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Study shows Washingtonians exceeded ‘heavy drinking’ threshold in 2020

The survey suggests Washingtonians drank more than 17 alcoholic beverages a week on average.

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Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District

Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District
Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo

DNR commissioner seeks $125 million to fight wildfires

In Washington state last September, some 600,000 acres burned within 72 hours.

Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo
A flag raised at half-staff in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Federal Way surpasses 100 COVID-19 deaths

As of March 1, 102 virus-related deaths have been recorded.

A flag raised at half-staff in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.

Justices strike down Washington state drug possession law

Police must stop arresting people for simple possession.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.
A Federal Way Public Schools bus leaves Decatur High School on March 13, unknowingly the last day students would be in school for the 2019-2020 school year. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

FWPS postpones in-person learning by one week

District to dedicate one week to transition activities, return to classrooms set for March 15.

A Federal Way Public Schools bus leaves Decatur High School on March 13, unknowingly the last day students would be in school for the 2019-2020 school year. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
L-R: Elder Koltin Carpenter, Elder Tevita Kata, Elder Ryan Hatch, and Elder Cristian Perez. Courtesy photo

Hometown Heroes: Local missionaries step up with shovels during snowstorm

When snow blanketed the Puget Sound in mid-February, several local men made it their mission to help the Federal Way community. It started with a… Continue reading

L-R: Elder Koltin Carpenter, Elder Tevita Kata, Elder Ryan Hatch, and Elder Cristian Perez. Courtesy photo
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TJHS senior named candidate in US Presidential Scholars Program

Thomas Jefferson senior Alisha Saucedo has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Selected from nearly 3.6… Continue reading

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Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell on Feb. 25.

FW mayor talks vaccinations, local economy, diversity in annual State of the City address

In stark contrast to last year’s 700-member live audience, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell delivered the annual State of the City address virtually on Feb.… Continue reading

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell on Feb. 25.
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Marijuana plants found in mobile home after fire | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Feb. 17-21

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"Profiles in Courage," by John F. Kennedy. Courtesy photo

What are your local Federal Way leaders reading?

The Mirror asked various officials about their favorite books and current reads.

"Profiles in Courage," by John F. Kennedy. Courtesy photo
In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
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Des Moines man charged after allegedly stealing car from Federal Way

The driver ran a red light and was confronted by police within minutes of stealing the car.

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IRG plans to construct several industrial buildings on the Weyerhaeuser Campus to help bring jobs back to the area. Haley Donwerth/staff photo

Property owners propose measures to protect former Weyerhaeuser campus

Questions about future public benefit remain.

IRG plans to construct several industrial buildings on the Weyerhaeuser Campus to help bring jobs back to the area. Haley Donwerth/staff photo
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King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

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A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

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Federal Way flags will be flown at half-staff to honor COVID victims

In coordination with President Joe Biden’s order honoring the more than 500,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell… Continue reading

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A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing