Ray Miller-Still

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.

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.

Put a ring on it the way you want to

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New transportation option between Black Diamond and Enumclaw

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

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.

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.

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.

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.