Landfill cleanup set to begin and more community news

Film of coverage showing Nov. 10

Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Maple Valley is hosting a screening of “This Day Forward.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. The film will last about an hour and a half.

The film’s director, Brian Ide, will hold a 45 minute personal conversation following the movie.

The screening is free. A suggested $10 donation per person will be accepted. The donations will go toward telling similar stories and to helping the family of the film with their medical debt.

Landfill cleanup set to begin

An agreement has been made between two companies and the Department of Ecology to undertake the state’s cleanup at a former mining state, according to a media release.

The owner of the Reserve Silica Landfill and the owner of a cement producer that deposited material have agreed to do the cleanup, the release added.

The drafted agreement would require the companies to study the site’s contamination, evaluate the cleanup alternatives and develop a cleanup plan, it added.

The department is seeking public comment from now until Dec. 7. A public meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at Maple Valley Fire Station 81, 22225 SE 231st Street.

An open house begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation and questions at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Ecology’s website at

Reporter donates to retired K-9 association

The Kent and Covington-Maple Valley Reporter Newspapers each year support the Valley Retired Police Dog Association (VRPDA) in its effort to raise money for retired police service K-9s in the South King County area. Reporter staff gathered Monday to present a check of more than $900 to the department. Officers Gunderson, far left, and Goforth, and police service dog Havok were on hand for the ceremony.

During their active years, K-9s are provided care and food costs by the departments they serve. After their years of service, in retirement, dogs are not medically supported by the agencies they had worked for. The VRPDA raises money to cover all medical costs necessary to take care of these retired K-9s.

The retired K-9s often have endured a physically demanding career, which often results in increased veterinary care requirements and ailments in their older age. The VRPDA makes sure they are taken care of, after all they have done to keep our communities safe.

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