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Pick the best from both political worlds | Rich Elfers

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 2:00PM

“As all conservatives know, liberals are a bunch of sandal-wearing, tree-hugging, whale-saving, hybrid-driving, trash-recycling, peaceniks, flip-floppers and bed-wetters.” This quotation comes from psychologist, author and publisher Michael Shermer in a comment about an article entitled, “What Makes People vote Republican?” by Jonathan Haidt.

Unusual collision | Washington State Patrol Blotter

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 9:00AM

Troopers investigated an unusual collision June 10 on state Route 164 at 400th Street. A wheel from a vehicle came off the axle while traveling westbound. The wheel struck a light pole, causing it to fall across the road where it was struck by another vehicle.

Rich aren’t paying fair share – they pay more | Letters to the Editor

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 10:00AM

Rich Elfers’ recent column bemoaned the wealthy not paying enough taxes which is the “scoop du jour” for the liberal media on a too-frequent basis. This constant mantra of taxing the rich borders on a near maniacal envy. A jealousy likened to “if I can’t keep up with the Jones, I’ll incessantly trash them for their fancy cars, boats and palatial palaces.”

Protecting our beautiful NW | Outdoor lifestyles

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 11:00AM

We are embarking on another summer and will undoubtedly be experiencing the best of what Western Washington has to offer. These are the days that we don’t like to tell non-Washingtonians about; we would be content if they kept on believing that we exist in constant drizzle and dreary days as they continue their journey through and not permanently to our state.

Visit Rainier strives to promote park in every way possible

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00PM

One way to stay in touch with everything happening at Mount Rainier is by calling upon the resources of Visit Rainier. Below, the organization’s executive director and board have answered a few questions that highlight their goals and objectives.

Trail extension receives budget support

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 1:00PM

A long-awaited extension of the popular Foothills Trail will become reality if a funding proposal receives final authorization. The Puget Sound Regional Council recently offered its initial support for a $378,000 grant that would allow building a 1.3-mile segment of the trail between Buckley and South Prairie.

Cherish freedom not even death can take away | Church Corner

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 3:00PM

Freedom is one of our most cherished privileges – and it should be – since most of the history of the world has been a sequence of one ruler after another who claimed by right of force the power of life and death over all other people. In fact, the cultures that denied the “right of kings” to rule over all others were few and often short-lived.

Enumclaw jockey Gallyn Mitchell rides winner in $50,000 Boeing Handicap | Emerald Downs

  • Jul 5, 2015 at 10:31PM

Lady Rosberg gained command into the stretch and powered home for a 5 ½-length victory Sunday in the $50,000 Boeing Handicap for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Periodic closures on Green River Trail as essential levee repairs continue | King County

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 11:00AM

Maintenance work is now underway by King County along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding. This work will require temporary, intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail, which sits atop the levee system through the Green River Valley.

Hunter education classes continue right through summer | Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 12:00PM

While major hunting seasons are closed in summer, hunter education courses continue to run throughout the state. Now is the time to enroll in hunter education and avoid the autumn rush, said David Whipple, hunter education division manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Del’s will soon disappear; in it’s place will be Tractor Supply

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 1:25PM

Big changes are coming to a highly-visible, Griffin Avenue location in downtown Enumclaw. The existing Del’s Feed and Farm Supply will be torn down and a new building will rise in its place, operating as a Tractor Supply Co. store. Tractor Supply owns the Del’s locations.

Fires calls keep Plateau crews running on Fourth | Enumclaw and East Pierce Fire and Rescue

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 3:14PM

Sunny skies, high temperatures and the Fourth of July brought family gatherings, barbecues and a rash of fires. King County Fire District No. 28 Fire Chief Randy Fehr wrote Monday in an email that over the Independence Day weekend district crews were, “dispatched to 13 fires. All of these were fireworks related; 12 of the 13 calls were brush/vegetation fires.”

Commencement Bank makes stock announcement

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:00PM

Commencement Bank, which maintains a presence in downtown Enumclaw, announced that the company’s common stock began trading on the OTCQX Best marketplace under the ticker symbol “CBWA.”

Enumclaw-born baker competes on Cake Wars

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Jul 15, 2015 at 10:34AM

What started as a small love of cooking for Natalie Vorpahl while growing up in Enumclaw, has led to an appearance on the Food Network Channel’s Cake Wars. Vorpahl, co-owner of Baked Custom Cakes with Kristina Sersass, said she enjoyed the once in a lifetime opportunity at the competition and the overall experience.

Home burglary in Enumclaw | Enumclaw & Buckley Police Blotter

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 10:16AM

An officer met June 28 with the Myrtine Street resident who was the victim of a residential burglary. Evidence was collected and a report was taken.

$227 million goes to work for Washington waters | Department of Ecology

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 12:00PM

Grants and loans worth $227 million just turned green, creating jobs and protecting waters across Washington state through 162 newly funded projects. State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent on clean water infrastructure projects. Using this calculation, the funding will support more than 2,300 jobs, with one-third of them as construction jobs.

Summertime fun awaits at King County Parks

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 1:00PM

From the frenetic energy of a concert at Marymoor Park’s beautiful amphitheater, to the tranquil solitude of a hike along a stretch of King County Parks’ 180-mile backcountry trail network, there are more than enough options available to fit just about anyone’s needs.

Roof on building collapses, closes street

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 1:39PM

At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, the roof on unoccupied building on the corner of Cole St. and Stevenson Ave. in Enumclaw collapsed, causing structural damage to the north and south walls.

Gallery 2015 now displaying work of local painter

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 4:00PM

The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2015 will present the work of painter Sharman Owings through Aug. 4. The display is sponsored by both the city and 4Culture of King County.

Flail found in garbage | Enumclaw & Buckley Police Blotter

  • Jul 8, 2015 at 9:00AM

A citizen contacted police June 26, concerned about placing a medieval flail (a heavy staff with a short stick swinging from it) in the garbage. The concern is that the item could be taken from the trash and used as a weapon. The item was turned over to police.

City hands off Expo operation

  • Jul 8, 2015 at 10:00AM

Big changes have been in the works for management of the Enumclaw Expo Center and, as of July 1, everything became official. The city has happily washed its hands of day-to-day Expo Center dealings, passing the operation to the nonprofit Enumclaw Expo and Events Association.

Subtraction problem | Editorial Cartoon

  • Jul 8, 2015 at 11:00AM

The W.E.A seems to be having a subtraction problem.

Washington AG stops Chase’s unlawful credit card debt collection practices

  • Jul 8, 2015 at 1:00PM

Chase Bank and Chase Bankcard Services will halt its unlawful credit card debt collection practices as a result of a joint state-federal investigation that found Chase stacked the deck against consumers by pursuing collections cases based on false information

Miner’s Day recognizes the roots of Black Diamond

  • Jul 8, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Jul 15, 2015 at 10:34AM

Roots are what keep a tree grounded, keep it steady and help it to grow tall. Roots are also history – the lessons learned from both positive and negative experiences. One way the city of Black Diamond remembers its roots is the annual Miner’s Day celebration, which is set for Saturday. There will be an array of activities to celebrate the history of Black Diamond.

Family battle | Enumclaw & Buckley Police Blotter

  • Jul 9, 2015 at 9:00AM

A male told police June 26 he had been assaulted by his sister. Officers determined he had been the primary aggressor so he was arrested, processed for fourth-degree assault and transported to King County’s juvenile hall.

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