Ray Still

Bonney Lake continues to wrestle with water, sewer rates

During the Sept. 19 City Council workshop, the majority of the council considered whether water rates and sewer rates should increase by 4 and 4.5 percent respectively every year for the next four years.

Pacing Parson comes out of retirement

Don Stevenson, who has walked more than 55,000 miles since 1998 as the Pacing Parson, is planning a 300 mile trip around Auburn to raise $10,000 for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

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.

Buckley resident raises money to buy food for hurricane-displaced pets

Buckley resident Sidney Joswick decided she didn’t want any presents for her 9th birthday. Instead, she asked her friends and family to come to her party earlier this month and help her raise money to buy pet food to donate to local shelters that have been taking in pets displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Scottish Country dancers return to Enumclaw for 23rd year

For more than two decades, this group of dancers — now led by Jim and Pat McDonald — has been encouraging people from all over South King County and East Pierce County to learn more about their Scottish heritage or, barring a clan bloodline, to just get out and try something new.

Using underwear to examine women’s history

Do you have one of grandma’s girdles laying around somewhere, or your great-aunt Betty’s bustle? The White River Valley Museum is putting out the call for all sorts fashion items and accessories to be displayed in their upcoming exhibit, “Suffer for Beauty: Women’s History Revealed by Undergarments.”

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.

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.

Resisting hate and the rising alt-right

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.