Andy Hobbs

Fireworks at Celebration Park in Federal Way: July 4

Fireworks and the savory scent of gunpowder | Andy Hobbs

Kudos to the fireworks show July 4 at Celebration Park in Federal Way.Thousands of people packed the park to feast on a 22-minute extravaganza of… Continue reading

Fireworks at Celebration Park in Federal Way: July 4
Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Medical marijuana in WA: Politics and conclusions | Part 5 of series

The Overton Window refers to a range of ideas considered acceptable at a particular moment.The theory was named after Joe Overton, former vice president for… Continue reading

Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.
Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Medical marijuana in WA: Bubble bath and higher education | Part 4 of series

Aside from smoking marijuana, some patients prefer to soak in it.Sue Watson, who runs the Emerald Cross medical marijuana clinic in southwest Seattle, praised her… Continue reading

Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.
Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Medical marijuana in WA: Academics and the turning tide | Part 3 of series

The Institute of Medicine is an authoritative voice in the nation's medical community.In 1997, the non-profit institute launched a review that resulted in the book… Continue reading

Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.
Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Medical marijuana in WA: Patients and defenders | Part 2 of series

The people who run the medical marijuana clinics in Washington state control the supply and prices.Patients pay about $10 per gram of marijuana, or about… Continue reading

Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.
Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Medical marijuana in WA: Pushing the legal limits | Part 1 of series

En route to a patient's house, "Bob" whips out a sack of candy that smells like pot. The plastic bag contains chocolates wrapped in fluorescent foil, along with a tiny clear cup of caramel — all infused with the active ingredients of marijuana.

Medical marijuana pushes the legal limits in Washington state.

Cheers and jeers in Federal Way: City manager search, court drama, litterbugs and cameras

• Cheers to the Federal Way rumor mill for those juicy updates on the city manager search. A common concern is whether the city manager… Continue reading

Rich Stearns

World Vision president Rich Stearns: Faith, politics and the war on poverty | The Mirror Interview

With its U.S. headquarters in Federal Way and offices in 99 countries, World Vision is the largest Christian humanitarian relief organization in the world. World… Continue reading

Rich Stearns
Volunteers complete a concrete ramp May 15 at Saan Ching Saeteurn's home in Federal Way as part of the annual Rampathon effort.

Rampathon helps disabled Federal Way man access his own front door

Every year, the Master Builders Care Foundation presents its Rampathon, in which free access ramps are designed and built in a single day for disabled residents throughout King and Snohomish counties. Saan Ching Saeteurn, who lives on South 304th Place, was this year's Federal Way recipient. Powell Homes and Best Way Concrete teamed up May 15 to build a concrete ramp at the front of Saeteurn's house. The ramp will allow Saeteurn to access his own front door.

Volunteers complete a concrete ramp May 15 at Saan Ching Saeteurn's home in Federal Way as part of the annual Rampathon effort.
On May 5

Church’s $10,000 donation enriches Rainier View Elementary School’s teaching power

Ask and you shall receive.Pastor Casey Treat, on behalf of Christian Faith Center in Federal Way, has donated $10,000 to Rainier View Elementary School to… Continue reading

On May 5

Black and white and gray all over | Andy Hobbs

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." - Isaac Newton's third law of motionThis is not a lesson in physics, but rather… Continue reading

Who killed your local paperboy? | Andy Hobbs

Why didn't you receive your paper today?That's a good question. I wish we could say that an eager reader snatched your copy of The Mirror… Continue reading

From left to right: King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer

University of Washington football coach Sarkisian highlights annual Breakfast for Kids

The 17th annual Breakfast for Kids raised about $60,000 to support youth programs in the Federal Way/Auburn Boys and Girls Club.The event, held April 14… Continue reading

From left to right: King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer
Arthur Pearson has been a Fuller Brush salesman for 70 years and counting.

Fuller Brush Man: 70 years and counting

After 70 years and counting, Arthur Pearson reigns as the oldest active Fuller Brush salesman.The Fuller Brush Man was an American icon in the 1940s… Continue reading

Arthur Pearson has been a Fuller Brush salesman for 70 years and counting.
State Sen. Tracey Eide (D-District 30) answers questions during a town hall meeting March 13 in Federal Way.

Senators host discussion in Federal Way regarding state’s economic situation

It was standing room only during a town hall forum devoted to Washington state's budget and economy.State Sens. Tracey Eide (D-District 30), Karen Keiser (D-District… Continue reading

State Sen. Tracey Eide (D-District 30) answers questions during a town hall meeting March 13 in Federal Way.

Newspapers need painkillers in the Information Age | Andy Hobbs

In 2009, we witnessed the demise of major metro dailies such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Denver's Rocky Mountain News. More will follow.Even the Seattle… Continue reading

Otis G. Clark turned 106 this month.

Life lessons in geriatric journalism | Andy Hobbs

America's elders always open windows into history.It was an honor to meet Otis Clark, the 106-year-old South King County resident recently featured in The Mirror.Clark… Continue reading

Otis G. Clark turned 106 this month.

Words of wisdom for Federal Way businesses

A panel of business professionals offered advice to local small-business owners during the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon held March 4.Panel members included… Continue reading

In the first round of federal stimulus money for transportation projects, Federal Way did not make the list.On Feb. 27, the Puget Sound Regional Council… Continue reading