Category Archives: News

News Gleam: McDermott Proposes Fireworks Ban in Unincorporated King County

Collected by Emerald Staff


Last Fourth of July, a 70-year-old man died in a house fire in White Center. Another home caught fire in Renton. Both incidents were caused by fireworks. Elsewhere around the state and across the West, numerous wildfires have been triggered by fireworks, including some that left people dead or injured and caused millions of dollars in damage and costs to contain them. In the eyes of some local leaders, such as King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, fireworks present a public safety and health hazard. Continue reading News Gleam: McDermott Proposes Fireworks Ban in Unincorporated King County

Seattle/King County Public Health Update on Coronavirus

by Emerald Staff


Although the current risk to people in King County from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low (with no countywide cases), Federal health officials say it is increasingly likely that it will spread to the US at some point.

In Washington state, Bothell High School closed Thursday “out of an abundance of caution” after a staffer’s family member was placed in quarantine for possible coronavirus, according to Northshore School District superintendent Michelle Reid. Continue reading Seattle/King County Public Health Update on Coronavirus

Warren Gets Warm Welcome, Intro by South Seattleite, Ahead of Washington Primary

by Emerald Staff


Long lines formed early Saturday afternoon for Elizabeth Warren’s evening appearance at the Seattle Center. The ethnic and age diverse crowd filled the Center’s Armory to capacity – including a significant number of dads and young daughters.

Hundreds of additional supporters were redirected to the closed circuit screens in Fisher Pavilion; those supporters were treated to a few minutes with Warren before she hit the main stage. Warren was Introduced by Toshiko Hasegawa, executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and lifelong Beacon Hill resident. Continue reading Warren Gets Warm Welcome, Intro by South Seattleite, Ahead of Washington Primary

Sound Transit’s Fare Enforcement Proposal Greeted With Skepticism at Public Meeting

by Goorish Wibneh


During a public meeting at El Centro De La Raza  on Wed, Feb 19, Sound Transit presented  a variety of fare enforcement proposals under consideration and sought community feedback. Several community members thanked Sound Transit for the opportunity to give input, but others remained unsatisfied with the proposals, since doing away with fare enforcement isn’t on the table. Continue reading Sound Transit’s Fare Enforcement Proposal Greeted With Skepticism at Public Meeting

Skyway Park Set for $370,000 Revitalization Effort

by Vivian Cheung

(This article was produced as part of the University of Washington’s Newslab that gives student journalists an opportunity to have their work appear in local publications )


Skyway Park will soon be getting a $370,000 facelift.

The King County Parks Division received a grant in that amount to revitalize and better activate the park for the local community. This grant is funded by the King County Parks’ Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program and through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Continue reading Skyway Park Set for $370,000 Revitalization Effort

King County Creative Music Initiative Launches With a Brainstorm Session

by Alexa Peters


On February 5th, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Creative Economy Strategist Kate Becker launched the music facet of their King County Creative Initiative, an economic strategy aimed at stimulating the region’s film and music economies. They presented their ideas to a room full of local music lovers and luminaries at the Central District’s historic venue, Washington Hall. Continue reading King County Creative Music Initiative Launches With a Brainstorm Session

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund pulls out of Othello Square Project

by Carolyn Bick


The Rainier Valley Community Development Fund will no longer be a partial owner in HomeSight’s Othello Square Project.

Though the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF) originally signed a letter of interest with HomeSight to become a partial owner of Building A in the mixed-use development, when it came to the capital call, RVCDF Board President Doug Cargill said that they “couldn’t square the circle,” and had to prioritize the nonprofit lending firm’s capacity to continue serving clients.

Continue reading Rainier Valley Community Development Fund pulls out of Othello Square Project

DON’T PANIC: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IS LOW RISK TO OUR COMMUNITY

by Emerald Staff

(Compiled from Seattle & King County Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control)


While nearly everyone coming down the SeaTac Airport concourse from a China flight over the weekend wore a surgical mask over their faces, with the same scene playing out at the waiting room at the ID/Chinatown International Community Health Services (ICHS), health officials assure us: don’t panic over contracting the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Continue reading DON’T PANIC: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IS LOW RISK TO OUR COMMUNITY