• Western Washington braces for winter driving conditions

    OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

    The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

    “WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions.”

    WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle. – Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator

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  • Washington Service Corps

    Washington Service Corps needs people now

    Tutoring and mentoring children, helping youths and adults live healthier lifestyles, connecting veterans and their families to community resources, helping the unemployed get jobs: these are the kinds of meaningful work available to those who join the Washington Service Corps to help make Washington a better place to live and work. Those 18 years and […]

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  • Washington State Capitol in Olympia

    Lawmakers pass bipartisan state budget that fully funds education, averts government shutdown

    The Legislature OK’d a bipartisan two-year state budget Monday night in Olympia. Dan Frizzell reports after several months of work and several weeks of high drama, Washington lawmakers gave their stamp of approval to an operating budget that beefs up K-12 spending, lowers tuition at colleges and universities, and avoids a threatened government shutdown. Lawmakers […]

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  • Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Flotilla 2-2 and officials form the City of Bellevue, Wash., hold proclamations declaring May 16-22 the city's Safe Boating Week, in accordance with National Safe Boating Week, May 13, 2015. Coast Guard Auxiliary units, or Flotillas, promote safety for recreational boaters throughout the year through community outreach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Flotilla 2-2)

    U.S. Coast Guard auxiliarists support national Safe Boating Week across Pacific Northwest

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are celebrating National Safe Boating Week and urging all mariners to use safe boating practices, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water. Auxiliarists in Bellevue, Wash., also worked with local city officials to proclaim the week of May 16-22 as National […]

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  • Harbor Manor in Hoquiam among statewide housing purchase

    TUKWILLA, Wash. – When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.

    “If they lost their housing because it got too expensive, they couldn’t take a second job to pencil it out. Now they can sleep at night in a safe, stable place to live, which is what anybody would want for their mom or dad, grandma or grandpa.”

    The unusual collective strategy – which represents the most wide-ranging state initiative to date to preserve existing subsidized housing – was necessary because the seller wanted to dispose of the portfolio as a single sale. Failure to acquire even one of the nine properties would have resulted in failure to preserve any of the properties. The current owner, who was also the initial developer and long-term owner of the properties, worked with the housing authority to try to assure long-term preservation of these apartments as affordable housing.

    “Preserving existing subsidized housing is the most cost-effective way to maintain the supply of affordable rental apartments,” said Stephen Norman, executive director of the King County Housing Authority. “Working with the state Department of Commerce, King County government and housing authorities across the state, we have been able to protect 337 low-income households, the vast majority of them senior citizens, from being forced from their homes – and at the same time, have preserved for the long-term, crucial local housing resources.”

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