Courier-Herald Staff

The race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District is between Kim Schrier (D) and Dino Rossi (R). File photo

Schrier leads Rossi in hotly-contested 8th Congressional District

Candidates compete for seat vacated by Republican Dave Reichert


White River Bridge inspection set for May 16

Plateau drivers should be prepared for a Saturday morning delay as Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance staff continue to inspect the State Route 410 White River Bridge.


Spartans lose first round game, play Saturday | Sumner Boys Basketball

The Sumner boys lost its first round game of the tournament 54-46 to Foss.


Post season play begins tonight | Prep Basketball

The Sumner girls basketball team will host the Capital Cougars at 7 p.m. tonight in the first game of the districts tournament.

Washington’s smoke signals: History of hemp

Hemp is neither a drug nor a hallucinogen, but it’s still considered a controlled substance by the federal government. However, a combination of new federal and state laws passed in the last year could eliminate restrictions on growing hemp in Washington. In the early 1600s, hemp was used as legal tender in what is now Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, according to the Public Broadcasting Service Frontline website. The Virginia Assembly made it a requirement for farmers to grow hemp because of its versatility. That changed in 1970 when hemp was lumped with marijuana and put onto the Controlled Substances Act. Until February 2014, no one has been allowed to grow hemp in the U.S. because it was considered a Schedule I drug, alongside its cousin, pot.

Hardwood recap from Tuesday | Bonney Lake & Sumner

The Bonney Lake boys basketball team lost 73-48 to Auburn Tuesday. The Panthers will host Sumner at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the first game of the double header.

Regular season ends with big win | Bonney Lake Wrestling

The Panthers hosted the Auburn Riverside Ravens Wednesday in the final match of the regular season. Bonney Lake won 62-16.

Regular season ends, post season began Thursday | Boys Swim

The Panthers finished the regular season with a win over Auburn Riverside. Bonney Lake won 111-74 Tuesday at home.

Spartans lose final regular season match | Sumner Wrestling

The Sumner Spartans wrestling team traveled to Peninsula Wednesday to face the Seahawks. Sumner lost 41-26.

Last meet of the regular season | Gymnastics

The Bonney Lake Panthers and Sumner Spartans traveled to Enumclaw Wednesday to face the Hornets and the Tahoma Bears in the final regular season meet.

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Calling all 12’s, send us your photos from game day

The Seattle Seahawks won its way to the Super Bowl for the second time in a row and we want your game day photos.

Failure to register | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

On a routine patrol, officers witnessed a vehicle going over the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour on Locust Ave. E. Upon contact with driver, a records check showed he had a warrant out of the Pierce County Sherriff's Office for failure to register as a sex offender.

Spartans win big at home | Sumner Boys Wrestling

The Sumner Spartans boys wrestling team hosted the Lakes Lancers Wednesday. Sumner won 61-13.

Spartans on a roll | Sumner Girls Basketball

The Spartans beat the Peninsula Seahawks 38-31. Sumner has now won four games in a row.

Panthers win second game of the season | Bonney Lake Boys Basketball

The Panthers snapped its six game losing streak beating the Lakes Lancers Tuesday. Bonney Lake won 57-46.

Stolen projector | Bonney Lake Police Blotter

Officers responded to Mountain View Middle School to the report that an overhead projector had been stolen from one of the school's portables. The reporting party told officers, on Dec. 31 an alarm had set off around 3 a.m. The officers who responded to the alarm noted two unsecured portables but at the time saw no evidence that anything was taken. At the time of this report there was no further information.

Schemes, scams and theft increase during holidays

When the sales are announced and the wallets come out, there’s always one safe bet: Tis’ the season for thefts and scams. The Federal Trade Commission says thousands of people lose money to phone scams every year, from a few dollars to life savings.

Last chance to submit holiday recipes

The final issue of 2014 is nearing and we are still looking for holiday recipes to share with the community.

Panthers lose close game to Lancers | Bonney Lake Boys Basketball

The Panthers lost 52-50 to the Lakes Lancers Friday. Bonney Lake's boys basketball team sits in last place in the South Puget Sound League 3A with a 0-2 conference record and a 0-5 overall record.