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In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo

Republicans try to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hangup

Lawmakers sponsor companion bills in the House and Senate.

  • Jan 15, 2020
In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo
King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County could bump up Metro electrification deadlines

Transportation generates nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)

Gov. Inslee delivers State of the State Address

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)
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.

All LWSD schools closed Monday due to snow. Madison Miller/staff photo

School canceled due to snow; Kirkland plows working to improve road conditions

District-wide closures can be complicated due to LWSD’s 76-square-mile footprint and varying microclimates.

All LWSD schools closed Monday due to snow. Madison Miller/staff photo
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)
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
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
LWESP authorized a strike for a fair contract with competitive and equitable pay Tuesday, Jan. 7. Photo courtesy of Lake Washington Education Support Professionals Facebook page

Lake Washington School District office professionals authorize strike

After months of negotiations, LWESP authorized a strike Jan. 7; District says LWESP can’t legally strike.

LWESP authorized a strike for a fair contract with competitive and equitable pay Tuesday, Jan. 7. Photo courtesy of Lake Washington Education Support Professionals Facebook page
Alignment proposal graphic shared at the meeting. Graphic courtesy King County Metro

City emphasizes importance of 255 route during King County Metro K Line update

The Kirkland City Council was briefed on K Line progress at a December meeting.

Alignment proposal graphic shared at the meeting. Graphic courtesy King County Metro
Houghton Community Council seeks a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Neal Black. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

Houghton Community Council seeks candidate

Interested candidates have until Jan. 14 to apply.

Houghton Community Council seeks a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Neal Black. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

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
Amy Falcone (pictured) will succeed Dave Asher on the Kirkland City Council. Photo courtesy Amy Falcone

Getting to know new councilmember Amy Falcone

Falcone will start in her position this month.

Amy Falcone (pictured) will succeed Dave Asher on the Kirkland City Council. Photo courtesy Amy Falcone

Washington doesn’t know true vaccination data

New auditor’s report shows schools have not reported accurate vaccination data.

Graphic of the project. Courtesy of city of Kirkland

Juanita Beach Park to get new bathhouse, other amenities by August

Once complete, the bathhouse will be open year-round.

Graphic of the project. Courtesy of city of Kirkland
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)

Swedish nurse strike still possible following Dec. 30 negotiations

Not enough progress was made, nurses unions say.

Kirkland investigators had portions of the Juanita Neighborhood Safeway parking lot blocked off on April 25 after a toddler was struck by a vehicle. File photo

Kirkland Reporter’s top 10 most-viewed web stories of 2019

Here are the top online stories for the Kirkland Reporter. 1. Toddler hit, killed in Kirkland Safeway parking lot The Kirkland community is mourning after… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2019
Kirkland investigators had portions of the Juanita Neighborhood Safeway parking lot blocked off on April 25 after a toddler was struck by a vehicle. File photo