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Of the 84 schools that had COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, 69% were public schools and the remaining were private schools, according to a new report. Courtesy photo

State releases data on COVID outbreaks in schools

A new statewide report outlines how COVID-19 outbreaks have moved through Washington schools. The report, released on Feb. 11, lists outbreaks in King County and… Continue reading

Of the 84 schools that had COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, 69% were public schools and the remaining were private schools, according to a new report. Courtesy photo
A shot looking north of the columns being constructed in SeaTac February 10, 2021. Part of the Federal Way Link Extension. Photo courtesy of Sound Transit

Federal Way Link Extension design-build contract over 25% complete

Sound Transit aiming for mid-2021 finish of design-build contract.

A shot looking north of the columns being constructed in SeaTac February 10, 2021. Part of the Federal Way Link Extension. Photo courtesy of Sound Transit
Elaeagnus healed. Silverberry bonsai (Elaeagnus pungens) in Pacific Bonsai Museum’s cool house, February 2021. Photo by Pacific Bonsai Museum

One year later: Pacific Bonsai Museum heals from 2020 bonsai burglary

One year after the bonsai burglary, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is finding some silver linings. Two bonsai trees, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars,… Continue reading

Elaeagnus healed. Silverberry bonsai (Elaeagnus pungens) in Pacific Bonsai Museum’s cool house, February 2021. Photo by Pacific Bonsai Museum
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Man with machete threatens person | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Feb. 4-9.

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Federal Way City Council, Mayor celebrate Black History Month with proclamation

Proclamation recognizes the ‘valuable and lasting’ contributions made by the African American community to Federal Way.

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Snow covered trees in Federal Way during the snowstorm in February. Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls

With snow in the forecast, FW activates emergency overnight warming shelter

Overnight shelter open at the Federal Way Community Center from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through the weekend.

Snow covered trees in Federal Way during the snowstorm in February. Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls

Federal Way resident reappointed to MIDD Advisory Committee

Federal Way resident Fartun Mohamed was reappointed to the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Advisory Committee by the Metropolitan King County Council on Feb.… Continue reading

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Federal Way woman killed in Seattle shooting

Investigation shows no connection between victim and suspect, who was fatally shot by Seattle officers.

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Pre-K, first grade students to return to Federal Way classrooms March 8

School district offers hybrid and remote learning; some students may get new teacher to accommodate learning model options.

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Legislature examines restructuring public health in WA

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering an overhaul of Washington state’s public health system to increase access to basic services. A number of changes are expected… Continue reading

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Gray wolves historically roamed across the state but were eradicated in Washington by 1930s. In recent decades wolves have been migrating back to the state from Canada, Idaho and Oregon. John and Karen Hollingsworth/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pack to the future: Will more wolves come to King County?

Some experts believe we’re on the cusp of discovering packs in King County.

Gray wolves historically roamed across the state but were eradicated in Washington by 1930s. In recent decades wolves have been migrating back to the state from Canada, Idaho and Oregon. John and Karen Hollingsworth/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
An example of a fake N95 mask, which according to experts looks, feels, and breathes like a real mask would. Courtesy photo

Franciscan hospitals find fake N95 masks in storage

None of the impacted inventory was put into use, hospital official says.

An example of a fake N95 mask, which according to experts looks, feels, and breathes like a real mask would. Courtesy photo
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Legislator’s bill proposes wiping advisory votes from your ballot

‘They are nothing more than push polls designed to instill distrust in government,’ says state senator.

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Remi Frederick, a Village Green employee receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Inslee: We have vaccine capacity, we just need the doses

Despite continued frustration from those seeking a shot, the state is making progress, he said.

Remi Frederick, a Village Green employee receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Lt. Michael Boutte pictured at the Westway Community Center in Federal Way waiting for the start of an Easter egg hunt in April 1998. Photo courtesy of FWPD Deputy Kyle Sumpter

Lt. Michael Boutte, founding member of Federal Way Police Department, killed in line of duty

Boutte was shot and killed while responding to a call on Feb. 1 in Hancock County, Mississippi.

Lt. Michael Boutte pictured at the Westway Community Center in Federal Way waiting for the start of an Easter egg hunt in April 1998. Photo courtesy of FWPD Deputy Kyle Sumpter
Sunken and abandoned boat at Kirkland’s Marina Park (Photo Credit: King County Sheriff’s Office)

Abandoned boats in waterways are a ‘regional challenge,’ says King County Sheriff’s Office

Spokesperson says expensive and time-consuming boat recoveries happen about 20 times a year.

Sunken and abandoned boat at Kirkland’s Marina Park (Photo Credit: King County Sheriff’s Office)
Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, top right, hosted a public forum for African American/Black community members on July 29.

‘Real talk with the mayor’

Third quarterly Black, African American community meeting seeks truthful answers about police misconduct and accountability.

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, top right, hosted a public forum for African American/Black community members on July 29.
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Emerald City Smoothie manager robbed at gunpoint | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Jan. 27-Feb. 2.

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Pay freeze for Inslee and state lawmakers this year

A citizen panel approved a 1.75% increase for executives, legislators and justices 17 months from now.

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Two men charged in Sacajawea Middle School burglary

The men allegedly stole trench coats, a computer monitor and other property of Federal Way Public Schools on Jan. 24.

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