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  • Despite record home prices in Puget Sound area, economist says there’s no bubble

    SEATTLE — Seattle’s home prices hit a another record high recently, and even if you are not in the market to buy, economists say the market is having a ripple effect across Western Washington. If you are wondering what a median price looks like in Seattle, take for example a home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s a three-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot home listed with an asking price of $750,000. It sold under seven days — and there is no word yet […]

  • Friends killed in avalanche described as men with personalities bigger than life

    BONNEY LAKE, Wash. — The Garden family isn’t related to Bonney Lake police officer James Larsen by blood but they considered him family. “It’s a loss that puts a real hole in your heart, he was just like a son, I don’t know how else to describe it,” Wayne Garden said. Garden left behind two framed pictures of Larsen in front of the Bonney Lake Police Department on Monday. They are pictures that show Larsen’s personality. The Bonney Lake police […]

  • Even hockey fans surprised by volume, speed of NHL Seattle season-ticket deposits

    SEATTLE — Hockey fans say they’ve been pretty confident that Seattle would get an expansion team, but after Thursday’s season ticket frenzy they are certain it will happen. Speed pays off in the rink — but also when you want the best seats in the house. At the strike of 10 a.m. Thursday, hockey fans got in front of a screen to reserve season tickets. “Everybody was trying to do it at the same time,” Andy Cole said. Trying to […]

  • 2 teenagers, 32-year-old man killed in avalanches in Western Washington

    SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — The beauty of the mountains was overshadowed by tragedy Monday. It’s been a deadly couple of days up in the mountains. “These were some young folks. I had a hard time, too, dealing with the family up there, you know?” King County Search and Rescue’s Alan Labissoniere said. Family members came out to Snoqualmie Pass as rescuers searched for two missing teenagers Monday. Rescuers hoped to come back with good news. Instead, the had to tell […]

  • Many homeowners will see higher property taxes to pay for education

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — The Legislature’s plan to fully fund public education is about to have a real impact on homeowners in Puget Sound. Last year, lawmakers made a deal to spend $2 billion more for education. This came after the state Supreme Court held legislators in contempt for not performing their paramount duty of fully funding public education. The ruling, known as the McCleary decision, came down in 2012. Lawmakers last year finally passed a plan that relies on […]

  • Local school taxes in Feb. 13 election bring out passionate campaigns on both sides

    REDMOND, Wash. — Somewhere in your mailbox or near your kitchen table is a February 13 special election voters guide. Most of the measures on the ballot involve local bonds and levies to pay for education. And in many communities, the issue of passing local taxes and new bonds to build schools is a passionate one. In the Lake Washington School District, there is a heated campaign on both sides. Persuasion just takes one call or one sign. Q13 News met […]

  • Bethel School District: State’s new formula to fund public schools ‘flawed’ on teacher salaries

    SPANAWAY, Wash.  — As the state pumps more money into schools, one local school district says the state’s new formula is flawed, at least for their district. The Bethel School District is worried about teacher salaries, saying they are at a big disadvantage compared to other districts in Pierce County. During class transitions at Cedarcrest Middle School in Spanaway, more than 700 students converge into the hallways. It’s overcrowded and so are the classrooms. But now there is a new […]

  • As property taxes rise for many, voters asked to OK local levies, bonds for schools

    KENT, Wash. —  You have until  8 p.m. Tuesday to return your ballot for the February special election. The vast majority of school districts have tax measures for voters to consider. ​In fact, there are 212 levies across the state and 24 bond measures in all. Property taxes will be used to foot the bill for these local measures to pay for education. And how much more you pay in property taxes will depend  on where you live. On Monday, supporters […]

  • Firefighters in Graham campaigning door-to-door to prevent layoffs and slower response times

    It’s not every day firefighters show up at your front step when you don’t have an emergency. But on Thursday, Graham firefighters went door to door personally asking for help.

  • Landlords suing Seattle over ‘First in Time’ law have their day in court

    SEATTLE — A Seattle law requiring landlords to take the first qualified tenant who applies has been in effect for more than year. But it’s also been in litigation for most of that time. Landlords who are suing the city of Seattle over the ordinance had their big day in court on Friday. They say the state already has laws preventing discrimination against renters and that Seattle’s policy is an unconstitutional overreach. A judge is expected to announce a ruling […]