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Financial limitations not enough to halt light rail project

Sound Transit’s Federal Way expansion project will not be delayed, even in the wake of the pandemic’s economic downturn.

The project, which began last year and will include a station close to campus, came to a sudden albeit not long-lasting stop in the early days of the pandemic. The work stoppage did not last long enough to seriously hinder the construction timeline, but Sound Transit’s worries did come in the form of some financial obstacles.

Kent candidates file for office in local elections, prepare for August primary

Local elections in the city of Kent will feature three city council seats up for election alongside the race for mayor in this year’s August primary.

City governments provide a variety of services, such as taking care of parks, police, planning, and maintaining local roads.

Kent’s current mayor, Dana Ralph, has served as mayor since 2018, and is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Dawn Bennett, an advocate for education and criminal justice reform.

Several Federal Way City Council positions contested after elections filing

Several city council seats are contested in Federal Way heading into the November general election.

King County’s elections filing week ended the evening of May 21. May 24 was the last day for candidates to withdraw.

Of Federal Way’s seven city council positions, four are up for grabs.

Des Moines to start next year with new mayor, new city councilmembers as candidates file for office

Whatever happens with this year’s election, the city of Des Moines will begin 2022 with a new mayor.

The city of Des Moines doesn’t have a separately elected mayor, as it has the council-manager form of government. With this system, the mayor is first elected to the city council and from there selected by the council to represent the city and take on various duties. This was the case for the city’s current mayor, Matt Pina.

Burien City Council races feature four contested elections

Local city council elections in the city of Burien will feature four contested races this year in the August primary.

City governments provide a variety of services, such as taking care of parks, police, planning, and maintaining local roads.

The city of Burien has the council-manager form of government, in which the mayor does not exercise executive authority.

Marina moments

Hunter White gives his son Eddie a gentle toss at the pier at the Des Moines Marina recently. Boats float in the harbor while the pier itself appears to reach nearly all the way to Vashon Island. Cloudy weather is expected to continue before giving way to some sun breaks this weekend.

Memorial Day’s origins come in stark contrast to the sales and celebrations of today

While it may just seem like an excuse for a three-day weekend and shopping mall sales today, Memorial Day started out as a far more solemn day of remembrance.

Celebration of the holiday in the U.S. has spanned centuries. It’s a federal holiday and an opportunity to honor and recognize all those who have died in the course of military service in this country.

And, for many, it’s a welcome day off from work or school and a perfect occasion for a neighborhood barbeque.

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove seeks re-election, wants to continue helping his community

Dave Upthegrove has a clear goal in mind if he’s re-elected to the King County Council this fall: He wants to focus on health, jobs, and justice.

Upthegrove has been on the council since he was first elected in 2013, but previously served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives for 12 years. He was the first openly gay state representative from outside Seattle in the history of the state of Washington.

Now, he’s nearing the end of his second four-year term on the council.

Confused accusations spread within Des Moines City Council

A minority of Des Moines City Council members have claimed that the city manager is ignoring their input, but the rest of the council disagrees.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, the city of Des Moines, like countless other cities, has been operating under a state of emergency declaration. This procedure typically expedites the process of distributing emergency relief, and generally taking action to quell the emergency at hand.

Some Des Moines City Council members, however, have taken issue with the city government’s operation amidst these circumstances.