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Everything sparkles with champagne | David White

  • Jan 6, 2013 at 1:23PM

Champagne sales pop every December as party hosts stock up for New Year's.

U.S. political parties have a rich and storied history | Rich Elfers' Politics in Focus

  • Jan 7, 2013 at 3:00PM updated at 7:04PM

Do you know the history of our current major American political parties? Understanding their history will help you appreciate how they change with the times and often switch roles.

We can do better for our wounded warriors | OPINION

  • Jan 9, 2013 at 9:30AM

Our soldiers face a battle even after coming back from courageously fighting overseas. In a nation of 21.8 million veterans, over 6 percent live in poverty and a fourth live with a disability. In 2008, only 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-related disabilities, even though 3.4 million veterans have a service-related disability.

White River boys, girls sweep Sumner | TUESDAY BASKETBALL

  • Jan 9, 2013 at 11:41AM

BOYS BASKETBALL White River 59, Sumner 47 January 8 at White River White River scoring: Dustin France 22, Robert Foster 10, Brandon Dove 6, Alex Sayler 6, Spencer Swigart 6, Clayton Holm 4, Bo Dudley 3, Brandon Garvin 2. GIRLS BASKETBALL White River 57, Sumner 36 January 8 at White River White River scoring: Kennedy Hobert 30, Amanda Lance 10, Kristin Sturdivan 8, Maci Goethals 5, Sutton Mills 2, Darian Gore 1, Kathryn Timmerman 1.

Sound Publishing buys the Seattle Weekly

  • Jan 9, 2013 at 12:45PM

The Weekly, a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle and nearby cities, was purchased from Village Voice Media Holdings.

Sumner Valley Wolfpack opens registration for junior football and cheerleading programs

  • Jan 9, 2013 at 5:27PM

The programs are for boys and girls enrolled in the first through eighth grades. Cost is $50 and the deadline for enrollment is Jan. 26.

Cougar hunting seasons to close Jan. 15 in several areas of the state | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 7:27PM

Cougar hunts in several areas of the state will close at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15 after harvest guidelines for the animals were reached in those areas, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Washington’s per-student investment continues to decline compared to other states

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 7:30PM

Adjusted for regional cost-differences, Washington now ranks 43rd in student spending. Only seven states invest less per child. The statistic, based on a new report from Education Week, shows Washington’s ranking fell by one slot and that spending in Washington decreased by $184 per student from the previous report.

King County leaders launch new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 7:37PM

King County today launched a countywide campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking in our community. The campaign includes ads on 200 Metro buses that will begin to appear on Friday, a public service announcement, and a program to train key County staff to recognize and respond to human trafficking situations.

The King County Board of Health meeting Jan. 17

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 7:47PM

The King County Board of Health will hold its next meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

King County Council meeting highlights | Jan. 14-18

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 7:53PM

Council members will recognize Bob Ferguson for his service to King County as the council member for District 1

Latest chemical action plan supports enhancing current programs | Department of Ecology

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:12PM

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of more than 100 different chemicals that are toxic to organisms, including humans. The state departments of Ecology (Ecology) and Health have released a Chemical Action Plan (CAP) that addresses uses and releases of PAHs in Washington.

Gregoire declares Sunday as AMBER Alert Day

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:16PM

Governor Chris Gregoire has declared Sunday as AMBER Alert Day, and the Washington State Patrol is urging everyone to honor the day by getting ready to do their part if an abduction occurs.

State’s updated assessment of marine waters gets federal nod | Washington Department of Ecology

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:48PM

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has updated its assessment of the health of Washington’s marine waters and sediment quality, and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has given its nod of approval.

Happy memories defined 2012 | Our Corner

  • Jan 14, 2013 at 3:47PM

When I look back on 2012, it will be one of the best years of my life. Despite the terrible mass shootings, the most vapid and nauseating presidential and gubernatorial campaigns I have ever seen and the Great K-Pop Invasion that conquered the entire internet with an oddly charismatic horsey dance that sent most people to the brink, the year was actually quite good for me personally as I got engaged and married and was able to mostly avoid the ongoing train wreck that is Honey Boo Boo.

Burn ban lowered to Stage 1

  • Jan 15, 2013 at 12:02PM

It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

Mount Rainier National Park to waive entrance fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Jan 16, 2013 at 1:20PM

Park visitors are reminded that all vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park during the winter season (Nov 1 - May 1).

White River defeats Franklin Pierce 48-18 | WEDNESDAY WRESTLING

  • Jan 17, 2013 at 11:24AM

106 Double Forfeit 113 Mason Hamilton (WR) pinned Martin Espino (FP) 120 Garrett Ryan (WR) pinned Colton Lawrence (FP) 126 Austin Olson(FP) dec. Cody Schwab (WR) 4-3 (3 OT) 132 Tanner Bloom (FP) dec. Bryce Thompson (WR) 8-4 138 Trevor Kurtz (WR) pinned Logan Foster (FP) 145 Caleb Maurseth (WR) dec. Max Henry Nelson 4-3 152 Brandon Short (WR) pinned Zach Meyers (FP) 160 Garret Severson (WR) dec. Jerritt Miles (FP) 15-11 170 Gavin Severson (WR) pinned Tanner Kalac (FP) 182 Garrett Robertson (WR) pinned Marco Bennett (FP) 195 Chris Skinner (WR) forfeit 220 Travis Paxton (FP) forfeit 285 Mason Reddy (FP) pinned Justin Nale (WR)

High beams violation tips suspended driver's hand | Buckley Police Blotter

  • Jan 17, 2013 at 11:33AM

All suspects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sen. Pam Roach responds to leaked allegations about staff abuse

  • Jan 17, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Jan 18, 2013 at 12:48PM

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, held a news conference in Olympia today, Jan. 17, to address a leaked subcommittee report concerning her treatment of a staff member.

Enumclaw financial adviser, Aaron Travis Beaird, sentenced to prison for stealing from clients

  • Jan 18, 2013 at 2:38PM

An Enumclaw financial adviser whose crimes were uncovered when he tried to collect a half million dollar death benefit on a client who was still living, was sentenced today to seven years in prison, three years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $5,705,023.24, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

Stage 2 burn ban continues for Pierce County, King County shifts to Stage 1

  • Jan 18, 2013 at 3:54PM

During a Stage 2 burn ban no burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. Natural Gas and propane still OK.

An Acrostic by Edgar Allan Poe |

  • Jan 19, 2013 at 10:58AM

Elizabeth it is in vain you say "Love not" -- thou sayest it in so sweet a way: In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s legislative goals include Heritage Center completion

  • Jan 19, 2013 at 12:42PM

A relaunch of the previously authorized Washington State Heritage Center and election improvements are the centerpieces of new Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s legislative package.

State Parks Commission will consider fee policy revision

  • Jan 19, 2013 at 12:59PM

At its regular meeting next week in Ocean Shores, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider changes to agency fee policies, including establishment of new fee programs and changes in policies around rate adjustments, so they may be based more on market conditions and cost of service.

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