Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Inslee: K-12 schools can reduce COVID social distancing

The governor reduced social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms from 6 feet to 3 feet.

  • Mar 26, 2021
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Sound Publishing file photo

More people can get the COVID vaccine on March 31, but supply is still limited

The number of people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is set to increase in King County, but the number of available doses has yet… Continue reading

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Blotter bug

Black Diamond police blotter | March 9 – 16

Abandoned dump truck, an active seizure, and an accidentally-stolen truck canopy.

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Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.

Hitting the hiking trail to escape pandemic-induced ennui? A bit of preparation could save your bacon

It’s been quite the year for search and rescue operations at Mount Rainier.

Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.
The Black Diamond City Council look at the skate park in Maple Valley while they talk about needing to demolish their own for safety reasons. Screenshot

Black Diamond council members resign; city looks to demolish local skate park

Council members Erin Stout and Steven Paige have left their seats; the first is moving out of state, and the second for work.

The Black Diamond City Council look at the skate park in Maple Valley while they talk about needing to demolish their own for safety reasons. Screenshot
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Insurers told to stop using credit scores to set rates

A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)
Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley city council passes helmet ordinance in 4-2 vote

Council members agreed kids need to wear helmets, but differed on specifics of the proposal

Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)

Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

  • Mar 23, 2021
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)
Corrie Koopman Frazier being sworn in.

Frazier, Sauvageau sworn onto the Enumclaw council

Introducing Enumclaw’s newest city council members.

Corrie Koopman Frazier being sworn in.
A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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FLASH sex-ed clinically proven to reduce teen pregnancy rates | King County

A new national study shows King County’s sex-ed programs are effective in reducing teen pregnancies.

  • Mar 22, 2021
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An electronic traffic sign alerts southbound SR 169 drivers that the intersection with Roberts Drive will soon close for road work. Photo by Alex Bruell

Black Diamond’s SR 169, Roberts Drive intersection to close for 30 days

The highway will still allow north-south traffic, but expect extra congestion for the next month.

An electronic traffic sign alerts southbound SR 169 drivers that the intersection with Roberts Drive will soon close for road work. Photo by Alex Bruell
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Black Diamond police blotter | March 1 – 7

Head-on collision, assault at a party, and a lost child.

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Customers of the Buckley Plateau Market line up in an alley way to receive their orders. Photo courtesy Sean Shands

Plateau farmers, food producers open REKO market in Buckley

REKO markets are all about getting food fresh from the farm to your table.

Customers of the Buckley Plateau Market line up in an alley way to receive their orders. Photo courtesy Sean Shands
Looking east on March 9 from Mundy Loss Road, the years of wear-and-tear on 112th Street East in Buckley are apparent. The city aims to grind and repave nearly a mile of the road from its intersection at Mundy Loss Road to Highway 165. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley council OK’s plan for 112th Street East overlay project

Council also approved a stormwater ordinance, and discussed skatepark safety efforts.

Looking east on March 9 from Mundy Loss Road, the years of wear-and-tear on 112th Street East in Buckley are apparent. The city aims to grind and repave nearly a mile of the road from its intersection at Mundy Loss Road to Highway 165. Photo by Alex Bruell
Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo

Bill would end Native imagery for public schools, teams

30 high schools in Washington affected

  • Mar 17, 2021
Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo
Construction expert Will Martin taking some measurement of the siding of a house in Enumclaw's Suntop Farms. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Law firm looks to sue LGI Homes over recent storm damage

Casey Law believes it can prove homes in the Suntop Farm neighborhood were poorly constructed.

Construction expert Will Martin taking some measurement of the siding of a house in Enumclaw's Suntop Farms. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District

Inslee signs order to get students back in classrooms

The directive requires districts to offer at least two days of on-campus instruction per week for all grades.

Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District
Flaming Geyser State Park, one of the many you can visit for free this weekend. Image courtesy Washington State Parks

Free state parks days this weekend

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks free days in 2021.

  • Mar 16, 2021
Flaming Geyser State Park, one of the many you can visit for free this weekend. Image courtesy Washington State Parks
Enumclaw city hall

Enumclaw council selects two new members

Corrie Frazier and Tom Sauvageau will be sworn in March 22.

Enumclaw city hall