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Enumclaw School District bond reaches 60 percent approval

The Enumclaw School District bond crossed the 60 percent approval mark today, April 30, according to the latest posting from the King County Elections website.

Legislature special session begins

The 2015 Legislative session officially reached the end of the line Sunday, sine die, with little or no agreement on the most important B words facing lawmakers – the biennial budget. The legislators spent 105 days, beginning Jan. 12, with each chamber and the governor scribbling out a budget, and that is about where it stands.

Enumclaw School District bond too close to call | Special Election

The Enumclaw School District bond measure is at 58.64 percent for approval, needing 60 percent to pass.

Superior Court reverses anti-SLAPP decision

A King County District Court ruling rising out of the political heat waves surrounding the King County Fire District 28 was reversed by the Superior Court April 9. King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea Galván reversed a district court decision against Ted DeVol and Michael Qualls and awarding $30,000 in statutory damages to Ted and Beth Fehr and $30,000 to Casey and Angelina Taylor.

Trainers, jockeys and horses at the track | Emerald Downs

The marquee race each year at Emerald Downs is the $200,000 Longacres Mile, Grade 3. It is the top-billed race among a series of stakes featured at the Auburn oval. The 2014 winner of the Mile, Stryker Phd, will be attempting to become the third horse in the 80-year history of the Mile to win the stakes back-to-back. The most recent was Simply Majestic in 1988-89. Trooper Seven won in 1980-81.

The Race Office on the backside | Emerald Downs

The central nervous system of Emerald Downs is tucked away behind Sally and Joe Steiner’s Quarter Chute Cafe – the racing office. It is the one spot possibly least known to the public. Without the daily work going on behind the chest-high counter, the gates do not open either for the public or the horses.

When horse racing rose from ashes to win | Emerald Downs

April 18 marks the 20th year of thoroughbred horse racing at Emerald Downs and another evolution for the sport in Washington that extends back to the opening day of Longacres Park in 1933.

Trainers, jockeys and horses at the track | Emerald Downs

The marquee race each year at Emerald Downs is the $200,000 Longacres Mile, Grade 3. It is the top-billed race among a series of stakes featured at the Auburn oval. The 2014 winner of the Mile, Stryker Phd, will be attempting to become the third horse in the 80-year history of the Mile to win the stakes back-to-back. The most recent was Simply Majestic in 1988-89. Trooper Seven won in 1980-81.

District stresses safety with ballots in hand

The Enumclaw School District Proposition No. 1 bond for school renovation and construction is on the April 28 special election ballot. It is an all-mail election. The ballots and voters pamphlets were mailed last week and must be postmarked by the 28th to be valid; or, ballots can be taken to a drop box location or a special “drop-off van.”

When horse racing rose from ashes to win

April 18 marks the 20th year of thoroughbred horse racing at Emerald Downs and another evolution for the sport in Washington that extends back to the opening day of Longacres Park in 1933. The historical timeline of thoroughbred racing is a story of highs and lows with many wins and losses while the horses continued to travel around the 1-mile oval track.

Update: Repair work begins Monday, April 6, on White River bridge | SR 410 closed at bridge

PCL Civil Constructors will begin repair work Monday, April 6, on the overhead structure damaged recently by a over-height loaded vehicle.

SR 410 closed in both directions at White River Bridge for several days | Damage found during inspection

Recent damage from over-height load discovered during routine inspection. Closing expected to last several days.

Quinn Breidenbach a rising star | Enumclaw fastpitch

Enumclaw High junior Quinn Breidenbach hit another homer at the opening of the 2015 fastpitch season by verbally committing to play at the University of Massachusetts. She will sign a formal, national letter-of-intent during her senior year.

Winging to freedom | Life Outdoors

A rehabilitated female bald eagle flew to freedom March 20 on a section of the Green River west of Flaming Geyser State Park. Dr. Jan White, a veterinarian and founder of South Sound Critter Care, and Lisa Horn, executive director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter, met at Coates Christmas Tree Farm to release the eagle.

Enumclaw track and field starts warming up | 2015 spring sports previews

The Enumclaw girls and boys track and field team is showing the speed and strength the Hornets were known for in the previous seasons. The team features multiple state champion KC Moulden, winner of the 2013 3A girls shot put title. She is also a three time state wrestling champion.

Enumclaw tennis swinging for sixth league title | 2015 spring sports previews

The 2014 South Puget Sound League champion Enumclaw Hornets are on the tennis courts swinging for a sixth consecutive league title. The girls tennis team features a strong group of younger players and experienced athletes.

Enumclaw polo team returns to the pool | 2015 spring sports previews

The Enumclaw girls water polo team hit the pool and began playing matches this week. Coach Bob Averill wrote the team is returning 10 including senior captains Bailey Sexton and Hayley Sonneson.

Catch this! Enumclaw gearing up for state title | 2015 spring sports preivew

The Enumclaw fastpitch team is winding up for another season with the state title in the girls’ sights. The team took second in 2014 and most of the power players are back between the lines for another season.

Enumclaw hosts Federal Way at Osborne Field | Slideshow

The Enumclaw Hornets hosted Federal Way Friday at Osborne Field. Enumclaw plays at White River 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day 5K fun run | Slideshow and Results

Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick's Day 5K fun run began at the Expo Center and concluded at the high school with a breakfast Saturday.