Welcome to Community News! You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at the UA News website. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.
Engage with King County
Share your ideas on how King County can "build back better" after a disaster
Resilient King County is an initiative set forth to guide the long-term recovery of the region after a major disaster. The initiative's virtual town hall is taking place now, and allows you to provide feedback on how you think King County could build back better. Visit the One King County website by Aug. 31 to participate.
Comment on the King County Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan
Please join us at a public forum to discuss and comment on the 2015-2019 King County Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan. The consolidated plan guides investment of approximately $53 million in local, state and federal funds that are made available each year to address housing, homelessness and community needs. Forums will run from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Pabla Punjabi Palace, 15245 International Blvd., Suite 250 in Tukwila; Sept. 9 at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue; and Sept. 10 at Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park. For more information, visit the website.
Wastemobile’s 25th Anniversary
Celebrate the Wastemobile’s 25th Anniversary and the 32 million pounds of hazardous waste we've collected by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win a free iPad and other prizes! Here’s how: post a photo of yourself with your hazardous waste and then take your waste to the Wastemobile by Aug. 25.
King County Parks Regional Trails Map photo contest
What do you see on King County’s regional trails? Share it with us and your photo could be featured as the cover of the next Regional Trails in King County map! Contest runs through Sept. 28. For more information, visit the website.
2015 Unincorporated Community Grant applications coming soon
The application process for 2015 Community Service Area grants for unincorporated King County residents is scheduled to begin in September. The application period for the proposed $60,000 in available funds will run from September through early December, and awards are expected to be available by March 2015. Think creatively about your community.
First round of Metro bus cuts start Sept. 27
To match service levels with actual revenues, King County Metro Transit must move forward with a first round of difficult and unprecedented service cuts Sept. 27, canceling, reducing and revising dozens of bus routes. Service will be canceled on 28 routes and another 13 will be reduced or revised. Riders should visit the Metro Transit website to review the cuts and reductions and begin to assess daily travel plans for later this fall.
Stossel Bridge on NE Carnation Farm Road to close Aug. 25 for 3 months
Drivers should plan for a longer commute and a detour as construction crews move to completely close the Stossel Bridge over the Snoqualmie River near the city of Carnation for a repainting project from 7 a.m. Aug. 25 for three months.
Section of Green River Road closed for landslide repair
King County Road Services will completely close a section of Green River Road at 7 a.m. Aug. 14 for temporary repairs to the roadway due to a landslide caused by heavy rains last spring. Drivers will be detoured onto nearby 94th Place South. Work is scheduled to be completed Sept. 1. See the My Commute map for road alert details.
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and scallops. Working with partners, Public Health – Seattle & King County is posting advisory signs at beaches warning people to not collect shellfish. Harvesters are advised to call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or visit the Biotoxin website before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Puget Sound.
Upgrades at the Weyerhaeuser-King County Aquatic Center
Major energy efficiency upgrades and other improvements are currently under way at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, requiring the facility to remain closed until October. For more information, read the press release.
Get ‘Out of the Box’ with King County Parks
King County Parks' new Out of the Box e-zine is a family-focused guide to exploring the great outdoors that can be found right in our own parks, backyards and open spaces. The seasonal family e-zine will feature content that encourages kids to explore nature through discovery, get outside and play, dig into their curiosity, live a fun and healthy life and interact with ideas that will help them learn how to be stewards of their backyards and beyond. Check it out!
Free fair housing workshops
On Sept. 17, landlords and property management staff are welcome to attend a Fair Housing Basics session from 9 a.m. – noon, and/or an Advanced Fair Housing Seminar from 1 – 3 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. For details and directions, visit the workshop website. Extensive free fair housing materials included. Please pre-register by emailing or calling 206-263-2446.
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 23
Are you ready to vote? If not, register to vote today! If you’re already a registered voter, check to be sure your address is up to date so you’ll receive a ballot for the general election.
September is National Preparedness Month
If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready? With school starting, now is a perfect time to involve the entire family in preparing for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Don’t forget to practice your disaster plan for home, school and the office. For more information, including tips and checklists, visit the website.
September is Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Month
Mental illness and substance abuse are serious health problems that affect millions of Americans. Learn more about how to find help on the website.
Noxious Weed Program
King County’s Noxious Weed Program enlists residents and business owners in the battle against leafy invaders that can harm our environment, plus animals and even people. Learn more about how the County’s information and outreach efforts are helping keep noxious weeds in check on the website.
Pet foster parents wanted!
You can help make life better for pets while they wait for their forever family. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is looking for foster volunteers to open their heart and home on a temporary basis to care for animals. RASKC provides food, supplies, and veterinary care – you provide the love. Learn more about fostering on our website, or call 206-296-PETS (7387).
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website.
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
Aug. 25 and Sept. 22, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. For more information, visit the website.
Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Sept. 17, 7 - 9 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for details.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Sept. 8 and Oct. 6, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.
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Transportation discussion regarding unincorporated King County
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (UAC), the Four Creeks UAC and the Upper Bear Creek Community Council scheduled a special meeting and invited the 18 local State Representatives, three local King County Council members and King County Department of Transportation officials on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the King County Library Administration Building, 960 Newport Way NW in Issaquah to discuss King County unincorporated area transportation issues and potential solutions. The public is encouraged to attend.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Fall City Community Association meeting
Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 33415 SE 42nd Place in Fall City. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.
Southeast King County Area
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
The State of Washington approved the Green Valley/ Lake Holm Association applications for incorporation and a business license as a non-profit organization. The organization has begun addressing several issues of concern to area members.
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meeting
Aug. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
Tree thinning at King County's Dockton Forest
On Aug. 18, King County began thinning 55 acres of Douglas-fir plantation in Dockton Forest on Maury Island. The work is expected to take 4-5 weeks. Trails will be closed to recreational use during the project. For information about the project visit the website, email King County Forester Bill Loeber or call 206-423-4565.
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
Sept. 15, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon. For more information visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website.
West King County Area
Business Mixer at the White Center Storefront
Aug. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 9609 16th Ave SW in Seattle. Sponsored by the White Center Community Development Association. Open to the public. Agenda includes a discussion on the proposed bike corral project in downtown White Center.
Skyway Solutions Community Meeting
Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Skyway Water and Sewer District, 6723 South 124th St. in Seattle. Agenda includes continued discussion of potential school based community center. Check the Skyway Solutions website for details.
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle. Check the North Highline UAC website for details.
West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Check the West Hill Community Association website for details.
If you have comments or suggestions about future content, please contact Alan Painter or call 206-477-4521.