Buckley student chosen to meet Dalai Lama

Natalie Gomez will be traveling to India next month to meet the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

Officials remind of new age limit for smoking products comes into effect in 2020 | Department of Health

Come January 2020, stores can no longer sell tobacco or vaping products to those under the age of 21.

  • Oct 23, 2019

Elk Ridge Elementary in the spotlight, ribbon-cutting set for Oct. 30

The $22 million project added 18 classrooms to the school.

Election Day is Nov. 5 — here is what’s on your ballot

Buckley, Enumclaw, and Black Diamond all have contested council races, and there are a few important statewide measures as well.

Flying Fish: Lake Sammamish kokanee move to Orcas Island

It’s part of a program to preserve the unique freshwater salmon species.

Malena Gaces, left, and other members of Washington CAN protest unfair move-out charges and alleged discriminatory behavior outside Kitts Corner Apartments in Federal Way in 2018. Sound Publishing file photo

King County could increase tenant protections

The council is considering ordinances designed to help renters.

Malena Gaces, left, and other members of Washington CAN protest unfair move-out charges and alleged discriminatory behavior outside Kitts Corner Apartments in Federal Way in 2018. Sound Publishing file photo

Voters being asked to approve levy for White River schools

If passed, residents will be taxed $2.50 per $1,000 APV from 2020 through 2022.

The 2015 Wolverine Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Chelan. Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The smoky summer that wasn’t

While Washington had a mild season, wildfires burned near the Arctic.

The 2015 Wolverine Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Chelan. Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Myriad services offered at resource fair

The Enumclaw library and the Escuela de la Vida is hosting a resource fair for everyone this Friday, Oct. 18.

Annual coat drive helps battle the winter chill

Gamblin Motors is hosting the drive through Nov. 30.

Black Diamond council member identified as a ‘Three Percenter.’ What does that mean?

Some Three Percent groups are armed militias patrolling the southern border. Others join far-right rallies with white supremacy groups. Chris Wisnoski said his organization, the Washington State Three Percent, is not affiliated with the national movement and focuses more on charitable works and community preparedness.

Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Oct. 1 – 9

Hit and run at EHS, chronic 911 calls, and slashed tires.

Manhunt for convicted sex offender ends with arrest in Enumclaw

Upon his release, Ronald Clayton cut off his GPS tracker and obtained enough meth for a felony charge.

Dane Scarimbolo and Dominique Torgerson run Four Horsemen Brewery in Kent. They were almost shut down in late 2017 by King County, which after years of letting them operate a brewery and taproom, decided they were in violation of county code. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Proposed winery ordinance irks King County farmers, neighbors and businesses

Concerns include more traffic, higher land prices, code enforcement and compliance.

Dane Scarimbolo and Dominique Torgerson run Four Horsemen Brewery in Kent. They were almost shut down in late 2017 by King County, which after years of letting them operate a brewery and taproom, decided they were in violation of county code. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Health Board passes emergency ban on flavored vapor products | Department of Health

The ban, which began Oct. 10, will be in effect for 120 days.

  • Oct 11, 2019

All invited to attend kick-off conversation about affordable housing

The Calvary Presbyterian church will be hosting a “community conversation” on affordable housing on Oct. 26.

Lake Tapps users, residents can plan for lower levels | Cascade Water Alliance

Boats should be removed from the lake by mid-October.

  • Oct 10, 2019

City to keep some sales tax revenue, use money to help with affordable housing

A bill passed in last year’s legislative session allows cities to keep funds for affordable housing by seeking a credit against the state’s share of local sales taxes.

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Washington | Department of Health

Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have all been rising over the last few years.

  • Oct 9, 2019

Local gym hopes to make an imPACt

Visit the Plateau Athletic Club on Oct. 11 and 12 to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (and maybe even work out, too).