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Lane closures on 405, 167

Next week, crews in Renton and Tukwila will continue road widening work on I-405 and State Route 167.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Derek Strom looks for ants on a Douglas fir tree using a loupe in Sierra Heights Elementary School’s outdoor classroom last Wednesday.

A classroom without walls

It doesn’t look like a classroom from afar. It’s just a grassy hill from the window of Kristen Brenneman’s second-grade classroom.

  • May 30, 2008
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Derek Strom looks for ants on a Douglas fir tree using a loupe in Sierra Heights Elementary School’s outdoor classroom last Wednesday.
Kevin Kaiser

Veteran dancer, director takes over the artistic reins of ballet company

Kevin Kaiser started in January as the Evergreen City Ballet’s artistic director, replacing Wade Walthall.

  • May 30, 2008
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Kevin Kaiser
Jacobson

Arguments made in hospital recall petition

Whether a petition to recall the president of the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners would move forward was argued Thursday for about an hour, but the judge indicated he wouldn’t issue his ruling until Tuesday (yesterday).

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Jacobson
Zimmerman

Still years away, city to keep eye on pipeline route

The City of Renton will discuss the alignment of any pipeline the Cascade Water Alliance will build to bring drinking water from the alliance’s newly acquired Lake Tapps in Pierce County to the Eastside.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Zimmerman

Transit Now brings expanded bus service to Renton

In less than six months, Renton-area bus riders will get another boost in transit service through a partnership between King County Metro Transit and the cities of Renton and Kent.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Hazen parents, seniors gear up for Grad Night

Hazen High School’s grad night is set for June 13, the night of graduation. Reservations are made for the two secret locations on the drug-and-alcohol-free night. But prize and money donations are needed to make the once-in-a-lifetime event a success.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Kennydale PTA auction is planned for May 3

Kennydale Elementary is hosting its 8th annual fundraising auction May 3 at Renton Technical College. The Kennydale PTA Auction is called “Planting Seeds for the Future.” Registration and the silent auction begins at 5 p.m. A prime rib dinner will be served. Tickets are $30.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Doris Yepez

Lending watersheds a helping hand

Soccer introduced Doris Yepez to Black River Riparian Forest. She found the 93-acre city-owned forest just off Oakesdale Avenue Southwest on a short walk from her daughter’s soccer practice.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Doris Yepez

Welcome back, WASL

Spring Break will end abruptly for Renton School District students when testing begins next week for the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning). Elementary and middle-school students take all four WASL sections within a two-week window beginning Monday and ending April 25. High-school students take the math and science WASL sections April 15-18.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

BRIEFS

Renton Technical College’s language interpreter program instructor Ineza Kuceba will translate a speech by the Dalai Lama into Polish during his Washington visit, which begins today (Saturday) and ends Tuesday.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Spring Festival, poker and art next Saturday

Downtown Renton will be bustling next Saturday, April 19. The Piazza will be filled with booths hawking arts and crafts and foods, as well as live entertainers for Piazza Renton’s sixth annual Spring Festival. Downtown businesses will be filled with card sharks in search of the perfect poker hand during Downtown Renton Committee’s third annual Downtown Poker Run. The park next to the Piazza will be transformed into an Arts Unlimited gallery and filled with jewelry, ceramics, clothing, paintings and photography for sale by local artists, including students from Sierra Heights Elementary.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

A Kids Place Dentistry hosts open house for KC Kids

KC Kids began only a couple months ago, but A Kids Place Dentistry in Renton has already signed up several patients for King County’s dental program for uninsured children. The Highlands children’s dental office is hoping even more patients sign up for the free pilot program at an open house Monday from 9 a.m-4 p.m.

  • May 30, 2008
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An artist rendering of the 2nd and Main Apartments.

Mixed-use complex proposed for Jet City, vacant lots

Now it’s a few gravel lots and an abandoned gas station-turned coffee shop. But if all goes according to plan, in a couple years Jet City Espresso and those five downtown Renton lots will be transformed into a multimillion dollar, six-story apartment and retail building.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
An artist rendering of the 2nd and Main Apartments.

Co-ed softball starts soon

Registration for 2008 summer co-ed softball leagues through the City of Renton has started.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

April 18 Equal Pay Day in Renton

Renton City Council will mark April 18 as Equal Pay Day in Renton. The proclamation is being made at the request of Renton Business and Professional Women (BPW).

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Lena Hou

Hillcrest needs space; bond is key

With a few hundred toddler and preschool students, Hillcrest Early Childhood Center is a bustling place. The Highlands school is home to three education programs for pre-kindergarten age children.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Lena Hou

Women in Trades to put on career day in Seattle

Visit the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks booth at the 29th annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair on Friday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Admission is free.

  • May 30, 2008
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Renton BPW host gala Friday

Renton Business and Professional Women (BPW) is hosting a Pay Equity Gala Event Friday in honor of Women’s Equal Pay Day.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

County officials hold shelter meeting; improvements planned

King County Council held a town hall meeting Monday in Burien to discuss major reforms to the county’s shelter program.

  • May 30, 2008
  • BY Wire Service