Seattle-King County Public Health officials have issued a warning about possible exposure for the public to measles.

The agency is investigating a confirmed measles case in an adult who recently traveled internationally. Since traveling, the individual was at multiple locations in Bellevue, Seattle, and Woodinville while infectious, before being diagnosed with measles. Anyone who was at the locations during the time span when the individual was there June 27 through July 2nd may have been exposed to measles, which is a highly contagious infection.

The locations were Vasa Park Resort in Bellevue, PRO Club Bellevue, Café Turko in Seattle, and Zoomcare in Woodinville.

 Measles is a potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. If one person has it, most people nearby will become infected if they aren’t immunized, officials said. It mainly spreads through the air after a person coughs or sneezes. 

 Measles is preventable with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective. 

More information about measles and measles vaccination, including where to get vaccinated, is at 

This fair goes way back


The King County Fair, which continues this summer as the oldest fair in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, started in 1863—114 years before then-County Executive John Spellman and some 4H participants posed for this photo at the 1977 fair. The fact Abraham Lincoln was president in the event’s first years is just one of its historic ties. On the grounds of Enumclaw Expo Center, where the fair is now staged annually, the buildings came from the Seattle World’s Fair (where Elvis Presley walked through them). In 1972, the County Council discussed but decided against moving the fair to the Kingdome. But parts of the legendary stadium—seats and a ticket booth–wound up at the current fairgrounds after the stadium was demolished. This year’s fair will have a four-day run July 11-14.

Time & Again is a Senior Scene feature that highlights local history.

The Manitou neighborhood, a landlocked “island” sandwiched between Tacoma and University Place but not a part of either city, is now in Tacoma.

The City Council-approved annexation of Manitou took effect April 1, adding to the Tacoma’s west side the 37-acre area that is bounded by Lakewood Drive West, 65th Street West, 70th Street West, and the city-Pierce County border to the east of 52nd Avenue W.

Officials said information about the annexation was provided to Manitou residents and businesses well ahead of the neighborhood’s transfer of control from Pierce County to the city.
Mayor Victoria Woodards said the new addition will have the same access to city services ad the rest of Tacoma.

Will Ryan House stay or go?

(Pictured: The Ryan House in better days, before it was declared unsafe by Sumner city officials and scheduled for demolition).

Demolition of a historic former residence in Sumner is on hold while the city’s plans receive a court-ordered review.

On March 13, Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of citizens who filed a land-use petition against the proposed demolition of Ryan House. The judge rescinded the demolition permit and directed the city for additional public notice on the project through the its  Comprehensive Plan amendment process, which is scheduled to end later this year with a City Council decision on land-use, growth, and development policies. An eventual ruling on whether the demolition can proceed is pending.

Officials said the city will follow the court order but noted the reason for demolishing the building hasn’t changed: That it can only be saved if money is available to repair “significant structural issues” that are necessary to make it safe and meet current building codes.

The council voted last September the building house and convert the property to a city park. A group of citizens called Save the Ryan House fought the decision in court and is part of an effort to obtain funding and backing to preserve the house. So far, about about $1 million from local and countywide tax revenue has been generated, but city officials maintain the repairs are too expensive and house is beyond saving.

The Sumner Historical Society has called Ryan House, which dates to the 1870s in one form or another, possibly the oldest structure in the city. It was home for one of the city’s pioneer families and has served at various times as a post office, a store, a public library, and most recently as a museum run by the Historical Society.