Andy Hobbs

Andy posted 760 stories to Federal Way Mirror.
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Mirror’s relationship with community will continue | Publisher’s Note

My newspaper career began more than two decades ago with a daily…

  • May 9th, 2017 10:11am

Goodbye, Federal Way | Andy Hobbs

Today is my last day in Federal Way. It’s been a fun ride, and I look forward to the next phase of my career.

  • Nov 21st, 2013 11:41pm

Watch out, burglars: Federal Way woman keeps an eye on neighborhood

While working from home, Carla Ackley also keeps an eye on her Federal Way neighborhood. No one has anointed her as the neighborhood's official watchdog — yet.

  • Nov 20th, 2013 7:11pm

FW educators travel to Ghana and Michigan on study missions

A handful of Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) officials recently traveled to Michigan and Ghana on "study missions."

  • Nov 15th, 2013 11:17pm

Operation Warm: Cops and firefighters donate coats at Olympic View Elementary

Federal Way police teamed up with South King Fire and Rescue to deliver winter coats for children at Olympic View Elementary School.

  • Nov 14th, 2013 12:20am

Protesters blast Walmart’s wages and policies in Federal Way | PHOTOS

For the second year in a row, local Walmart employees protested the company's wages and policies in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

  • Nov 13th, 2013 1:20am

McAnalloy and Gregory lead races for school board | ELECTION 2013

The Federal Way School Board will likely see two new faces as Geoffery McAnalloy and Carol Gregory lead their respective races.

  • Nov 8th, 2013 1:21am

Maloney, Burbidge and Moore lead city council races | ELECTION 2013

Early election results show Jeanne Burbidge, Kelly Maloney and Martin Moore leading their respective races for Federal Way City Council.

  • Nov 8th, 2013 11:05pm

Ferrell leads race for Federal Way mayor | ELECTION 2013

Election results show Jim Ferrell winning the race for mayor of Federal Way.

  • Nov 8th, 2013 1:22am

2.5 million cards and counting: Operation Write Home reaches U.S. troops worldwide

Sandy Allnock founded Operation Write Home to help overseas military personnel do just that — send cards to their loved ones.

  • Nov 5th, 2013 11:16pm

Mom discovers meth-tainted apartment in Federal Way

A Federal Way woman is seeking answers after her apartment tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

  • Nov 2nd, 2013 12:26am

School board candidates pitch solutions for Federal Way | ELECTION

The Mirror hosted an election forum Oct. 23, featuring candidates for Federal Way School Board. Candidates fielded questions from the audience. The forum was moderated by Dr. T.M. Sell of Highline Community College.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 12:20am

South King Fire candidates turn up the heat at forum | ELECTION

Longtime incumbent Bill Gates will seek re-election to position 1 against challenger Jerry Galland, a resident of unincorporated King County and an outspoken critic of South King Fire and Rescue.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 12:19am

Lakehaven board candidates have thirst for public service | ELECTION

In the lone race for Lakehaven Utilty District board of commissioners position 2, longtime incumbent Don Miller faces challenger Marie-Anne Harkness.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 12:18am

Beamer students sign banner for teen who got stomped in the head

To cheer up Connor Bone, several dozen classmates at Todd Beamer High School signed a "get well soon" banner. Darci Huffman, 16, led the effort Monday and said fellow Beamer students are rooting for her friend's recovery.

  • Oct 24th, 2013 6:13pm

Russian refugee moves consulting firm to Federal Way

Tatyana Koshevaya moved to the U.S. nearly 22 years ago, earned a college degree and became an advocate for immigrants. Today, she runs TK Consulting Services, whose headquarters have recently relocated from University Place to Federal Way.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 6:23pm

Lawsuit accuses Federal Way police of excessive force, falsifying evidence in 2008 murder case

A civil rights lawsuit accuses Federal Way police detectives of excessive force, unlawful arrest and manufacturing evidence against a man who was detained as a person of interest in a 2008 murder.

  • Oct 19th, 2013 5:47am

Pet goat saga ends as city council denies code revision

The Federal Way City Council denied a girl's effort to change city code so that she could keep a pygmy goat as her household pet.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 7:48am

Businessman raises red flags over PACC’s financial analysis

At an estimated $32 million, the polarizing PACC would be the most expensive project in city history. Supporters say the PACC will be a catalyst for economic development in the downtown core near the transit center. Opponents call the project a potential boondoggle.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 6:42am

ELECTION: Mayoral and council candidates tackle top issues

The Federal Way Mirror hosted a public forum for mayoral and city council candidates on Oct. 9 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.

