Andy Hobbs

Do you pay more for water than your neighbor? Here’s why

Joe Stumbo, a resident of unincorporated King County, contacted The Mirror out of frustration over the difference in water bills between his own residence and a rental house.

Suburban poverty vs. language barriers in Federal Way

Suburban poverty has increased dramatically in South King County over the past decade as residents search for more cheaper rent outside of Seattle. The communication barrier is another reason why immigrants and refugees struggle. Aside from economics, immigrants move to South King County to live among others who share their language and culture.

Crowds pack Wild Waves and back up traffic near I-5 exit

Crowds descended upon Wild Waves Theme Park this weekend for cheap tickets and relief from the scorching summer heat.

Carroll Fisher, active volunteer in FW, dies of leukemia

Carroll Fisher died June 22 after complications from leukemia. He was 73.

FW author Nancy Bartley explores sheriff shooter’s redemption

Federal Way author and Fulbright Scholar Nancy Bartley will sign copies of her book "The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls, Jr." at noon June 29 at the Federal Way Barnes and Noble, 31325 Pacific Hwy. S.

Suburban poverty reflects new demographics in King County

South King County serves as a poster child for the nationwide trend in suburban poverty.

Weyerhaeuser buys 645K acres, announces new CEO

Federal Way-based timber giant Weyerhaeuser Company has been stirring a buzz in the business world with a major land purchase and a change in leadership.

PTSD in the U.S. military: Vet Center offers free counseling

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has taken a new shape in the U.S. military, especially as servicemen and women endure multiple deployments to war zones in the Middle East.

Woman punched by Federal Way officer pleads not guilty

An outside agency is reviewing the case of a Federal Way police officer who punched a woman during her arrest.

Sensory therapy area opens at Truman Community Garden | PHOTOS

On June 8, the Truman Community and Sensory Therapy Garden was officially dedicated. Located on the campus of Truman High School, 31455 28th Ave. S., the garden first broke ground in September 2010. In that time, the garden has generated more than 10,000 pounds of organic produce for hungry seniors and local food pantries.

PowellsWood Garden cultivates a tranquil escape into nature

After a three-month renovation, PowellsWood will reopen to the public on June 22-23. Much of the garden was replanted and more open spaces were created.

Educators laud potential for on-site child care at FWHS

As architects design the new Federal Way High School, some educators want the future building to include a child care center.

FW man dies after rescue from Lake Easter | UPDATE

A Federal Way man is in critical condition after rescue crews pulled him from Lake Easter.

Cast of ‘The Bachelorette’ features FWHS grad Will Reese

A Federal Way High School grad is vying for the love of a rich single lady on the reality TV show "The Bachelorette."

Investigation examines complaint over mayor’s behavior

The city has released an investigation of a complaint against Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest over his alleged behavior during a meeting with a city councilmember.

Woman accuses Federal Way cops of brutality during arrest | Hear the 911 call

A Kirkland woman who faces a felony assault charge is also accusing Federal Way police of brutality during her arrest.

PHOTOS: DUI crash scene sends message to Beamer seniors

A mock DUI crash scene was staged Thursday morning at Todd Beamer High School to send a powerful reminder before this weekend’s prom.

Councilwoman files complaint over mayor’s ‘angry’ behavior

The city has hired an investigator to look into a complaint filed against Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest.

BUSINESS BUZZ: Fitness Evolution will open at Big Lots site

Fitness Evolution is slated to open this fall at the former Big Lots store, 1211 S. 320th St., next to Safeway.

The transient nature of gangs in South King County

In the early morning hours of June 27, tension escalated among a crowd of gang members outside a Federal Way bar. A mix of black and Mexican males argued, flashed gang signs and yelled out affiliations with the Gangster Disciples and Rollin 90’s Crips.