Kevin Hanson

White River athletes steaming into winter season

Things are looking good again this season for the tough, talented and battle-tested White River boys wrestling program.

Hornets take all-sport title

Thanks to a pair of team titles, Enumclaw High School was named the fall all-sport champion of the South Puget Sound League’s Olympic Division.

Panther rosters are packed with plenty of experience

Familiar faces are back on the mat, looking to continue Bonney Lake’s near-decade tradition of wrestling excellence.

Taxing district was independent, now part of city government

In a move that was philosophically opposed by a pair of council members, the city of Enumclaw has taken control of the local Transportation Benefit District. The move may not be noticeable to the general public, as the collection and distribution of money should be unchanged. Also, the people controlling the dollars and cents remain the same.

Winter season in full swing at Enumclaw High

The Hornets have participated in a pair of four-team gymnastics meets so far. They will compete again Wednesday hosting Federal Way, Kennedy Catholic and Mount Rainier at PEAK Gymnastics in Enumclaw.

White River wrestlers top foes

The White River High gymnasium was the place to be Dec. 6, as some of the state’s top wrestling teams – and a handful of highly-ranked individuals – gathered for a night of competition.

Wilbanks wins close Buckley race

It took a month, but Luke Wilbanks finally knows he’ll be occupying a seat on the Buckley City Council.

Panther pair sign with college programs

A pair of Bonney Lake High School seniors formalized their athletic futures during a Nov. 22 signing ceremony at the school.

Spartans: More victories in the works

Last year’s Sumner High girls basketball team didn’t experience the thrill of victory all that often, winning just five of 20 games, but a flock of returning players should help turn the tide.

WR: Girls still loaded with talent, boys replacing key players

The White River Hornet girls team never seem to need an overhaul, just some annual tinkering with quality, familiar parts.

BL boys, girls, show signs of moving up in standings

The Panther boys are already on the prowl, looking to improve upon a break-even performance a season ago.

Buckley Council race gets recount; results due Dec. 6

The closest general election outcome in Pierce County was found in Buckley, where a razor-thin difference in a City Council race forced a recount by the Pierce County Elections Department.

Plenty of experience on EHS hoop rosters

Members of the Enumclaw High boys basketball team will be looking to continue their upward trajectory, building upon last season’s success.

Enumclaw Council roster rapidly changing

A significant shake-up of the Enumclaw City Council is well under way. Soon to exit city government is Mayor Liz Reynolds, who opted against seeking another term after eight years in the city’s highest office. Already off the City Council is Jan Molinaro, who was elected to fill the mayoral post during the Nov. 7 general election and has stepped away from council.

Enumclaw makes decision on funding outside agencies

Among the tricky maneuvers included in the crafting of an Enumclaw city budget is the longstanding tradition of funding “outside agencies” – organizations that do good work throughout the community but are not connected in any way to municipal government.

White River’s Funkhouser taking lacrosse talents to Colorado Mesa

After one more season of high school lacrosse, Matt Funkhouser will take his considerable talents to Colorado Mesa University.

Blaine Larsen returns home for Dec. 2 concert

Blaine Larsen doesn’t perform much these days, instead spending his waking hours pursuing a higher calling.

Sumner Spartans ousted in 4A semifinals

Having advanced to the Final Four in the Class 4A state playoffs, the Spartans were eliminated in Puyallup, falling 10-0 to Woodinville.

Food Basket program saved, will again help needy families

A pair of warm-hearted holiday offerings, Toys for Tots and Teens and a revamped Community Food Basket program, are ready to make the Christmas season brighter for Enumclaw-area families in need.

Enumclaw hires firm to search for new police chief

A new chief could be in uniform by spring, providing leadership for the Enumclaw Police Department.