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2013 News archive

This news archive is provided for historical purposes only. Information and links may be outdated or inaccurate.

Dec. 19: Metro preparing for a snowy morning commute
With the weather forecast calling for the possibility of the first widespread snow of the season, Metro is making plans for a snowy Friday commute.

Dec. 19: Second group of military veterans graduates from King County HERO Program
Veterans returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan face a job market with high unemployment rates and civilian workplaces where their valuable skills may not be recognized. To ease the transition and increase the employment rate of veterans, King County created the Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity (HERO) Program earlier this year. Today, the second group of program participants was recognized in a graduation ceremony led by Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett.

Dec. 19: National award to King County for making it easier for small firms to do business with the county
Procurement reforms initiated by King County Executive Dow Constantine to expand opportunities for small businesses to contract with the county have been honored by American City & County Magazine. The national trade journal named King County as one of seven winners of its 2013 Crown Communities Award.

Dec. 18: New transit information kiosks make their debut on Third Ave. in Downtown Seattle
Boarding a bus on Seattle’s busiest transit corridor is about to get easier and more convenient. The first of nine transit information kiosks was unveiled today at a Metro RapidRide stop on Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. Three kiosks are being activated this week at Third Avenue and Pike Street (northbound) and at Third Avenue and Columbia Street (north and southbound); the remaining six are expected to be activated within the next few weeks. The electronic kiosks will display the real-time arrival and destination of all buses with scheduled stops at the Third Avenue kiosk locations.

Dec. 18: King County buys threatened Snoqualmie Valley farmland, plans to return land to farming
Nearly 200 acres of rich Snoqualmie Valley farmland that was recently threatened with development is now officially owned by King County and will be returned to farming.

Dec. 17: Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on holiday and reduced weekday schedules over the Christmas holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service Dec. 24-31.

Dec. 17: King County investigates cause of break in landfill gas pipe
King County officials continue to investigate the cause of a break in a landfill gas pipe earlier this month at the county’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.

Dec. 16: Noxious Weed Control Board meets Jan. 15 to determine 2014 King County noxious weed list
Noxious weeds can be hazardous to people and animals, harm fish and wildlife habitat, and they cangiant_hogweed create headaches for landowners big and small. The King County Noxious Weed Control Board meets Jan. 15 in Bellevue to establish the list of weeds that will require particular attention in 2014.

Dec. 13: Metro responded quickly to altercation between driver, passenger
Today the news media are reporting on a serious altercation between a Metro bus driver and a passenger that occurred in November. I want to assure you that Metro responded quickly to this incident, placing the driver on leave, investigating thoroughly, and then terminating the driver's employment based on what we found.

Dec. 12: As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayors from the cities of Mercer Island, Kirkland, Issaquah, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Seattle, and Tukwila have issued a joint letter calling for bold state action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec. 12: Rapid Re-housing pilot launched to help homeless families
A new pilot program will move as many as 350 homeless families in King County into rental housing by December 31, 2014 and provide a range of short duration support services to help those families achieve stability. A total of just over $3.1 million will be dedicated to the pilot over the course of the next year.

Dec. 11: Energy-efficiency reaps rewards for sewer utility ratepayers
King County will protect regional water quality while reducing energy consumption at the South Treatment Plant in Renton thanks in part to a generous grant from Puget Sound Energy.

Dec. 10: Major flood protection project completed along Green River
With the completion of the largest in-river flood protection project in the six-year history of the King CountyFlood Control Zone District Logo Flood Control District, hundreds of homes and businesses near the Green River in Auburn now have enhanced protection for this flood season – and for decades to come.

Dec. 9: Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance
All King County government construction and major renovation projects must strive to achieve the top national green construction rating under an ordinance proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and unanimously approved today by the Metropolitan King County Council.

Dec. 9: Metro preparing for icy commute
If cold weather and difficult travel conditions persist into the Tuesday morning commute, Metro Transit may substitute other available buses in place of articulated electric trolley buses in the Seattle area. That move provides service using buses that are better able to operate during winter weather but could reduce the number of bus trips during the commute.

Dec. 6: Business still booming one year after voter approval of marriage equality
One year after voters approved a law allowing same-sex marriages in Washington state, the King County Recorder's Office has seen a 33% increase in the number of marriage license applications.

Dec. 5: Marine habitat restoration work in Green-Duwamish watershed key to chinook recovery
Across the Green River watershed, habitat restoration projects are under way in a coordinated effort toWRIA_9 halt the native chinook salmon’s long and steady decline toward extinction.

Dec. 3: King County selected as founding member of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
King County government, a leader in economic and environmental sustainability, has been selected as a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) – a new national non-profit established to advance best practices, measurement, and recognition for organizational purchasing programs.

Dec. 4: Deck the halls green with the King County EcoConsumer, Green Holidays program
Holiday waste reduction has never been easier, and King County's Green Holidays program is here to help. The program offers fun, festive new resources for the 2013 holiday season.

Dec. 3: Recently formed King County Parks Foundation announces inaugural Board of Advisors
The King County Parks Foundation has assembled a group of top business and civic leaders to serve as an advisory board in support of the foundation’s activities.

Dec. 1: King County Flood Warning Center closes as flows recede on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, following a brief and minor flood event on the Snoqualmie River.

Dec. 1: King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, after persistent heavyFlood Control Zone District Logo rainfall for much of the day brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase II flood alert level. Only minor flooding is expected.

Nov. 27: Know before it snows: Sign up for Metro Transit alerts
With winter weather in the forecast, it’s a good reminder for King County Metro Transit riders to plan ahead how they will get around before the flurries fly.

Nov. 27: Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on holiday and reduced weekday schedules over the Thanksgiving holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

Nov. 26: Help protect your pipes – and save money - by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Wondering what to do with the leftover fryer oil and kitchen grease after the big holiday feast? Don’t pour it down the drain

Nov. 26: Cavalia brings horses, big top, back to Marymoor Park in 2014 with ‘Odysseo’
After a successful first visit in 2012, Cavalia returns to King County’s Marymoor Park in 2014 with a new production, “Odysseo.”

Nov. 26: Health officials announce public exposures to new measles case
Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in an infant who was in several locations in King County during the contagious period. The infant is a King County resident who was too young to be vaccinated and likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

Nov. 25: Firearm retailers join with King County to promote safe gun storage as the new norm
New research into youth firearm deaths in King County has prompted a partnership with ten national and local retailers to promote the secure storage of guns as a means of preventing deadly shootings.

Nov. 22: New text message service aids health insurance enrollment
Text King + a ZIP code to 468311 and Public Health – Seattle & King County's new text messaging program will send information about upcoming health insurance enrollment events customized to that ZIP code.

Nov. 21: Balanced statewide package still first choice, but King County will move on “Plan B” if needed for saving Metro buses and local roads
A balanced statewide transportation package, with local options for funding Metro Transit and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas, remains King County’s first choice – but in the absence of action by state Legislature, County leaders say they will develop legislation by year’s end to give voters the chance to save bus service and maintain roads.

Nov. 20: King County Parks, Swansons Nursery partner in ‘Trees for Salmon’ Christmas tree program
King County Parks is teaming up with Swansons Nursery in Seattle for a second year to promote live trees as an option for your holiday evergreens. Living Christmas trees and other live vegetation can be used to enhance the beauty and habitat quality of backyards, parks and open spaces.

Nov. 19: King County closes Flood Warning Center as rainfall eases and rivers begin to drop
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, following several hours of monitoring minor flood conditions on the Snoqualmie River.

Nov. 19: King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, after persistent heavy rainfall for much of the day brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase II flood alert level. Only minor flooding is expected.

Nov. 15: Meetings ahead for Metro bus cuts
Due to inaction to date on stable funding for public transit, Metro must begin three months of meetings across King County to inform riders of proposed drastic bus cuts due to the absence of funding.

Nov. 15: Learn what to expect from 2014 Fremont wastewater infrastructure upgrade project
Fremont neighbors are invited to learn more about King County’s upcoming project to replace aging sewer lines beneath the Lake Washington Ship Canal at a community meeting Nov. 20.

Nov. 13: King County strengthens communities through grants to youth sports providers
Matching fund grants totaling $550,000 through King County’s Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) program were announced today by Executive Dow Constantine

Nov. 8: King County Parks seeks public comments on new rules that crack down on illegal dumping
New rules to protect land managed by King County Parks from illegal dumping would mean fines of up to $500 for those caught trashing public property.

Nov. 7: Metro announces proposed bus service cuts
Upon expiration of temporary funding and draining of reserves, Metro would have to cancel 74 bus routes, reduce or revise 107 others, starting June 2014

Nov. 7: Work begins to ID projects that cut pollution for SW King County’s Miller, Walker creeks
New projects will be planned to improve water quality in two small southwest King County creek basins, thanks to state and federal grant funding earmarked for projects that reduce runoff and pollution.

Nov. 5: Executive Constantine on Boeing 777X assembly and need for transportation package
Congratulations to Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray, the Machinists Union, and The Boeing Company for reaching this historic agreement to build the 777X airliner in our Puget Sound region.

