King County http://www.kplu.org en King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-council-resolution-calls-coal-ban-wash-state <p>King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing&nbsp;<a href="http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1468746&amp;GUID=D61E14B9-C219-4C9C-B579-5EAE7F049C04&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=2013-0386" target="_blank">a resolution&nbsp;</a>banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>King County Council member Larry Philips is leading the charge to bring the county on board with what towns and cities all over the region have already done: saying loud and clear that coal is not the answer to the future of energy. The opponents are calling for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports" target="_blank">a comprehensive environmental review</a> of the effects of a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:32:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11370 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-campaign-lock-guns-lower-risk-youth-suicide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Children who live in homes with an unlocked gun are nine times more likely to commit suicide, according to data compiled by Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County between 1999 and 2012. The same data, released Monday, shows more than 5,000 of the county’s children live in homes with an unlocked firearm.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In response to the new findings, King</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County has launched the Safe Storage Saves Lives campaign through which ten l</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ocal and national retailers&nbsp;will offer discounts on secure&nbsp;</span>lockboxes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the county announced Monday.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:03:19 +0000 Martha Kang & Paula Wissel 11284 at http://www.kplu.org King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-wic-workers-get-advance-layoff-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 82 King County workers have received advance layoff notices as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. The workers administer food assistance to women, infants, and children through the program known as WIC. That food aid is in jeopardy as the shutdown continues.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:26:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10375 at http://www.kplu.org King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-crafting-rules-pot-zoning-rural-areas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the state continues to hone its licensing rules for recreational marijuana businesses, local governments are working on land-use regulations that will determine where they can go. King County has drafted <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/codes/legislation/legnews/PublicReviewComment.aspx" target="_blank">a new zoning law</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for unincorporated areas and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is seeking public comment before it’s finalized.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9512 at http://www.kplu.org King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-king-county-spend-15-billion-wastewater-upgrades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Seattle and King County will spend $1.46 billion on upgrades to public sewer systems aimed at reducing the amount of polluted water entering the Puget Sound and other waterways, according to a federal settlement filed under the Clean Water Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreement, the city and county will also pay $750,000 in fines for dumping raw sewage into the Sound and several lakes.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:35:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8444 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades Coming soon: 9-1-1 via text, but is it a good idea? http://www.kplu.org/post/coming-soon-9-1-1-text-it-good-idea <p></p><p>If you're faced with a serious emergency, chances are you'll pick up the phone and call 9-1-1. But how about sending a text message instead? &nbsp;It’s not something 9-1-1 operators can handle now. But, that could soon change. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:53:13 +0000 Paula Wissel 7408 at http://www.kplu.org Coming soon: 9-1-1 via text, but is it a good idea? First marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/first-marriage-licenses-issued-same-sex-couples-washington <p></p><p>In King County, the first marriage license to a same-sex couple was issued at exactly 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.</p><p>People cheered as King County Executive Dow Constantine counted down and&nbsp; declared, "Happy Marriage Equality Day." Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:33:01 +0000 Paula Wissel 7303 at http://www.kplu.org First marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Washington King County prepares for midnight rush on same sex marriage licenses http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-prepares-midnight-rush-same-sex-marriage-licenses <p></p><p>Same sex marriage becomes legal in Washington at midnight tonight.&nbsp; King County is pulling out all the stops to accommodate the hundreds of couples expected to show up at twelve to get marriage licenses.</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:54:46 +0000 Paula Wissel 7298 at http://www.kplu.org King County prepares for midnight rush on same sex marriage licenses Washington counties brace for same-sex marriage rush http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-counties-brace-same-sex-marriage-rush <p>Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses in Washington at midnight on Thursday, and county officials say they’ll be ready.</p><p>The King County auditor’s office will <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage/MarriageLicensingDec6-8.aspx" target="_blank">open bright and early</a>: Couples will be able to start queuing up at 10:00 the night before. County Executive Dow Constantine will preside over a special licensing ceremony for a handful of couples right after the stroke of midnight, and the office will keep operating right through 6:30 that night.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7251 at http://www.kplu.org Washington counties brace for same-sex marriage rush Defunct Kingston ferry could improve reliability for King County’s passenger-only service http://www.kplu.org/post/defunct-kingston-ferry-could-improve-reliability-king-county-s-water-taxis <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Their loss is our gain. That’s one way some folks are looking at the</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.kingstoncommunitynews.com/news/175856921.html">failure</a> of the Port of Kingston’s passenger-only ferry service. </span></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7116 at http://www.kplu.org Defunct Kingston ferry could improve reliability for King County’s passenger-only service Deadline approaches for in-person voter registration http://www.kplu.org/post/deadline-approaches-person-voter-registration <p>Less than two weeks to go until Election Day, and some people are still scrambling to register for the Oct. 29 in-person deadline.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:08:14 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6855 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-free-ride-zone-ending-funeral-set-friday <p>A cultural shift is taking place in Seattle. It’s the elimination of a free-ride zone downtown, for bus riders.</p><p>It’s been in place for four decades. And on Friday (Sept.&nbsp;28) it will go away.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:44:54 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6411 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday Why King County held a party for a property tax http://www.kplu.org/post/why-king-county-held-party-property-tax <p>Celebrating taxes is a pretty uncommon event, but the King County Council did just that yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of <a href="http://directory.kingcounty.gov/ServiceDetail.asp?ServiceID=7228">a property tax</a> and the more than 100,000 acres of public lands it has paid to preserve.</p><p>The council also made its praise of the <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx">Conservation Futures</a> Tax official with a resolution honoring those who created the program to spend the money.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:01:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6109 at http://www.kplu.org Why King County held a party for a property tax Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail http://www.kplu.org/post/abandoned-rail-line-may-become-eastside-bike-trail <p>The dream of a bike trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville has moved one step closer to a reality. The Port of Seattle commission <a href="http://www.portseattle.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Pages/default.aspx?year=2012#308">today voted to approve a $15 million sale of former rail land to King County</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:47:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 5976 at http://www.kplu.org Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail Seattle deal would trade iconic views to preserve farmland and forests http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-deal-would-trade-iconic-views-preserve-farmland-and-forests <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine have proposed <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2012/July/23_partnerships.aspx">new development incentives</a> for Seattle&#39;s bustling South Lake Union neighborhood.</p><p>The program would <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/South_Lake_Union/Overview/default.asp">allow dramatically taller buildings </a>in exchange for extra funds from developers to preserve farmland and forests in rural King County.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:10:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5694 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle deal would trade iconic views to preserve farmland and forests