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The Renton Polar Bear Plunge usually takes place at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park but has been changed to the city aquatic center on Jan. 1, 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in Renton moved to Henry Moses Aquatic Center

Register online for your free jump in the chilly city pool, at 10 a.m. Jan. 1

The Renton Polar Bear Plunge usually takes place at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park but has been changed to the city aquatic center on Jan. 1, 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Members of the Valley Medical Oncology department pose with one of the chairs from the Infusion Center. Each chair costs $6,000. Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

Valley Medical Cancer Center construction to begin in January

A “skybreaking” ceremony at the future site of the Valley Medical Cancer Center explored the need for a large and inclusive facility for cancer patients throughout South King County.

Members of the Valley Medical Oncology department pose with one of the chairs from the Infusion Center. Each chair costs $6,000. Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
E. Bailey Medilo, 18, of Renton urged council members to vote “yes” on on the motion to adopt a minimum wage increase at the Dec. 4 meeting. Medilo is part of the “Raise the Wage in Renton” campaign, which began when they were 17 and a senior at Renton High School. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Renton voters to decide on city’s minimum wage rate in February

Measure proposes setting pay at more than $19 per hour

E. Bailey Medilo, 18, of Renton urged council members to vote “yes” on on the motion to adopt a minimum wage increase at the Dec. 4 meeting. Medilo is part of the “Raise the Wage in Renton” campaign, which began when they were 17 and a senior at Renton High School. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Renton brothers Greg and Michael Chaikou. Courtesy photo.

Renton teen brothers volunteer to help Ukrainians learn English

Michael and Greg Chaikou were inspired to help Ukrainian immigrants affected by the war.

Renton brothers Greg and Michael Chaikou. Courtesy photo.
Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Rivian associates, Renton Technical College staff and RTC students in front of a Rivian mobile service vehicle after the governor toured the new program space. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Gov. Inslee visits Renton Technical College with EVs on agenda

Partnership between Rivian and RTC will allow students to become electric vehicle technicians.

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Rivian associates, Renton Technical College staff and RTC students in front of a Rivian mobile service vehicle after the governor toured the new program space. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
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Arrests made in Renton after armed carjacking in Newcastle

Two males, ages 21 and 16, were arrested at The Landing on Nov. 29

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Renton Police Department. (File photo)

Renton Police investigate drive-by shooting near Hazen High School

At least two unidentified teens in a red vehicle shot at, but did not injure, a man driving an SUV.

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Anne Smith of Retro Emporium in Kent with an alien invader from "Mars Attacks!". Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Ack ack ack! Retro Emporium attacks with four Best of Kent awards

Since opening in 2019, Retro Emporium in Kent has been a favorite stop in Kent for eclectic gifts, pop culture items, 80s rock music and… Continue reading

Anne Smith of Retro Emporium in Kent with an alien invader from "Mars Attacks!". Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Reber Ranch has been open in Kent since 1984. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Reber Ranch gets the blue ribbon

A pet store, feed store, grooming salon and veterinary office all rolled into one, Reber Ranch has been a staple of the Kent area for… Continue reading

Reber Ranch has been open in Kent since 1984. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
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The first Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken to open in Washington state is at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, with the new Renton location being the second.

Shaq’s Big Chicken partners with Kent’s Blue Origin for space postcards

Big Chicken postcards will be placed aboard an upcoming Blue Origin space mission

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The first Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken to open in Washington state is at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, with the new Renton location being the second.
The rainbow doors at United Christian Church of Renton were run over and heavily damaged by an unknown driver. This isn’t the first time the pro-LGBTQ+ church has been vandalized. (Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing)

Pro-LGBTQ+ Renton church display vandalized by unidentified driver

United Christian Church of Renton’s signature rainbow doors were heavily damaged over the weekend

The rainbow doors at United Christian Church of Renton were run over and heavily damaged by an unknown driver. This isn’t the first time the pro-LGBTQ+ church has been vandalized. (Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing)
Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
June Paik (left) and her employees at Master Hair Care can work with clients for hours to find the perfect wig or hair piece.

Master Hair Care offers quality wigs, warm service for cancer patients

Located in Federal Way, this woman-owned small business is one of the most recommended in the area for people experiencing hair loss.

Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
June Paik (left) and her employees at Master Hair Care can work with clients for hours to find the perfect wig or hair piece.
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The STEM Girls!!! are one of seven American regional winners for their app “MyChoiceHousing.” From left to right: Aditi Juluri, Isabel Xu, Hasini Juluri, Cynthia Xu.

Girls design award-winning app to help out-of-state abortion patients

“We’re lucky to live in a state where abortion is legal and we had an opportunity to help others.”

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The STEM Girls!!! are one of seven American regional winners for their app “MyChoiceHousing.” From left to right: Aditi Juluri, Isabel Xu, Hasini Juluri, Cynthia Xu.
Event emcee Charles Conner asks children’s author Jeffrey L. Cheatham II about self-publishing.

Unity and Perseverance forum spotlights Renton’s Black community, history

Locals gathered in the Hyatt Regency-Lake Washington at Renton’s Southport

Event emcee Charles Conner asks children’s author Jeffrey L. Cheatham II about self-publishing.
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Housing costs, homelessness among top issues in WA, survey says

Statewide, a majority of respondents to Department of Commerce survey agree that rent prices are too high and it costs too much to buy a home.

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On your mark, get set, plunge! Swimmers jump into the cold water at Renton’s Gene Coulon Park on Jan. 1. Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Renton’s Polar Bear Plunge makes its return | Photos

Hundreds participate in New Year’s Day event

On your mark, get set, plunge! Swimmers jump into the cold water at Renton’s Gene Coulon Park on Jan. 1. Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Edith Claver, 60, lived in Des Moines when she went missing from Renton on Nov. 27, 2009. Photo courtesy of National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

While many were found, work remains to protect Indigenous people

There are 23 missing Indigenous people across King County.

Edith Claver, 60, lived in Des Moines when she went missing from Renton on Nov. 27, 2009. Photo courtesy of National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Employees wear shirts with the big Big Chicken chicken on the back. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.

Bok-bok: Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken opens in Renton

The restaurant had its grand opening Dec. 17.

Employees wear shirts with the big Big Chicken chicken on the back. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
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‘The land cries out’: Family members of missing, murdered Indigenous people share stories

State Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and People Task Force met recently

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