Nov. 1: King County cuts ribbon on renovation of Maleng Regional Justice Center
King County Executive Dow Constantine, District Court Chief Presiding Judge Corinna Harn, and other local leaders today formally opened newly-renovated space in the courts building at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. An $8.2 million remodeling project delivered five new courtrooms and associated support space for King County District Court, as well as a new security screening area and a reconfigured rotunda. The renovated area is expected to qualify for LEED Platinum certification for building improvements.

Oct. 31: Regional Advisory Council launches cooperative planning for Eastside Rail Corridor
The Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council (RAC) — the panel created to plan how the owners can develop a coordinated vision for the future of the corridor — has given its unanimous approval of a report affirming cooperation on future uses of the corridor.

Oct. 31: Metro shuttles heading to Hawks game
Football fans who want an easy trip to the game this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit shuttles to the Seahawks game on Sunday, Nov. 3

Oct. 29: Increasing flood risk in Pacific triggers emergency protection measures
King County Flood Control District, King County, City of Pacific, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers join forces to protect people, property

Oct. 30: Free flu vaccination clinics
Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics on Saturday, November 2 to make flu vaccine more widely available to people without health insurance or who are unable to pay.

Oct. 30: Third-annual ‘I love the Cedar River’ community meeting planned for Nov. 6
The third-annual, “I Love the Cedar River” community meeting and open house is planned for Nov. 6 inFlood Control Zone District Logo Maple Valley, when citizens can learn more about flood-risk reduction and restoration projects and related activities on the Cedar River.

Oct 29: Low-income residents access healthier food at farmers markets
Low-income shoppers will continue to benefit from a local, innovative farmers market program that provides easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Now the program—Fresh Bucks—will extend through the end of 2013 at farmers markets in Seattle, rather than ending on October 31 as originally scheduled.

Oct. 28: Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of gunman at Capitol Hill condominium
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Joel Reuter by Seattle police on July 5, 2013.

Oct. 25: State Supreme Court affirms King County’s use of wastewater ratepayer funds
The Washington State Supreme Court has upheld King County’s use of ratepayer funds to site the Brightwater Treatment Plant and pay for other environmental programs.

Oct. 25: Public invited to direct priorities for King County government
Every elected official and employee in King County government makes decisions, both routine and major, based on the 2010 King County Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will be refreshed in 2014, and right now a robust public engagement effort is underway to gather input from people that will help to guide the County’s priorities over the next five years.

Oct. 25: Metro football shuttles heading to UW game
Football fans who want an easy trip to the game this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Oct. 23: Snoqualmie Valley farmland saved, rural economy boosted, under King County plan
A proposal put forth today by King County Executive Dow Constantine to acquire historic Snoqualmie Valley farmland hints at what the County hopes to accomplish on a much wider scale in years to come.

Oct. 21: Flood season is here – are you prepared?
While the past few weeks of moderate temperatures and little rain might indicate otherwise, flood season has arrived across the Puget Sound region, and flooding can affect communities with little or no notice.

Oct. 20: King County Executive mourns the passing of former University of Washington football coach Don Jameskingcounty.gov
Through old fashioned grit and an unwavering focus on the fundamentals, Coach James took a Husky program mired in mediocrity and made us National Champions.

Oct. 18: King County Executive mourns the passing of former House Speaker Tom Foley
Tom Foley was a true gentleman who brought civility and statesmanship to the House of Representatives. These are traits we could use more of today.

Oct. 16: Business leaders helping reshape our daily commute receive Diamond Awards
They are the heroes of the morning commute – the people you may not think about as you head out the door to meet the bus or vanpool. For two decades, more than 500 of King County’s largest employers have been leading the way in helping an estimated 350,000 workers find new or different ways of getting to work – choices that are helping to ease our daily commute. Today, 18 businesses and organizations were the latest winners honored as part of the 20th Annual Diamond Awards.

Oct. 16: King County Executive announces new round of grant opportunities for projects in unincorporated areaskingcounty.gov
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced the third year of new Community Service Area grant opportunities, and encouraged residents in unincorporated communities to become more connected in their neighborhoods.

Oct. 15: Regional Animal Services working to change image of outdoor cats
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is joining with animal organizations nationwide to change the image of outdoor cats. October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, an annual event started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001 to raise awareness of the plight of these animals, and build support for humane solutions to dealing with them.

Oct. 11: Major project completed along Cedar River to restore habitat and reduce flood risk
A complex, multi-year project is winding down along a portion of the Cedar River where, for decades, chronic flooding threatened dozens of residents, and where the quality of fish and wildlife habitat was greatly diminished by the river’s restricted channel.

Oct. 11: Redeveloped Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station offers wide range of recycling options
With the multi-year modernization project at King County’s Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station in Tukwila completed, customers have more recycling opportunities than ever.

Oct. 10: Tour King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, attend landfill neighbors’ community meeting
King County is offering two upcoming opportunities for the public to learn about the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the public is invited to take a free, guided tour of the landfill. The following week on Oct. 24, the King County Solid Waste Division will host its regular community meeting for interested citizens.

Oct. 10: Metro shuttles heading to Huskies, Hawks games
Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Seahawks game on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Oct. 10: Compostival is here - residents rewarded for composting 350,000 tons of compostable materials
The King County Solid Waste Division, Seattle Public Utilities and Cedar Grove announce “Compostival!,” a celebration to reward residents for their participation in diverting 350,000 tons of yard waste, food and food-soiled paper from landfills each year.

Oct. 9: King County Executive rips federal shutdown for halt to essential nutrition programs
Advance layoff notices were sent this morning to 82 King County employees who provide essential nutrition services for Women, Infants and Children, as a consequence of the continuing federal shutdown.

Oct. 9: King County Parks makes safety upgrades at two intersections along Burke-Gilman Trail
King County Parks is making safety upgrades along the Burke-Gilman Trail at two driveway crossings in the vicinity of 91st Avenue Northeast in Kenmore.

Oct. 8: Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of gunman at scene of four homicides in Federal Way
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Dennis Clark III by Federal Way police on April 21, 2013.

Oct. 7: Regional Animal Services opens doors and hearts for adoptable pets
More than a dozen pets found new homes during this weekend's open house at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent. The second annual event, which was part of a statewide celebration organized by Pawsitive Alliance, highlighted the good work that animal shelters all over Washington are doing to get pets adopted into loving homes.

Oct. 3: New report reveals progress in integrating Equity and Social Justice into delivery of King County serviceskingcounty.gov
While disparities of place, race and income still exist, King County has made significant progress toward creating a more inclusive and prosperous place for all by considering equity and social justice in the decisions that guide delivery of County services, according to a new report released today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Oct. 3: Renton volunteers honored with Executive's Award for Community Preparedness
An all-volunteer organization from Renton was recognized today by King County Executive Dow Constantine for its commitment to emergency preparedness and response.

Oct. 3: Six Seattle hookah bars receive order for violating public smoking law
Six hookah bars in Seattle are on notice for violating Washington's Smoking in Public Places law.

Oct. 1: Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrate opening of enrollment in Washington’s Health Exchange at Carolyn Downs Family Clinic
Today, Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine met some of the first people to get in line for health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Despite some technological bumps in the road, people were getting enrolled – through the website and via paper applications.

Sept. 30: King County closes Flood Warning Center as rainfall eases and rivers begin to drop
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, following a brief opening to monitor minor flood conditions on the Snoqualmie River.

Sept. 26: King County renames hiking trails to honor climbing legends Jim Whittaker, Nawang Gombu
Two popular hiking trails leading to the highest point in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park were officially renamed for mountaineering legends Jim Whittaker and Sherpa Nawang Gombu in a ceremony today with Mr. Whittaker and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Sept. 26: Animal organizations partner to prevent pet overpopulation
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), Pasado's Safe Haven, and South County Cats are working together to reduce pet overpopulation. Pasado's offers spay/neuter surgeries, as well as other basic veterinary care, through its Mobile Spay Station that now visits the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent every Friday. The three organizations celebrated their partnership during an open house this morning.

Sept. 26: Metro has football shuttles for Huskies game
Football fans who want an easy trip this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to see the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Sept. 24: Join King County Parks and partners at National Public Lands Day work party, Sept. 28
In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, King County Parks is partnering with REI and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to host a volunteer work party event at King County’s Three Forks Natural Area near North Bend.

Sept. 24: Brief overnight closure of Sammamish River Trail for pavement repairs, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Much-needed trail repairs and resurfacing along a short portion of King County Parks’ Sammamish River Trail in Woodinville will require a brief overnight closure.

Sept. 24: More reasons to use transit in the Snoqualmie Valley
Beginning Sept. 28 Snoqualmie Valley residents will have more reasons to get on-board with transit! As part of its fall service change Metro has revamped valley bus service and partnered with the Snoqualmie Tribe and Snoqualmie Valley Transportation to launch a new shuttle service that will bring more travel choices to the area.

