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Category: King County


Two open houses on Point Defiance Bypass this week

Residents are invited to two open houses this week that will provide more details on the recently completed environmental review of the proposed Point Defiance Bypass.

The bypass would reroute Amtrak passenger rails from its current shoreline route between Tacoma and Nisqually and move them to lines that pass through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont. State officials say the proposed route will save up to 10 minutes compared to the existing route, enabling faster and more reliable service. Leaders in affected cities worry about public safety with trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour rumbling through urban

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Digital billboard update: King County about to allow them; In Tacoma, Clear Channel says settlement is binding when it comes to compensation

It looks like the King County Council will vote next week to allow digital billboards.

Eric Scigliano over at Crosscut.com has done two pieces on billboards in the past few months, and the one posted today recaps the King County situation thusly:

(T)the bold new electronic future is coming to this county’s roadsides. On Sept. 13, a County Council committee that three months ago had deferred a measure to allow the image-shuffling, television-like electronic signs quietly considered an amended version.  Councilmembers Larry Phillips, Jane Hague, Pete von Reichbauer, Bob Ferguson, and Joe McDermott voted unanimously to approve

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United Way offers free tax help in Auburn

Free help with 2010 federal taxes is available in Auburn through United Way for  low income households and seniors.

IRS-certificated, multilingual volunteers from United Way of King County will be available at Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main St., on the second floor. Agents are available Tuesday – Thursday from 6-9 p.m. No appointment is necessary and agents will be available through April 15.

The service is for households making less than $50,000. Citizenship is not necessary and electronic filling will be utilized for faster refunds.

Those interested should  bring all applicable tax forms and a bank account number (checking

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