Kevin Hanson

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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

Popular spring and summer hikes on the Plateau

It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Whether taking a simple stroll or tackling a strenuous hiking trail, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy life outdoors. Here’s a look at just a few local favorite destinations.

  • May 26th, 2017 9:45am

Sumner High treks to Spokane, blanked in 4A state soccer

The Sumner High boys soccer team traveled 300 miles only to find the end of the road.

  • May 25th, 2017 10:30am

Area’s prep golfers head east for trio of state tournaments

Golfers from all four local high schools teed off this week against the best the Evergreen State has to offer.

  • May 25th, 2017 10:15am

Sumner, Bonney Lake win state baseball games, then fall

The Bonney Lake and Sumner High baseball teams advanced to the state’s Sweet 16 but each found the competition too tough during the regional round of state play.

  • May 24th, 2017 12:30pm

Area track and field athletes headed to state competition

Track and field athletes from all four local high schools will join the springtime extravaganza this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, competing in the state championships.

  • May 24th, 2017 10:30am

No Memorial Day opening for Chinook Pass

With the Memorial Day weekend just days away, work crews were scrambling recently to open Chinook Pass — but their efforts couldn’t match those of Mother Nature.

  • May 24th, 2017 10:15am

Election season begins an filing week ends

Candidates for a wide range of political positions made their intentions known last week, filing with the secretary of state or elections departments in King and Pierce counties. Candidates’ names will first appear on the Aug. 1 primary ballot and, by virtue of Washington’s “top two” system, a pair of finalists — regardless of party affiliation — will advance to November’s general election.

  • May 24th, 2017 9:50am

Expect delays: state kicking off SR 410 project

For the estimated 20,000 motorists who travel state Route 410 through Enumclaw each day, things are about to get interesting.

  • May 23rd, 2017 10:34am

Panthers, WR Hornets heading to state fastpitch tourneys

A trio of Plateau fastpitch teams participated in weekend district tournaments and two kept their postseason dreams alive.

  • May 23rd, 2017 10:15am

Enumclaw mayor, council differ on tourism effort

The importance of tourism not only occupied the bulk of the Enumclaw City Council’s May 8 meeting, but it also prompted a special, Monday-afternoon session.

  • May 19th, 2017 2:05pm

District play begins for fastpitch teams

With just a single blemish on an otherwise perfect season, the Panthers open West Central/Southwest District tournament play today.

  • May 19th, 2017 11:00am

Area track and field athletes heading to district meets

Track and field athletes from throughout the regional, both boys and girls, will be competing this week in West Central District meets.

  • May 19th, 2017 9:00am

New name for road serving Buckley’s Elk Heights neighborhood

Davis Street in Buckley has ceased to exist.

  • May 18th, 2017 9:00am

Sumner earns berth in 4A state soccer

The Sumner Spartans were the only local school still standing as Washington prep soccer headed into state tournament play.

  • May 17th, 2017 12:04pm

Panthers, Spartans earn trips to state baseball tourneys

The Panthers had known for some time they would compete in the 3A Sweet 16, having won a pair of West Central/Southwest District games on May 6.

  • May 17th, 2017 11:24am

WR lifters impress at state championships

The White River High powerlifting team continued to perform well of the state’s biggest stage.

  • May 16th, 2017 10:30am

Candidates for fall elections must file by Friday

While election season might seem months away, this week’s filing of official paperwork is crucial to the entire process.

  • May 16th, 2017 10:00am

Spring qualifier is next for golfers, then state tourney

Golfers from all four local high schools will cross the Cascades later this month to play their state tournament rounds. And while some have already punched their state tickets, others have a last chance at playing their way into the state field.

  • May 12th, 2017 10:30am

Kitchen to lead WRHS wrestling

White River High has a new wrestling coach on the boys side of the program, as Tim Kitchen has been elevated from an assistant’s role to the head job.

  • May 12th, 2017 10:15am

Hornets move on as No. 1

The Enumclaw High girls water polo team, having already clinched a third straight East Division title, went 3-1 during the weekend’s Auburn School mDistrict Tournament.

  • May 11th, 2017 11:00am

Enumclaw Council paves way for two small developments

The Council gave its blessing to a zoning change for an eight-acre parcel fronting Warner Avenue and supported a request to subdivide 2.37 acres in the vicinity of McHugh avenue and Division Street.

