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November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.
November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail email@example.com.
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., or until full. Shelter hours are from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Who can stay: 75 men and women. Men and women are sheltered in separate areas of the building. Must be clean and sober. Service-provider referrals are preferred, but not required. No animals except service animals are allowed in. Accepts offenders and sex offenders.
Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department, staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Intake begins at 9 p.m. on north side of the center at the Rainier Room. Intake is on the east side of the building. Opens only when City Hall winter shelter fills up or is anticipated to fill up.
Who can stay: Adult men and women, but no families
Provided by the city of Seattle Human Services Department
Plymouth Congregational Church
1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98101
Hours: Intake is 10 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Monday; 9:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Who can stay: 30 women
Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department – Transitional Living & Support and staffed by Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL).
King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Intake is at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open daily from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. To get a spot in the shelter, line up in the park next to Fourth Avenue, just south of the courthouse and Jefferson Street.
Who can stay: There are 50 to 100 beds for men who are age 18 or older. No meal, hygiene or daytime storage services are provided.
Provided by the King County Winter Response Shelter and staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.
YWCA of Seattle/King County/Snohomish County – Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women
2030 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Intake starts at 6 p.m. and goes until shelter is full. The shelter is open between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Women can call 206-770 -0156 starting at 6 p.m.to see if space is still available.
Who can stay: 40 women age 18 and older. Women with criminal backgrounds welcome. Service animals are allowed in.
Emmanuel Bible Church — Phinney Ridge
503 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Intake starts at 8 p.m. Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Who can stay: About 30 sober men. Meals are provided. Shelter guests must vacate neighborhood during the day and limited bus tickets will be available to help exit the area.
Provided by Seattle Union Gospel Mission. Workers are trained to encourage entry into detox and rehab programs and paths to housing assistance.
Locations outside Seattle
Lynnwood City Hall
19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood
Hours: Those who need shelter in South Snohomish County can meet shelter workers no later than 7 p.m. outside Lynnwood City Hall. Those with cars will be given directions to the shelter at Lynnwood City Hall. Contact Mark Waldin for more information at 425-419-7938.
Provided by: the South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network
New Hope Christian Fellowship in Federal Way
31411 S. Sixth Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003
Hours: Doors open at 7 p.m., lights out at 11 p.m. Guests must leave by 8:30 a.m. Shelter is open only when there are freezing temperatures. People who need shelter should either call 253-269-6585 or check the fellowship’s website to see if the shelter is open. If the message at the top of the page says the shelter was open the previous day, it will be open the following day as well. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch, telephones, computers and social-services help are available.
Who can stay: Men and women, but priority will be given to families.
Kent Lutheran Church
336 Second Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032
Hours: Open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Who can stay: There are separate sections of the shelter for men, women and families. Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles.
Provided by Kent Housing and Human Services
Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter at North Bend Community Church
122 E. Third St., North Bend, WA, 98045
Hours: Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Walk-in only.
Who can stay: About 40 adult men, women and family members
Eastside Men’s Shelter at International Paper Plant Building
1899 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98008
Hours: Intake starts at 8:30 p.m. daily. Guests can be admitted until shelter closes at 7:30 a.m.
Who can stay: about 50 men age 18 and older. Dinner and breakfast provided. No daytime storage services are available.
Provided by Congregations for the Homeless (cfhomeless.org)
Eastside Winter Shelter (rotating locations)
Until Dec. 15: Redmond United Methodist Church at 16540 N.E. 80th St., Redmond, WA
From Dec. 16 to Jan. 15: Redwood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road, Redmond, WA
From Jan. 16 to end of cold season: Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004
Hours: Intake begins at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily. People are encouraged to call to see if there is available space at 425-417-4815
Who can stay: Women and women with children from anywhere in King County.
Provided by The Sophia Way (www.sophiaway.org/)Source: King County 2-1-1
November 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM
King County voters will probably see a tax measure to support Metro Transit within a few months, regardless of what lawmakers do about transportation in this month’s special session.
