Kevin Hanson

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Enumclaw teen spent summer immersed in North African culture

Enumclaw teenager Leah Blanchard longs to see the world and make a difference. And the U.S. government has a desire to develop young people who are both fluent in languages and comfortable in parts of the globe deemed crucial to American interests.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 9:55am

Buckley grants noise exemption for bridge painting

Those who travel the White River Bridge between Enumclaw and Buckley will again face some minor traffic tangles, but there’s no need for motorists to be immediately concerned.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 11:49am

Council assures no injection sites in Enumclaw

Members of the Enumclaw City Council offered their opposition Aug. 28, passing formal “keep out” legislation aimed at those places where drug users can inject their drug of choice in a safe and sanitary manner.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 10:30am

Weekend weather helped fight pair of mountain fires

The past weekend’s cooler, sometimes drizzly weather brought welcome relief for wildland firefighters who were struggling to control the Norse Peak and Sawmill Creek fires. Both are near state Route 410 not all that many miles from Enumclaw; they continued to burn early this week, but fire crews had made progress in key areas.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 10:05am

Grant allows for sprucing of historic building

The one-time Enumclaw National Bank, sitting on the northwest corner of Griffin Avenue and Cole Street, occupies an important place in Enumclaw history. One of just two buildings with a King County-approved “landmark” designation, the two-story structure has housed a variety of businesses during nearly a century of existence.

  • Sep 11th, 2017 9:25am

Sumner looking to again be a force in state’s 4A ranks

As the Spartan boys hit the links this fall and prepared for the season, returning varsity players, Alec LaBarge and Drew Engstrom, both juniors, have been battling for the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the roster.

  • Sep 8th, 2017 11:00am

Expo Center may end year in black

“The path is long and it’s a little bumpy,” said Scott Gray, who oversees the Expo Center operation while issuing an annual report to the Enumclaw City Council. The bottom line, he said, is that the Expo operation is headed toward the point of self-sufficiency.

  • Sep 8th, 2017 10:00am

Enumclaw fall Hornets gearing up for success | 2017 Fall Sports Previews

The Hornet cross-country roster features both talent and experience, much to the relief of the coaching staff.

  • Sep 7th, 2017 11:45am

Panthers aiming to keep on track, make waves in 3A league | 2017 Fall Sports Previews

The 2017 Panther soccer squad is stocked with talent, sparked by the dynamic Kaylee Coatney.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 10:30am

White River athletes prepare for fall success | 2017 Fall Sports Previews

If experience leads to success, tennis coach Brandon Walker could see some good things from this year’s boys tennis team.

  • Sep 7th, 2017 10:53am

Panthers stalking another playoff run

Bonney Lake High’s football team might have some big holes to fill, but there are plenty of athletes – both returnees and varsity newcomers – just looking for an opportunity to shine.

  • Sep 1st, 2017 1:30pm

White River looks to build upon last season’s momentum

As the White River Hornets kick off the 2017 football campaign, they’ll look to continue the momentum built during the final four weeks of last season.

  • Sep 1st, 2017 1:00pm

Firefighters accept donation of canine-saving equipment

The devices are similar to oxygen masks used for human victims of smoke inhalation, most often brought into use during residential fires.

  • Sep 1st, 2017 11:15am

Sports stars heading to Enumclaw for golf tournament

The scramble format tournament – sponsored by Fugate Ford – will take place on Sept. 22, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $100 and includes breakfast, box lunch, on-course vendors and games, and a post-round awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

  • Aug 31st, 2017 9:50am

Proven veterans will lead Spartans this year

This year’s Sumner High football roster is dotted with familiar names, talented players who took the Spartans to great heights a season ago.

  • Aug 30th, 2017 10:15am

Handful of Hornets set for action on both sides of the ball

Coming off a break-even season that included an appearance in the Class 4A state playoffs, the Enumclaw High Hornets are looking for even more during the upcoming season.

  • Aug 30th, 2017 10:00am

Buckley OK’s final phase of Perkins Prairie development

Buckley’s housing boom will continue, as construction of 50 more single-family homes was approved for the Perkins Prairie development on the south side of town.

  • Aug 17th, 2017 10:00am

Local fliers honor fellow aviator, a link to U.S. military history

Betty Dybbro sat patiently but finally had to ask, “When do we get to fly?” The excitement was expected from the 95-year-old Dybbro, who was one of America’s “fly girls” during World War II. There’s a dwindling number of female pilots who answered their country’s call to duty during a time of war, but she remains an exuberant example of a small-but-dedicated group who took to the air.

  • Aug 17th, 2017 9:40am

Enumclaw archer shatters record at national meet

Jenelle Delfino has taken the world of archery by storm.

  • Aug 15th, 2017 11:30am

Buckley to pay more for housing inmates at SCORE jail

Sending inmates to a regional jail will soon take a bigger bite out of Buckley’s law enforcement budget.

  • Aug 15th, 2017 11:00am

White River girls capture tournament title in Hawaii

A group of White River High basketball players have logged plenty of miles and enjoyed abundant success this summer, capturing tournament titles in Hawaii and California.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 10:30am

Rescue crews called twice to Green River last week | Recap

The Green River Gorge provides spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities, but it can also be a dangerous place.

  • Aug 8th, 2017 9:50am

August 1 primary election wrap-up

August might bring a case of summer doldrums to those attuned to local politics, what with the recent primary election slipping into memory and November’s general election still a bit on the horizon.

  • Aug 7th, 2017 3:00pm

WR stadium project is springing to life

There’s a construction zone behind White River High School – complete with materials and heavy equipment – and the area will continue to be a beehive of activity until the dawn of the fall sports season.

