Weekend Briefing | News for May 2 – 6

Lots of political news for Enumclaw last week. Rep. Chris Hurst announced he will no be seeking re-election in 2016, and Lane Walthers announced he will be running for the soon-to-be-vacant position. Also, King County mailed out all the Presidential Primary ballots, so keep your eyes on your mailboxes. The weather is getting warmer but rivers and lakes can still be dangerously cold, and one of our reporters dissects the Dexter novels and the widely-popular TV show.

Chris Hurst to leave State House

After seven terms of holding public office, Rep. Chris Hurst is ready to move on to another chapter of his life. This means he will not be seeking re-election come the fall 2016 Presidential Election. “Things are going as well as they can possibly go,” he said, admitting that additional years in Olympia might not bring the same excitement. Read more about Hurst’s future plans here.




Lane Walthers to run for 31st District

With the 31st district seat without a running incumbent, many are eyeing the chance to get elected. Lane Walthers announced he is running for the 31st district position shortly after Rep. Chris Hurst announced he is not seeking re-election. Read more about Walthers here.

Be on the lookout for your Presidential Primary Ballots | King County Elections

King County has mailed out ballots for the state Presidential Primary! Ballots must be postmarked by May 24th to count, and there are a few extra rules voters must follow in order for their ballot to be legitimate. Read more about the ballot and election here.

The weather is getting warmer, but rivers and lakes remain frigid | King County

Many area rivers and lakes are fed by snow and glacial melts, which means that while the surface water is warm, the water can be shockingly cold just a few inches below. 17 people drowned in King County last year, so they county wants to make sure every swims safe this summer. Read more about safe swimming here.

Dexter: TV show vs. book series | Point of Review

Which do you like better, the show or the novels? Reporter Ana Karen researched both in order to bring you a comparison of TV vs. book in this most recent edition of Point of Review. It’s bloody good.

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Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Early start to Crystal ski season

The outdoor season has officially greeted those heading uphill, with snow deep enough to enjoy.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

New utility included in Enumclaw budget; final vote set for Nov. 27

Significant progress has been made on crafting a 2018 Enumclaw budget, a document that could forever change the way the city collects and disperses certain funds. The plan now under way would see creation of a stormwater utility probably by August of the coming year.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Holiday shows bring out the classics, family favorites

Sumner’s two performance arts groups have a slew of holiday shows for you to enjoy.

Sumner students spent summer learning to define, defy boundaries

Four Sumner High School students explored the world of boundaries last summer when they attended the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization’s World Student Conference in New York.

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County | Public Health Insider

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s STD Clinic Director, Dr. Lindley Barbee, MD, MPH has found antibiotic resistance in a drug that is used to treat gonorrhea. We talked to her to find out more.