“We’re not going to be left in a situation where we’re not going to give voters the ability to save the system,” Councilmember Larry Phillips of Magnolia said at a morning news conference called by Metro.
Metro issued an updated website today, illustrating how potential service cuts would affect various highway corridors and neighborhoods, for instance that 13 percent of buses passing Eastgate on I-90 could disappear.
Earlier this year, lawmakers did not pass a measure allowing King County to seek a car-tab tax of $150 per $10,000 vehicle value, split 60 percent for transit and 40 percent to city and county roads. Executive Dow Constantine was headed to Olympia today, to lobby for funding authority.
But if that doesn’t occur, the county could ask voters to pass a flat $100 car-tab fee, or smaller taxes including a sales tax, under local “transportation benefit district” laws.
Metro reiterated its warning today that cuts totaling 17 percent could be phased in during the next two years without new money. A temporary $20 car-tab fee, and state aid for about 150 daily bus runs on Alaskan Way Viaduct routes, both expire in mid-2014.
The first cuts would be to the viaduct routes, to be proposed in December and take effect June 6, said Kevin Desmond, Metro general manager.
Aurora Avenue North and Southcenter routes would be mostly spared, but severe cuts would happen in several areas including Ballard, Kenmore, Lake City, Issaquah, the Snoqualmie Valley, the Kingsgate area near Kirkland, and Auburn, Metro officials said.
In all, 74 of the 214 routes would be deleted, while other buses become more crowded or run less often.
Metro forecasts a loss of about 50,000 of the 400,000 daily passenger trips, if all the cuts occur.
October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Seventeen cities in King County have local laws against public urination and defecation, but until today, no countywide law against it existed.
To cover the unincorporated, rural parts of the county, the Metropolitan King County Council has adopted legislation to make public urination and defecation a Class 2 infraction that could result in fines of up to $125, according to a news release.
The ordinance applies to people over the age of 12, and makes any area “generally visible to public view,” such as “streets, sidewalks, bridges, alleys, plazas, parks, driveways, parking lots, vacant land and buildings open to the general public, and the doorways and entrances to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them” off-limits, regardless of how badly you have to go.
“I believe that this bill is a very common-sense solution to an issue that has been challenging the communities in King County’s unincorporated areas,” Councilmember Kathy Lambert, the ordinance’s sponsor, said in a statement. “It is an additional tool that the King County Sheriff’s Office can use to encourage people to modify their behavior. I introduced this legislation after hearing from many concerned citizens, and I’m very pleased that the Council has taken seriously its responsibility to govern in the unincorporated areas.”
October 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM
If the federal government is still shut down at the end of October, 38,000 women and young children will lose access to an important federal nutrition subsidy called WIC, and 82 King County staff will be laid off.
That is the chief message delivered this morning by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Metropolitan King County Council budget chairman Joe McDermott, U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott and Suzan DelBene at a White Center press conference.
“They are literally taking food from the mouths of babies,” said Constantine.
The federal shutdown means USDA funding for WIC runs out Oct. 31. Families depend on WIC for health screenings, nutrition and health education, and breastfeeding support, and also use benefits to get free nutritious food, milk and infant formula.
“This shutdown is hurting Seattle, it is hurting Washington State, and it is hurting our country,” McDermott said. “We don’t have time to wait for the GOP to come to their senses. We must end this shutdown now.”
At a news conference today at the White Center Public Health Center at Greenbridge, Executive Constantine was joined by King County Councilmember and Council Budget Chair Joe McDermott, and a WIC client, Crystal Ruegger.
August 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced Friday morning he would not seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering his grandparents in March after they welcomed him home from prison.
Michael Chadd Boysen, 26, is alleged to have strangled and robbed his maternal grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, in Renton the day they threw him a welcome home party after his release from prison.
Following a massive, multistate manhunt, he was arrested three days later after a standoff at a motel in Lincoln City, Ore.
Without the possibility of being put to death, Boysen would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of release if he’s convicted as charged of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
In a statement released by the prosecutor’s office, spokesman Dan Donohoe said the decision was reached after an extensive review of the case and consultation with Boysen family members who are kin to both the suspect and the victims.
