Tracey Compton

Many youths in King County will see 4-H programs end

Starting Sept. 30, more than 10,000 youth in King County will be without their local 4-H programs.

A special chocolate cookie treat for Hanukkah | Local Flavor

December’s Local Flavor recipe features the rich, sweet decadence of a Snowy Chocolate Cookies recipe as shared by Liat Shklarski in celebration of Hanukkah. The Jewish holiday began Dec. 20 and continues for seven days.

The magic of the best bread pudding in Tukwila | Local Flavor

Before it’s even visible, the scent of cinnamon and butter wafts through a King County Housing Authority conference room in Tukwila. Evoking the feeling of autumn and warm yummy goodness, this is the aroma of Pat Porter’s bread pudding.

The secret is in the soup for Foster High’s ‘Lunch Lady’

Lori Neville, the self-described “Lunch Lady” of Foster High School, has just the recipe for rainy, cold, fall afternoons: hearty meatball soup.

Melissa Maxwell’s Crisp Baked Wings Three Ways | Local Flavor

For parents, especially single moms on the go, here is a versatile, tasty meal sure to delight the little ones. It's Melissa Maxwell's take on chicken wings prepared three ways to maximize meals. Maxwell is the director of admissions for the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tukwila and hopes to one day write a book reflecting her experience as a single mother, working a demanding job and providing for her child.

Tukwila teachers vote to approve contract with 70 percent vote

Tukwila teacher and staff unions ratified their contracts with the Tukwila School District in a 70 percent approval vote on Sept. 13. Teachers and staff started the school year without contracts on Sept. 6 with 2,856 district students. The contracts are for two years and partially resolved some of the issues the unions brought to the district.

Tukwila district, teachers still talking; unions authorize strike vote

A possible teachers strike is on the table after Tukwila teacher and staff unions decided Monday night on a final date to act if their concerns aren't addressed by the school district.

Teacher contract talks break down; unions meeting Monday

Talks between the Tukwila School District and Tukwila teachers unions broke down late Sunday evening and employee unions could potentially vote to strike at their membership meeting today.

Kid-friendly concoction for all ages from Ron Asher at Community Schools Collaboration

As summer winds down and school quickly approaches, Community Schools Collaboration offers this kid-friendly, easy-to-assemble concoction for kids of all ages.

Tukwila chef’s lemon chicken a popular choice | Local Flavor

Looking for a crowd pleaser for your next dinner party or special occasion? Greg Shaffer, executive chef at ACT 3 Catering, has just the right recipe.

Tukwila officer ready for prime time with flank steak | Local Flavor

Just in time for summer and grilling season, here’s a recipe from patrol Officer Brendan Kerin of the Tukwila Police Department that’s sure to add flavor to any setting. Kerin’s “Best Ever Grilled Flank Steak” recipe came from a fellow officer from Bonney Lake and Kerin has tweaked it with the addition of Tabasco sauce and other ingredients.

Meron Shiferaw: A learning curve success at Foster High School

When Meron Shiferaw came to the United States from Ethiopia as an immigrant in 2008, everything was difficult and scary for her. She was scared to ask the teacher a question and even to talk to other students.

A grand inspiration for the best granola in Tukwila and beyond

Stephanie Gardner is the self-described administrative Wonder Woman for the Tukwila Parks and Recreation Department. In layman’s terms, she is the administrative secretary to the department’s director, Rick Still. And what would a superhero be without fuel to power their day? Weak.

Thorndyke students get a lesson in financial literacy from state treasurer

Third graders at Thorndyke Elementary School in Tukwila got a surprise Monday afternoon when State Treasurer James McIntire stopped by to give them a lesson… Continue reading

Spring break day camp fun and games at Tukwila Community Center

The sound of basketballs thumping against a gym floor. Children darting back and forth, shouting and erupting into laughter then coming together in a line to clap their hands and sing a “Repeat-After-Me” song about Calamine lotion. These were the sights and sounds of Spring Break Day Camp at the Tukwila Community Center.

Foster High students take to the radio

Foster High School students are being featured on the KBCS 91.3 FM radio program "Stories of Arrival" in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Tukwila students pushed to success by AVID program

In an era of school reform and looming budget cuts, lasting solutions to prepare the next generation for college and beyond are in high demand. The Tukwila School District is using one such program. It's called AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges.

Teacher on exchange to Ukraine to share experiences with her students in Tukwila

They may not speak English very well, but Foster High School English Language Learners and students from a school in Ukraine are hoping to globalize… Continue reading

Budget cuts hitting refugee families hard

Imagine living in a refugee camp for 18 years, only to come to the United States and discover you can’t pay rent for your family of seven. That’s the predicament of Dev Darjee, originally from Bhutan, who came to the U.S. with his wife, Hari, and their five children in March 2010 by way of Nepal. Darjee is one of many refugees caught in the lurch of state budget cuts to health and human services. Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed a $1.4 billion reduction to the state’s health and human services budget, although the state Legislature has yet to pass its own budget. Not only do the cuts affect low-income or disabled children and adults, but most newly arrived refugees who are eligible for certain state services and benefits due to their “refugee” status.

Program provides new shoes for Tukwila kids

Lonnie Ploegman, 18, hasn't had a new pair of shoes since last summer. But that changed in December when he became the recipient of Payless ShoeSource's shoe giveaway to youth clients of Sound Mental Health.