Sept. 23: Executive Constantine’s 2014 proposed budget builds on four years of reforms and efficiencies
Building upon reforms put in place over the past four years, King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a balanced 2014 Budget with no new taxes that sustains essential functions and restores some critical services lost in the recession.

Sept. 20: King County seeks public input for next Strategic Plan
King County government would like to invite all 2 million people in the region to visit www.OneKingCounty.info to provide input on the next iteration of the Strategic Plan, which will shape the future of county government over the next five years.

Sept. 20: Know disaster before it arrives
The King County Regional Hazard Mitigation Partnership invites all King County residents to participate in public meetings being held September 24, 25, and 26, where the results of County's most recent disaster analysis will be displayed and discussed.

Free fall safety prevention program for seniors
With over 20,000 admissions every year, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in Washington state, and seniors account for over two thirds of these cases. To help prevent these painful and costly events, King County Emergency Medical Services is offering free home safety assistance.

Sept. 20: Horse rescued from neglect competes in equestrian events
A horse rescued from neglect by Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) more than three years ago is now set to compete in this weekend's Dressage Northwest Great American Insurance Group Region 6 Championships, an event that puts her natural talent on display.

Sept. 19: Metro shuttles provide a great passing lane for Huskies, Hawks fans
Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Seahawks game on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Sept. 18: Executive Constantine calls for reopening of Maple Valley sheriff's precinct
As part of his 2014/2015 budget to be released on Monday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposes reopening the King County Sheriff's Office precinct in Maple Valley, known as the Hicks-Raburn Precinct, as well as restoring funding for four uniformed officers.

Sept. 19: Executive’s budget proposes Regional Veterans Initiative to connect veterans and families with needed serviceskingcounty.gov
Four of every ten veterans say they have little or no knowledge of the benefits they have earned, or how to access them. King County Executive Dow Constantine today said his 2014/2015 County budget will call for support of a King County Veterans Service Network – to embark on the first-ever comprehensive mapping of the labyrinth of federal, state and local services for veterans.

Sept. 18: Metro Transit launches fall service change Sept. 28
Streamlined service on Interstate 90, better timed connections and more bus trips in downtown Seattle mark some of the changes to 55 bus routes starting Sept. 28 as King County Metro Transit launches its fall service revisions.

Sept. 17: New South Kirkland Park-and-Ride garage open for commuters
A new three-story garage at a busy Eastside park-and-ride near State Route 520 is open for commuters, and today officials marked the milestone at a ceremony where they also highlighted the need for stable ongoing transportation funding.

Sept. 16: Seattle and King County Councils approve historic growth-management partnership
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests will receive protection from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and approved today by both the City and the County Councils.

Sep. 16: King County Board of Health meeting on September 19, 2013
The King County Board of Health will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 13: Last few Marymoor concerts feature new wave icons, indie giants, legendary jam band
King County Parks is doing its best to help squeeze the most out of the last few weeks of summer, with a handful of great concerts in Marymoor Park’s beautiful amphitheatre.

Sept. 13: Executive Constantine names Adrienne Quinn to lead King County Department of Community and Human Serviceskingcounty.gov
King County Executive Dow Constantine today appointed Adrienne Quinn as director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). Quinn succeeds Jackie MacLean, who is stepping down at the end of 2013 after leading the department for 11 years.

Sept. 13: King County Parks, Vashon Forest Stewards note new improvements at Island Center Forest
Completing a multi-year partnership project to improve public access and amenities at Island Center Forest is good reason for a celebration, so King County Parks and Friends of Island Center Forest are throwing a community party on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Sept. 12: King County Parks approves new trails plan for Big Finn Hill Park
After a year of committee meetings attended by local residents, pedestrians, dog owners, and mountain bikers, King County Parks has approved a trails plan for Big Finn Hill Park to improve existing trails, increase trail sustainability for all users and create fun, well-built challenges for mountain bikers.

Sept. 12: Final weekend for "discount dogs"
Time is running out to pick up a "discount dog" from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC). Right now, the adoption fee for dogs six months and older is just $50, but this special offer ends Sunday, September 15.

Sept. 11: Executive Constantine launches "Resilient King County"
King County Executive Dow Constantine today launched the "Resilient King County" initiative, a county-wide, two-year planning process for crafting a comprehensive long-term recovery strategy following a major earthquake or other catastrophe.

Sept. 9: Executive congratulates Tana Senn on appointment to 41st District House of Representatives
I congratulate Tana Senn on her appointment to the Washington state House of Representatives.

Sept. 9: Wastemobile comes to Bothell Sept. 20-22, offers free household hazardous waste disposal
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Bothell.

Sept. 6: Funding supports grassroots efforts to improve air and water quality in Lower Duwamish neighborhoodskingcounty.gov
Five projects that will help improve air and water quality in the Duwamish Basin earned $102,875 in funding through King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Green Grants program.

Sept. 6: Vashon seawall reconstruction starts Sept. 14
The King County Road Services Division will close a section of Vashon Highway SW along outer Quartermaster Harbor for two weeks beginning Saturday, Sept. 14.

Sept. 5: District Court consolidates, restructures services in south King County
Newly-remodeled court area at Maleng Regional Justice Center opens September 9, temporary Renton location closes September 6

Sept. 4: Landmark White Center Fieldhouse spotlighted as King County Parks celebrates 75th anniversary
As part of its ongoing 75th anniversary commemoration, King White_Center_Fieldhouse_ca._1950sCounty Parks celebrates the historic White Center Fieldhouse with a community gathering on Saturday, Sept. 14, featuring games, activities, performances, memories and a special anniversary cake.

Sept. 4: Help keep tabs on native salmon this fall as a King County Salmon Watcher Program volunteer
Upcoming free training sessions will be offered in Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville

Sept. 4: King County Metro Transit launches ‘Safety Season’
School is back in session and fall is near, and King County Metro Transit today launched the pedestrian Safety Season – a focused effort to reduce the number of pedestrian traffic injuries that happen in our communities.

Heart attack survival rate continues to climb in King County
The survival rate from cardiac arrest in King County has reached an all-time high of 57 percent, according to a new report released today by King County Executive Dow Constantine. Most other parts of the nation have survival rates that hover around 10 percent.

Public Health receives grant to expand school-based trauma intervention program
Sept. 3: Children in two Seattle Public Schools elementary schools will soon have a better chance at academic success, thanks to a collaborative effort to expand a successful school-based trauma intervention program.

Sept. 3: Finalists announced for the Third Annual Executive’s Small Business Awards
King County Executive Dow Constantine – in partnership with award sponsors KeyBank, Microsoft Corporation, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, and the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County – today named 21 finalists in seven categories for the third annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

Aug. 30: Ride Metro to Huskies, Bumbershoot, PAX Prime; holiday schedules Labor Day
Labor Day weekend is packed with lots of events in Seattle, and King County Metro Transit has buses on the street to carry tens of thousands of riders to Bumbershoot at Seattle Center, PAX Prime gaming at the Convention Center and the inaugural football game at the new Husky Stadium. On the Monday holiday, buses and water taxis will have altered schedules and riders should plan ahead.

Aug. 29: King County Executive on Federal Government Decision to Allow Marijuana Legalization
“I am proud of Washington State for leading the way on national policy. We will regulate the production and sale of adult use marijuana in a way that reduces harm, protects youth, and profits legitimate, law-abiding, tax-paying businesses rather than criminals. Prohibition has clearly failed and, thanks to this decision by the federal government, we can now develop policies that respect the will of the people and work better for our communities.”

Aug. 28: In county named after Dr. King, the dream lives on fifty years later

Aug. 28: Wastemobile comes to Covington, offers free household hazardous waste disposal, Sept. 6-8
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Covington.

Aug. 27: Last chance to earn a geocoin while touring beautiful King County parks and trails
King County Parks' GeoTour of 20 beautiful and fun parks and trails comes to an end Oct. 6. All properties, including iconic Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park that was slated for housing development in the 1980s, were purchased and protected with help from Conservation Futures funding.

Aug. 27: Limited deer hunt at King County’s Island Center Forest, Oct. 12-31
King County Parks will open Island Center Forest to deer hunting for a limited season, Oct. 12-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of forestland.

Aug. 25: Health officials announce public exposure to new measles case
Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a child who was in one public location in King County during the contagious period. The child is a King County resident who was unvaccinated and exposed to measles while traveling in Europe. This measles case is unrelated to previous ones in King County in July 2013.

Aug. 23: King County Parks to smooth bumpy stretch of Sammamish River Trail through Bothell
Users of King County Parks’ Sammamish River Trail throughSRT Bothell will soon experience a smoother walk, run or ride, thanks to a King County project to remove protruding roots and repave portions of the trail.

Aug. 19: Fall City meeting on Aug. 28 for floodplain reconnection work on Snoqualmie River
Important fish and wildlife habitat restoration work along the Snoqualmie River near Fall City is set for next year, and a meeting at the Fall City Fire Station on Aug. 28 is the public's first opportunity to learn more about the upcoming project.

