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Joos, Heuschel making their plans for final run for Valley Med commission

Valley Medical Center commission candidate questionnaires

The Renton Reporter asked the three candidates in the primary election in the Public Hospital District commission race to fill out a questionnaire about themselves and the issues in the campaign.

  • Jul 29, 2011
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Joos, Heuschel making their plans for final run for Valley Med commission

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Heuschel, Joos should advance to Valley Med commission finals

Renton has much at stake in the race to replace Don Jacobson on the Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners, at a time when Valley Medical Center is undergoing historic change

  • Jul 29, 2011
  • BY Wire Service

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rules of engagement on Valley boards to change, mostly better

The days of acrimony are over for at last one of the boards that will oversee Valley Medical Center.

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Martinez, Prince best choices to square off in general election

There are three community-leaders-in-the-making in the running to replace the venerable King Parker on the Renton City Council.

  • Jul 21, 2011
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Three candidates running to replace King Parker for City Council position

The Renton Reporter asked the three candidates in the primary election for Renton City Council Position 5 questions about their backgrounds and stance on issues. They were asked to be brief. The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 16.

  • Jul 21, 2011
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CALVIN GOINGS: Small Business Administration helps businesses explore their technological potential

Could yours be the perfect invention to aid U.S. combat soldiers in Afganistan? Have you created a vaccine that could possibly rid the world of one of its deadly diseases? Do you think that you could possibly be the next Bill Gates? Perhaps your ideas or inventions are not as grand as these, and you need a little assistance with funding your idea and making your dream a reality. The federal government may be able to help you.

STEVE STRACHAN: Sheriff’s Office takes a regional approach to providing services

The United States has a very different law enforcement system than almost any other country in the world. While most other countries have a central or national police force, we have more than a whopping 17,000 separate local police departments. People from other countries think this is inefficient and outmoded. But, the reason we have so many departments is for one simple reason — local control.

JULIA PATTERSON: New values guide where Metro will place bus routes

On June 16 the Regional Transit Committee, a committee composed of elected leaders from across King County, unanimously voted to approve a new vision for our Metro Transit bus system by adopting a the Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021. The plan is the first of its kind in the nation, guiding where and how Metro delivers transit service to you and other King County residents for the next decade.

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: For Renton’s libraries, Valley Medical Center a season of change

Two of Renton’s instiutions, its libraries and Valley Medical Center, are undergoing monumental change that while emotional and controversial will in the end bring better services to residents of the city.

  • Jun 23, 2011
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TISH GREGORY: We’re in good hands with the Class of 2011

This month I sublet my column to the future to see what they have to say. On June 14, 2011, an historic event took place at Renton High School as 200 seniors graduated at the school’s 100th commencement. So I went right to the source – the graduates themselves – to see “what are you thinking?” at this historic time.

COMMENTARY: Why public education isn’t enough to save lives in rivers this summer

Any first responder on the scene of a drowning tragedy can tell you they will never forget the horrifying heartbreak of families and friends standing next to the river while rescuers try to locate their loved ones. In many cases, these incidents are easily preventable.

  • Jun 16, 2011
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Valley Medical hijacking halted; conflicts exposed

It is my belief that both hospital Commissioners Anthony Hemstad and Aaron Heide conspired with Renton resident Chris Clifford to file an ill-conceived recall petition against me, in an all-too-obvious effort to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance. Mr. Clifford is widely recognized as a serial petitioner of recalls; indeed, he previously filed an unfounded recall petition against hospital Commissioner Don Jacobson. As in the case of Commissioner Jacobson’s recall petition two years ago, a judge recently threw out Mr. Clifford’s petition against me because it lacked both factual and statutory legitimacy. The bogus recall petition filed against me was intended to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance and to impugn my reputation.

City proves with SIFF-Renton that it can welcome the world | Our View

It’s been quite a week in Renton. We’ve had visitors from the Philippines, Norway, Africa and India.We’ve heard their music, their stories, their fears and… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2011
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Valley Med board needs to learn how to work together | Editor’s Note

The only sure thing about a new strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine was the 3-2 vote to set it in motion,… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Approve strategic alliance with UW

Coming before the Valley Medical Center commissioners Monday is the most important issue they or any hospital board has faced, whether to form a strategic… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2011
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RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Council, move forward with building libraries

Clearly, where to locate a new library downtown has split the community and the City Council.The split really mirrors the narrow outcome when Renton voters… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2011
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DENIS LAW: A week to celebrate in Renton

As we maneuver through routine issues facing the city each week, it’s easy to forget all of the good things taking place in our community.… Continue reading

RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Renton’s public safety is the city’s top priority

Mayor Denis Law and the Police Department are to be congratulated for taking yet another step to make residents of Renton feel safe in their… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2011
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RENTON REPORTER EDITORIAL: Valley Medical commissioners get down to business

Valley Medical Center’s commissioners came with their game faces on Tuesday night to ask tough questions about a strategic alliance between the medical center and… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2011
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