Boysen’s defense attorneys say he has been restrained for as many as 10 hours at a time, strapped to a hard, plastic restraint board while in the King County Jail.
Those restrictive conditions contributed to a dozen suicide attempts by Boysen and led him to repeatedly ask his attorneys to allow him to be put to death, his attorneys say in court documents.
Donohoe declined to comment further on the prosecuting attorney’s decision.
“We are just going to let it stand on its own,” he said.
Boysen is currently set to face trial in January 2014 for the slayings.
August 19, 2013 at 8:09 PM
King County Sheriff John Urquhart this month demoted a sergeant against whom 120 allegations of misconduct have been lodged during his career on the force. It is the first time Urquhart has demoted an officer since his election in November.
Despite a long record of warnings and counseling, Sgt. Patrick Saulet had racked up more complaints in his time on the force than any other King County officer, according to a demotion letter from Urquhart obtained by The Stranger.
The latest complaint, from an incident in December, alleged that Saulet harassed a family that had made a wrong turn into an area reserved for Metro transit vehicles, which, Urquhart noted, is ”apparently frequent occurrence.” (more…)
August 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM
We’re all taught from a young age to call 911 in case of emergency. But when a situation arises, it’s common to become stressed out and tongue-tied, and to not know what to say to the operator on the other end of the line.
To help prepare people for that interaction and explain how the dispatch center works, the King County Sheriff’s Office will host a 911 Citizen’s Academy next month. The one-day class on Sept. 28 will cover the history of 911, give tips on what to tell an operator when calling to report an emergency and include a tour of the King County 911 center.
The academy is open to anyone 18 or older with no felony convictions. Applicants must live or work in King County.
July 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM
The cost of rent continues to rise in King and Snohomish counties despite more apartment construction this year than at any point in the past two decades. The Seattle Times wants to know where you’ve ended up in the Seattle-area rental market.
Have you sought out rent reduction options such as adding housemates, settling into an aPodment complex, or living in a converted garage? Have increasing prices forced you to change your living standards? Answer the questions below to tell our reporters your story.
June 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Bales expected to plead guilty today: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier who is charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012 during a tour of duty with an Army unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is expected to plead guilty today in an Army court. As the Associated Press reports, Bales’ attorney expects the judge to question Bales closely before deciding on his plea. If the judge accepts the plea, Bales would received a life sentence with or without possibility of parole.
A day in the life of a criminal judge: Reporter Christine Clarridge spends a day in Chief Criminal Judge Ronald Kessler’s court. Kessler was criticized for allowing a sex offender to be freed on personal recognizance last March. The sex offender is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman shortly after. Kessler gives an uncommon look at the difficult choices judges face. “Sometimes I will be wrong,” he said.
Did you wake up in California? No. Who would want to do that? But seriously, our 70s-and-sunny-and-not-stopping weather feels more like Los Angeles. Where’s the June gloom? I’m getting tired of the sun …
Jesus Montero’s having a heckuva terrible year: First, he got sent down to AAA. Then, Montero found out he had to get knee surgery. Now, he’s one of about 20 MLB players that ESPN’s Outside The Lines reports will get the hammer from Major League Baseball for alleged connections to performance enhancing drugs supplied by the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in the Miami area. In February, M’s reporter Geoff Baker asked Montero about his connection to Anthony Bosch, the owner of the clinic. Outside The Lines reports Bosch will testify against players. “I don’t even know who he is,” Montero said at the time. “I’ve never heard of him.” For all his (alleged) failings, Mariners fans can take solace in knowing he’s not this guy, who also makes the list of players the MLB reportedly seeks to suspend.
King County didn’t care about NBA rejection: A new poll found 51 percent of King County residents reacted with ambivalence to the NBA’s decision to keep the Kings in Sacramento. 33 percent were disappointed, 12 percent were glad. In a poll conducted a year ago, 24 percent said they didn’t care about a basketball team in Seattle. Maybe, now that the NBA has broken our hearts for the second time, we’re playing hard to get.
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