Kevin Hanson

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.

Later than planned, Chinook Pass opens

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

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.

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.

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.

Area athletes receive 2017 all-league honors

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.