Aug. 16: King County to repave handful of roads this summer
Due to plummeting tax revenue and tight budgets, crews plan to repave just a handful of unincorporated King County roads near Redmond, Federal Way, Auburn and Issaquah as part of the county’s summer paving program. The roadwork is only possible thanks to federal grants; otherwise, the county would not be able to repave any roads this summer.

Aug. 13: Executive awards 25 Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas
Critical support in the unincorporated areas of King County for a food bank, a senior center, neighborhood events, clean-up campaigns, and youth organizations was announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Aug. 13: Shellfish infections running double summer average; oyster fans beware
A saltwater bacteria has sickened more than twice the number of people in King County this summer than typically is reported during this period – leading health officials to warn of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked shellfish.

Aug. 12: Press Conference regarding Aug 12 shooting in downtown Seattle
Executive Dow Constantine reacts to shooting of Metro Bus Driver

Aug. 8: Wastemobile comes to Sammamish, offers free household hazardous waste disposal, Aug. 9-11
From Aug. 9-11, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aug. 7: Executive thanks voters for approval of King County Parks Levy
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented this morning on the initial ballot count in the August primary

Aug. 7: Snoqualmie Valley Trail reopening through North Bend after new bridge installed
An important project to replace a decaying old timber bridge on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail in North Bend is nearly completed, and King County Parks staff expect the new steel span to be open for public use on or before Aug. 15.

Aug. 6: Danville-Georgetown Open Space forest thinning to improve overall landscape’s health
To help build a healthier forest, 125 acres of young, over-crowded Douglas fir trees in the 334-acre Danville-Georgetown Open Space near Ravensdale will be selectively thinned this year.

Aug. 5: Burke-Gilman Trail among nation’s best, according to USA Today
The Burke-Gilman Trail – a mainstay for alternative commuters, weekend warriors and families enjoying a stroll on a warm evening in King County – has been named one of the best urban bike paths in the country by USA Today newspaper.

Aug. 2: King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members
King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of three positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission. If selected and confirmed by the King County Council, commissioners serve three-year terms.

Aug. 1: Adopt one kitten, get the second half off at Regional Animal Services of King County
With kitten season in full swing, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has a great deal for people looking to adopt. During the month of August, when you adopt one kitten at the normal fee of $100, you can get a second kitten for half off. Regular pet licensing fees apply.

July 31: Four public meetings set on proposed zoning for marijuana-related businesses in King County
Following the voter initiative creating a state licensing system for production and sales of recreational marijuana, a King County agency has developed proposed standards for the zoning of marijuana-related businesses that would be regulated by the state and located in unincorporated King County, outside of cities.

July 29: Fire Marshal calls for burn ban in King County
As hot and dry weather conditions continue the outdoor fire danger has increased. In response King County is issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the County effective July 29, 2013.

July 31: Important upgrades coming to critical Black River Pump Station
Later this summer, the four-decade-old pump station that drains portions of Kent and Renton in the northeast portion of the Green River Valley will get new double-walled fuel tanks, a new double-walled pipe and a multi-sensor leak detection system.

July 31: Executive Constantine on scope of environmental review for Bellingham coal export terminal
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on today’s announcement by Whatcom County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) on the scope of the environmental review they will conduct on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export facility near Bellingham:

July 31: Metro Transit shuttles to carry fans to Seafair hydros and air shows this weekend
Seafair fun takes off this week and Metro Transit has free shuttles to get fans to the hydro races and Patriots Jet Team air shows. Travelers should plan for delays and bus reroutes during these major regional events, which include temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4.

July 30: Regional Animal Services celebrating 500 pet adoptions since June 1
Regional Animal Services of King County is celebrating a major milestone. Five-hundred pets have been placed in new homes since the start of the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge on June 1. The numbers got a big boost this past weekend, thanks to the Adopt & Shop pet event at Kent Station on Saturday.

July 29: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection coming to Bothell, Aug. 2-4
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Bothell, from Aug. 2-4.

July 25: Aug. 5 public meeting, tour for upcoming Dockton shoreline restoration work
King County will restore and improve the shoreline along Dockton Natural Area later this summer that will result in a cleaner, more natural beach for the public to enjoy.

July 25: Metro Transit grabs a gold for its actions to protect the environment
King County Metro is not only getting you there, it’s doing it with less energy, waste and pollution – reasons it is being recognized as the gold-standard for sustainability by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

July 25: Metro buses rerouted for parade, events this weekend
Riders should plan ahead and prepare for rerouted bus service and potential delays on Saturday, July 27, from about 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as Metro Transit shifts 35 bus routes in the Seattle Center, downtown Seattle and Alaskan Way Viaduct areas for the Seafair Torchlight fun runs and parade

July 24: Dogs, cats, birds, and bunnies…oh my!
Join Regional Animal Services and Pawsitive Alliance for Adopt and Shop, July 27 at Kent Station

July 22: Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain
An agreement has been finalized for permanent public ownership of 216 acres of forestland on Squak Mountain, following several months of negotiations with the landowner.

July 23: There is still time to complete your GeoTour of King County’s beautiful parks, trails countyofkingwa.us
Take the King County Parks GeoTour

July 18: Fish kill in Vashon’s Quartermaster Harbor is linked to harmful algae bloom
King County scientists believe that a toxic bloom of marine algae, spurred to growth by the recent warm weather, is the likely culprit in a die-off of fish this week in the calm waters of Vashon Island’s Quartermaster Harbor.

July 18: Sick bat found at Seattle park determined to have rabies
A sick bat was found on the sand at the Madison Park public beach in Seattle (located at E Madison St and E Howe St) on Monday afternoon, July 15th. The bat was tested and has been found to have rabies. Anyone who touched or had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk to develop rabies, which is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. Rapid treatment before symptoms appear is critical.

July 17: Health officials announce locations of public exposures to two new measles cases
Local public health officials have confirmed measles infections in two siblings, an adult and a child, who were in several public locations during the time that they were contagious.

July 16: Metro’s top bus driver a ‘smooth operator’
He’s the bus driver who loves to make people laugh, a “smooth operator” who does his best to help people get where they need to go. And for the next year, Metro Transit’s Robert Duncan is No. 1.

July 16: King County Executive announces ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
Now in its seventh year, program recognizes 89 local organizations for exceptional waste reduction efforts

July 16: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection coming to Redmond, July 26-28
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries,oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Redmond, July 26-28.

July 15: King County Executive Dow Constantine mourns passing of community leader Kip Tokuda
Former state legislator passed away Saturday of heart attack while fishing on Whidbey Island

July 11: Washington Brewers Festival at King County’s Marymoor Park shatters attendance record
The 8th Annual Washington Brewers Festival Father’s Day weekend at King County’s Marymoor Park attracted the largest crowds in the festival’s history, and not by just a little bit. More than 20,000 people attended the festival in mid June – a whopping 26 percent increase over 2012.

July 10: Regional Animal Services and King County Sheriff's Office investigating dog attack
The King County Sheriff's Office and Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) are investigating an overnight dog attack in unincorporated White Center.

July 10: King County Parks beats the July heat with cool summer events in Your Big Backyard
The hot summer blast of July has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, but King County residents can still be active without cranking up the air conditioning.

July 9: Reddington Levee project kicks off busy Flood Control District construction season
Crews from Kent contractor Scarsella Bros., Inc., have begun moving earth on the $8 million Reddington Levee Setback project in the city of Auburn

July 9: King County receives 19 applications for Youth Sports Facilities grants
King County Parks has received 19 applications for funding from the Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) Program, which works with community partners to renovate or build public sports amenities in neighborhoods across the county.

July 8: County Executive proposes strengthening “farm-to-city connection” with Seattle
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests would be protected from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to transfer rural development rights into Seattle’s Downtown and South Lake Union for increased urban density.

July 3: King County Green Schools Program honors 39 schools for conservation
Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across King County earned recognition in June for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.

July 3: King County invites public to share thoughts on Historic Preservation Program plans
A draft of the new King County Historic Preservation Program (HPP) 2013-2020 Strategic Plan – which will shape the County’s preservation programs and services over the next seven years – is available online for public review and comment.

July 2: Host a meeting or event at King County’s Brightwater Center
Meeting space is now available at King County’s Brightwater Center for community groups, conferences, private parties or other special events.

July 2: New Metro Transit eLockers make it easier to bike and ride
King County Metro Transit this week launched a new on-demand bike locker project to offer cyclists a more flexible and efficient option for accessing transit by bicycle.

July 1: King County Executive Dow Constantine on the State Senate’s Inability to Deliver Transportation Solutionskingcounty.gov
King County stepped up. Our cities stepped up. The Governor and the State House stepped up. The Senate Democratic caucus stepped up. But those who held themselves out as leaders of the Senate failed.

July 1: Celebrate King County Parks’ 75th Anniversary with a ‘Work and Party Day’ July 20
As part of its 75th Anniversary commemoration, King County Parks is having a birthday party and cordially invites community members to join in the fun on Saturday, July 20 at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation.

