Ray Still

Put fear aside, accept Syrian refugees | Our Corner

Editor's note: In an earlier version of this article, it was reported that 700,000 refugees came into the US during the 2015 fiscal year. The correct number is 70,000, reported by the New York Times.

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.

Enumclaw to see rise in solid waste rates in 2017

Enumclaw residents are going to be seeing a bump in King County's solid waste rates this coming year.

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.

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.

Returning to class is a learning experience | Our Corner

Last week, I participated in Bonney Lake High School's Career Day.

Enumclaw High School graduation 2016 | SLIDESHOW

Congrats to the Enumclaw High School class of 2016!

New community bank comes to Enumclaw

After nearly nine years without a community bank in Enumclaw, Commencement Bank will be stepping in to fill that role.

War never changes, but it certainly changes us | Point of Review

"I wrote this book not to dissuade us from war but to understand it. It is especially important that we, who wield such massive force across the globe, see within ourselves the seeds of our own obliteration. We must guard against the myth of war and the drug of war that can, together, rend us blind and callous as some of those we battle."

Black Diamond Council narrowly avoids elementary school building delays

The Black Diamond City Council's approval of a traffic mitigation agreement resolution with the Enumclaw School District was one of the messier and more confusing matters the city has faced this year.

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.

Pie lovers help send Enumclaw local to college

You've probably seen Anna Harris around Enumclaw, even if you didn't know her.

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.

Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 15 – 19

Stabbing charges, Larbor Days permit disputes in Black Diamond, improvements to the Mud Mountain Dam fish trap, increasing revenues for the Expo Center, winning horses at Emerald Downs and a farmers market survey - check up on everything you may have missed this week in your Weekend Briefing!

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!

Breaking down relationship barriers in French film | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves.

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.

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.

Black Diamond Labor Days permit dispute settled; festival will be held Sept. 3 – 5

The last two virulent Black Diamond City Council meetings boiled down to this: the 102-years-old Labor Day festival is ready to go, and city code specifies that the council does not need to approve the celebration's special event permit.

Most Black Diamond City Council business tabled; attorney, staff warn of potential consequences

It was business as usual at the last Black Diamond City Council meeting, with the majority of the meeting's agenda items being tabled indefinitely by the majority of the council.