December 2012

Unincorporated Area Community News

Welcome to Community News, King County government's monthly newsletter for unincorporated area residents. You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.


Dec 11
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area CSA Open House

Dec 12
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Dec 18
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Dec 19
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County Area CSA Open House

Jan 3
North Highline UAC meeting

Jan 7
Greater Maple Valley
Area Council meeting

Jan 22
Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas
King County Executive Dow Constantine awards $60,000 in grants for local actions for neighborhood cleanup, disaster preparedness and tourism promotion in the unincorporated areas of King County. Read the press release to learn more about the 24 community engagement grants awarded in November.

Community Service Area Program hosts series of open houses, forums in unincorporated King County
King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and representatives for the Sheriff and several King County departments met with community members from the Southeast King County Community Service Area and Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area on Dec. 4 and 5. Councilmember Kathy Lambert participated in the Bear Creek/Sammamish Area open house on Dec. 6.  

Two more Community Service Area Open Houses are scheduled in December. 

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area CSA featuring Deputy Executive Jarrett and County Councilmember Dunn
Location: Evergreen Community Church, 20112 SE 152nd St., Renton

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area CSA featuring Assistant Deputy Executive Rhonda Berry and County Councilmember Lambert
Location: Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave., Carnation

For more information please contact Alan Painter, CSA program manager, at 206-296-8734 or And visit the CSA website for a description and map of the CSAs as well as to review the draft County work plans for Community Service Areas.

Engage with King County

WSU Forest Stewardship class going online
Washington State University Extension’s flagship stewardship course for small woodland owners will be offered online this winter. Learn how to create a stewardship plan that can save you money on property taxes. Includes weekly online classes, materials, summer field day and a site visit from a professional forester. Early registration discount ends Dec. 31. For details and registration, call 425-357-6017 or visit the website.

King County on Facebook
Keep up-to-date on announcements, events and news by liking and following King County government on its new Facebook page.



Time for Green Holidays
King County’s EcoConsumer public education program has launched a new website for its annual Green Holidays campaign, with lots of fun ideas for reducing our environmental impact during the holidays.

Give the gift of Amaluna for the holidays
Coming soon to King County’s Marymoor Park is Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest theatrical extravaganza. Marymoor is proud to host the U.S. debut of Amaluna Jan. 31, under Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow big top. Performances of Amaluna will run until to March 17, and tickets are available now on their website. Tickets to Amaluna are just one example of easy gift buying that benefits King County Parks.

Holiday food safety tips
What’s the right temperature to cook a turkey? How can you safely keep holiday leftovers? Learn about food safety during the holidays – and year ‘round – on the Public Health food safety website.

Hidden Hazards in the Arts
Hidden Hazards in the Arts is partnering with 4Culture to share information about toxic or hazardous materials with workshops that will help artists identify and reduce risks to their health and the environment through safe use, choices, handling and disposal. Guest artists and Dave Waddell, Hidden Hazards in the Arts trainer, are sharing cautionary tales on 4Culture’s blogs. Brought to you by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Prepare for winter driving
The days are getting darker, wetter and cooler. That means it’s time to prepare for winter driving. Find out how on the King County Roads website.

Patterson Creek Bridge reopening
A three-month-long project to replace a narrow and decaying bridge across Patterson Creek on Southeast Duthie Hill Road has been completed, and the new bridge is open to traffic. Learn more about the project here.

Roads Safety program information
Learn more about King County’s High-Risk Rural Road and Highway Safety programs.

No fee for adult cats extended to Dec. 31!
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is extending its special offer for adult cats to Dec. 31. Adoption fees will be waived for all cats six months and older. Fees for kittens remain at $100. All cats and kittens from RASKC are spayed or neutered, microchipped, have received their initial vaccinations and have had a veterinary health exam. Adopters also get a free bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food. View adorable adoptable pets online, or visit the Pet Adoption Center in Kent to pick out your new pal.

General Election certified results
King County Elections certified the results of the 2012 general election on Nov. 27. Citizens can register to vote or update their registration at the Elections website by Jan. 14 to vote in the next election, which is the Feb. 12 special election.


Community news

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Dec. 19, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton

Greater Maple Valley

Greater Maple Valley Area Council Committees
The Area Council established a new committee: Natural Resources/Parks to study regional parks, historic landmarks, natural habitats, water quality, wastewater, and solid waste. The new committee will be meeting soon to establish its Mission and Goals. The following Area Council committees are active: Executive Committee, Election and Survey, Council By-Laws, Train Show, Flood Control/Surface Water Management, Transportation, Growth Management, and the new Natural Resources/Parks.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting

Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley

North Highline

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Jan. 3, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle

Upper Bear Creek

Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville

Vashon-Maury Island

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General Meeting-McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

West Hill

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle


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