Alex Bruell

Colette Sweers, left, and her boyfriend Trevor Curley spent part of their day in Enumclaw June 2 shopping at The Sequel Books.

The business of reopening on the Plateau

How local shops and customers are navigating health, privacy and business

Colette Sweers, left, and her boyfriend Trevor Curley spent part of their day in Enumclaw June 2 shopping at The Sequel Books.
Crews work on repairs on Highway 169 in Black Diamond, where a motorist struck a power pole earlier that morning. Photo by Alex Bruell

Alternating traffic resumes on Highway 169 after power pole crash

Alternating traffic has resumed at Highway 169 in Black Diamond Wednesday, after a vehicle struck a power pole near the 31000 block of 3rd Avenue… Continue reading

Crews work on repairs on Highway 169 in Black Diamond, where a motorist struck a power pole earlier that morning. Photo by Alex Bruell
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and his challengers, Kim-Khanh Van, Chris Franco, and Ubax Gardheere. Courtesy photos

Four will seek King County Council seat representing southeast district

Whoever wins will handle issues of homelessness, housing, and wield increased power over policing.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and his challengers, Kim-Khanh Van, Chris Franco, and Ubax Gardheere. Courtesy photos
Snowpack melt rushes from a waterfall about one mile into the Palisades trail. Photo by Alex Bruell

Minutes away from: Palisades Trail

In a little over an hour, you could be under this waterfall.

Snowpack melt rushes from a waterfall about one mile into the Palisades trail. Photo by Alex Bruell
JoAnn Taylor, left, and Winona Jacobsen, right, pose for a picture at the Bonney Lake Public Works Center flanking the gravemarker of former Lake Tapps area Daisey Kirtley, who died in 1886 at the age of eight. This year, her gravemarker is being reunited with her family at the Buckley Cemetery.

How a grave marker found in the woods in Bonney Lake led to a century-spanning detective story

Daisey Kirtley died in 1886. Now, the Lake Tapps girl’s memory is finally coming home to Buckley.

JoAnn Taylor, left, and Winona Jacobsen, right, pose for a picture at the Bonney Lake Public Works Center flanking the gravemarker of former Lake Tapps area Daisey Kirtley, who died in 1886 at the age of eight. This year, her gravemarker is being reunited with her family at the Buckley Cemetery.
Ian McLeod speaks with customers behind the desk at Rock Paper Games on Main Street in Buckley on the afternoon of May 11. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley game shop is a critical hit

‘Rock Paper Games’ has weathered COVID-19 with the help of the Plateau gaming community

Ian McLeod speaks with customers behind the desk at Rock Paper Games on Main Street in Buckley on the afternoon of May 11. Photo by Alex Bruell
Boy Scout Troop 557 visited the Buckley Cemetery May 25 and placed flags on veterans graves in preparation for Memorial Day 2018. AUSTYN YOUNG CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

History Walk returns to Buckley, Enumclaw cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend

Stories of residents from the past will be on display

Boy Scout Troop 557 visited the Buckley Cemetery May 25 and placed flags on veterans graves in preparation for Memorial Day 2018. AUSTYN YOUNG CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Photo via King County Sheriff's Office

Search for alleged car prowler at wake still active

Deputies have not yet found the man suspected of stealing from people attending a wake

Photo via King County Sheriff's Office
The Enumclaw Fire Department posted this picture of the Green River on Saturday in a Facebook post about the recovery of a swimmer who died Friday while trying to rescue his girlfriend who had also gone in the water.

Man dies after helping rescue girlfriend at the Green River on Friday

The 21-year-old victim’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

The Enumclaw Fire Department posted this picture of the Green River on Saturday in a Facebook post about the recovery of a swimmer who died Friday while trying to rescue his girlfriend who had also gone in the water.
Penny Wood holds a copy of her book "She Married The Green River Serial Killer" on a trail near her Ravensdale home April 28. Photo by Alex Bruell

Ravensdale author pens update on Judith Mawson, ex-wife of the Green River Killer

Newly-updated book chronicles a triumph over the painful memories of Gary Ridgway

Penny Wood holds a copy of her book "She Married The Green River Serial Killer" on a trail near her Ravensdale home April 28. Photo by Alex Bruell
A Plateau resident gets his first COVID vaccine at Dr. Becker's clinic on Friday, April 23. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Where, when and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine on the plateau

The Courier-Herald has compiled a list of local pharmacies offering the shot, and how to get it.