  • May 11th, 2017 9:45am

Suspects sought in armed robbery

The story began to unfold at about 9 p.m. April 23 when a female victim arrived at the Enumclaw police station, reporting she had been robbed at gunpoint. Because the incident occurred outside the city limits, the Washington State Patrol was called to take the report.

  • May 9th, 2017 9:28am

Expanded hours at the Enumclaw Transfer Station

Customers who use Enumclaw’s recycling and transfer station will soon be able to access the facility seven days a week. The site – which is operated by King County’s Solid Waste Division – is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It currently is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • May 3rd, 2017 10:10am

Two remain perfect in league fastpitch

The Plateau’s top fastpitch teams – the Bonney Lake Panthers and White River Hornets – are proving unbeatable in league play.

  • May 2nd, 2017 11:00am

Thinking about running for office? Time is drawing near

Anyone considering a run for public office will have to make a decision soon, as the statewide filing period is the week of May 15-19. Those who successfully file for office will appear on the Aug. 1 primary ballot and – according to Washington’s top-two system – a pair of finalists in each race, will advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

  • May 2nd, 2017 10:46am

Buckley to continue leasing farm land

The city of Buckley will continue leasing agricultural land surrounding Rainier School, collecting nearly $140,000 during the next five years.

  • Apr 26th, 2017 10:30am

Parking lot greets visitors to Mount Peak’s south side

The popular promontory just south of Enumclaw attracts droves of visitors daily, with hikers leaving their vehicles along the shoulder of narrow rural roads. That has been particularly true on the less strenuous south side, where a wide gravel road heads uphill directly off Mud Mountain Road.

  • Apr 20th, 2017 10:01am

Wright added to Enumclaw City Council

A seat on the Enumclaw City Council wasn’t empty too long, as Anthony Wright was appointed the evening of April 10 to fill the Position 3 vacancy.

  • Apr 19th, 2017 10:30am

Former Hornet Peterson suiting up at Central Florida

Peterson took his diamond talents from the halls of Enumclaw High first to Everett Community College and now to the UCF campus in Orlando, Fla.

  • Apr 12th, 2017 9:46am

What’s in a name? School district considers change

With a century of tradition on one side and ever-growing geographic realities on the other, the Sumner School District is at a crossroads – is it time for a name change, adopting a formal title that reflects its sprawling boundaries?

  • Apr 11th, 2017 10:27am

Enumclaw gains one council member, loses another

Kicking off the meeting, Mayor Liz Reynolds shared a letter of resignation from Mike Sando. In stepping down, Sando made it clear he had work-related reasons as well as personal dissatisfaction with the direction Enumclaw’s governing body is headed.

  • Apr 6th, 2017 9:44am

Buckley pot moratorium extended

A moratorium on businesses that would produce or process marijuana has been extended by the Buckley City Council.

  • Apr 5th, 2017 11:30am

Local fire, EMS calls routed through new dispatch center

The goal was for a seamless transition early this week when a new agency began handling emergency calls to the Enumclaw Fire Department.

  • Apr 4th, 2017 10:02am

Wellness Foundation scrambling for financial fix

Popular programs that benefit both children and senior citizens face a perilous future, as the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation struggles in a time of financial insecurity.

  • Apr 3rd, 2017 9:37am

Enumclaw library concerns involve city, police and district

Ongoing concerns about sketchy behavior in and around the Enumclaw library have swirled through local government circles, culminating in meetings involving the mayor, law enforcement and the King County Library District.

  • Mar 29th, 2017 10:22am

Plateau pitchers off to strong start

Among local schools, the beginning of the baseball and fastpitch season has been marked by two things – drizzly weather and great pitching.

  • Mar 28th, 2017 9:50am

Delays coming to already-congested 410 during summer months

To all those who curse the daily traffic logjam between Enumclaw and Buckley, just wait – a planned road project on state Route 410 means things will be getting worse.

  • Mar 24th, 2017 10:20am

Enumclaw School Board chooses new high school principal

The Enumclaw School District ventured into nearby Pierce County and plucked Aaron Lee from the Orting educational system, choosing Lee to be the next principal at Enumclaw High School.

  • Mar 23rd, 2017 10:46am