Ray Still

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Black Diamond council majority holds Labor Day permit

Chaos and anger has defined the last seven months of Black Diamond City Council meetings, but the outrage residents expressed flared hotter than ever on July 21 as a century-long tradition looked to be put on the chopping block: the city's three-day Labor Day Festival.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 5:31pm

Big changes for Allan Yorke park underway

Allan Yorke Park is about to get a major makeover. During the July 19 council workshop, the Bonney Lake City Council listened to a presentation by Bruce Dees & Associates about the park's new master plan, which details various improvements and overhauls the Bonney Lake community said it wanted.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 5:12pm

Beautify Bonney Lake seeks board members for 2017 event

Beautify Bonney Lake is looking for three board members to help put together the annual city-wide clean up event in 2017. The group is shrinking down to seven board members and is hoping to boost itself back up to 10 for next year's event, said chairman Tom Watson.

  • Jul 21st, 2016 5:00pm

Handcar races, King County Fair and Miners Day | Slideshow

The King County Fair, Wilkeson's handcar races and Black Diamond's Miners Day were all held over this past weekend. If you weren't there, check out these photos!

  • Jul 19th, 2016 6:02pm

Bonney Lake food bank continues to weigh expansion options

Due to a sudden shortage in available parking spaces, the Bonney Lake Food Bank is again considering moving somewhere else in town. On July 7, the city took control of half of the gravel lot behind the food bank, which has been used for staging clients for the food bank and vehicle storage for East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the Bonney Lake Police Department and the city.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 4:57pm

Miners Day 2016 celebrates museum’s 40th anniversary

Black Diamond residents will celebrate the city's 12th annual Miners Day festival on Saturday, July 16.

  • Jul 14th, 2016 5:04pm

Bonney Lake/Sumner VFW hosts ‘Memory Campaign’

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3070 is reaching out to the Sumner and Bonney Lake communities for something special and often overlooked: memories. The VFW post and the Sumner Historical Society are working in tandem to collect war memorabilia, whether it be photos, medals, uniforms or even weapons, to display them at the VFW Hall on Willow Street.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 4:02pm

City business continues to stall in Black Diamond

The last couple of Black Diamond City Council meetings resembled a game of Chutes and Ladders – as soon as it seemed progress was being made during the June 22 meeting, the council slid back to square one on July 7.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 5:08pm

City business continues to stall in Black Diamond

The last couple of Black Diamond City Council meetings resembled a game of Chutes and Ladders – as soon as it seemed progress was being made during the June 22 meeting, the council slid back to square one on July 7.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 5:08pm

Weekend Briefing | News for July 4 – 8

What's in this Weekend Briefing? A suspected DUI crash into a museum, medical marijuana, a WWII vet flying in a B-17 bomber, a 5 week road closure in Enumclaw and Buckley's new summer concert series!

  • Jul 9th, 2016 6:47pm

Weekend Briefing | News for July 4 – 8

What's in this Weekend Briefing? A suspected DUI crash into a museum, medical marijuana, a WWII vet flying in a B-17 bomber, a 5 week road closure in Enumclaw and Buckley's new summer concert series!

  • Jul 9th, 2016 6:47pm

Weekend Briefing | News for July 4 – 8

Last week, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act came into full effect, changing how the state regulates medical marijuana. Also, a WWII vet was once again able to fly in a B-17 bomber after a boy scout troop raised enough funds. Sumner High School's long-time FFA teacher Greg Pile retired, and don't forget to check out Buckley's new concert series in your Weekend Briefing!

