Council approves water, sewer rate increase for 2011

The Tukwila City Council this month approved a rate increase for water and sewer, to stay on pace with the city's utility costs. The expenses to operate and maintain the City’s infrastructure have increased each year due to aging pipe, pump facilities, and Cascade Water Alliance’s wholesale water charges.

  • Nov 18, 2010

Local flavor: Try egg bread for the winter holidays

Every time the cold weather comes around, I begin to think of soup and the holidays. One item that goes beautifully with both is fresh-baked egg bread. With egg bread you can do it all: from dunking it in sweet butternut squash soup to making a gorgeous, glistening loaf that’s a hit at any holiday meals you’re planning. It can even be the basis of a delicious bread pudding.

Now is the time to prepare for start of flood season in Tukwila

Tukwila residents and business owners in the Green River Valley need to be ready for a second straight winter of potential flooding because the Howard Hanson Dam still cannot hold back as much water as its original design. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees operations of Hanson Dam, reminds residents to be alert and aware about weather conditions and the potential for flooding.

  • Nov 16, 2010

Latino students focus of Tukwila education conference

When Andrea Gamboa started teaching at Foster High School six years ago, she noticed Latino students weren’t staying after school to participate in sports, clubs or any other extracurricular activities. They weren’t invested in school or advocating for themselves, she said. Now that’s changed and an upcoming conference geared toward Latino youth and their parents is seizing on that opportunity to make inroads into the community.

Coffee with…Mary Koontz and Pam Fernald, founders of Neighbors Without Borders Action Committee

Mary Koontz and Pam Fernald have been living in their neighborhood for a long time. Long enough, in fact, to feel a pang of ownership when they notice unsafe road conditions near their Riverton Heights neighborhood. Or the gradual shift from family-owned homes to rental homes, where the residents are more transitional and properties sometimes aren’t as well-tended.

Preliminary county budget pares back services, cuts 28 sheriff’s deputies

The Budget Leadership Team of the Metropolitan King County Council on Friday released a preliminary 2011 county budget that reflects "painful choices" made to produce a balanced budget, but restores funding for some vital criminal justice services and programs that assist survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

  • Nov 12, 2010

County’s tuberculosis rate nearly double the national average

King County’s tuberculosis rate nearly double national average Annual report shows ongoing challenge of controlling TB in a global community As the number of tuberculosis cases in the U.S. declined to an all-time low in 2009, King County saw a rise in TB cases, and continues to see rates of active TB cases nearly double that of the United States as a whole, reflecting the ongoing challenge of controlling TB in a global community.

  • Nov 11, 2010

Somali Center helps growing number of local students

Abdinasir Elmi recalls showing up for after-school help four years ago at the Somali Community Services Coalition in Tukwila when it had just one office, two other students and no volunteers to tutor them. "It was me, my brother and one other guy and we would help each other out," said Elmi, 20, as he sat at a table at the center where he now works as an education assistant. The center's current fall program serves more than 40 Somalian students from elementary through high school with tutoring available two hours daily each weekday. Paid staff and volunteers built up the program over the last few years to the serve the growing Somalian community. Several students have been in the tutoring program for the last three years while others are newcomers who only arrived in the U.S. over the last nine months.

Make the holidays special for families supported by YWCA programs in South King County

Getting involved with the holiday YWCA Adopt-a-Family program is one holiday-oriented way to involve your family in philanthropy, to build team spirit in your workplace or to get involved in your community.

  • Nov 9, 2010

Jollibee Restaurant brings taste of Philippines to Tukwila

Frank Cabugon sat back in his seat on a recent afternoon at the new Jollibee fast-food restaurant and recalled his reaction when he heard the popular chain from the Philippines planned to open at the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.

Come to meeting Nov. 11 to discuss new community garden for Tukwila; Cascade Land Conservancy organizing

The Cascade Land Conservancy is trying to gauge interest in a new community garden for Tukwila. The project could be developed on property owned by St. Thomas Catholic Church, adjacent to Foster High School. Skye Schell, community engagement manager for the Cascade Land Conservancy, said the idea began as a project that the local Burmese refugee community could do, but has since broadened out in scope to potentially include anyone in the Tukwila community who has a love of gardening and agriculture. Just how much community involvement there could be in such a project is what the Cascade Land Conservancy is now trying to determine. "What we really need are people from the community," he said, speaking Thursday. "People willing to step up and fill these roles." With that in mind, the Cascade Land Conservancy has organized a meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Thomas Church (4415 S. 140th St.) to see how much interest there is for such a garden.

Meet K-9 units at Valley Retired Police Dog Association event at Westfield Southcenter Mall this weekend

This weekend members of the Valley Retired Police Dog Association will be connecting with the public at Westfield Southcenter Mall, selling fundraising calendars and introducing local K9 handlers and their dogs. The group will be near Macy's and staffed with handlers and their dogs.

  • Nov 4, 2010

County to survey residents of region’s floodplains

King County will conduct a brief telephone survey of its floodplain residents this month to find out how aware and prepared they are for flood risks. The County will use the information to help them direct outreach efforts and improve safety in floodplain communities. Hundreds of residents in the Green, Snoqualmie and Cedar river floodplains will be contacted by phone for the survey, which is expected to begin during the second week of November.

  • Nov 4, 2010

Local legislative results for Tukwila

The most recent update of local races. Results from 4:17 p.m. Nov. 3

  • Nov 4, 2010

Statewide election results: Murray still leads Rossi, but narrowly

The Tukwila Reporter's most recent update of state election results - as of 8:03 p.m. Nov. 3

  • Nov 4, 2010

Test-drive a Nissan Leaf at Tukwila’s Westfield Southcenter Mall

Want to see for yourself what the Nissan Leaf electric car can do? Then head to the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, where Nissan will be sponsoring the Nissan Leaf Electric Drive Tour.

  • Nov 2, 2010

King County expects to hit New Election Day record

Ballots are being returned at a steady rate to King County Elections where Election Day results are expected to set a new mail ballot record. With more than 400,000 ballots already returned, Elections staff have been busy processing ballots and officials expect to report on about 350,000 votes cast in the first set of election results.

  • Nov 1, 2010

Get miniature at the Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight will seem a whole lot bigger next weekend, thanks to two shows of miniature aircraft that will grace the museum. On Nov. 6, the Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Society will have an exhibition in the museum's Great Gallery, under the Blackbird spy plane. In addition to hundreds of highly detailed miniature aircraft, the exhibit will feature several aeronautical games in action, as well as displays of hand-detailed miniature soldiers, animals and fantastic creatures.

  • Oct 31, 2010

Be careful with your pets on Halloween, Regional Animal Services says

Regional Animal Services of King County is asking pet owners to take extra precautions this Halloween, Oct. 31. Owners are advised to prepare their pets for Halloween visitors, strange noises and unfamiliar costumed creatures.

  • Oct 29, 2010

King County Sheriff: Major cuts in store for department; ballot measure would aid criminal justice

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr likens her dilemma to operating a hospital. With $7.2 million to pare from her agency’s budget next year, it will be like “eliminating all preventative care and operating only an emergency room,” she said. Having already cut $10 million out of her budget in the last three years, Rahr said, “the cumulative effect is huge.”