  • Oct 11th, 2013 12:40am

School board will discuss Europe trip at rescheduled meeting

The Federal Way School Board has rescheduled its public meetings in October because of the board's controversial trip to Europe.

  • Oct 8th, 2013 9:56pm

FW Chamber hosts mayoral and council candidates | ELECTION

The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for city council and mayoral candidates Oct. 2 at its monthly luncheon at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 12:25am

Stacks Burgers, Fries and Shakes replaces Mooyah in Federal Way

Stacks Burgers, Fries, and Shakes will hold its grand opening Oct. 4 in Federal Way.

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 10:34pm

Mayor Priest under investigation for taking campaign signs | VIDEO

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest is under investigation for possible theft after he was caught removing city-confiscated campaign signs.

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 10:34pm

New retailers and restaurants coming to Celebration Center

Business is buzzing at Celebration Center, located at the southwest corner of S. 320th Street and Pacific Highway in Federal Way.

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 5:27pm

PHOTOS: Check out the new Federal Way 320th Library

The new and improved Federal Way 320th Library will re-open Saturday with more parking, more materials, more lighting, more seating, more study rooms and more 21st-century amenities.

  • Sep 25th, 2013 5:31pm

School board president Tony Moore arrested in alleged tire theft scheme

Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore was indicted in Oregon on seven counts of felony theft and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

  • Sep 26th, 2013 4:07pm

Mayoral election rematch: Candidates clash over PACC, public safety and city’s direction

The 2013 mayoral election is a rematch between two longtime Federal Way leaders as incumbent Mayor Skip Priest will once again face Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell for the job.

  • Sep 26th, 2013 3:47pm

Reflections on JFK: Federal Way author captures rare stories

To mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Federal Way resident Dean R. Owen has written a book that goes beyond the conspiracy theories and sexual lore.

  • Sep 21st, 2013 12:11am

Pulmonary fibrosis: Lung disease kills as many as breast cancer | Federal Way woman starts support group

Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissue is damaged and scarred. This incurable disease hinders the ability to breathe as the scar tissue thickens.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 5:27pm

Weyerhaeuser wants to donate Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

One of Federal Way's top cultural and tourist attractions is seeking proposals for new management.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 6:12pm

9/11 memorial set for 2014 dedication in Federal Way

A steel beam from the World Trade Center, along with a rock from the crash site in Shanksville, Pa., will form the centerpiece of a 9/11 memorial in Federal Way.

  • Sep 11th, 2013 5:00pm

Driver charged in death of bicyclist in Federal Way

Vehicular homicide charges were filed against a driver who struck and killed a bicyclist last month in Federal Way.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 5:30pm

Legal marijuana: State approves 3 stores for Federal Way, but city still says no

Up to three recreational marijuana retail stores will be allowed in Federal Way, according to new rules announced last week by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

  • Sep 9th, 2013 11:11pm

Renovation in Westway opens door for struggling family

April Hoffman wants her children to have a stable home. Her twin 15-year-old sons, DaShaun and Marschae Davis-Sanders, were born with cerebral palsy. DaShaun needs a wheelchair to get around, but their current apartment is not handicapped-accessible.

  • Sep 6th, 2013 12:34am

FW Symphony hires executive director Anna James Miller

You can call her the Pied Piper of Federal Way, she said.

  • Aug 28th, 2013 9:38pm

Apartment complex slated for school district’s old bus yard

A new development that includes 308 multi-family housing units has been proposed at the Federal Way School District's former transportation center.

  • Aug 26th, 2013 6:26pm

Photo ticket dropped after driver argues school zone’s legality

A Federal Way resident’s photo ticket was dismissed after the driver argued the legality of a school zone. Stephen Cramer received a ticket from photo enforcement cameras for allegedly driving 28 mph in a 20 mph school zone on 21st Avenue SW, adjacent to the Fred Meyer.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 10:54pm

Man files million-dollar claim after crashing runaway suspect

In June, Jess Todd filed a claim for damages worth $1 million with the City of Federal Way. Todd said Federal Way police endangered the public by failing to stop traffic and take proper safety precautions to prevent the collision.

  • Aug 20th, 2013 10:44pm

Consignment shop fills plus-size clothing niche in FW | PHOTOS

After years of shopping and bargain-hunting, Laura Dinius realized that consignment stores for plus-size women's clothing are hard to find.

  • Aug 20th, 2013 12:06am