Ray Still

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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

Put a ring on it the way you want to

We are finally nearing the end of the logistical hell that is wedding planning.

  • Apr 5th, 2017 11:00am

Judge clarifies recent ruling in Black Diamond OPMA case; council members ‘likely unable’ to post $150,000 bond, says lawyer

The King County Superior Court recently clarified its most recent ruling in the Oakpointe v. Black Diamond OPMA case, following a motion for reconsideration filed late last month by council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber.

  • Apr 5th, 2017 10:10am

Enumclaw group hosts fundraiser to do service in West Africa

Not everyone has the ability to travel overseas to lend their talents and services to those in need, but anyone can decide to support those who can. Supporting those who can is why Mount Rainier Christian Center is hosting a fundraiser to help send a dozen Plateau residents to Rialo in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

  • Mar 31st, 2017 10:06am

Bonney Lake prepares for Costco with SR 410 improvements

Bonney Lake plans to sell $4.8 million in bonds to fund SR 410 improvements at the eventual 204th Ave intersection with the highway. Additionally, logging has started in the WSU forest to make way for the road extension and clear land for the Costco building.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 9:55am

UPDATE: Large product leak at Williams Pipeline station in Sumner resolved

Firefighter crews have closed off the highway from the Cascade Water to the Log Cabin along the highway. as well as the Forest Canyon Road East between Cottage Road and the highway.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 9:41am

Night logging begins in WSU forest next week

According to a work and traffic plan by Abston Henricksen Land & Timber Co., the company is cutting trees to the 35 acre site that will house the future Costco building.

  • Mar 23rd, 2017 11:42am

New ruling in Black Diamond OPMA case

Judge Janet Helson ruled Black Diamond is to pay for the council’s defense, bur she also ruled that council members Pepper, Morgan and Weber must post a $150,000 surety bond to ensure they have the ability to pay for their own legal fees if it’s determined they are responsible for those fees when the final determination of this case is made.

  • Mar 23rd, 2017 10:40am

Pierce County cleans up landslide on South Prairie Road East

It is estimated that 100 to 200 tons came down in the landslide, but a total of around 700 to 800 tons of debris was removed from the site.

  • Mar 21st, 2017 9:50am

Tehaleh begins developing retail, commercial center

Last week, developers American Newland Communities and North America Sekisui House announced they are taking the first steps in developing a 3.9 million square foot area of commercial and retail land by selling an 8-acre parcel to Kahne Corporation and Carl J. Sanders Construction, both Enumclaw-based companies.

  • Mar 17th, 2017 10:52am

Sumner High counting on experience in spring sports

The girls track team return to track and field games after a victorious season last year, having been the co-champions of their league, third at the West Central District meet and fifth overall at state.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 11:00am

Buckley hikers tackle Pacific Crest Trail to raise awareness for opiate addiction

The Pacific Crest Trail spans from the California-Mexico border to Manning Park, Canada. It’s a 2,650 mile-long odyssey though the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. That’s close to 14 million feet, or 5.6 million steps. And White River High School graduates Alex Chmiel and Taylor LaValley are planning on taking each and every one of them, starting at the end of this month.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 9:30am

Panthers spring back into tennis, soccer and track and field

The Panthers tennis team looks to be packing some serious veteran power, with more than half of the team returning to the courts.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 9:53am

Sumner baseball, fastpitch ready for hitting and pitching

The Sumner Spartans are looking to come out of the batting cage swinging and make their way to another Final Four state baseball appearance.

  • Mar 9th, 2017 10:00am

Bonney Lake fastpitch stocked with experience; baseball aiming for continues success

The Bonney Lake Panthers look to be in a great position to start out strong this year, with most of team being varsity returners from last year.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 10:08am

New transportation option between Black Diamond and Enumclaw

South King County residents can now use the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride operated by Hopelink.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 2:14pm

Black Diamond council approves budget for remaining year

Black Diamond residents are probably sighing in relief, as their City Council passed a budget last week to fund the city for the rest of the year. Approving the budget on March 2 both averts a city shutdown – which would have affected water, sewer, fire and police services – as well as another potential Oakpointe lawsuit.

  • Mar 7th, 2017 9:38am

East Pierce looks to grants to fill critical firefighter positions

East Pierce Fire and Rescue is looking to hire nine new firefighters, and is turning to the federal government for help. Last month, the department applied for a federal grant that would allow East Pierce to hire nine entry-level firefighters to help address staffing shortfalls.

  • Mar 3rd, 2017 9:59am

District, parents meet over Sumner pool closing concerns

With the Sumner High School pool expected to close in the next year, the district held a community meeting last week to address the concerns of students, parents and community members who are worried about the district’s two swim teams.

