. Photo courtesy of King County.

King County Council recognizes ARCH’S Arthur Sullivan

Executive director of A Regional Coalition for Housing retires after three decades.

Members of the King County Council join retiring executive director of ARCH Arthur Sullivan after the council recognized Sullivan as a voice for affordable housing in East King County. Photo courtesy of King County.
Wine and Justice is a fundraiser that supports civil legal aid for low-income families in East King County. Attendees heard from Microsoft’s Strategic Policy Advisor, David Heiner and ELAP attorneys on Oct. 25. Photo courtesy of ELAP.

Campaign for Equal Justice hosts third annual Bellevue Wine and Justice fundraiser

More than 80 people attended the third annual Wine and Justice event at Cast Iron Studios in Bellevue on Oct. 25.

Wine and Justice is a fundraiser that supports civil legal aid for low-income families in East King County. Attendees heard from Microsoft’s Strategic Policy Advisor, David Heiner and ELAP attorneys on Oct. 25. Photo courtesy of ELAP.

King County Assessor John Wilson launches new Taxpayer Transparency Tool

Website makes it easier for King County Residents to know how their property taxes are being invested

The Ride2 Eastgate shuttle service will operate in the 2-to 3-mile area joining Interstate 90, including Lake Hills, Factoria, Somerset and Lakemont neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of King County.

King County Metro launches first ride-hailing application for on-demand shuttle service

King County Metro embraces mobile technology in order to provide costumers with convenient first-and last-mile service reliable transit.

The Ride2 Eastgate shuttle service will operate in the 2-to 3-mile area joining Interstate 90, including Lake Hills, Factoria, Somerset and Lakemont neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of King County.