Brenda Sexton

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Dr. Ralph Zech: 1925-2015 | Enumclaw physician with a passion for community service

Longtime surgeon, advocate and volunteer Ralph Keenan Zech died at home Jan. 22, 2015.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 7:17pm

Familiar face at Dick’s Barbershop

There is a familiar face standing behind the chair at Dick's Barbershop in Enumclaw. The latest addition joining the hair-cutting crew at 1452 Cole St. is Kellee Aashiem, who started in January.

  • Mar 9th, 2012 9:26pm

Book highlights White River School District’s progress

White River School District Deputy Superintendent Janel Keating likes to share White River High School Principal Mike Hagadone’s comments to elementary school leaders in the district. “These kids are my kids, I just don’t get them until ninth grade,” Hagadone likes to say.

  • Feb 24th, 2012 4:00pm

Huhtala drives off into retirement

In March 1969, Paul Huhtala stopped by the White River School District transportation department, where he picked up an application for his wife Mary to drive a school bus.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012 10:32pm

VanHoof races to fifth in breaststroke, Skipworth captures sixth

Bennon VanHoof and Jesse Skipworth were Enumclaw High’s top medal earners at the 3A state swim and dive meet Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 11:45pm

Enumclaw High girls wrestling team claims state academic title

Enumclaw High's girls wrestling team finished 11th on the mat Saturday night at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament, but the Lady Hornets brought home top honors, winning the state academic team championship.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 11:31pm

White River girls wrestling scores fourth-place state finish

Senior Mikaela Kilcup and junior Sam Mitchell led the White River High charge as the Hornets earned a fourth-place team finish Saturday at the 2A state girls wrestling tournament.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 11:29pm

White River’s Skinner takes top honors at state wrestling tournament

White River High junior Chris Skinner worked his tail off to earn the Hornets' top spot at Friday and Saturday's 2A state boys wrestling tournament. After two days of surprises, Skinner finished sixth.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 11:26pm

EHS wrestling claims second state title in two years; Somera two-time state champ

With two wrestlers in the finals Saturday night, Enumclaw High had already bagged its fourth state 3A wrestling title in five years.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 11:23pm

School board told of music program during Kibler stop

When Enumclaw School District music teachers Cindy Killip and Jack Prindle retire in June they will leave behind a comprehensive elementary school music curriculum that creates uniformity across the district.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 1:28am

Plateau community digests hunger information

The people packed into the St. Elizabeth Hospital Rainier Room FEB. 9 gobbled up the information presented about a community food program.

  • Feb 16th, 2012 7:08pm

LIFE WAVES: Couple reunites after six decades

For romantics who believe in true love and live for Valentine’s Day, John and Gisella Castanza have a love story that spans decades and one Gisella enjoys sharing.

  • Feb 16th, 2012 7:05pm

OUR CORNER: Saying goodbye doesn’t come easy

It’s time. Without going into the hows and whys, I tendered my resignation at The Courier-Herald Feb. 1 and my last day is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:54pm

Top honor received by White River High

Celebrations were spontaneously spreading through the White River School District Feb. 1. White River High School Principal Mike Hagadone called a spur-of-the-moment after-school meeting for staff. Superintendent Tom Lockyer excitedly shared the news with the White River School Board at its meeting that night. Late that afternoon, the district received word from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education that White River High School was the recipient of a Washington Achievement Award, celebrating the top-performing schools and recognizing achievement in multiple categories.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:48pm

EHS WRESTLING: Hornets armed to defend title

As the Enumclaw High wrestling team prepares to defend its 3A state wrestling title, the Hornets are standing on familiar ground. The Hornets added another regional title to their vast collection Saturday night, edging Yelm 206.5 to 194. Decatur finished third with 163.5 and Bonney Lake was fourth with 137.5. Just as important, the Hornets qualified nine wrestlers into Friday and Saturday’s state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:35pm

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Moulden leads Hornet charge to Tacoma Dome

Enumclaw High freshman KC Moulden’s 26-second pin of Kimoko Misioka of Fife for the 265-pound regional title Saturday gave the Hornets a big push into the state girls wrestling tournament. Moulden will be joined by teammates Sam Lanting, Jade Paterson, Danielle Cormier and Logann Erskine as competition at the Tacoma Dome gets under way Friday morning and continues the following day.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:33pm

EHS BOYS SWIM AND DIVE: Cooper flies into state meet

Little changed for Enumclaw High at the West Central District 3A boys swim and dive championships Saturday at Hazen High in Renton. The 200-yard medley relay and individuals Bennon VanHoof, Thomas Petersen and Jesse Skipworth will compete Friday and Saturday at the state championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Each had qualified earlier on time or by points during the regular season.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:32pm

