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2021 Lexus NX 300h

Car review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Lexus NX 300h luxury sports utility vehicle provides owners guilt-free mobility. The lower-case h is the key. This hybrid… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2021
2021 Lexus NX 300h
Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo

Car review: Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle

By Larry Lark, contributor Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle continues to be an underrated performer in this competitive category. The top-of-the-line Signature all-wheel… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2021
Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo
2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

Car review: 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

By Larry Lark, contributor Compact sedans are not in vogue now, but the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL makes one wonder why. The South Korean auto… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL
2020 Honda Insight. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2020 Honda Insight

By Larry Lark, contributor Honda’s Civic and Accord have been bestsellers for decades. The 2020 Honda Insight looks to bridge the gap between the two,… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2020 Honda Insight. Courtesy photo
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor With each passing year Toyota continues to refine and tweak its gas, hybrid and electric engines. The latest recipient was the… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Courtesy photo
2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

By Larry Lark, contributor Volkswagen’s full-size Atlas SUV received a bold refresh for 2021, improving on the success of the outgoing model to set it… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Courtesy photo
2021 Toyota Corolla XSE. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Toyota Corolla XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor Toyota’s venerable Corolla received a bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation last year, introducing the 12th generation of this compact sedan that dates back… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2021 Toyota Corolla XSE. Courtesy photo
2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

By Larry Lark, contributor When it comes to certain car models they seem to come, and go, and come again. That’s certainly the case with… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo
2021 Lexus RX 350L. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Lexus RX 350L

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a good day when a Lexus lands in my driveway. The latest example was the 2021 RX 350L crossover… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
2021 Lexus RX 350L. Courtesy photo
Building mural in Renton (Photo credit: Marsha Rollinger)

Renton’s art community resilient after turbulent year

Renton Municipal Arts Commission chairwoman says she is thankful for city’s support of artsy.

Building mural in Renton (Photo credit: Marsha Rollinger)
The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

By Larry Lark, contributor With apologies to Oldsmobile, “the 2020 CT4 Premium Luxury sports sedan is not your father’s Cadillac.” Smallish in size, the CT4… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo
2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan

By Larry Lark, contributor Mercedes-Benz occupies rarified air in the automobile pantheon. And the E-Class series is rarer still. With more than 14 million units… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a call to action when a Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck lands in my driveway. The latest iteration,… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo
A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin

Season’s tweetings: Christmas Bird Count returns

Rainier Audubon Society encompasses the South King County areas of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines, Redondo, Renton and more while also extending out toward Mount Rainier.

A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin
Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.

Kayaking kid conquers raging rapids

“Between Two Swims” captures family’s brave adventures on film.

Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.
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Construction workers can now earn Central Washington University degree at Renton Technical College

Apprentice-level workers can develop project management skills and use work hours toward degree completion

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.

Local fundraisers take on new meaning during pandemic

With these hardships have come stories of the power of community crowdfunding in our own backyards.

Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.
A Sartori Elementary School student attending class on a Zoom call. Courtesy photo/Renton School District.

Donation brings more internet to Renton students

A $100,000 donation from Amazon will support students as they continue learning from home

  • Dec 4, 2020
A Sartori Elementary School student attending class on a Zoom call. Courtesy photo/Renton School District.
Courtesy photo/City of Renton

Renton “Loop” with futuristic style on display

Another sculpture project from Western Neon now illuminates downtown

  • Dec 1, 2020
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Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. File photo

Free Park Days in 2021 start in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will again offer 12 free days next year, in which day-use visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to… Continue reading

Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. File photo