Ray Still

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Bonney Lake council concerned about emergency response times

A new report on Bonney Lake Police Department and South Sound 911 dispatch shows an average 9.1 minute response time to Priority 1 emergencies.

  • Sep 13th, 2017 10:00am

Resisting hate and the rising alt-right

Before we even get into this, I need to say that I loathe the term “alt-right.”

  • Sep 7th, 2017 11:15am

Domestic violence calls most deadly for police officers

Police officers are trained to deal with danger in a variety of situations — burglaries, robberies and high speed chases just name a few. But according to a breakdown of officer deaths in the field, more officers are killed while on domestic dispute calls than any other service call.

  • Sep 7th, 2017 9:45am

Oakpointe subpoenas non-resident critics in Black Diamond OPMA case

Kristen Bryant and Brain Derdowski, non-parties to the Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit, say the developer is causing them ‘undue burden,’ and chilling free speech and association.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 9:55am

First annual smoke-off supports local students

To help usher in a new year of education, Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson and the Johnson Cancer Foundation is hosting its first ever smoke-off and auction to raise money for students looking to further their schooling.

  • Aug 31st, 2017 10:45am

Black Diamond council hires lawyer to investigate mayor

After spending nine months playing defense against an Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit, the Black Diamond City Council majority is looking to go on the attack against Mayor Carol Benson. During the Aug. 17 council meeting, council members Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan approved a contract with Seattle attorney Anne Bremner.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 10:21am

Man shot during domestic violence call near Enumclaw | UPDATE

King County Sheriff’s Office says he pointed a rifle at deputies before being shot multiple times.

  • Aug 29th, 2017 4:07pm

Painting a different picture of battling addiction

Local painting company teaches recovering addicts trade skills; in turn, recoverees gave back to Battlefield Addiction, a local non-profit support group for the families of addicts.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 10:04am

Bonney Lake’s marijuana ban debated at public hearing

The Bonney Lake Planning Commission held a passionate public hearing last week about the city’s current marijuana business ban, and whether or not it should be lifted. Close to a half a dozen residents and near-by neighbors spoke to the commission about their thoughts on the ban during the Aug. 16 meeting.

  • Aug 24th, 2017 10:05am

Mountain View Fire and Rescue volunteer resigns following social media comments inquiry

A Mountain View Fire and Rescue volunteer firefighter has resigned from the department following allegations of racist comments on social media. The department received an email from an anonymous source on Sunday, Aug. 13.

  • Aug 23rd, 2017 2:10pm

Bonney Lake takes lead on Sumner School District’s recreation program

Sumner School District representatives sat on the edges of their seats last week as the Bonney Lake City Council decided the fate of a decades-old recreation program.

  • Aug 21st, 2017 2:42pm

Teeter moves flagship HQ to Bonney Lake

You may have heard of Teeter, a back-pain relief company that has been selling its products nationwide for decades. But you may not know that Teeter was founded on Lake Tapps, and last week, broke ground on moving its corporate headquarters from Puyallup to Bonney Lake.

  • Aug 16th, 2017 11:30am

Sumner musician launches Kickstarter to fund music videos

After Sierra Lauren, a Sumner High School graduate, released her first ever EP , “True North,” in December 2016, she is looking to take two of her songs and turn them into professionally-made music videos to address hard hitting issues like bullying, teen suicide and pediatric cancer.

  • Aug 16th, 2017 10:00am

Father sues PSE over daughter’s death

The victim, Madeline Roskie, 18, was reported inner-tubing in the Puyallup River with her boyfriend when she suddenly fell unconscious on Aug. 2, 2014. She was pronounced dead shortly after East Pierce Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, allegedly by electrocution.