  • Jul 9th, 2016 6:27pm

Medical marijuana dispensaries close around the state, but retail stores have no replacement product

The Cannabis Patient Protection Act came into full effect Friday, July 1, and fireworks were certainly not the only thing being lit on the Plateau over the Independence Day weekend.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 5:25pm

Cannabis Patient Protection act closes marijuana dispensaries, but retail stores have no replacement products

The Cannabis Patient Protection Act came into full effect Friday, July 1, and fireworks were certainly not the only thing being lit on the Plateau over the Independence Day weekend. But the final enactment of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act was not as smooth as some were hoping for.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 5:20pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 27 – July 1

Your Weekend Briefing this week goes over a potential new septic tank fee exacted by the county's Board of Health. Also, get aquainted with Enumclaw High School's new basketball coach and White River's new football coach! Learn from a local Buckley photographer how she does research to take amazing night photos, and make sure to check out the Buckley Log Show results and photos!

  • Jul 1st, 2016 11:39pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 27 – July 1

Your Weekend Briefing this week goes over a potential new septic tank fee exacted by the county's Board of Health. Also, get aquainted with Enumclaw High School's new basketball coach and White River's new football coach! Learn from a local Buckley photographer how she does research to take amazing night photos, and make sure to check out the Buckley Log Show results and photos!

  • Jul 1st, 2016 11:39pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 27 – July 1

This week in your Weekend Briefing, check out how the Pierce County Sheriff's Department plans to overcome their severe understaffing issues. Also, Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby retired last week. Make sure to check out Jeni Dieringer's photography as she explains how she has easily learned how to take awesome photos and kept costs low for her new hobby. Finally, make sure to check out photos from the Buckley Log Show and Bonney Lake High School's 2016 graduation! Congrats, Panthers!

  • Jul 1st, 2016 11:19pm

Bonney Lake High School graduation | Slideshow

Congratulations to the Bonney Lake High School Class of 2016!

  • Jul 1st, 2016 4:30pm

Buckley photographer gives tips on making photography simple, affordable

Photography isn't the easiest (or cheapest) hobby to get into, but Buckley resident Jeni Dieringer is already becoming a regular shutterbug. The local bodybuilder started taking up photography when her mother bought her a camera for her last birthday.

  • Jun 30th, 2016 4:43pm

Buckley photographer gives tips on making photography simple, affordable

Photography isn't the easiest (or cheapest) hobby to get into, but Buckley resident Jeni Dieringer is already becoming a regular shutterbug.

  • Jun 29th, 2016 5:47pm

Bonney Lake Public Works director retires

After serving Bonney Lake for more than a decade and being involved in public works for more than 40 years, Bonney Lake's Public Works Director Daniel Grigsby is bowing out and welcoming retirement. "As I wrap things up and think about what's happened over the past 12 years, the city has accomplished a lot from a Public Works perspective," Grigsby said. "That's always something to feel good about, when you leave a job knowing you've left it in better condition than you received it in."

  • Jun 29th, 2016 5:41pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 20 – 24

The City of Black Diamond made progress on much of the stalled city business during last week's meeting, although there is still much more work to be done. Read more about the meeting in your Weekend Briefing! Also, check out what Enumclaw is doing with $2.75 million for street repairs and read about the Rainier Junior Rugby Club, which had a very successful season and captured several state titles. Finally, check out all the Enumclaw High School graduates in their cap and gowns. Congrats class of 2016!

  • Jun 24th, 2016 11:17pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 20 – 24

The City of Black Diamond made progress on much of the stalled city business during last week's meeting, although there is still much more work to be done. Read more about the meeting in your Weekend Briefing! Also, check out what Enumclaw is doing with $2.75 million for street repairs and read about the Rainier Junior Rugby Club, which had a very successful season and captured several state titles. Finally, check out all the Enumclaw High School graduates in their cap and gowns. Congrats class of 2016!

  • Jun 24th, 2016 11:17pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 20 – 24

This week, the Bonney Lake Police Department let everyone know extra patrols will be out around Independence Day to enforce the city's new firework rules. Read up on them in your Weekend Briefing! Also, this year's Rainier Junior Rugby Club captured several state titles. Finally, congrats to the Sumner High School Class of 2016!

  • Jun 24th, 2016 11:01pm

Enumclaw High School graduation 2016 | SLIDESHOW

Congrats to the Enumclaw High School class of 2016!