  • Feb 28th, 2017 10:17am

Voters approve $9.5 million Dieringer School District bond

While the vote count for the Feb. 14 special election is unofficial, it appears the Dieringer School District’s $9.5 million bond measure has been strongly approved by voters.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 9:57am

PSE pinching off Tehaleh gas leaks

Over the last half-month, the Tehaleh development experienced an unusual number of natural gas leaks in their meters. As of Feb. 10, Puget Sound Energy has checked out all the houses in the area, but there are still leaks to be fixed.

  • Feb 21st, 2017 11:41am

Black Diamond OPMA lawsuit moves along

In the most recent turn of events in the Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, city council and council members, King County Superior Court Judge Janey Helson is considering whether or not to grant council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber’s preliminary injunction and order the city to pay for their defense, at least until the final ruling in the case.

  • Feb 15th, 2017 10:39am

Designer given the go-ahead to begin on Allan Yorke Park

Last week, the city of Bonney Lake signed the first of what may be several design contracts with Bruce Dees & Associates for the Allan Yorke Park makeover. The design contract was signed Feb. 7 and will cost the city $286,052 through 2018.

  • Feb 14th, 2017 10:50am

Bonney Lake mayor opens scholarship foundation

The Johnson Cancer Foundation is now a fully operational non-profit offering a total of $12,000 in college scholarships for students who lives are affected by cancer. This scholarship opportunity is open to all students in the Sumner, White River and Enumclaw school districts.

  • Feb 10th, 2017 10:11am

Judge rules city of Black Diamond can hire lawyer

The Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond has started moving forward with a ruling from King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson on Friday, Feb. 3 granting a motion to allow the city to hire Shannon Ragonesi of the Seattle-based Keating, Bucklin & McCormack firm for legal services.

  • Feb 10th, 2017 1:01pm

Dieringer residents to vote on $9.5 million school bond

The bond, which would go toward renovating both elementary schools and the middle school, as well as pay the district’s share of remodeling the Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools, comes with a property tax rate increase of $0.23 per $1,000 in assessed value.

  • Feb 8th, 2017 9:12am

Snow day on the Plateau

A foot of snow fell on the Plateau between last Sunday and Monday, closing schools and city services alike. But while students were enjoying a surprise day off, firefighters and police officers were busy dealing with slushy roads, downed power lines and fallen trees.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 4:21pm

Sometimes an answer is very simple

The reinstating and revoking of the “Global Gag Rule” on abortion can probably be considered an American tradition, having been reinstated and revoked a total of six times since it first came about in 1984.

  • Feb 1st, 2017 10:16am

District plans to close Sumner High School pool

Old age, high cost and lack of space spurred the Sumner School District to shut down the pool next year for the high school remodel, but some coaches and parents are hoping to find a different solution.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 1:47pm

Bonney Lake approves Allan Yorke Phase 1 makeover

New artificial turf field, boat trailer parking area, walking and BMX trails are planned for the south half of the park.

  • Jan 25th, 2017 10:02am

Buzzfeed clearly made the wrong call

The bad apple spoils the bunch. It’s a general rule that applies to a whole bunch of situations, from religion to politics to civil rights. This last week, Buzzfeed stepped up to fill the role of the bad apple for the media.

  • Jan 20th, 2017 11:36am

North Tapps students serve up Empty Bowls event

The holidays are often a time to gather family together to enjoy good company and good food. But – as Denise Lakin pointed out to her students this year – not everyone can get a hot meal.

  • Jan 20th, 2017 10:45am

Exchange students gravitate to Sumner swim

They came from all corners of the world to attend Sumner High School.

  • Jan 19th, 2017 11:43am

Bonney Lake writer named one of ‘50 greatest’ in national contest

It’s never too late to do what you love, Kelly Marshall learned.

  • Jan 18th, 2017 10:41am

Mount Rainier’s lahar warning system gets upgrades

Mount Rainier is possibly the No. 1 geological icon of the Plateau.

  • Jan 13th, 2017 11:31am

Buckley Foothills Historical Museum back in action

Half a year after an out-of-control car careened into the Buckley Foothills Museum, the museum has reopened and is ready to receive visitors.

  • Jan 12th, 2017 9:00am

Black Diamond violates state, federal clean water acts

By not approving an ordinance adopting the state’s 2012 Stormwater Management Manual, the city is now at risk of state and federal fines, plus third party lawsuits.

  • Jan 11th, 2017 10:04am

Sumner Spartan swimmers to league, district events in postseason

The Sumner Spartans have been fighting against the current, having yet to…

  • Jan 10th, 2017 11:16am