  • Aug 15th, 2017 10:23am

East Pierce receives grant to hire new firefighters

On Friday, Aug. 4, Fire Chief Bud Backer sent out a press release stating the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded East Pierce the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, roughly $1.7 million for the next three years, in order to hire nine more firefighters to increase the department’s fire suppression abilities.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 2:05pm

Larceny, property damage most common Plateau crimes

Police cars, fire trucks, flashing lights and sirens — no, this isn’t a scene of a major incident, but the Plateau’s annual National Night Out events.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 12:00pm

Bonney Lake to hold hearing on marijuana ban

Bonney Lake Police Department assistant chiefs James Keller and Eric Alfano talked to the Bonney Lake Planning Commission about their experience with marijuana and how the city of Buckley, and their two marijuana retail stores, have affected the Bonney Lake.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 10:00am

Black Diamond recall case hits signature goal

Neighbor to Neighbor has collected more than 500 signatures, exceeding the state requirement of 370.

  • Aug 4th, 2017 10:45am

Bonney Lake puts marijuana advisory on November ballot

Do you want recreational marijuana to be sold in Bonney Lake? The city is asking its residents that very question in the upcoming Nov. 7, 2017, general election.

  • Aug 2nd, 2017 9:55am

Bonney Lake teen breaks weightlifting record

Last month, Noelle Toro-Strickling competed in her second USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals championship. She not only secured gold in three events but broke a US record as well.

  • Aug 1st, 2017 10:00am

Man drowns in Lake Tapps

After a four year run of no drownings, Lake Tapps claimed another life over the weekend.

  • Jul 31st, 2017 2:20pm

Bonney Lake gets new fish egg facility

Bonney Lake — a city known for it’s beautiful view of Mount Rainier, its day-cation destination of Lake Tapps, and, perhaps surprising to some, its fish eggs.

  • Jul 25th, 2017 10:45am

East Pierce battled 20 fires on July 4

But things could have been worse.

  • Jul 14th, 2017 8:00am

Enumclaw TOPS weight-loss royalty celebrates success

Losing weight is one thing, Cheri Jackson knows, but keeping it off is another.

  • Jul 12th, 2017 4:43pm

Signature gathering resumes in Black Diamond recall case

Neighbor to Neighbor’s efforts to collect signatures restarted on June 23. About 200 signatures have been collected so far.

  • Jul 6th, 2017 11:26am

Want to host an exchange student? Deadline fast approaching

Across Washington, high school seniors are celebrating their graduation while other students…

  • Jul 3rd, 2017 10:10am

Fourth of July is coming; know your local firework rules

Consider this your 2017 guide to fireworks: what’s legal, what isn’t, and where larger firework shows can be watched.

  • Jun 29th, 2017 12:40pm

Glacier Middle School bullying incident may lead to court suit

A media storm hit Buckley this past week after a student at Glacier Middle School was told by several students to commit suicide.

  • Jun 27th, 2017 9:31am

Bonney Lake prepares road projects ‘wish list’

This year’s draft TIP plan — which is slotted to be voted on during the June 27 meeting — outlines roughly $45.5 million in various road projects all around the city. The projects are broken down into four different categories, and each have their own funding sources, most of which are not from the city’s accounts, because transportation funding is scarce.

  • Jun 22nd, 2017 10:40am

East Pierce releases annual report

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters and EMS teams are always busy, but 2016 looks to have been a particularly busy year for the department. Every year, East Pierce releases an annual report detailing what the department achieved in the last year, as well as various facts and stats. Last year, the department was called out to more than 10,000 calls — a new record for East Pierce.

  • Jun 20th, 2017 10:05am

Why are Bonney Lake’s water and sewer bills so expensive?

Geography, the recession, a lack of recent development have all contributed to the city’s pricey utility rates, which may rise even higher in the fall and over the next several years.

  • Jun 14th, 2017 10:27am

Enumclaw High School Class of 2017 | Gallery

Check out the Hornets in their graduation garb as they receive their high school diplomas.

  • Jun 13th, 2017 3:10pm

11,600 homeless counted in new King County survey

This year, a total of 11,643 homeless King County residents were counted on Jan. 27 by 160 paid guides and surveyors and around 600 volunteers. More than half of the county’s homeless residents had some form of shelter — 2,667 were in transitional housing, and 3,491 found themselves in emergency shelters.

  • Jun 13th, 2017 10:12am

EHS Transition Program thanks local businesses

For decades, Enumclaw businesses and business owners have been helping Enumclaw High School special needs students get work experience before they transition into post-high school life. And for the first time last week, Enumclaw’s Transition Program spent three days visiting more than two dozen businesses and school offices that participate in the program to show their thanks.

