Condo sewage leak closes shoreline south of Alki Point (WA)

Thanks for the tip about the warning signs up along part of West Seattle’s shores. Waterfront areas south of Alki Point are posted as “closed” because of water pollution. We asked Seattle Public Utilities about it and just received this statement detailing the reason for, and location of, the closures:    Read the article………………………….

Residents team up to tackle wildfire risks (WA)

The increasing frequency and severity of wildfires — and an understanding of what it means to live in wildfire country — has prompted hundreds of property owners around the valley to team up in work parties to clear brush, limb trees and load chippers.   Read the article………………….

Why are condos in Seattle so rare and expensive?

The average home in Seattle costs over a million dollars. And now, rising interest rates have made mortgages more expensive. Homebuyers just can’t seem to get a break.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Beachwalker rejects city’s easement settlement (WA)

The city of Blaine and Beachwalker Villas Association are in an easement disagreement that have already cost both parties thousands in legal fees to determine whether the city can construct a trail in front of the condominium property. A beach pathway in front of Beachwalker already connects the Semiahmoo Spit trail loop, but the trail […]

Firefighters rescue cat and lizard in Renton condo fire (WA)

Around 4:07 a.m., Renton firefighters responded to a report of a car fire that spread to a our-unit condo in the 3200 block of Southeast 12th Street in Renton.  When they arrived, they found heavy fire on the front and roof of the building, which extended to the attic.   Read the entire article……………………………….

In Everett, many new apartments, but where are the condos? (WA)

Developers throughout Washington began to think twice about building affordable or market-rate condominiums. A state law aimed at protecting condo owners ignited a flurry of questionable lawsuits against condo developers, causing insurance premiums for builders to skyrocket.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Fire at condos off Kitsap Way draws massive response (WA)

Firefighters from Bremerton Fire Department, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Navy Region Northwest responded to the blaze at the complex off Kitsap Way.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Camas threatened with lawsuit over lake (WA)

City leaders say they have temporarily halted the committee’s activities after receiving notice last week that someone intends to sue the city, as well as the Lacamas Shores Homeowners Association over what he contends is a failure to maintain a biofilter on the shores of Lacamas Lake.  Read the entire article……………………………….

Drought spurs interest in low-water landscaping (WA)

Demand for low-water landscaping has increased significantly during an exceptionally dry and hot Inland Northwest summer, experts here say.  Last month, the U.S. Drought Monitor placed the Spokane area in the most extreme category for drought, called D4 or exceptional drought. As of mid-August, that showed no signs of easing.     Read the entire article……………………………….

Fall City looks at ownership model for shared septic system (WA)

At the meeting, owners narrowed the ownership model down to two possibilities — a homeowners association (HOA) or a public utility district (PUD).  “A homeowners association is fast and efficient, and allows more local control, flexibility and ease of use of forming it,” Donaldson said. “Whereas, a utility district requires an election process for commissioners […]

Camas and Lacamas Shores HOA receive notice of citizens intent to sue via federal Clean Water Act (WA)

Steve Bang’s patience has finally run out. After seven years of discussions with the Lacamas Shores Homeowners Association (LSHOA), city of Camas staff, council members, and state representatives and agencies, Bang’s attorneys at Plauché & Carr LLP sent a notice of intent to sue for violating federal clean water standards.   Read the entire article……………………………….

HOA requests Pasco resident take down ‘unsightly’ community library (WA)

One Pasco woman’s attempt to bring the community together with books is now facing pushback from her neighborhood’s Homeowner’s Association.   In February, KAPP/KVEW told you about Juanita de Luna, a Pasco resident lovingly dubbed by neighbor’s as the “Little Library Lady.”   Read the entire article……………………………….

County Clears Dangerous Eyesore From Single Tree Estates (WA)

An abandoned home in Yelm’s Single Tree Estates was recently removed by Thurston County, concluding a project that was years in the making.  The eyesore was collapsing in on itself and was located near a school bus stop. Community members said children were known to play within the walls of the dangerous structure.    Read the […]

West Seattle beach pollution from condo sewer problems not over after all (WA)

Nine days after we first reported on warning signs south of Alki Point because of a sewer leak on private property, the problems aren’t over after all, Seattle Public Utilities confirms. Two days after that first report, SPU told us the leak had stopped, but bacteria levels were still high enough to keep nearby beaches […]

A GROWING CONCERN: Cultivate fire safety in your neighborhood

As you have heard, drought and wildfires are at record levels again this year in the West and for those of us living here.  Many enjoy the rural lifestyle. Fire officials say some of those homes, those on forests’ edges, are more susceptible to wildfire dangers.  Here’s what you can do to protect your property […]

Ask the Builder: Condo collapse, rusty rebar and your home

Early reports indicate that the cause of the collapse may have been weakened concrete, as well as unstable soil under the structure. It’s going to take many months to complete a forensic study of this catastrophe, so keep in mind that much of what you see now in the news is speculation.   Read the entire […]

