Northwest

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in Jan. 13, 2020, as Speaker of the House. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Jinkins sworn in as WA’s first female Speaker of the House

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, is applauded by her colleagues as she becomes the first woman in Washington State history to be sworn in as Speaker… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2020
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in Jan. 13, 2020, as Speaker of the House. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service
A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)

Spawning Grounds: Lake Sammamish kokanee documentary premieres Jan. 18

The film tracks the ‘all hands on deck’ effort to save the little red fish from extinction.

A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)

Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads

The Backbone Campaign hopes it will reduce emissions and jump-start depressed communities.

Photo courtesy of city of Renton.

Renton prepares to open emergency weather shelter

City of Renton announced Friday morning, Jan. 10, its emergency weather shelter will be open early the following week to those in need, as weather… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of city of Renton.
A man works on a balcony at the Cedar Pointe Apartments, a 255 apartment complex for seniors 55+, on Jan. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Washington. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)

Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades

A new report said there should have been an additional 225,000 units created between 2010 and 2015.

A man works on a balcony at the Cedar Pointe Apartments, a 255 apartment complex for seniors 55+, on Jan. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Washington. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)

Prince to represent Renton’s transit needs

Councilmember appointed the Sound Transit’s board of Directors

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Homelessness, guns among 2020 legislative priorities

WA lawmakers examine issues heading into 60-day session.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
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New RV code goes into effect

Residents limited on number of vehicles allowed on a property

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Girmay Zahilay (District 2) is the newest member of the King County Council. Courtesy photo

New King County Council members sworn in

The King County Council was sworn in on Jan. 8, with three familiar faces and one new face. Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles (District 4), Claudia Balducci… Continue reading

Girmay Zahilay (District 2) is the newest member of the King County Council. Courtesy photo
Posters posted by a known hate group, Patriot Front, were found by local activists around Renton.
                                Courtesy of the Renton LGTBQIA Community Facebook page.

Known hate group posts in Renton

Patriot Front fliers, stickers posted throughout town

Posters posted by a known hate group, Patriot Front, were found by local activists around Renton.
                                Courtesy of the Renton LGTBQIA Community Facebook page.

King County faces $2 million lawsuit from 2016 K-9 bite

A man’s right arm was left “permanently disfigured and disabled” after a Sheriff’s Office K-9 was used.

  • Jan 6, 2020

Rentonites and other residents hold impeachment rallies

Photos courtesy of Chad Cashman-Crane. Several King County cities had “impeach and remove” rallies on the night that the U.S. House of Representatives voted on… Continue reading

Photo by Haley Ausbun. August 2018, when several district unions, including Renton Education Association, bargained for new salaries in response to the McCleary decision.

REA leadership scrutinized by national union investigation

The National Education Association highlights financial, electoral vulnerabilities in REA’s policies

Photo by Haley Ausbun. August 2018, when several district unions, including Renton Education Association, bargained for new salaries in response to the McCleary decision.
Photo courtesy of city of Renton. Future Mayor Armondo Pavone talks to Mayor Denis Law during his final council meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Law looks back on legendary career

Local leaders express warm wishes for Mayor’s retirement

Photo courtesy of city of Renton. Future Mayor Armondo Pavone talks to Mayor Denis Law during his final council meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

WA lawmakers propose capping insulin costs at $100 a month

With the federal government in gridlock, states and finding ways to lower costs.

Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

Start 2020 green by recycling holiday lights and trees

King County, local businesses offer ways to clean up after the New Year

  • Dec 30, 2019

Renton honors Deputy Dyson

Flags lowered to half-staff during memorial for officer in Tacoma

  • Dec 30, 2019

Swedish Medical Center nurses could send notification of strike by year’s end

Union reps say negotiations have stalled since they began in April.

Photo courtesy of BRAGG Project
                                REACH Center of Hope Volunteer Coordinator Kinza Shafir and BRAGG Founder Ezra Lucien, 9.

For this local kid, Christmas is like running a nonprofit

Nine-year-old Ezra Lucien runs BRAGG project to help other children

Photo courtesy of BRAGG Project
                                REACH Center of Hope Volunteer Coordinator Kinza Shafir and BRAGG Founder Ezra Lucien, 9.