A Plateau resident gets his first COVID vaccine at Dr. Becker's clinic on Friday, April 23. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
From left to right: Peggy Wenham, Toby Wenham and Sheree Schmidt stand for a picture outside Sweet Necessities on Griffin Avenue. Photo by Alex Bruell

For sale: Enumclaw candy shop Sweet Necessities looks for a new owner

Co-owner Toby Wenham is joining his wife Peggy in retirement from their twin Enumclaw businesses

From left to right: Peggy Wenham, Toby Wenham and Sheree Schmidt stand for a picture outside Sweet Necessities on Griffin Avenue. Photo by Alex Bruell
The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.

Buckley council passes bills improving city website, subleasing property

The city council meeting April 27 also saw discussion on how the city digitizes documents

The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.
This photo shared by the Pierce Conservation District in 2020 shows a new side channel shortly after it was fully connected with the mainstem of South Prairie Creek. The new channel connected the mainstem to the adjacent floodplain, which helps with flood storage, maintaining flow during summer months, and keeping water temperatures cool.

Rural Pierce County residents wanted for disaster preparedness, public health dialogue

Those selected will help guide policy on local natural disaster preparations and public health

This photo shared by the Pierce Conservation District in 2020 shows a new side channel shortly after it was fully connected with the mainstem of South Prairie Creek. The new channel connected the mainstem to the adjacent floodplain, which helps with flood storage, maintaining flow during summer months, and keeping water temperatures cool.
Male police officers standing behind Do Not Cross tape

Investigating team names deputy who shot armed elderly Buckley-area man

The non-fatal shooting is still under investigation, and the identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

Male police officers standing behind Do Not Cross tape
10-year-old Micah Sharp, a Wilkeson boy, rides his bike off of a giant piece of bacon at the new Bacon and Eggs skatepark in Wilkeson on Carbonado South Prairie Road the afternoon of April 20. Photo by Alex Bruell

Wilkeson unveils giant breakfast-themed skatepark

The tastiest concrete you’ve ever seen is now finished at the Bacon and Eggs skatepark.

10-year-old Micah Sharp, a Wilkeson boy, rides his bike off of a giant piece of bacon at the new Bacon and Eggs skatepark in Wilkeson on Carbonado South Prairie Road the afternoon of April 20. Photo by Alex Bruell
The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.

Buckley addresses Phase 2, search for new council member during Council meeting

Council approved union contract, awarded construction bid and more

The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.
Pictured is Commander Tim Floyd, Anne Gannom of COUNTRY Financial, and Commander Tony Ryan. Submitted photo

‘Helping Heroes’ awards go to local police, fire departments

COUNTRY Financial gave $1,500 to first responders earlier this month.

Pictured is Commander Tim Floyd, Anne Gannom of COUNTRY Financial, and Commander Tony Ryan. Submitted photo
Erica C. Barnett, a Seattle journalist whose coverage includes city hall, homelessness and transportation, poses for a picture outside her Pioneer Square neighborhood office. Barnett was one of several speakers during the April 13 King County Conference on Addiction Disorders. Photo by Alex Bruell

Zooming to recovery: King County panel discusses addiction, sobriety during COVID-19 pandemic

Health experts and recovering addicts shared insight, data on staying sober during isolation

Erica C. Barnett, a Seattle journalist whose coverage includes city hall, homelessness and transportation, poses for a picture outside her Pioneer Square neighborhood office. Barnett was one of several speakers during the April 13 King County Conference on Addiction Disorders. Photo by Alex Bruell
The members of Enumclaw, in a courtesy photo taken by Raphael Gaultier

“A name that … meant being the best”: how rock band “Enumclaw” got its name

Tacoma’s new indie band “Enumclaw” is named after, you guessed it, Enumclaw

The members of Enumclaw, in a courtesy photo taken by Raphael Gaultier