Local restaurants have had to adapt to new rules during the COVID pandemic. Pictured: JP’s Tavern in Federal Way’s turkey club sandwich with a side of tater tots. File photo

State lawmakers propose bill to fast-track the governor’s reopening plan

Bill’s sponsors want to give legislature control over COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Health Bar owner Heidi Hawkinson preparing a mango smoothie. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

The Health Bar opens on Enumclaw’s Blake Street

The new “fast food” joint serves smoothies and salads for health-conscious eaters.

 

Fentanyl. (Courtesy photo)

King County reports record numbers of drug overdose deaths

Preliminary toxicology testing shows most overdose victims used multiple types of drugs.

 

Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as governor. (Governor Jay Inslee)

Governor Inslee: We are going forward toward a ‘new normal’

At the start of an historic third term, the governor is charting a course out of the pandemic.

Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as governor. (Governor Jay Inslee)
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Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Dec. 28 – Jan. 7

Nighttime construction, armed robbery, and a CPR-in-progress.

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The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)

What could Biden’s nuclear policy look like?

King County sits only miles away from one-third of the deployed U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)
Rep. Eric Robertson, R-31

Eric Robertson takes oath of office for state House of Representatives

Robertson is returning to the legislature after more than 20 years.

  • Jan 12, 2021
Rep. Eric Robertson, R-31
Instead of traditional farmers markets, shoppers pre-order their food from vendors like Robin Hones of Cascadia Greens, who then package up the order and drop it off in your car on market day. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

REKO markets return to the Plateau

The Farm Fresh Picks at the Creamery opened Jan. 2, while the Enumclaw REKO Market is starting Jan. 17.

Instead of traditional farmers markets, shoppers pre-order their food from vendors like Robin Hones of Cascadia Greens, who then package up the order and drop it off in your car on market day. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
State representatives respond to roll call during an online meeting before their swearing in on Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Click to unmute: Legislators prepare for an online session

State lawmakers will work remotely as they tackle COVID-19, economic recovery, police reform and more.

State representatives respond to roll call during an online meeting before their swearing in on Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Main Street is now a one-way affair through downtown Buckley. The change aims to provide safety for outside diners. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Main Street is one-way through downtown Buckley

The street is also fully closed to traffic on weekends.

Main Street is now a one-way affair through downtown Buckley. The change aims to provide safety for outside diners. Photo by Kevin Hanson
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King County to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts

“16,000 adults must be vaccinated every day for six months,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

A mob of right-wing agitators stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, as Congress was preparing to certify the Electoral College presidential election count in… Continue reading

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
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Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Dec. 22 – 30

Son with a broken arm, burglary at an auto dealership, and an unleashed pup.

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Pictured left to right is Bill Swedberg (Santa), Jan Capetto (Mrs. Claus), Cara Porter (elf) Scott Sherer (captain), Jonny Hoefig (gaffer), and Sue Sherer. Photo courtesy Lauren Landis

Santa helps bring in big bucks for Black Diamond Community Center

The annual Lake Sawyer Santa Boat event brought in nearly $50,000 for the local nonprofit.

Pictured left to right is Bill Swedberg (Santa), Jan Capetto (Mrs. Claus), Cara Porter (elf) Scott Sherer (captain), Jonny Hoefig (gaffer), and Sue Sherer. Photo courtesy Lauren Landis
Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Seattle renters seek cheaper rent in surrounding cities

One factor includes the ability to work remotely, according to housing economist.

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr
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Sen. Fortunato hosts Jan. 8 town hall

The town hall will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

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Hairy vetch seedpods contain cyanide, and can be lethal. Stock photo

After loss of mini donkey, owner has warning for others with livestock

The seedpods of this plant, hairy vetch, contain cyanide.

Hairy vetch seedpods contain cyanide, and can be lethal. Stock photo
Courtesy of the Department of Health

State health officials announce next steps for vaccines

From the Washington State Department of Health: On Jan. 6, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2021
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The 100+ Women Who Care Foothills’ recently voted to give Elk Run Farm, a Maple Valley-based fresh fruit and vegetable grow operation, $6,100. Contributed photo

100 Women Who Care plan January meeting

The nonprofits presenting this next week are Foster Champs, Left Behind K9 Rescue, and The Wishing Well Foundation.

The 100+ Women Who Care Foothills’ recently voted to give Elk Run Farm, a Maple Valley-based fresh fruit and vegetable grow operation, $6,100. Contributed photo