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A King County work crew clears a road near Preston on Feb. 7, 2020. Heavy rains appear to have caused multiple landslides along the road. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

The future could look a lot like this year’s flood season

Climate change is expected to lead to more winter flooding in King County.

A King County work crew clears a road near Preston on Feb. 7, 2020. Heavy rains appear to have caused multiple landslides along the road. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
High tides, as seen in this file photo of Raymond’s Willapa Landing Park in Pacific County, could become the norm in the future due to sea level rise. Sound Publishing file photo

UW summarizes Washington climate impact on water

The report localizes information from the United Nations.

High tides, as seen in this file photo of Raymond’s Willapa Landing Park in Pacific County, could become the norm in the future due to sea level rise. Sound Publishing file photo
In their Mercer Island home, Pat and Dan Braman pose with a flier asking friends and family to plant 80 trees for their 80th birthdays and to help the environment. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

‘What could 80 years do for a tree?’

Mercer Island couple wants 80 trees planted for their 80th birthdays.

In their Mercer Island home, Pat and Dan Braman pose with a flier asking friends and family to plant 80 trees for their 80th birthdays and to help the environment. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Theo Koshar, Janet McIntosh and Robin Kelley of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery work to find road drains and clear them of leaves, outside the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah, WA on Feb. 6, 2020. Mitchell Atencio/Staff Photo

Rapid rainfall has led to flooding, impacting all parts of King County.

County warns residents to obey barricades for safety.

Theo Koshar, Janet McIntosh and Robin Kelley of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery work to find road drains and clear them of leaves, outside the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah, WA on Feb. 6, 2020. Mitchell Atencio/Staff Photo
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                                Eldergrow program administrator Katy Dittmer works with Covenant Living at the Shores resident Althea Esterley at the community’s new indoor mobile sensory garden during at Jan. 17 kickoff event.

Growing smiles

New indoor sensory garden at Covenant Living at the Shores on Mercer Island.

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                                Eldergrow program administrator Katy Dittmer works with Covenant Living at the Shores resident Althea Esterley at the community’s new indoor mobile sensory garden during at Jan. 17 kickoff event.
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                                YTN students and residents rehearse for their upcoming radio show performance of “Gunsmoke.”

Live, intergenerational radio comes to Mercer Island

Youth Theatre Northwest has partnered with Silver Kite Community Arts and Aegis Living Mercer Island to create an intergenerational radio performance using original scripts from the classic western, “Gunsmoke.”

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                                YTN students and residents rehearse for their upcoming radio show performance of “Gunsmoke.”
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Posteroanterior and Lateral Chest Radiographs, January 19, 2020 (Illness Day 4).No thoracic abnormalities were noted (Snohomish Health District)

How is the 2019 novel Coronavirus impacting the Eastside?

Low risk, misinformation, racial profiling and North Bend quarantine.

Posteroanterior and Lateral Chest Radiographs, January 19, 2020 (Illness Day 4).No thoracic abnormalities were noted (Snohomish Health District)

Recredentialed: Hundreds of WA doctors are stuck working survival jobs

Unable to find residency positions, many are driving Ubers, working warehouses or unemployed.

Photo by Leona Vaughn / WNPA News Service
                                Washington residents at a Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on a proposed ban on high capacity gun magazines this week. Many wore orange in support of gun safety.

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Supporters say fewer bullets would increase safety. Opponents say it would infringe on their rights.

  • Feb 2, 2020
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                                Washington residents at a Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on a proposed ban on high capacity gun magazines this week. Many wore orange in support of gun safety.
A stump left over from a previous timber cut on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Gold Bar, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lawmakers back timber industry to help reduce WA’s carbon emissions

8 million acres of private forests offset 12% of state’s carbon emissions, says forestry group.

  • Jan 31, 2020
A stump left over from a previous timber cut on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Gold Bar, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mercer Island City Hall. File photo

City’s financial crisis a major topic going into the new year

Mercer Island council planning session included budgeting, fiscal planning discussion.

Mercer Island City Hall. File photo

MercerFest to celebrate 60 years of Mercer Island

Help needed for citizen-run event.

Sarah Abdullah is a pharmacist who left Iraq as a refugee. She joined the Welcome Back Center at Highline College and is now only two tests away from gaining Washington state certification to practice her trade. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Recredentialed: Barriers face Washington’s immigrant, refugee professionals

Even with degrees from abroad, it can be difficult for many to get certified in the state.

Sarah Abdullah is a pharmacist who left Iraq as a refugee. She joined the Welcome Back Center at Highline College and is now only two tests away from gaining Washington state certification to practice her trade. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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Pot shops group up in unincorporated King County

A report found the retailers are not distributing around the county.

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Washington state lawmakers will consider a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. File photo

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with per-mile fees

Transportation officials recommend 10-year transition.

  • Jan 29, 2020
Washington state lawmakers will consider a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. File photo
Nite Wave plays at the Showbox Dec. 20 Paul Twibell Photography

Nite Wave debuts at Bellevue Meydenbauer Center Theatre Feb. 28.

Now in their ninth year, Nite Wave will debut at a new Eastside venue and play with ’80s icon Tiffany.

Nite Wave plays at the Showbox Dec. 20 Paul Twibell Photography
A screenshot of Mercer Island’s new Winter Storm Ready webpage on its Let’s Talk Mercer Island website.

New Mercer Island city webpage houses storm info

Emergency alerts, updates, links.

A screenshot of Mercer Island’s new Winter Storm Ready webpage on its Let’s Talk Mercer Island website.
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. File photo

Lawmakers propose sweeping regulations for vaping industry

Bill supporters cite concerns over health issues and teen use.

  • Jan 23, 2020
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. File photo