July 1: Travel in time to the First Tech Movies@Marymoor season opener ‘Back to the Future’ on July 10
The popular First Tech Movies@Marymoor outdoor cinema series at King County’s Marymoor Park kicks off its ninth season July 10 with timeless favorite “Back to the Future,” cirque performances by The Cabiri and food trucks including Skillet, Contigo, Whole Foods, kettle corn and Caramia’s Sweeties Treaties.

June 28: "Dog days of summer" at Regional Animal Services of King County
With the weather warming up this weekend, it will begin to feel like the "dog days" of summer. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is celebrating by reducing the adoption fee for adult dogs to just $50 for a limited time.

June 27: West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast near Carnation to close July 8 for major repairs
West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast between Northeast 100th Street and Novelty Hill Road will close for approximately one month beginning at 6 a.m. Monday July 8th so crews can repair a severely damaged section of the roadway.

June 27: Repair work to close Preston-Fall City Road
Drivers who travel Preston-Fall City Road east of Issaquah should plan ahead for a lengthy five-day detour starting July 8 as King County Road Services crews completely close a portion of the road for emergency repairs.

June 27: Hot weather, cold water a recipe for danger on King County rivers, lakes
With hot weather expected for the weekend, King County officials are urging recreational river and lake users to be extremely careful if heading out on the water. Temperatures in the region are expected to climb into the 80s over the weekend, and possibly into the 90s by early next week. Sunny skies and summer temperatures typically draw more people to local rivers, lakes and even Puget Sound to cool off, but officials caution that water bodies remain very cold. River temperatures can still be in the 40-degree range due to snow melt – and lakes aren’t that much warmer.

June 27: Metro preps for the arrival of the RapidRide E Line along Aurora Avenue North
The transformation of an 11-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North has begun as King County Metro Transit prepares to bring its fifth RapidRide on-line. The E Line will serve Seattle and Shoreline and is scheduled to begin February 15, 2014.

June 27: Fourth of July fireworks could cause animal shelter population to explode
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is ready for a population boom brought on by Fourth of July fireworks. Each year around Independence Day, animal shelters around the nation fill up with strays that were spooked by the bangs, booms, and pops of the holiday. For the third year in a row, RASKC is teaming up with Missing Pet Partnership to assist owners looking for stray pets after the holiday through the innovative "Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets" program.

June 25: New county road open in Novelty Hill area
After two years of construction, King County Road Services today opened a new connection just south of Novelty Hill Road, a final segment expected to ease congestion, improve reliability and better link residential areas with the Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle economic centers.

June 25: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection to Snoqualmie, July 12-14
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Snoqualmie, July 12-14.

June 25: Rebounding economy boosting demand for Metro bus service
King County Metro is experiencing its second highest ridership year and is closing in on a new record as demand for transit continues to strengthen along with the local economy and job market.

June 24: King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
Returning to civilian life after spending time in the armed forces can be difficult for veterans. One of the biggest challenges is finding a job in a tough economic climate. King County is assisting veterans making the transition to civilian work through the Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity (HERO) Program. The program offers six-month paid internships to qualified veterans, along with support services tailored to men and women re-entering the civilian workforce.

Safe, convenient drug take-back law passed by Board of Health
The King County Board of Health took a significant remaining step towards reducing preventable deaths from drug overdoses by passing a Rule & Regulation to create a drug take-back system for King County residents. The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers who produce the medications.

June 20: 50 North Restaurant puts the ‘fun’ in fundraiser for King County Parks Foundation
The King County Parks Foundation will benefit from a Seattle restaurant’s fun way of giving back to the community. 50 North, near University Village, provides local charities a chance to earn tips for their cause with a “Guest Bartender Night.” And on Wednesday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., tips and 10 percent of the event’s signature drink sales will be donated to the King County Parks Foundation. A raffle and silent auction for Concerts at Marymoor tickets, camping passes and other fun parks experiences are also on tap.

June 20: Essential repair project leads to closure of half-mile stretch of Cedar River Trail
Work to curb erosion from the Cedar River that threatens a state highway and major fiber optics cable requires a month-long closure of a portion of King County’s Cedar River Trail in Maple Valley.

June 20: Major transit reroutes, disruptions June 22 in Seattle
Widespread transit and traffic delays are expected in Seattle Saturday, June 22, including temporary changes for more than 40 King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit bus routes as streets are closed for the Rock & Roll Marathon and the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.

June 20: King County Community Service Center relocating to Issaquah
The King County Community Service Center (CSC) currently located in Sammamish will close on June 27 so that staff can move to a new location. The relocated Community Service Center, to be housed in the Issaquah District Court building at 5415 220th Ave. SE, will open for business on July 10. Hours for the Issaquah CSC will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 19: Regional transit agencies host lunchtime fair in Seattle to help commuters “Dump the Pump”
Commuters wanting to learn how to save money and stress by taking transit can stop by a lunchtime information fair Thursday afternoon at Westlake Park as part of national Dump the Pump Day.

June 18: Maker of aerospace composites announces plan to expand in South King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined with an international aerospace manufacturer to announce the firm’s plans to expand its manufacturing capacity in South King County.

June 17: Metro to partner with New Flyer on next generation of electric trolley buses
King County Metro Transit announced today it will replace its aging trolley fleet with new all-electric New Flyer coaches that will take about one-third less energy to power. Metro is second only to San Francisco in having the largest electric trolley fleet in the nation.

June 13: King County Parks to present trails plan for Big Finn Hill Park
King County Parks’ ongoing work to improve trails and other amenities in Big Finn Hill Park continues with a public meeting, Thursday, June 20 in Kirkland.

June 12: A smoother, safer trail as King County Parks reopens East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah
Paving and upgrades over 2.2 miles make the popular trail more accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities

June 10: Executive thanks Governor for Smart Communities award recognizing completion of wall against sprawlkingcounty.gov
King County’s success in permanently protecting from development 43,000 acres of the White River Forest east of Enumclaw – essentially completing a “green wall against sprawl” – today earned the County a Smart Communities Award from Governor Jay Inslee.

June 10: East King County town hall June 19: Transportation at a crossroads
Regional traffic congestion and the recent closures of a damaged bridge on Interstate 5 and a vulnerable century-old bridge in Kent continue to call attention to the need to maintain, preserve and improve our vital transportation network that our economy depends on. But where can we turn for the funding needed to pay for these investments?

June 6: King County sets June 27 meeting to discuss Lake Sammamish Willowmoor project
A new project to address several longstanding flood control and habitat issues on the Sammamish River at its outlet from Lake Sammamish in King County’s Marymoor Park is the focal point of a County-sponsored meeting, set for June 27.

June 4: Metro Transit service changes begin Saturday, June 8
Starting Saturday, June 8, King County Metro Transit will revise bus service, routing and schedules to continue to operate more efficiently, improve travel times and better match bus service to ridership.

June 4: Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series resumes this weekend with 2 races through the woods
Get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park this Saturday, June 8, when the SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series resumes with races of eight and 13 miles.

June 4: King County hosts two meetings June 19 on placing large wood in rivers
Residents are invited to learn more about projects planned by King County that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at either of two meetings set for June 19.

June 3: Century-old Alvord T. Bridge near Kent to close early, on June 5
The King County Road Services Division has moved up the closure of Alvord T. Bridge by three weeks at the direction of King County Executive Dow Constantine, after reported observations from staff that suggest oversize load restrictions were not being complied with.

June 3: Executive congratulates John Lovick on appointment as Snohomish County Executive
Snohomish County Sheriff appointed to fill vacancy

May 31: Community celebrates expansion of Smith Cove Park
With Mount Rainier and Downtown Seattle as their backdrop, residents of Magnolia, Interbay, and Queen Anne joined representatives of King County, the city of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle in celebrating the plan that will expand Smith Cove Park and improve water quality in Elliot Bay.

May 30: King County begins sewer improvement project in Bothell
To protect public health and the environment and enable planned growth, King County will push forward with plans to upgrade a major sewer line continually serving southeast Snohomish County and Bothell since 1970.

May 30: ‘Yards in the Hood’ event sheds light on rain garden beauty and benefits, June 1
Wondering if a rain garden is right for you? Join King County staff at “Yards in the Hood”, a free community event this Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St., Seattle.

May 30: More smoke free places make breathing easier on World No Tobacco Day
Every day in King County, another six people die of tobacco related causes. Despite this sobering statistic, a partnership of housing agencies, parks, and colleges working with Public Health – Seattle & King County are making great strides to create smoke-free environments for thousands of residents as we mark World No Tobacco Day.

May 30: Nearly time to lace up the sneakers for King County Parks’ Big Backyard 5K, June 2
There is still time to take part in a fun weekend event that benefits King County Parks: The fourth-annual Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health, Sunday, June 2 at Marymoor Park.

May 30: King County offers residents free workshops for invasive knotweed control
King County landowners struggling to fight invasive knotweed on their property know that this tall green menace is not an average garden pest. Often called false bamboo, knotweed grows rapidly in late spring and is conspicuous along many rivers and roadways, and in backyards and parks throughout the county.