Homestead suit now class-action of 100s of parcel owners (WA)

The Homestead homeowners’ lawsuit over common area fees has become a class-action case, and the suit presses the City of Lynden as well as golf course owner Morris Chen of Canada to have a part in solutions.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Fire damages multiple condo units in Redmond (WA)

Multiple condos were damaged by fire Friday night in Redmond, police said.  Firefighters were told a 7-year-old woke up to smoke in her bedroom and started screaming and woke everyone up.   Read the article……………………………………

Burlington neighborhood all aglow in holiday spirit (WA)

Think the Griswolds of the movie “Christmas Vacation” fame, but on a neighborhood-wide scale.  That’s the festive spirit on display at the Homestead Place Holiday Wonderland, where home after home is aglow with twinkling and blinking lights.   Read the article………………………………

Homestead homeowners bring lawsuit (WA)

Homeowners in north Lynden’s Homestead development have sued its golf course owners and managers claiming misappropriation of maintenance fees that have been collected over the years.  The seven homeowner couples or individuals bringing the lawsuit say they want to regain control for parcel owners of how the maintenance fees are spent by establishing a homeowners […]

Swifty Creek drainage overflows made lakes (WA)

Residents of the Village at Snohomish condominiums along Ford Avenue, and surrounding homes, have dealt with the flooding of Swifty Creek for decades. In February, the parking lot was nicknamed “Lake Snohomish” by condo residents, according to Marcia Hogan, the president of the Village condominiums.   Read the article……………………………….

North Star Subdivision developer’s request to charge residents more than $200 (WA) a month for water, sewer services denied

A request from the developers of a subdivision near Helena to charge residents more than $200 each month for water and sewer services has been denied by the Montana Public Service Commission.  According to a release from the Public Service Commission, the subdivision’s developers of the North Star Subdivision established North Star Water & Sewer, […]

Renton neighborhood closing in on long-awaited 20 mph speed limit

As a firefighter in early March, James Curtis saw the writing on the wall: Spring was not the time for a door-to-door campaign.  “So we pushed it back thinking, OK, May or June. Now we’re in July/August, and our only option is to do online as best we can,” Curtis said.  The campaign in question […]

Washington Legislature Approves New Law Regarding Low-Water Landscaping

The Washington Legislature recently approved a new law regulating the ability of community associations and their governing documents to restrict low-water landscaping practices. The law first states that an association’s governing documents may not prohibit the installation of drought resistant landscaping or wildfire ignition resistant landscaping.      Read the article…………………………….

Sheriff’s office, Surfside HOA negotiate for deputy (WA)

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and the Surfside Homeowners Association are negotiating details to allow the sheriff’s office to hire an additional officer to patrol the Surfside area.  The negotiations come after reserve Deputy Travis Ostgaard — who had been patrolling Surfside — was hired for a non-law enforcement position with the county, and Sheriff […]

Alleged Clearwood Embezzler Arrested on Theft Charges (WA)

Dolanna K. Burnett, the former Clearwood Community Association bookkeeper who allegedly embezzled as much as $400,000 over four years starting in 2014, was booked into Thurston County jail on Monday, March 2, on a felony theft charge.   Read the article…………………………

King County files lawsuit to finish East Lake Sammamish Trail (WA)

About 150 homeowners living along the East Lake Sammamish Trail were served with letters this week telling them to remove their installations, landscaping and docks from the trail’s right of way……Representatives for the Sammamish Homeowners Association could not be reached for immediate comment.    Read the article……………………….

Clearwood President Resigns as HOA Lands on Steadier Financial Footing Through Special Election (WA)

Following a special election earlier this month during which measures to ratify the Clearwood Community Association’s 2020 budget and transfer funds to cover debt, among others, were passed by a large margin, President Aaron Lang announced his intent to resign…….While financial problems have been resolved, attention now turns to the litigation brought upon Dolanna K. […]

Clearwood Community Association Members to Vote on $300K Embezzlement Repayment (WA)

Members of the Clearwood Community Association could be footing the bill temporarily after it was discovered last year that a bookkeeper embezzled upward of $300,000.  The Clearwood Community Association Board of Directors will discuss allowing members to vote on a one-time fee at their next meeting this Saturday. If there’s a consensus among the board, […]

Who controls campaign signs at the Ridge? (WA)

Political campaign signs at Snoqualmie Ridge have been getting extra focus lately.  Several candidates for city council received emails from the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners’ Association (ROA) stating their staked political signs were in violation of ROA policy and needed to be taken down or that the ROA would remove them.  Read the article……………………..

Flagpole at condo complex dedicated to veterans (WA)

Retired Baptist pastor Howard Cooper speaks slowly, with a steady Texas drawl.  At 91 years old he has kind eyes and a smile that lights up any room; he’s also responsible for spearheading the effort to get a flagpole installed at The Cedars condominium complex in Burlington.    Read the article………………………..