King County Sheriff’s Deputy awards athletes in Special Olympics Winter Games

Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Newsletter Deputy Dylan Centanino-Sweers recently attended the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games in Wenatchee. He was joined by officers from other local jurisdictions. The Sheriff’s Office stated, “We were honored that Deputy Centanino-Sweers was chosen to award athletes who placed in their respective sports. As a former Renton Special Olympics track and field coach, he has continued to work closely with the organization.” Read more.

Get ready for King County’s new public website coming March 31

On March 31, King County will launch our new public website ( Online visitors will see the new King County homepage, and your department’s webpages will also change to a more modern look and feel. The Design and Civic Engagement (DCE) team is working with your department’s Web Content Manager(s) to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruptions, but you can help: Be prepared for customer questions. Your webpages will look different, and customers may need help navigating to popular web content. If you have webpages on the current site, work with… Read More

Together, we must do more on climate change 

Cross-posted from Keeping King County Green The world’s top scientists released their latest report on climate change this week, warning that the Earth is on pace for severe damage. The United Nations climate report is a clear call for more ambitious climate action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. While King County is leading the nation with solutions and has a strong foundation to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions, together we must do more. The Department of Natural Resources and Parks is advancing King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan goal to cut countywide greenhouse gas emissions in… Read More

Keeping boats afloat: Two Water Taxi stories

Cross-posted from Captain’s Blog As part of Transit Appreciation Week and Transit Operator Appreciation Day, the King County Water Taxi wants to recognize two members of the team who work to ensure riders have a smooth sail from dock to dock. Kennedy Menendez, who helped get over 80 stranded Bremerton passengers home on a late night run, and Capt. Dan Krehbiel, who was the first captain hired for the Water Taxi in 2009, are just two of the King County Water Taxi staff who are on the water every day, providing service to West… Read More

‘It takes people to move people.’ King County recognizes Transit Appreciation Week

It’s officially Transit Appreciation Week in King County, thanks to a proclamation from the King County Council recognizing transit employees who keep the region and its economy moving forward everyday. Councilmember Rod Dembowski spoke of Metro being the “most visible function of King County.” Dembowski, sponsor of the proclamation also highlighted Metro’s important role in providing mobility and opportunity to millions of riders through the years. Read more and watch the video here.

Annual Women’s History Month: Passing the Torch

The theme for the annual King County Council Women’s History Month panel is “Passing the Torch: An Intergenerational Conversation.” This live, online event features a panel of specialists who will speak about a life in activism and new voices who are picking up the banner for the next generation. Read more about the a panelists for this event. Wednesday, March 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Join via livestream on King County TV or Facebook. This presentation is sponsored and moderated by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Sarah Perry, the Legislative Branch Equity and Social Justice Team, and… Read More

GIS is everywhere (and everything, all at once)

Cross-posted from GIS & You So…what is GIS? In short, it’s a Geographic Information System that creates, manages, analyzes, and maps all types of data. GIS connects data to a map, integrating location data (where things are) with all types of descriptive information (what things are like there). According to Lisa Owen, from the King County GIS Center, it’s “data that knows where it lives.” Lisa recently had the opportunity to contribute to a discussion on Women in IT, with a spotlight on GIS. Read her entertaining blog post telling about her experience as a woman… Read More

Inspired by Women in Aviation International Conference

Cross-posted from Plane Talk After attending the Women in Aviation International Conference in February, King County International Airport’s Vanessa Chin, Innovation Section Manager, and Sandi Trevino, incoming Maintenance Crew Chief, came back inspired. So much so that Chin is reaching out to Women in Aviation International to see about starting a chapter in Seattle. “It was absolutely an incredible learning experience,” Chin said. “We met so many exceptional women in aviation.” Read more.

Daylight Saving Time reminder to spring forward March 12

This is a friendly reminder to all employees that Daylight Saving Time officially begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., meaning we will move the clock ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time will end on Nov. 5, 2023.

Ready for the next rainy season? The work to shore up clean water systems begins now

Cross-posted from Clean Water Stories It’s certainly not news that Western Washington is a wet place. That means a lot of water can flow into King County’s treatment plants on a daily, or even hourly basis. Rain doesn’t belong in the sewer, but it gets in there through cracks in sewer pipes or from drains on building roofs and foundations that are connected to the sewer system. In some parts of Seattle, sewer and stormwater systems are combined. And while the Wastewater Treatment Division is dealing with the rainy season, they’re also planning and strategizing for the work… Read More