Merchants are open during yearlong road closure

July 3, 2008

Duvall Avenue Northeast at Sunset Boulevard, closed for construction, is causing concern among merchants at the intersection about losing business. Photo Jim Feehan

Merchants along Duvall Avenue Northeast near Sunset Boulevard are still open for business, despite the heavy Read more

Feds break up roving brothel ring

July 3, 2008

Asian hookers reportedly brought to Newcastle

Federal prosecutors accused two men last month of operating roving brothels in Newcastle, Renton and Bellevue.

Yin Hoo Yap, of Malaysia, and Kou-Chwung Liu allegedly arranged Read more

Slow economy causes delay in construction projects locally

July 3, 2008

The City Council voted to bump some construction projects due to a slumping economy and a downturn in home construction.

There were no single-family building permits issued in May and only eight in the first five months of this year. By comparison, 113 single-family permits were issued in 2005, when Read more

City spared proposed King County law enforcement staffing cuts

July 3, 2008

A $68 million budget shortfall in King County in 2009 should have little effect on law enforcement in Read more

Fleeing thief rams car with woman, toddlers inside

July 3, 2008

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. June 20, a woman returning home with her two preschool-aged children in the car saw a white Ford truck back into her gravel driveway in the 14500 Read more

Editorial

July 3, 2008

Summer’s here, but it’s time to vote

Summer is a great time to relax, but in just a few short weeks, voters will need to get back to business and prepare for the Aug. 19 primary election. Last year, the state kicked its long-standing September primary to the curb for its first August election. What that means is absentee ballots will be in the mail beginning July 30.

Voters need to keep in mind that among local and state elections, primaries are extremely important. Many of the most important decisions affecting local, county and state government are made during the dog days of summer.

The election winnows the field among candidates and sets the stage for the November general election ballot. The state Supreme Court races are often decided in the primary. If one of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the ballots cast, he or she advances unopposed.

Those who plan to be on vacation in mid-August should consider applying for an absentee ballot. Everyone should consider adding a candidate forum to their list of summer activities, and adding the voters pamphlet to the list of good summer reads. To get a jump start, the elections department has a copy of the primary ballot on its Web site.

Residents who aren’t yet registered have even less time to get involved. Register online or by mail by July 17 to vote in the August primary. Or sign up in person by Aug. 4 at the King County Elections Office in Renton.

Online at www.metrokc.gov/elections you’ll find forms to register or apply for an absentee ballot.

To vote in Washington, you must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state, at least age 18 by election day and not have had a felony conviction. You do not have to declare a political party to vote in the state’s primary or general election.

Historically, voter turnout has been a national disgrace, although record numbers turned out for presidential primaries across the nation earlier this year. The average election turnout in presidential elections barely tops 50 percent. School levy elections and primaries have even fewer voters. You can take the first step in turning that around.

So, pack the voters pamphlet along with the sunscreen as you hit the beaches and lakes this month.

Embrace democracy by becoming a 1) registered and 2) informed voter, and then be sure to vote.

Letters to the editor

July 3, 2008

Shuffling students presents too many questions about the effects on Liberty

The Boundary Review Committee has a problem. It has yet to answer how poaching students from out of the district to fill Liberty classrooms fulfills their mandate Read more

Support group offers social network for busy moms

July 3, 2008

Trina Sooy, of Newcastle (third from left), hosts a playgroup with Margo Leishman, of Sammamish. Photo contributed

Transitioning from the workplace to raising a family can be demanding, especially if you’re new to the area with no family or friends and a husband Read more

Hazen High School principal retires after 35 years in education

July 3, 2008

Sue Beeson (right), retiring as Hazen High School principal, gets a final adjustment of her robes from Science Department Chairwoman Teresa Coda before the last commencement exercise she presided over June 13 at Meydenbauer Center. Photo by Greg Farrar

Sue Beeson retired last month after working 14 years as an administrator Read more

Hazen class of 2010 on track with state WASL requirements

July 3, 2008

Preliminary high school results show a great majority of students meet reading and writing standards
More than 90 percent of Hazen High School 10th-graders this spring passed Read more

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