November 2013


Nov. 12
WCCC Luncheon and Business Mixer

Nov. 13
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Nov. 14
Skyway Solutions

Nov. 18
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Nov. 20
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Dec. 2
Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting

Dec. 4
Healthy environments for healthy babies forum

Dec. 5
North Highline UAC meeting

Dec. 18
Four Creeks UAC meeting

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

Time running out to add your thoughts about the future of King County government
Share your big ideas for the County’s future at, King County’s new interactive MindMixer site. Your input will help shape the future of King County government over the next five years. Please submit your comments to us by the end of November. To learn more, read the news release.  

Community-building grants available to organizations in unincorporated King County
A total of $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Area Program for projects, with grants of less than $5,000 to locally based, community-led organizations in unincorporated King County that encourage collaborations and partnerships. Applications are due Jan. 10. Information about the 2014 application process, grant application workshop dates, and a list of the 2013 awardees is available online.

New texting service for healthcare enrollment
Want customized information about enrollment events in your area where you can get help signing up for health insurance? Text King + Zip Code to 468311. For example, enter the text message: king 98022 and text it to number 468311.


Snoqualmie Valley farmland saved, rural economy boosted, under King County plan
A proposal to acquire historic Snoqualmie Valley farmland, the 191-acre “Tall Chief” property north of Fall City for $4.54 million, fits hand-in-hand with a broader vision to concentrate growth in vibrant urban areas while simultaneously protecting rural farm lands that supply cities’ farmers markets, restaurants, and retailers with fresh locally grown food. Learn more about the proposal online.

Metro proposes bus service cuts, more information online
Metro is proposing major service cuts in 2014 and 2015, due to a shortage of stable funding. Visit the website, or if you have trouble accessing the web, call 206-263-9770, or email, to learn more about the proposed cuts, and upcoming opportunities to talk directly with Metro staff. Some information is available online in other languages, as well as contact information to reach an interpreter.

Cold weather: A good reason to Take Winter by Storm
With falling temperatures and winter just around the corner, it’s important you and your family are ready for storm season. Prepare your vehicle and home for winter. Find checklists and tips on the Take Winter by Storm website.

Snow and ice
This winter will bring new challenges for transportation in King County. Plan now so you are prepared during a snow and ice storm. Please prepare yourself and your loved ones by following the tips on the King County Road Services website.

Did you get a call from Elections?
If you cast a ballot in the November General Election and the King County Elections Department contacted you, please call back promptly. If there’s a problem with your signature, you’ll need to resolve it before your vote will count!

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 – King County Veterans Program has 10 locations to serve you
Did you serve in the U.S. military, or are you a family member of someone serving now? The King County Veterans Program can help with housing, job training, financial aid and more. Open Monday through Friday in Seattle and Renton, and once a week in Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kirkland, Lake City, Maple Valley, Redmond and Shoreline. For information, call 206-296-7656 or visit the website.

Healthy environments for healthy babies
Healthcare and public health workers, educators, child and family advocates and future moms and dads are invited to attend the Northwest Children's Environmental Health Forum on preventing harmful environmental exposures before and during pregnancy, Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. in Tukwila. The class is sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Register online.

Heart attack survival rate continues to climb in King County
The survival rate from cardiac arrest in King County has reached an all-time high of 57 percent. Most other parts of the nation have survival rates that hover around 10 percent. The passage of the EMS Levy will assure that this rate continues to improve. Read more on the website.

Stay on top of what’s happening in ‘Your Big Backyard’
Bookmark the King County Parks blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Children and Family Justice Center project update
Keep up-to-date on all the developments as King County moves forward on the new Children and Family Justice Center. The latest issue of the project newsletter is available online. Construction on the new facility begins in 2015, and is expected to be completed in 2018. Visit the website or call the project line at 206-296-1100 for more information.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information see their website

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Nov. 20 & Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton.
For more information see the council website

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting
Dec. 2, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley.
For more information see the council website

This item submitted by the GMVUAC

Landsburg Mine Cleanup

On Oct. 24, area council members provided comments to the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) at its open house on the Landsburg Mine Draft Cleanup Plan. Many citizens expressed concerns with impacts to their private wells and questioned what plans will be in place to fix problems if contaminants are detected in monitored wells. The area council is reviewing the draft plan and will submit a detailed set of comments to DOE by its Dec. 12 deadline.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
Nov. 18, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.
For more information see the council website

West King County Area

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Dec. 5, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St., Seattle.
For more information see the council website

Skyway Solutions
Skyway Soluntions will hold a design workshop for community center vision on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12424 76th Ave, in Seattle. The next workshop is scheduled for Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Skyway Water & Sewer District, 6723 S 124th St., in Seattle. The workshops are open to the public.

White Center Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) Luncheon and Business Mixer
Join the WCCC for their monthly mixers on Nov. 12. Noon meeting is at the Triangle Pub, 9454 Delridge Way SW, and evening meeting is held at Bahn 88, 9418 Delridge Way SW, at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle.
For more information see their website

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