Ray Still

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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

Bonney Lake garbage rates rise in March

Last week, the city announced a 5.7 percent increase in collection rates for residents and businesses.

  • Jan 10th, 2017 10:29am

Black Diamond passes stopgap budget

The city – now funded through March 2017 – will continue budget discussions through the new year.

  • Jan 3rd, 2017 10:03am

Black Diamond passes emergency budget

Black Diamond residents can rest easy knowing that their city will not shut down in January.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 3:19pm

Bonney Lake biennial budget passes

Sewer and water rates increase

  • Dec 23rd, 2016 7:00am

Black Diamond fails to pass budget

Major budget amendments introduced to the public, city attorney and staff after public hearings close

  • Dec 22nd, 2016 5:37pm

Feminism really is for everybody | Point of Review

“I don’t like feminism,” my neighbor told me after I showed him…

  • Dec 15th, 2016 11:30am

Lots of talent turning out for Sumner winter sports

With the Sumner gymnastics team taking their first meet win since 2013 last Wednesday, the girls are looking forward to an exciting season.

  • Dec 13th, 2016 9:42am

Deputies still searching for Foothills station gunner

Deputies are still trying to identify the subject who shot five bullets into the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department station in Bonney Lake.

  • Dec 13th, 2016 9:37am

Bonney Lake council reassesses phasing plan for Allan Yorke Park

The Bonney Lake City Council continues to consider what the first phase of the Allan Yorke Park makeover should be.

  • Dec 13th, 2016 9:35am

Sumner sophomore to perform in London’s New Year’s Parade

Three hundred million people watch London’s New Year’s Parade every year.

  • Dec 9th, 2016 9:37am

BL girls hope to repeat, boys look to rebound

‘Tis the season for layups, free throws and three pointers.

  • Dec 7th, 2016 10:11am

Developer sues Black Diamond council

Oakpointe lawsuit alleges 135 counts of Open Public Meeting Act violations, asks court to hold council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber personally liable for $67,500.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 11:04am

Sumner High graduate releases first EP

After two years of composing, songwriting and recording, the Sierra Lauren released her first extended play, “True North,” over the Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Dec 1st, 2016 11:15am

Jade Greens closes over water rights

Jade Greens Golf Course – the nine-hole course that lies between Auburn and Black Diamond – closed last weekend.

  • Nov 30th, 2016 10:15am

Bonney Lake budget nears completion

The Bonney Lake City Council is ready to put the finishing touches on its 2017-2018 biennial budget. The council held its final public hearing on the budget on the Nov. 22 meeting.

  • Nov 30th, 2016 10:11am

Enumclaw student competes in National American Miss

When Enumclaw resident Ellie Schmidt received an invitation to compete in the National American Miss pageant, her mother Angie thought it would be a great way to boost her daughter’s self esteem. It was her first ever pageant, but Ellie placed well enough (second runner-up in Queens Court and first runner-up in Talent) to attend Nationals, which took place in Disneyland last weekend.

  • Nov 23rd, 2016 9:56am

Building a downtown dream in Bonney Lake

Concept plans for Lake Tapps, Downtown, Midtown and Eastown areas were presented to City Council Nov. 15.

  • Nov 22nd, 2016 9:38am

No quorum at Black Diamond budget hearing

Budget season is a busy time for many cities, but the Black Diamond City Council is skirting right along the edge of some deadlines due to some scheduling conflicts that left the Nov. 17 meeting without a quorum.

  • Nov 21st, 2016 10:59am

Bonney Lake DECA presents 11th annual Death by Chocolate

The Bonney Lake DECA program is stepping up to put on it’s biggest event ever.

  • Nov 21st, 2016 10:53am

Black Diamond Community Center budget slashed $40,000

Cheryl Hanson, the executive director of the Black Diamond Community Center, had some bad news for the City Council.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 10:17am

East Pierce helps kids keep warm this winter

East Pierce Fire and Rescue is once again reaching out to help kids in need.

  • Nov 15th, 2016 9:56am

Sewer rates likely to increase for Bonney Lake and Sumner residents

Sumner and Bonney Lake residents should be prepared for sewer rate increases…

  • Nov 11th, 2016 9:47am

State Route 162 improvement public survey complete

WSDOT will be presenting the survey results to the public Nov. 15 - 16.

  • Nov 10th, 2016 8:52am

UPDATE | Pierce County Prosecutor’s office confirms manslaughter charge in stray bullet case

The incident began when Tobin Hugh Panton witnessed his car being stolen from his driveway.