WRHS BOYS WRESTLING: Hornets hit hard at regionals

After getting nipped for the subdistrict title, the White River High boys wrestling team rallied to win the regional tournament Saturday at Olympic High. The Hornets will take six into Friday and Saturday’s state 2A tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:32pm

WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Mitchell pushes WRHS to region win

White River High’s girls wrestling team edged Federal Way by three points for the regional title Saturday at Emerald Ridge in Puyallup and it won’t get easier as seven Hornets head into the girls state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:31pm

Quilts patch soldiers’ lives

It’s three days of pedal-to-the-floor sewing madness at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Enumclaw. Quilt tops hang from the walls. Colorful, cotton, calicos drape across the tables. The chit-chat is barely audible over the muffled din of the Pfaffs and Singers. It’s a quilting bee with a mission. Three times a year – January, May and October – for three days, about 20 ladies haul their sewing machines to the VFW Hall and piece together Quilts of Valor to give to wounded soldiers.

  • Feb 14th, 2012 11:49pm

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: EHS splashes to second-place at league meet

Enumclaw High’s boys swim and dive team sprinted to a second-place finish behind Peninsula Saturday at the SPSL 3A/2A championships at Lakes High.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:44pm

Enumclaw High third in state cheer competition

Enumclaw High’s cheer squad finished third in the coed competition Saturday at the state cheer championships in Everett.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:40pm

EHS BOYS WRESTLING: Hornets earn subregional 3A crown

Enumclaw High put eight in the finals, won four titles and was bolstered by a bevy of third- and fourth-place finishers to run away with the SPSL 3A subregional wrestling championship Saturday at Auburn Mountainview.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:39pm

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Lady Hornets sweep into regionals

Danielle Cormier, Jade Paterson and Sam Lanting earned individual championships as Enumclaw High swept to the team title Saturday at the Subregion 4 girls wrestling tournament at Auburn Mountainview.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:38pm

WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Three champs lead Hornet girls

Backed behind champions Kylie Norton, Mikaela Kilcup and Sam Mitchell, the White River High girls wrestling team will move 12 girls on to the regional wrestling tournament Saturday at Emerald Ridge in Puyallup.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:37pm

WRHS BOYS WRESTLING: Twelve advance to regionals

White River High may have been nipped by Fife for the subregional championship Saturday, but the Hornets will send 13 into the Region 3 tournament.

  • Feb 10th, 2012 11:42pm

Salon La Bell sets grand opening

Sarah Bell dreamed of starting a salon with her sisters. At one time, all three were studying massage, cosmetology or to be an aesthetician.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:06pm

Baseball parents open year-round facility in Enumclaw

Wet, windy weather makes it hard to get on a baseball field this time of year. Which, in turn, makes it hard for players to stay on top of their game.

  • Feb 8th, 2012 10:12pm

Westminster show awaits for Cooper and Kathy

Cooper enjoys the limelight, so when he and Kathy Lockyer step onto the green carpet at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday in Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City, the 4-year-old wirehair standard dachshund should be a hit.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 9:42pm

Carbonado voters will decide school levy

Superintendent Scott Hubbard is banking on Carbonado residents vote “yes” on a four-year replacement levy that will keep his small kindergarten through eighth-grade school going.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 9:37pm

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Enumclaw all tough, no fluff at Lipstick Open wrestling tournament

Enumclaw High’s girls wrestling team closed out the regular season in high style, winning the All Tough No Fluff Lady Lancer Lipstick Open Saturday.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:27pm

EHS WRESTLING: Hornets gain strength with matches against top teams

As the Hornets prepared for postseason Friday and Saturday at the subregional wrestling tournament at Auburn Mountainview, Reichert’s top-ranked 3A Hornets went head-to-head with two of the toughest teams in the state – Orting and Tahoma.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:26pm

WRHS WRESTLING: White River fires up for postseason tournament

White River High ventures into the wrestling postseason Friday and Saturday at the subregional tournament in the Hornets’ home gymnasium.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:24pm

OUR CORNER: Favorite recipes will feed school effort

I’m trying to decide between meatloaf or sausage-scallop linguine, chocolate chip cookies or zucchini bread. Or, let’s see, there’s red velvet cake, hot wings, fried rice, stuffed peppers and of course, Jim’s New York cheesecake.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 8:54pm

White River High slams the stands with fans

It didn’t matter if Rogers High grabbed the rebound or White River scored the basket – the crowd went wild at White River High’s Slam the Stands Special Olympics basketball event Jan. 25.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 8:06pm