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 4:34pm

Enumclaw High School graduation 2016 | SLIDESHOW

Congrats to the Enumclaw High School class of 2016!

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 4:34pm

Black Diamond council, mayor call cease-fire, but large issues still loom

The meeting was long and debate was heated, but the June 16 Black Diamond City Council resembled a working city government for the first time since the beginning of the year. Council members and the mayor appeared to have set aside many of the arguments they've had over the past six months in order to pass nearly all of the unfinished business items that has been on the last several meeting agendas to the applause of residents.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 4:26pm

Black Diamond council, mayor call cease-fire, but large issues still loom

The meeting was long and debate was heated, but the June 16 Black Diamond City Council resembled a working city government for the first time since the beginning of the year. Council members and the mayor appeared to have set aside many of the arguments they've had over the past six months in order to pass nearly all of the unfinished business items that has been on the last several meeting agendas to the applause of residents.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 4:26pm

Educating Bonney Lake about new firework rules

With Independence Day just around the corner, the Bonney Lake Police Department is checking in with residents to make sure they understand the new rules surrounding fireworks.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 5:48pm

Breaking down relationship barriers in French film | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves.

  • Jun 18th, 2016 6:03pm

Weekend Briefing | June 13 – 17

Lots of Buckley fire department news this week! The department received a new award created by the WSFFA to honor Buckley's commitment to volunteer firefighters, and the Buckley fire academy turned out 29 firefighters to work around the state. And the White River High School had their graduation! Congrats, class of 2016! Finally, a Plateau high schooler is in need of a kidney before she goes off to college, because a rare genetic disorder is causing hers to slowly shut down. Read more about her and more Enumclaw news in your Weekend Briefing!

  • Jun 17th, 2016 9:54pm

Weekend Briefing | News for June 13 – 17

Lots of medical news this week: a Bonney Lake High School senior is seeking a kidney so she can attend college in the fall, and East Pierce hosted their annual Fill the Boot fundraiser over the weekend. Midtown residents in Bonney Lake are now in an Assessment Reimbursement Area, which could cost them thousands of dollars to connect to the city's sewer lines in the future. Finally, two Sumner baseball players went east to play in the all-state league. Check out who in your Weekend Briefing!

  • Jun 17th, 2016 9:47pm

Breaking down relationship barriers in French Film | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves. Sometimes we build these walls because it can be healthy to compartmentalize different parts of our lives. But these walls can just as often hold us back or even harm us, or the people around us. We can become so concentrated on what is inside our walls that we are blind to what happens outside of them.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 9:47pm

Midtown residents to reimburse city for new sewer lift

With construction starting on a new sewer lift station in Bonney Lake, the City Council is planning on property owners in the Midtown area reimbursing the city for the cost of the project over the next two decades.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 4:49pm

White River High School graduation 2016 | SLIDESHOW

Congratulations to the White River High School class of 2016!

  • Jun 15th, 2016 4:42pm

Panther senior seeks kidney to attend college

Maddie Lea was supposed to have decades before she needed a kidney transplant, if she needed one at all. But now her failing kidneys are posing a risk to both the Bonney Lake High School senior's health and the opportunity to attend her dream college, Pacific Lutheran University, in the fall.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 4:52pm

Weekend Briefing | June 6 – 10

Black Diamond had another busy week as its council rules were found to be illegal by the city's interim attorney. There are also talks of improving the Foothills Trail – dirt sections between Buckley and South Prairie are to be paved by next year. A Buckley resident has travelled all around the world and has been able to get airlines to foot his travel bill. And don't forget to check out SPSL 2A and 3A's post season awards list for Hornets athletes in this edition of your Weekend Briefing!

  • Jun 10th, 2016 9:12pm

Weekend Briefing | June 6 – 10, 2016

This weekend, make sure to keep your eyes open for East Pierce firefighters fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their annual Fill the Boot event! Also, the Foothills Trail is getting improved as sections between South Prairie and Buckley are getting paved. A Buckley resident has visited more than 100 countries and is still going strong - read about his adventures here. And don't forget to check out which Panthers and Spartans got SPSL 3A postseason awards in this week's Weekend Briefing!

