King County District Court partners with students to launch Redmond Youth Court 

By Troy Brown, Communications Manager, King County District Court It all started when Bouke Spoelstra, a high school junior at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA, became interested in law when reading Michael Connelly’s novel “The Lincoln Lawyer” as a child. An active participant in a youth court in Bothell working with Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlson, Bouke decided to ask around for any judges in Redmond who might be interested in creating a similar program for teens in that city. Judge Gehlson helped connect Bouke with King County District Court (KCDC) Judge Michael Finkle,… Read More

Bike Show, May 22 

In support of Bike Everywhere Month, we will be hosting a Bike Show on Wednesday, May 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Chinook, Rooms 121 and 123. Join us for a chance to ask your colleagues how they make bike commuting work for them. There will be a variety of bike set ups to check out. For more information contact Heather Eliason at Heather.Eliason@kingcounty.gov. 

King County is the nation’s first local government to offer a certified carbon credit program that protects local forests 

King County is the nation’s first local government to offer a certified carbon credit program that protects local forests.  The county’s new Forest Carbon Program offers local companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County where their employees and their families can explore and enjoy the protected forests in both urban and rural communities.  “We are making it possible for local companies to help us protect forests, confront climate change, and promote healthy habitat right here where their employees live, work, and play,” said Executive Constantine. “Our first-of-its-kind… Read More

Chief Family Court Judge Tanya Thorp: Family Court is some of the most important work we do 

If you ask Judge Tanya Thorp what she wishes everyone knew about Family Court, she’s quick to answer: we have so many services available. And when 76% of the cases arrive with no or only one attorney, that’s really important. Learn more about Family Court in this nine-minute podcast. Listen now.  

Join King County at the 40th Annual Washington Women in Trades Fair, May 10 

Join King County Facilities Management Division, Department of Natural Resources & Parks, Department of Transportation and others at the Seattle Center for the 39th Annual Washington Women in Trades Fair this Friday, May 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Learn more about the fair at the Washington Women in Trades website. 

King County Metro, Sound Transit reach agreement to continue integrated rail operations and maintenance through 2023 

King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine announced that King County Metro and Sound Transit reached an agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Link light rail system for the next four-and-a-half years, and potentially up to 10 years. The agreement was sent to the King County Council and Sound Transit Board’s Executive Committee this week for consideration.  King County Metro has operated and maintained Sound Transit Link light rail since it launched in 2009. If approved, the new agreement will continue the dependable service to the region through… Read More

Check out what’s new at City Hall Park

The weather looks great this week to enjoy lunch outside or a short walk to pick up some delicious barbeque. This spring and summer, you can get lunch from a food truck at City Hall Park on the south side of the King County Courthouse. Trucks will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. several days a week, including LT’s Famous BBQ today, and Odin Star burgers and sandwiches Wednesday. Haven’t been to City Hall Park lately? Check out the new colorful Adirondack chairs and music from the “Busker of the… Read More

How Metro connects you with what matters 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  “Every day we carry hundreds of thousands of riders, each of them destined for a place, a person, a moment we can only guess at.”   On a typical day, King County Metro buses, water taxis, vanpools, and other mobility services connect people with what matters in their lives.  That’s the message at the heart of our new campaign – Connecting What Matters. We connect people and communities.  You may have seen our ads on billboards, buses, or Facebook.  Read more from Metro Matters

Watch a video of Administrative Professionals Recognition event 

Some 250 employees attended the fourth annual Administrative Professionals Recognition Day event in the King County Courthouse April 24, and we put together a short video to commemorate the occasion. Click the image below to watch the video. 

Green Globe Awards announced for 2019 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  On Earth Day, King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized 13 businesses, cities, organizations and people for the work they’re doing to protect and improve the local environment with the Green Globe Awards. The Green Globe Awards are the County’s highest honor for local environmental efforts.  Congratulations to all those recognized! Among the recipients are three that were nominated by Wastewater Treatment Division, we appreciate their environmental stewardship efforts. Here’s a shout-out  to Salmon-Safe and Clean Lake Union, Young’s Restaurant, and World Relief Seattle!  Read more from Clean Water Stories