Students voice progress for district

Thursday’s State of the Enumclaw School District was the way Superintendent Mike Nelson likes it – all about the students.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 8:14pm

White River’s McBarron part of Saturday’s Princess Promenade

The Daffodil Festival's annual Princess Promenade is scheduled for Saturday at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood and this year will mark the first time a White River High School student will participate.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 1:17am

VanHoof breaks own EHS 100-yard breaststroke record, twice

For the second time in a week, Enumclaw High junior Bennon VanHoof set the school 100-yard breaststroke record. VanHoof, the top-ranked breaststroker in the state, raced to a 1-minute, 92-second record-setting finish Tuesday in the Hornets' contest with Olympic and then bested it Thursday with a 1:00.20 in EHS's 121-67 nonleague victory over Sumner.

  • Jan 27th, 2012 6:58pm

White River’s Padgett musters strength for return to the mat

On one side of the Team Kamy T-shirt White River High wrestler Kamyriah Padgett wears is written, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” On the other side is a quote from Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Since November of the 2010-11 wrestling season, Kamy has drawn on her strength, that of her teammates and the community.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 6:03pm

Enumclaw High robotics team second in state competition

Word of the Enumclaw High School robotics team’s second-place state finish is spreading quickly through town.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 11:55pm

Emergency plan put into high gear at St.Elizabeth Hospital

The winter storm that passed across the Plateau pushed the hospital staff into high gear. Thursday morning’s power outage forced St. Elizabeth to pull its emergency generator into service.

  • Jan 24th, 2012 7:43pm

EHS robotics team takes second in state competition

Word of the Enumclaw High Schools robotics team's second-place state finish is spreading quickly through town.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 11:57pm

WRHS WRESTLING: Thompson earns title at Rick Sales tournament

Bryce Thompson grabbed the White River High wrestling team's lone title at Saturday's Rick Sales tournament in Fife. The 120-pound Thompson eked out a 3-2 decision over Bryce MacDicken of Sultan for the crown. The Hornets finished seventh as a team. Centralia won the tournament.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 7:00pm

WRHS choir kids sing praises of two-day stay at camp

“There’s never enough time during a class,” White River High School chorale director Robin Howard lamented to the White River School Board. But she gained some ground by thinking outside the box – setting up a choir retreat.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 6:56pm

EHS and WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: White River finishes second at Rick Sales Tournament

White River and Enumclaw high's girls wrestling teams ventured to the Rick Sales tournament in Fife Saturday, where the White River Hornets finished second behind Warden and the Enumclaw High Hornets finished sixth. Warden won the tournament with 138 points. White River followed with 125 and Fife was third with 120. Enumclaw earned its sixth-place finish with 83 points.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 6:53pm

EHS WRESTLING: Enumclaw JV three points shy of West Seattle varstiy tournament team title

Enumclaw High sent its junior varsity wrestling team to the West Seattle varsity tournament Saturday, where the Hornets carried home the second-place trophy and had five champions. The Hornets fell three points shy of winner Cedarcrest in the 10-team tournament. Cedarcrest finished with 165 points, EHS with 162.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 6:19pm

EHS WRESTLING: Hornets finish second sandwiched between Tahoma and Orting at Matmen Tournament Saturday

Behind champions Ryan Anderson, TJ Cormier and Colten Malek, the Enumclaw High wrestling team ran a close second to Class 4A Tahoma Saturday at the Central Kitsap Matmen Tournament. The Bears won the 16-team event with 228 points, followed by Enumclaw, 200.5, and Orting, 175.

  • Jan 15th, 2012 7:39pm

Twisted Kitchen wraps up breakfast and lunch dishes

When Cheryl McGuffin owned Latte Da in Chelan, patrons raved about her cinnamon rolls. Some of those same customers have tracked her down to Twisted Kitchen, the cafe she and Craig Porria have opened on Cole Street in Enumclaw. “We’re kind of famous for our cinnamon rolls,” McGuffin said.

  • Jan 14th, 2012 1:22am

Enumclaw resident drinking in benefits of water filtration system

In 2008, Trenton Harbour says he hit bottom. At the time a private, portfolio manager and investor, he was nearly bankrupt and a bout with Lyme disease was taking a toll on his health and personal life. A simple glass of water changed his life. Part of the process of gaining back his health included eating better. Water was important – pure, clean water.

  • Jan 24th, 2012 4:23pm

WR GIRLS WRESTLING: Hornet girls fourth at Kelso tournament

White River High’s girls wrestling team kept rolling with a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Kelso tournament, which included 39 teams from Washington and Oregon.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 7:06pm