May 29: Fast Facts: King County supports Superfund cleanup
King County fully supports a cleanup plan that protects people who rely on the Duwamish for work, recreation and fishing. We also commit to restoring and repairing environmentally damaged areas. While EPA’s plan is a good start, we believe it can be made better. In fact, we believe the cleanup could be completed two years sooner and still achieve the same overall environmental result as all other alternatives currently proposed.

May 29: King County to host open house June 5 to update Vashon residents on upcoming guardrail improvementskingcounty.gov
Guardrail work will occur along 16 Vashon-Maury Island roads this fall

May 29: "Free Love Weekend" at Regional Animal Services of King County
Pet adoption fees waived for first 100 customers this weekend as the "Summer of Love" ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge gets underway

May 29: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Enumclaw, June 7-9
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Enumclaw, June 7-9.

May 24: Executive Constantine on need to invest in infrastructure
Executive Constantine on need to invest in infrastructure

May 23: Executive Constantine on I-5 bridge collapse at Skagit River
“My thoughts are with the injured and their families, and I am thankful there appear to be no fatalities. “King County stands ready to assist in the response to the I-5 bridge collapse.”

May 22: Shuttles to Folklife, holiday bus schedule for Memorial Day
King County Metro Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day – Monday, May 27 – and provide special shuttle bus service Saturday through Monday to the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center.

May 22: King County urges caution on lakes, rivers over the long Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summertime outdoor recreation season, and King County officials are urging everyone to use caution when around open water

May 9: Sale of Metro Transit ticketbooks ends June 30
King County Metro Transit is reminding customers that paper ticketbooks will no longer be sold after June 30

May 16: 'Look, Smile, Wave' campaign promotes bike safety
A new campaign called “Look, Smile, Wave” is on the streets promoting bus and bike safety as Bike Month continues. This safety campaign marks the second year King County Metro has teamed up with the Seattle Department of Transportation, Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Cascade Bicycle Club on transit bus ads that remind bus operators and cyclists to be on the lookout for each other.

May 16: New program quadruples options for buying ORCA
Transit and ferry riders can now choose from four times the number of locations to buy ORCA, the smart card for paying fares throughout the Central Puget Sound region. More than 120 retail stores, including local QFC, Safeway and Saar’s locations, just joined the 40 transit agency venues that sell ORCA cards.

May 16: Regional Animal Services now hosts Pasado's Spay Station twice a week
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is partnering with Pasado's Safe Haven and South County Cats to bring Pasado's Mobile Spay Station to the Pet Adoption Center twice a week.

May 15: Executive Constantine on decision of NBA Board of Governors
“Today’s NBA vote is disappointing. I’ve gotten to know Chris Hansen and he’s a patient, determined man who is in it for the long run. Fans, our county, and the entire region stand behind this effort.

May 13: Wastemobile: Roaming household hazardous waste collection to Kirkland, May 24-26
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Kirkland, May 24-26.

May 10: Work to close Lake Alice Road this summer
A public meeting is planned May 14 to discuss plans by King County Road Services to replace a collapsing aging culvert beneath Lake Alice Road Southeast this summer.

May 10: Still room for your perfect P-Patch in King County Parks’ North Green River Park garden
A limited number of garden plots are still available for rent at King County’s North Green River Park in Kent. Each plot measures 10 feet wide by 40 feet long, and costs just $50 to rent per season. Plots are renewable from year to year.

May 10: King County wins funding to evaluate contaminated ‘brownfield’ sites
The Duwamish industrial area and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit from an influx of grant funds King County will receive to help communities assess sites that are vacant or underutilized because of possible contamination.

May 9: King County Elections to conduct recall election for the City of Pacific
Voters in the city of Pacific will have an opportunity to vote in a recall election for the position of mayor on June 25.

May 9: May 31 deadline for businesses to apply for waste-reduction program recognition
Looking to honor resource conservation and sound recycling efforts, King County is now compiling its seventh-annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for 2013.

May 8: Route 50 challenge: Which neighborhood can ride the most before June 7?
The race is on between the neighborhoods at either end of Route 50.

May 8: Executive Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announce plan to protect Squak Mountain
King County Executive Dow Constantine and The Trust for Public Land today announced the signing of a conditional agreement that seeks to purchase 216 acres of land on Squak Mountain near Issaquah

May 7: King County Community Service Area program hosts spring open house series
Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with County officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current County work in their community during a series of open houses, scheduled in May and June.

May 6: Show off your Pesticide Free yard with a free ladybug sign
King County and Washington Toxics Coalition are offering Pesticide Free Zone ladybug signs free to families gardening without pesticides.

May 2: Executive congratulates Susan Amini on her appointment to King County Superior Court
King County Executive Dow Constantine today commented on the appointment of Susan Amini to King County Superior Court, position 20. The announcement was made by Governor Inslee in a ceremony this morning at the King County Courthouse:

May 2: King County seeks to honor ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
Looking to honor resource conservation and sound recycling efforts, King County is now compiling its seventh-annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for 2013.

May 2: King County urges caution on rivers that are high, swift, cold from mountain snowmelt
Warmer weather is expected for the first weekend in May, and King County officials are urging recreational river and lake users to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

May 1: Applications for Lower Duwamish Green Grants accepted through June 7
King County is offering grant funding to support the cleanup and protection of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and nearby neighborhoods for a third straight year.

May 2: South Park, Highland Park & West Seattle areas now eligible for RainWise rebates
Considering a rain garden or cistern to better manage private property stormwater runoff? Join King County at the Gathering of Neighbors on Saturday, May 4, to meet local contractors who can answer questions about the RainWise Rebate Program.

May 1: In Warm Weather, “Hot” Dogs Are Not Cool
Regional Animal Services of King County offers tips to keep pets safe in summerlike temperatures

May 1: King County to rename trails in honor of legendary climber Jim Whittaker and climbing partner Nawang Gombukingcounty.gov
Executive Constantine makes announcement on 50th anniversary of Whittaker’s Mt. Everest climb; new signage to be unveiled

April 30: King County Executive and partners announce nomination period for third-annual Executive’s Small Business Awards
King County Executive Dow Constantine today celebrated the beginning of the nomination period for the 2013 Executive’s Small Business Awards at the West Seattle location of last year’s winner, Easy Street Records.

April 30: Popular Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns to King County Parks with more races
Celebrating its 11th season, the SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns to King County Parks’ Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in May with a new format that includes more opportunities to race through this one-of-a-kind park.

April 30: First Tech Movies@Marymoor 2013 schedule offers outdoor flicks, cirque performers, food trucks, morekingcounty.gov
Big screen movies, cirque performers, movie trivia and the region’s best food trucks will be on hand at King County’s Marymoor Park this summer for the First Tech Movies@Marymoor presented by Overlake Medical Clinics.

April 29: Council sends proposed parks levy to August ballot
The Metropolitan King County Council today approved sending to the voters in August a six-year property tax levy lid lift proposal to raise revenue for the maintenance and operations of the County’s regional park system, as well as funding for local city parks and the Woodland Park Zoo. If approved by voters, the proposed levy would replace two voter approved measures set to expire at the end of 2013.

April 29: Executive Constantine on recommendation by NBA committee to deny the sale of franchise to Hansen groupkingcounty.gov
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on this afternoon’s committee decision

April 26: Earth Week Sammamish kokanee release caps off strong year for ‘little red fish’
Partners in Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group join with area students in juvenile fish release on recently rehabilitated Ebright Creek

April 26: Metro recommends bus changes on Interstate 90
Many Interstate 90 corridor commuters experience uncomfortable crowded bus rides and travel times that can be slow in places. King County Metro Transit worked with riders to develop recommendations designed to reduce crowding, improve on-time performance and reduce the time riders spend on the bus.

April 26: Bus changes recommended in Renton as part of RapidRide F Line
As part of launching the RapidRide F Line in 2014, King County Metro Transit recommends changes to four bus routes in the Renton area to serve more riders more efficiently. The King County Council will consider these changes as part of a public hearing April 30.

April 23: Time running out for pet license amnesty
Time is running out to make your dog or cat legal. Through April 30, cat and dog owners can bring expired tags up to date, or purchase new licenses for unlicensed pets, without additional fees or penalties that can add up to hundreds of dollars. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), along with the cities of Seattle, Bothell, and Federal Way are participating in the license amnesty.

April 23: Earth Week events offer chances to learn more, do more about environment
King County is providing opportunities designed to demonstrate how easy it is to take part in an environmental activity or pick up a new, simple green lifestyle habit.

April 23: GoGreen Conference offers best in green practices for businesses, governments
By sponsoring the April 24 GoGreen Seattle Conference during Earth Week, King County aims to empower regional business and government leaders with strategies, tools and connections to help them green their organizations with profitability in mind.

April 23: Federally funded safety enhancement project set to begin on Northeast Novelty Hill Road
There’s something happening along Northeast Novelty Hill Road that you may not see until it’s too late – and that has King County engineers increasingly concerned about safety along the busy roadway.

April 19: King County awarded $14.7 million in legal fees in Brightwater suit
In an order issued this afternoon on King County’s post-trial motion in the lawsuit against joint venture contractor Vinci/Parsons/Frontier-Kemper, the court awarded King County $14.7 million for its attorneys fees and costs.

