Postmark deadline for school ballots is Tuesday

Supporters of the Renton School District’s $150 million construction bond measure are putting on a final push this weekend to get voters to mail in their ballots.

Hearing examiner places basic conditions on downtown project

Hearing Examiner Fred Kaufman recently approved — with basic conditions — the plans for a downtown apartment and retail building that would take up five downtown lots anchored by Jet City Espresso, at the southwest corner of South Second Street and Main Avenue South.

  • May 30, 2008

Wonderland celebrates future

The mood is merry inside the wood-paneled club house. People sing along to folk songs the man in the corner strums on his guitar. A young girl dances. An assortment of appetizers and cakes sit nearby.

  • May 30, 2008

An historical mystery in the Highlands

The discovery of a human jawbone in the Renton Highlands last Thursday may go down as an historical mystery.

Charges filed in traffic fatality

The driver of a 2002 Acura that crashed into an apartment complex on Talbot Road South in December, resulting in the death a passenger, has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Deadline nears to apply for art show at car show

Art and autos will combine July 6 at the Return to Renton Annual Car Show, lining the streets downtown and including an art gallery sponsored by Arts Unlimited.

  • May 30, 2008

Ready to deal with catastrophe

Kent and Renton firefighters spent nearly two hours at a large-scale decontamination drill Thursday to help prepare for a potential hazardous materials spill or the release of a poisonous gas by a terrorist group that could injure or kill residents.

  • May 30, 2008

Level of the Cedar River on the rise

The City of Seattle is slowly raising the level of the Cedar River today to open up space in the Chester Morse Reservoir for the runoff from the melting snowpack in the Cscades

  • May 30, 2008

Mudslide closes lane of SR 900

A mudslide has closed the right westbound lane of State Route 900 at Northeast Park Drive in Renton.Crews expect to have the lane open by… Continue reading

  • May 30, 2008

School bond is expanding its lead

The all-important "yes" vote is continuing to firm up in the all-mail-in election for the Renton School District's $150 million construction bond.As of Thursday, the… Continue reading

  • May 30, 2008

River closed to recreation use for now Cedar River is running high, cold

The Cedar River is running at unusually high levels for this time of year as the City of Seattle opens up space in the Chester Morse Reservoir in the Cascades to store runoff from a huge mountain snowpack.

Police blotter

Tools stolen

  • May 30, 2008

School board sets hearing on change to budget

The Renton School District Board of Directors will present a proposed 2007-2008 budget extension to citizens at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Kohlwes Education Center.

  • May 30, 2008

Metro Transit to start new routes, schedules on Saturday, May 31

Starting Saturday, May 31, King County Metro Transit will make a few changes to bus routes to update bus service.

  • May 30, 2008

Rolling slowdowns planned while sign placed on I-405

During the night and early morning hours of Tuesday and Wednesday, crews may perform a series of 15-minute rolling slowdowns on northbound Interstate 405 near State Route 181 and close two lanes of northbound I-405 between I-5 and State Route 167 while cranes place an overhead sign.

  • May 30, 2008

Auction to raise money to benefit work of RAYS

School wasn’t always important to Carolina Perez. As an eighth grader, she hung with the wrong crowd. The crowd that got in trouble for disrupting class and fighting. But Perez has changed since then, during her four years in RAYS (Renton Area Youth and Family Services) Rites of Passage Program, a support group for youth struggling in school.

  • May 30, 2008

$mart Scholarships go to four

Two Renton students and two Kent students were recently selected as winners of the 2008 $mart Scholarship award, sponsored by Renton-based JayMarc Development.

  • May 28, 2008

Tickets start Sunday for red-light violators Tickets start Sunday for red-light violators

Starting Sunday, those caught on camera running a red light at four busy intersections in Renton could get a $124 ticket.

  • May 28, 2008

‘Landslide’ victory for school bond

Friday night results from the May 20 special election had Renton School District officials proclaiming a “landslide win” for the district’s $150-million construction bond.

  • May 28, 2008

Elections office ‘a key milestone’

A King County Sheriff’s deputy sits just beyond the turnstiles, beeping because someone didn’t have a key card. Behind the deputy is a chain-link cage, guarded by a fingerprint scanner. Fifty-nine security cameras are recording in the building’s eight security zones. All visitors are wearing badges. Most doors automatically shut in 30 seconds.

  • May 28, 2008