  • Jul 27th, 2017 10:00am

Food, music and family fun all weekend as Street Fair, Highland Games return

The sights and sounds of Street Fair 2017 will fill downtown Enumclaw this weekend, while the bourdon of bagpipes and rat-a-tat of drum corps take center stage at the Expo Center.

  • Jul 27th, 2017 9:46am

Kasey Kahne races to Brickyard victory

Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne charged his way to Victory Lane, taking the checkered flag Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • Jul 26th, 2017 9:39am

Soccer standouts off to national tourney in Texas

Teagan Eldridge and Nick Phillips, area soccer standouts, are heading to Lone Star country to compete on the national stage.

  • Jul 25th, 2017 11:05am

Duo headed to play football at George Fox

A pair of prep athletes with ties to the local area will pack up their football talents and head to Newberg, Ore., where they will take the field for George Fox University.

  • Jul 25th, 2017 11:00am

WR squad takes title at San Diego tournament

San Diego has been kind to the girls of the White River High basketball program, but this summer was special.

  • Jul 25th, 2017 10:45am

Primary ballots sent, due by Aug. 1

In the not-too-distant past, political theory held that election season didn’t really…

  • Jul 20th, 2017 4:24pm

Crews making progress on Foothills Trail

If everything falls into place, fans of the popular Foothills Trail will…

  • Jul 19th, 2017 1:05pm

King County Fair | Photo Gallery

The King County Fair opened the gates to the longest running fair west of the Mississippi

  • Jul 17th, 2017 5:08pm

Pacific Northwest Governor’s Cup polo tournament|Gallery

On July 8 and 9 polo players from all over Washington, Oregon,…

  • Jul 14th, 2017 1:19pm

BL’s Townsend named All-American

Grant Townsend took his arsenal of pitches from the Bonney Lake High…

  • Jul 12th, 2017 2:38pm

King County Fair opens tomorrow

With most of their planning and preparation in the rear-view mirror, King…

  • Jul 12th, 2017 2:40pm

King County Fair kicks off four-day run July 13

With a healthy sampling of new attractions alongside a handful of old favorites, organizers are putting finishing touches on the 155th annual production of the King County Fair.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 10:00am

Enumclaw revisits downtown parking rules and fines

When vehicles sit in prime parking spots — hour after hour, generally unattended — it hurts local business. That’s the stance taken by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce and the impetus behind a suggestion that some autos be allowed to sit longer while others are ticketed.

  • Jul 5th, 2017 10:00am

Open house set as Enumclaw talks stormwater

The two-hour session will begin at 5 p.m. July 18 in council chambers at City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.

  • Jun 28th, 2017 10:08am

Enjoy weekly concerts in Bonney Lake, Buckley

Fans of live music will have plenty of listening opportunities this summer, with the cities of Bonney Lake and Buckley each hosting a summertime concert series. In all cases the music is free. All guests need to provide is a lawn chair or blanket – and perhaps some cash if plans include a stop at one of the vendor booths.

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 10:44am

Housing troubles growing in Enumclaw

The housing crisis that has rocked big cities has trickled down to smaller communities like Enumclaw. That unfortunate fact — the product of a rebounding economy and often-limited housing inventory — was emphasized during the most recent meeting of the Enumclaw City Council.

  • Jun 21st, 2017 9:45am

School districts preparing for major projects

This is a dramatic era for the area’s school systems, as voters previously agreed to provide money for extensive projects in the Enumclaw, Sumner, White River and Carbonado districts. While some of the work is still in the planning stage, other projects have been clicking along.

  • Jun 19th, 2017 12:22pm

Later than planned, Chinook Pass opens

Winter snowfall kept Chinook Pass closed two weeks longer than anticipated, but the road finally opened to travelers.

  • Jun 9th, 2017 11:45am

Enumclaw city streets getting improvements

Enumclaw drivers will encounter a summer of driving detours ­— mostly minor — as the city tackles a rather lengthy list of paving projects.

  • Jun 8th, 2017 10:25am

EHS equestrians rise into another season of success

The Enumclaw High equestrian team capped an outstanding season by sending 18 athletes to an annual competition against the best the state of Oregon had to offer.

  • Jun 7th, 2017 10:30am

Area athletes receive 2017 all-league honors

Check out what honors your local Spartans, Panthers and Hornets earned this year.

  • Jun 6th, 2017 11:30am

State OK’s money for SR 410 study

Those who regularly travel the stretch of highway between Enumclaw and Buckley can share tales of vehicular angst, commiserating over bumper-to-bumper traffic jams that seemingly stretch from Black Diamond to Bonney Lake.

  • Jun 7th, 2017 1:07pm

Area golfers at trio of state tourneys

Out of the fifteen athletes from four area high schools traveled east last week to compete in state golf tournaments, five survived the first-round cut and, in the end, Enumclaw’s Matt Hodgman emerged with a Top 10 finish.

  • May 31st, 2017 11:00am

Enumclaw going public with talks of stormwater utility

Enumclaw doesn’t have one but Buckley does. So does Bonney Lake, Sumner, Orting and a handful of other neighboring communities. Even Wilkeson has a small one. The topic at hand is a stormwater utility, a notion that has floated about Enumclaw City Hall for years. Now, it’s back and appears to be gaining momentum.

  • May 31st, 2017 9:45am

Athletes shine at state championships

Sumner’s Lancaster earns second state tennis championship; track titles go to Panther’s Cody Miller and Dreakeanna Adair, Sumner’s Rhaven Dean.

  • May 30th, 2017 10:00am

One dead, several hurt in two crashes last week

A Lake Tapps man was killed the evening of May 15, the result of a four-vehicle crash that left a state Route 167 off-ramp closed for nearly five hours. Deceased at the scene was Scott J. Cricchio, 33.

  • May 26th, 2017 10:00am