April 20: Crews respond to small oil spill at King County’s Black River Pump Station
The mechanical failure of a pump in a King County pump station along the Black River in Renton resulted in the release of an estimated five to 10 gallons of motor oil into the river early Saturday, April 20.

April 19: See where your garbage goes: Tour King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, April 27
As part of its Earth Week series of educational events, King County is offering a free, guided public tour of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m.

April 18: Public comment sought on Danville-Georgetown, Henry’s Ridge open space trail plans
King County wants to hear from residents who are interested in learning more about a draft trail stewardship proposal for 600 acres of public forestland east of Maple Valley.

April 18: Mayor, County Executive, Port announce deal for water quality improvements and new park at Smith Covekingcounty.gov
Today Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro announced a deal to construct new park space at Smith Cove and improve water quality in Elliott Bay. The deal is the result of negotiations between the City, County and Port to both expand park space at Smith Cove in response to neighborhood input and to support the County’s investments in controlling combined sewer overflow. The new park will be more than five acres and is a long-desired waterfront space on Elliott Bay.

April 18: Winter shelter beds extended through spring
Shelter locations offering beds for 215 individuals originally slated to close on April 15 will remain open for two more months, offering a warm and safe place for men and women needing emergency shelter overnight. In partnership with the City of Seattle, King County announced that it will extend its 100 winter shelter beds at the King County Administration Building through June 15, 2013. The City of Seattle will extend 75 emergency shelter beds at City Hall and the winter shelter beds at Angeline’s Women’s winter shelter through June 15.

April 17: Treatment plant tours, educational activities round out series of free Earth Day events
King County invites the public to celebrate Earth Day with free tours and other family-friendly activities that shed light on the most effective pollution prevention system in our region – wastewater treatment

April 17: King County continues ongoing dialogue with landfill neighbors at April 24 meeting
King County has been meeting with the neighbors of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill since the mid-1980s in order to keep them up to date with landfill activities, provide citizens with an opportunity to offer feedback, and to share ideas for improving operations

April 16: Agreement ushers in final phase of King County’s pollution control program
An agreement with federal agencies marks the final phase in King County’s long-term plan to protect regional waterways from overflows of stormwater and sewage that occur during heavy rains.

April 16: Take action this Earth Day with King County’s EcoConsumer Climate Challenge
Earth Day is April 22, and the EcoConsumer Earth Day Climate Challenge offers a fresh look at daily actions we can all take to reduce the effects of climate change.

April 12: Executive Constantine on dismissal of lawsuit regarding arena proposal and I-91
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on this afternoon’s ruling in the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the City and the County regarding I-91 and the proposed Sonics Arena

April 11, 2013: Calling all heroes: King County Executive honors Emergency Medical Dispatchers
King County Executive Dow Constantine today congratulated three public employees who are being honored for their outstanding contributions to the community's health and safety as King County Emergency Medical Dispatchers of the Year.

April 9: King County’s 9-1-1 manager receives national award
King County's E-911 Program Manager Marlys Davis has received national recognition for her ground-breaking work using both advocacy and technology to enhance 9-1-1 service throughout King County and across Washington State.

April 9: Executive Constantine announces creation of new King County Parks Foundation with $75,000 gift from Laird Norton Wealth Management in honor of Parks’ 75th anniversary
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new King County Parks Foundation in partnership with Laird Norton Wealth Management based on an initial gift of $75,000 and a goal of raising $7.5 million for legacy projects over the next decade. King County Parks is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

April 8: County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from developmentkingcounty.gov
The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous approval to keeping a parcel that is twice the size of the Bellevue from development with the adoption of an agreement to purchase a conservation easement for the White River Forest east of Enumclaw.

April 8: Recognizing the fallen: Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial
Fifteen members of the King County Sheriff’s Office have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established with the creation of the County in 1852. There is no memorial within the County honoring those deputies who died protecting their fellow citizens. Today the Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous support to a study that will look at creating a memorial to recognize fallen deputies within the King County Courthouse.

April 8: County Council approves new addition to successful mental health service model
County Council approves new addition to successful mental health service model

April 5: Work on Renton Avenue South sidewalk improvements begins April 8
King County plans to start construction on sidewalk improvements along Renton Avenue South in the West Hill area between 75th and 76th avenues South starting Monday, April 8.

April 4: Century-old Alvord T. Bridge near Kent set to close June 28
The Alvord T. Bridge – one of the most deficient bridges in the state of Washington – will be permanently closed to traffic on June 28.

April 4: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 19-21
Vashon-Maury Island residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop on Vashon, April 19-21.

April 2: King County sounding the alarm as harmful weeds begin to grow this spring
While early spring has the welcome blooms of cherry trees, tulips and daffodils, it’s also the season when noxious weeds such as giant hogweed, poison-hemlock and garlic mustard have a growth spurt.

April 2: King County honoring its Earth Heroes
Students, parents, teachers and staff members who practice a commitment to the environment in the classroom and beyond will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the County’s annual Earth Heroes at School ceremony later this month.

April 1: 65 bus routes face elimination when Metro Transit’s temporary funding expires
Sixty-five Metro Transit bus routes are at risk of being canceled, and service reduced on another 86 routes, if state lawmakers allow temporary two-year funding for the agency to expire without authorizing a permanent and sustainable source of revenue.

April 1: Excellent garden plots available along Green River
Save money on fresh produce, provide a bounty of healthy food for the dinner table and get in a little gentle exercise by growing your own vegetables in one of King County Parks’ community garden plots this year.

March 28: Join with community leaders in celebration of public corridor stretching from Renton to Snohomish Countykingcounty.gov
King County’s long sought-after acquisition of nearly 20 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor is complete – and the Corridor is now preserved for multiple near- and long-term public uses.

March 28: Life-saving regional EMS/Medic One system would be sustained by levy proposal
Today, King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted an ordinance to the King County Council that would reauthorize funding, with voter approval, for the world-class King County Medic One/EMS system for the next six years.

March 20: Seattle, King County receive more than $21 million in federal homeless assistance grants
Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $21.2 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2013-2014, making it possible to continue to provide a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

March 26: Wastemobile: Roaming household hazardous waste collection to Redmond, April 5-7
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Redmond, April 5-7.

March 21: Executive Constantine reaches agreement to conserve largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine today said he has reached an agreement to permanently protect the 43,000 acres of the White River Forest east of Enumclaw from development – an area roughly twice the size of the city of Bellevue.

March 20: Hundreds attend first ever regional conference on emergency and disaster planning for vulnerable populationskingcounty.gov
More than 350 people representing local governments, social service agencies, community organizations, transportation and communication experts, and concerned residents within King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties are working with residents to improve resources and access to information for residents across the region during an emergency

March 19: 2013 Infrastructure Report Card points to need to reinvest in roads, bridges, transit
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure today, which reaffirms the need to invest the nation’s roads and public transportation.

March 18: County Council appoints Ketu Shah to fill vacancy in King County District Court
The Metropolitan King County Council today appointed Ketu Shah to fill the vacancy in the Northeast Division of King County District Court. Judge Shah will take the position created by the passing of Judge Frank V. LaSalata last September. Shah will be the first judge of East Indian descent in the state of Washington.

March 18: County Council approves proposed settlement with public defense employees
The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous approval today to a proposed settlement agreement between King County and the plaintiff in the class action case of Dolan v. King County. The agreement still requires approval from the judge overseeing the case. If approved, the agreement will end a seven-year class action lawsuit seeking public pension benefits for public defense employees. It also protects the public from the risk of further claims.

March 19: Bond refinancing to save $35 million for King County utility ratepayers
Regional ratepayers will now pay a little less for long-term investments in wastewater infrastructure that lays the foundation for economic development and environmental health.

March 18: Schedule revised for RapidRide E and F lines
King County Metro Transit has revised the scheduled launch dates for the RapidRide E and F lines, allowing time to complete needed construction on facility upgrades and features that will make future service more reliable

March 16: Executive Constantine mourns passing of Governor Booth Gardner
Washington state has lost a great leader, and its people have lost a great friend with the passing of Governor Booth Gardner.

March 11: Coalition of business and civic leaders call on Legislature for both local and statewide transportation funding to "Keep King County Moving"
Regional leaders from business, labor, education, and grassroots organizations today called for action by state lawmakers on essential local and statewide transportation funding that is needed to "Keep King County Moving."

Extra DUI patrols out for St. Patrick's Day weekend
Extra law enforcement will be on the roads looking for impaired drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties over St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 15-17.

March 7: King County farmers: Apply for farm pad assistance by March 31
Agricultural landowners who work in King County’s rich river bottomlands can reduce their risk of losses from flooding by building a farm pad or elevated structure, where livestock and farm equipment can be placed in times of high water.

March 6: Metro buses return to Fairview Avenue March 16
After several months of diverting buses around construction, King County Metro Transit plans to return bus service to Fairview Avenue North starting Saturday, March 16.

