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Top 10 stories of 2013 | Enumclaw Courier-Herald

The Enumclaw Hornets gymnastic team won the state crown Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome for the second consecutive year. The girls competed in individual events taking gold, silver and bronze awards home. From the left are Emily Berte, Molly Mattheis, Olivia Bannerot, Victoria Hernandez and Maddison Ward.  - Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald
The Enumclaw Hornets gymnastic team won the state crown Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome for the second consecutive year. The girls competed in individual events taking gold, silver and bronze awards home. From the left are Emily Berte, Molly Mattheis, Olivia Bannerot, Victoria Hernandez and Maddison Ward.
— image credit: Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald

The New Year always rings in hopes and dreams for the upcoming year, and a period of reminiscing  over the past 12 months.

Looking back over the top stories of 2013, there was a compelling array of sports, crime, a hard-fought election and a centennial celebration.

Beginning with 10 and counting down, here are the Courier-Herald’s top 10 stories of 2013.

10 Dec. 11 – Single car crash claims two lives

A Dec. 6 evening crash near Enumclaw took the lives of two young men.

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office the single-vehicle crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Southeast 432 and 284th Avenue Southeast, known also as the pickle factory road. Driving the 2001 Volkswagen GTI was 19-year-old Justin Glasco. His 20-year-old passenger was Alfredo Gonzalez. Both were from Enumclaw and died as a result of the accident.

9 Nov. 6 – Creation Festival exits Expo Center

The largest of Enumclaw’s summer festivals packed up its tent and returned to its Eastern Washington roots.

Creation Festivals had made the Enumclaw Expo Center its home the past four years, filling the city for four days while people attended concerts and other activities associated with the nation’s largest Christian festival.

8 June 26 - Edward Saylor honored on Enumclaw Walk of Fame

Edward J. Saylor – one of the dwindling few who actively participated in the famed Doolittle Toyko Raid – was honored July 4th as the sixth person enshrined in Enumclaw’s Walk of Fame.

7 March 6 - City Council gives nod to Swiftwater for Enumclaw golf course

The Enumclaw City Council voted 3-2 to allow the administration to enter into negotiations with Swiftwater Consulting to manage and operate the city-owned golf course. The city has been operating the course since 2010.

6 Nov. 20 – The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe buys the White River forest

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will be the new owner of the White River Forest near Enumclaw.

According to reports, the tribe purchased 96,307 acres from Hancock Natural Resource Group for about $313 million. The White River Forest includes about 86,501 acres. The entire acquisition spans King, Pierce and Lewis counties.

5 Nov. 13 – General election results

The King County Fire District 28 fire levy lost, Enumclaw, Black Diamond and Buckley elected new council members and Black Diamond mayor’s race saw incumbent Mayor Rebecca Olness lose to challenger Dave Gordon. Buckley voters also approved selling the city’s natural gas utility.

4 Sept. 11 – Man shot and killed while fleeing from police in Buckley

Justin Linn, 28, who was shot Aug. 22 in Buckley by a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy, died  Aug. 30 at Tacoma General Hospital. Linn was shot near the West Main Motel in Buckley when he refused to stop when ordered by a deputy. The sheriff’s department reported Linn had arrived in Buckley Aug. 21 on a stolen Suzuki motorcycle and stayed the night at the West Main Motel.

Linn is alleged to have stated he was in Buckley to kill an adult child and the parents who were aware of home invasion crimes he was alleged to have committed.

3 Feb. 20 -  State Champions

The Enumclaw Hornets gymnastic team won the state crown Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome for the second consecutive year. Olivia Bannerot brought home the gold in the bars, a silver on the vault and floor. Molly Mathheis took home a bronze on the bars.

2 Jan. 30 – Enumclaw Centennial celebrates past, present and future

The centennial celebration of Enumclaw’s incorporation kicked off Jan. 27 at Pete’s Pool fieldhouse.

More than 300 people attended the Enumclaw centennial dinner and celebration, an event that included local speakers and presentations from Mayor Liz Reynolds, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.

Enumclaw residents approved incorporation Jan. 27, 1913. It was the second time it went before voters.

1 June 5 – Malcolm Fraser found  guilty on all counts

After a two-month trial it took two hours, 20 minutes for a jury of 12 to find Enumclaw Sound Doctrine pastor Malcolm Fraser guilty of two counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree molestation of a child.

Superior Court Judge Lori K. Smith sentenced Fraser to 20 years in prison.

Honorable mention

April 24 – One block away from blast

Lori Stafford ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, finishing 45 minutes before the two bombs exploded. She was just one block away when the bombs detonated.

 

Feb. 6 – Enumclaw man charged  with child molestation

The calm of the local public library was shattered when a young girl was threatened, forced into the bathroom and sexually assaulted.

 

Oct. 16 – Buckley armory plans canceled

Plans to build a second National Guard armory in Buckley – a $32 million investment identified for the Rainier School grounds – have been dashed.

Instead, the new facility will spring to life at Camp Murray in Lakewood. The news broke late last week that the Buckley plans had been scrapped.

 

Dec. 4  – Irwin steps down due to residency issue

The Enumclaw City Council came up one seat short after the November general election due to a residency requirement problem. Morgan Irwin took 63 percent of the vote for council Position No. 1. Due to an oversight of the code, Irwin said he had to “recuse myself (from the council position).” He missed the residency requirement of one year by about 75 days.

 

 

 

 

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