  • Nov 8th, 2016 10:31am

Black Diamond fights over agendas, attorneys continue; city without engineering staff or on-call contracts

The Oct. 20 Black Diamond City Council meeting was uncharacteristically restrained, with little in the way of unchecked emotion and even less action and content.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 9:35am

Sumner diver, swimmers head to state

After a long two weeks of league and district swim and dive…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 11:53am

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation still looking for votes for $25,000 grant

This week is the last week Enumclaw residents can help the Rainier…

  • Nov 1st, 2016 9:40am

Bonney Lake puts marijuana on Planning Commission docket

Recreational marijuana is back on Bonney Lake’s schedule.

  • Nov 8th, 2016 10:27am

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 5:15pm

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 5:15pm

The scenes behind the scares; An ‘underneath the mask’ look at Buckley’s two haunted houses

Something's about to happen. Maybe there was rustling in the cornstalks to your right, or cackling coming from ahead of you, just around the pitch-dark corner. Suddenly, the breaker box next to you explodes in a shower of sparks and noise, or a bloody doctor emerges from his hiding place to chase you with his hacksaw.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 5:08pm

The scenes behind the scares; An ‘underneath the mask’ look at Buckley’s two haunted houses

Something's about to happen. Maybe there was rustling in the cornstalks to your right, or cackling coming from ahead of you, just around the pitch-dark corner. Suddenly, the breaker box next to you explodes in a shower of sparks and noise, or a bloody doctor emerges from his hiding place to chase you with his hacksaw.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 5:08pm

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation could win $25,000 grant

The Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation has been selected as one of 200 finalists (out of 2000 applications) in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

  • Oct 26th, 2016 6:05pm

East Pierce Captain Tim McCoy dies after dirt bike crash

East Pierce Fire and Rescue raced to save one of their own…

  • Oct 31st, 2016 5:05pm

Body of Mountain View firefighter Ken Ward found in Grant County

After an extensive one-week search, the body of Mountain View Fire and Rescue firefighter Ken Ward was found near the Wildhorse Monument near the city of George in Grant County.

  • Oct 25th, 2016 5:01pm

East Pierce firefighter Tim McCoy dies in dirt bike crash

East Pierce Fire and Rescue raced to save one of their own after a call came in about a dirt bike crash Saturday. First responders were unaware that their patient was longtime firefighter Capt. Tim McCoy until they reached his home, where the crash occurred.

  • Oct 25th, 2016 4:32pm

Allan Yorke Park, Public Works Center projects outlined in Bonney Lake budget

The fall season means different things to different people. For cities, it means it's time to start cracking down on their budgets, an admittedly less festive yearly tradition than the holidays many people celebrate.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 4:50pm

Donating colorful comfort

A colorful quilt can go a long way to comfort a kid in need.

  • Oct 14th, 2016 4:56pm

President’s foreign policy not perfect, but not a failure | Rich Elfers

"Obama's Middle Eastern foreign policy is a failure." So says the Republican Party during this overheated election year. The problem with this statement is that it is patently false. It is political rhetoric meant to discredit the Democrats and help the Republicans retain control of Congress and gain the presidency.

  • Oct 13th, 2016 4:50pm

‘Historical’ storm heading toward western Washington | National Weather Service

The National Weather Service said there is a 1 in 3 chance that the storm's low pressure center will directly cross some part of western Washington, resulting in a historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered, reads a special weather statement released today.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 9:44pm

‘Historical’ storm heading toward western Washington | National Weather Service

The National Weather Service said there is a 1 in 3 chance that the storm's low pressure center will directly cross some part of western Washington, resulting in a historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 9:39pm

A pair of wins brings Sumner soccer third in 4A league

The Sumner girls soccer team is picking up traction with a bout of recent wins against Curtis and South Kitsap high schools.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 5:30pm

Bonney Lake continues to discuss sewer lift station reimbursement in Midtown

The Bonney Lake City Council looks to be scrapping its previous plan for having Midtown city residents reimburse the city for the new Fennel Creek sewer lift station, in response to negative reactions from residents.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 6:47pm

Black Diamond Council majority continues to ignore staff, legal advice by passing amended contacts

Editor's note: This story has been updated from the 10/12 edition of the Courier-Herald. A correction and clarification will be printed in the 10/19 edition.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 10:20pm

Spartan tennis remains undefeated in new league

The Sumner boys tennis team has a lot to live up to this year, having topped the SPSL 3A league charts last year. But being in the new 4A league doesn't seem to be slowing them down, as the Spartans are toting an undefeated 8-0 league record after two victories over Puyallup and Curtis high schools.

  • Oct 5th, 2016 5:50pm