March 5: King County to start construction on new sewer line project in Auburn this spring
Community members are invited to an open house to learn about King County’s plans to begin construction in late March on a new sewer line in Auburn.

March 1: King County's work to contain cost of employee health care wins award from Seattle Business magazinekingcounty.gov
"King County saves money, saves lives," says magazine in awarding its 2013 Leaders in Health Care award for best Wellness Program

Feb. 28: Executive Constantine welcomes release of federal cleanup plan for Lower Duwamish Waterway
This is a key milestone. For the past 12 years, King County has been a partner in regional work to clean up legacy pollution in the Lower Duwamish Waterway.

Feb. 22: Executive Constantine on summary judgment of ILWU arena lawsuit
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on this afternoon's ruling in the lawsuit filed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 19 (ILWU):

Feb. 21: Executive proposes replacing levies to keep King County Parks 'clean, safe and open'
Acting upon recommendations from a citizen task force, King County Executive Dow Constantine today sent the King County Council a proposed a six-year, $360 million Parks Levy for the August primary that would enable voters to replace two parks levies that will expire at the end of this year.

Feb. 19: Turn your dirt around with expert tips from the NW Flower & Garden Show
King County’s clean-water utility is hosting a booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 20-24, to share tips on gardening with recycled materials including compost made with King County’s Loop.

Feb. 15: Executive’s proposed model for public defense would deliver cost-effective services while maintaining excellence and independence
As a consequence of a ruling by the state Supreme Court and a tentative legal settlement, public defense services in King County would transition to an Executive branch department split into two separate divisions, under a new model proposed today by King County Executive Dow Constantine and sent to the Metropolitan King County Council.

Feb. 13: Metro changes for Feb. 18 Presidents Day holiday
On Presidents Day – Monday, Feb. 18 – King County Metro Transit will operate a regular weekday schedule with some trips canceled because the University of Washington is not in session. Peak fares will not be charged. The King County Water Taxi service will not operate either the Vashon or West Seattle routes on Feb. 18.

Feb. 12: King County Parks, state Department of Natural Resources, restore forestlands
Invasive vegetation can sap forests of nutrients and water – and in some cases, even kill trees. Three forested areas managed by King County Parks will soon benefit from the hard work of a team from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Feb. 11: King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to fill vacancy in County Council District 1
The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously selected Rod Dembowski to fill the vacancy in Council District 1 created by the resignation of Bob Ferguson when he became Washington state Attorney General.

Feb. 11: Council approves members of Advisory Council for Eastside Rail Corridor
The Metropolitan King County Council today gave its unanimous approval to the members of the panel that will be responsible for ensuring that the planning for the dual uses of trail and transit on the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) will be an inclusive, regional process.

Feb. 11: Partners in regional prosperity: Council approves motion supporting vision of “innovative and sustainable” economy
The Metropolitan King County Council today endorsed and gave its support for a shared regional vision that encourages the creation of a sustainable economy that not only supports all county residents with rewarding jobs and sustainable growth and development, but provides them with opportunities to protect the environment and to enjoy an outstanding quality of life with exceptional opportunities.

Feb. 11: Executive Constantine congratulates Councilmember Rod Dembowski on his appointment to represent King County Council District One
“I congratulate Councilmember Rod Dembowski on his appointment as the new representative of King County Council District One.

Feb. 6: Changes to Metro bus service begin Feb. 16
A handful of minor changes are coming Feb. 16 for several King County Metro Transit bus routes, part of an effort to improve service, reduce crowding and meet rider requests for better schedule information.

Feb. 4: Executive Constantine launches campaign to enroll 180,000 uninsured in King County into affordable healthcare coverage
Three named to co-chair Executive’s Leadership Council for outreach to all sectors to make the most of national healthcare reform

Feb. 4: Executive Constantine creates regional initiative to connect military veterans and their families
Four of every ten veterans say they have little or no understanding of their benefits or how to access them. Increasing knowledge of those benefits, facilitating access to those services, and improving coordination across service systems are the goals of a new Regional Veterans Initiative unveiled today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Feb. 4: Executive Constantine directs Public Health to develop innovative local strategies for preventing gun violence in King County
Executive order calls for Youth Shooting Reviews and increased data collection to inform development of real-world solutions that prevent real-life tragedies

Feb. 5: See and enjoy more of King County Parks through annual Fitness Challenge
Join with family, friends and neighbors on a fun exploration of some of the best that King County Parks has to offer through the King County Parks Fitness Challenge, powered by Group Health.

Jan. 30: King County, AEG Live forge partnership for Marymoor Park Concert Series
King County has selected nationally recognized AEG Live to manage the talent booking and operations of the Marymoor Park Concert Series beginning with the 2013 season.

Jan. 30: King County seeks applications for Youth Sports Facilities grants
For the past two decades, the King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) Program has worked with community partners to renovate or build hundreds of public sports amenities in neighborhoods across the county at minimal taxpayer expense.

Additional free flu vaccination clinic
A steady stream of people took advantage of Public Health – Seattle & King County's free flu vaccination clinics during the month of January, prompting the department to add another clinic on Saturday, February 2 at Federal Way Public Health Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This clinic will be in addition to three others this week to provide free flu vaccine to people without health insurance or who are unable to pay.

Jan. 28: 716 guns collected at first gun buyback event
Saturday’s gun buyback event collected 716 guns in less than four hours, and handed out $68,000 in gift cards. Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle-King County Public Health Director Dr. David Fleming, and Deputy Chief Nick Metz of the Seattle Police Department briefed members of the media this morning on the results of the gun buyback operation.

Jan. 24: Suite of proposed transit options will deliver more travel choices to Snoqualmie Valley
The Snoqualmie Valley is poised to become the first area in King County to see a package of redesigned transit services tailor made to the needs of valley residents.

Jan. 21: Executive Constantine congratulates Chris Hansen and partners on purchase agreement for NBA franchisekingcounty.gov
King County Executive Dow Constantine today congratulated Chris Hansen and his investment partners on reaching agreement for purchase of an NBA franchise.

Jan. 17: Metro buses on reduced schedules Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
King County Metro Transit will operate a reduced weekday schedule Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will reroute buses around the holiday events in downtown Seattle, the Central District and Capitol Hill.

Jan. 17: Metro Transit proposes better bus service on Interstate 90
To ease crowding and improve travel times, Metro Transit proposes schedule and route changes on seven peak commute routes along the Interstate 90 corridor, and has launched an effort to seek public feedback on the plans.

Jan. 17: King County honors its namesake for the 26th year
Hundreds of people filled the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during King County's 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The theme for this year's event was "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Jan. 16: Free flu vaccination clinics
Along with the rest of the nation, King County is experiencing widespread flu, with more people sick and requiring medical care early in the flu season compared to recent years. Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics to make flu vaccine more widely available to people without health insurance or who are unable to pay. Flu vaccine (shots and nasal spray) is also available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination. Visit http://flushot.healthmap.org to help find locations.

Jan. 16: Executive Constantine applauds President’s leadership on preventing gun violence
King County Executive Dow Constantine today applauded President Obama’s announcement of new measures and proposals to prevent gun violence:

Jan. 15: Executive sends three names to King County Council for consideration to fill vacancy in Council District 1kingcounty.gov
King County Executive Dow Constantine today submitted three names to the Metropolitan King County Council for consideration to fill the vacancy left by the election of Councilmember Bob Ferguson as state Attorney General.

Jan. 15: Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste disposal available year-round in King County
Make a clean start to the new year by safely disposing of old car batteries, oil, solvents and other household hazardous waste through a program that is available to all King County residents at no charge.

Jan. 14: Gossett, Hague and Patterson to lead County Council in 2013

Jan. 14: King County and coalitions promote awareness of human trafficking

Jan. 14: Colleagues recognize, say goodbye to Councilmember Bob Ferguson

Jan. 11: King County leaders launch new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking in King County
King County today launched a countywide campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking in our community. The campaign includes ads on 200 Metro buses that will begin to appear on Friday, a public service announcement, and a program to train key County staff to recognize and respond to human trafficking situations.

Jan. 10: Inquest ordered into death of West Seattle man with sword after struggle with police
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the death of Mike Chen, who died on or about September 10, 2012 following a confrontation with police outside his West Seattle apartment four days earlier.

Jan. 8: King County and Seattle to launch Gun Safety Initiative
King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz, Dr. David Fleming of Public Health – Seattle & King County, Renee Hopkins of the Seattle Police Foundation, and Reverend Aaron Williams of Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church today announced a new Gun Safety Initiative, including a gun buyback program. Former Seattle mayors Greg Nickels, Norm Rice, Charles Royer and Wes Uhlman are serving as co-chairs of the program.

Jan. 7: Birding workshop, plant tours round out Brightwater Center winter events
Shake off winter blues with Brightwater Center’s free educational activities geared toward older kids, teens and adults.

Jan. 3: Free workshops on hidden hazards in the arts
Artists and art educators can learn safe storage, disposal and safer chemical alternatives at four, free “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshops – coming soon to Seattle, and sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.