  • Jun 10th, 2016 9:03pm

From Buckley to the four corners of the world

Buckley resident Kyle Frawley, 32, has been traveling nearly non-stop since his first overseas flight to London in 2005. In the last 11 years, he estimates he's seen half of what the planet has to offer, having set foot in 101 countries and traveled to all seven wonders of the world. And for the most part, he's been able to use frequent flier miles to cover the vast majority of his flights.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 5:10pm

From Buckley to the four corners of the world

Buckley resident Kyle Frawley, 32, has been traveling nearly non-stop since his first overseas flight to London in 2005.

  • Jun 9th, 2016 5:00pm

East Pierce firefighters prepare for weekend Fill the Boot event

East Pierce firefighters and volunteers from the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be out in force this weekend raising money to help out families in the Bonney Lake, Sumner, Milton, Edgewood and Lake Tapps areas who are affected by muscular dystrophy.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 11:05pm

Black Diamond rules illegal, says interim attorney; Police chief asked to remove council member from meeting

The June 2 Black Diamond City Council meeting started rough and derailed entirely when one council member was asked to leave and another two followed.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 7:48pm

Weekend Briefing | News for May 31 – June 3

Sports news were big this week as state competitions ended. Check out the results! Also, Tapps Island is looking to revitalize the annual firework show by once again bringing out the same pyrotechnic team that does the Mariner's show. Learn more about the Spartan's new basketball coach, who just ended a four year career at Peninsula High so he can be closer to his family in Sumner. Last month was National Stroke Month, so refresh yourself on how to recognize a stroke and learn about stroke care.

  • Jun 4th, 2016 12:13am

Weekend Briefing | News for May 31 – June 3

Lots of news for the Plateau last week! Black Diamond was back on the front page as council members first requested, then cancelled and declined to attend a special council meeting, leaving a long list of city business still on the table. Buckley was busy this week too - a permanent EMS levy was approved to go on the Aug. 2 ballot, and the 'Malfunction Junction' makeover has begun. And don't forget to check out the spring sport state results!

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 11:55pm

Black Diamond council, mayor battle rages on; Long list of city business still on the table

In a whirlwind of emails, Black Diamond council members requested, cancelled and declined to attend a special council meeting on May 25, leaving a council agenda filled with city business unable to be acted upon for the second time in two weeks.

  • May 31st, 2016 5:15pm

Tapps Island revitalizing firework show tradition

Tapps Island is revitalizing the decades-old traditional firework show over Lake Tapps on the Fourth of July. The show has been a mainstay for the Bonney Lake community since the 1970s, but Tapps Island General Manager John Clark said funding for the show has flatlined for the last 10 years and he is worried about the show's continued existence.

  • May 31st, 2016 4:44pm

Black Diamond council fails to reach quorum; three council members decline to attend regular meeting

Although the room was filled with Black Diamond residents gearing up for another politically-charged council meeting, a majority of Black Diamond council members were absent.

  • May 31st, 2016 4:51pm

East Pierce Fire & Rescue delivers annual EMS report

East Pierce Fire and Rescue welcomed National Emergency Medical Services Week by giving its annual report on the EMS division of the department. Assistant Chief Russ McCallion presented the report to the department's commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting on May 17.

  • May 24th, 2016 4:29pm

Lakeridge Middle School continues modified lockdown due to bear sighting | UPDATE

Lakeridge Middle School was put on lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning after a bear was spotted near the school.

  • May 20th, 2016 5:01pm

Enumclaw family celebrates volunteer firefighters as state recognizes 42nd Emergency Services Week

James Peet has a very simple reason for celebrating volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services volunteers – they saved the life of his wife.

  • May 18th, 2016 5:01pm