  • Jun 7th, 2017 10:04am

Health department warns of potential toxic algae

Summer hasn’t even officially started, and already, the county health department is warning people of potential toxic algae in Lake Tapps. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department released a toxic algae advisory for the lake Friday, June 2.

  • Jun 5th, 2017 1:00pm

Arbitration between Black Diamond, Oakpointe rejected

Arbitrator rules questions were “premature” but allows city, developer to revise and resubmit their arbitration contract. Also, Councilwoman Pat Pepper has filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court against the recall petition approved by the King County Superior Court earlier this month.

  • May 30th, 2017 10:05am

Body found at Veterans Memorial Park

Officers arrived and determined a middle age male was deceased and recovered a large caliber pistol at the scene.

  • May 17th, 2017 4:12pm

Judge approves Black Diamond recall petition

A Superior Court judge approved a recall petition against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper.

  • May 17th, 2017 4:17pm

Oakpointe seeks arbitration with Black Diamond

The developer alleges the council majority – Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber – have violated the 2011 funding agreement by not maintaining a functioning Master Development Review Team for the developments growing in the city.

  • May 10th, 2017 8:21am

East Pierce seeks levy lid in August election

Proposition No. 1 would reset the department’s fire levy back to its maximum of $1.50 for every $1,000 in assessed property value for four years if approved by voters. Proposition No. 2 would keep the department’s EMS levy at its maximum of $0.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value for four years if approved by voters.

  • May 5th, 2017 10:17am

East Pierce buying body armor for firefighters

It’s typically a firefighter’s job to deal with fires, not bullets being fired from a gun. But with the way the world is moving, it’s good to be prepared for any kind of hot situation, the department decided.

  • Apr 27th, 2017 9:58am

Sumner’s Bridge Street bridge project kicks off

While the project was awarded to SB Structures on April 17 and construction is slated to begin this month, it will continue for more than two years, with an end date around June 2019.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 9:46am

Kayaks, paddleboards coming to Lake Tapps

This summer could potentially be one of Lake Tapps’ busiest years as Bonney Lake is now contracting with a new concessions stand and water sports rental business.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 10:56am

Black Diamond residents file recall vote charges

For more than a year, Black Diamond residents have tossed around the idea to file a recall vote for two of the city’s council members. Talk has turned to action as the first steps toward initiating a recall vote were taken April 10, when a group of Black Diamond residents filed a recall charge with King County Elections.

  • Apr 19th, 2017 10:17am

What will North Lake Tapps Park look like in 10 years? You decide

Allan Yorke Park may not be the only Lake Tapps park to get an upgrade.

  • Apr 18th, 2017 12:30pm

Pierce County homeless count down, but unsheltered rates reach five-year high

It was a frigid Friday night in January when Pierce County volunteers left their homes in order to count the homeless. The more fortunate have a roof over their head during the winter months, as crowded as the space may be. But hundreds more are forced to face harsh winds, freezing rain and the unrelenting cold without shelter. And their numbers seem to grow every year.

  • Apr 14th, 2017 10:51am

Black Diamond TIP proposes Rock Creek Bridge replacement

Last week, the Black Diamond City Council passed its 2017 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Plan, which was more than three-quarters of a year late to the state. The council passed it just in time to begin drafting the 2018 - 2023 TIP, which typically begins in May to be approved and sent to the state by July 1, as required by law.

  • Apr 13th, 2017 10:17am

National website helps Plateau residents find local volunteer opportunities

There are many organizations on the Plateau looking for volunteers. There are also many people willing to serve. But getting the word out about volunteer events doesn’t always reach the right people, or reach them in time.

  • Apr 12th, 2017 11:30am

Bonney Lake Food Bank to get much-needed makeover

McKenna Sax, a Bonney Lake resident and senior at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, is organizing four straight days of painting the food bank building to earn her Gold Award, the highest honor that can be given to a girl scout and the equivalent of the Eagle Scout badge.

  • Apr 7th, 2017 10:12am