Alex Bruell

Alex Bruell

Hello, Plateau

I’m the new reporter at the Courier-Herald. Here’s a little bit of information about me.

Alex Bruell
Enumclaw Police Correctional Officer Tyler Ewalt holds open the door to a holding cell at the police department’s jail the afternoon of April 5. The cell, while not the one he rushed to when an inmate attempted suicide last month, is nonetheless where inmates in crisis are typically held. Photo by Alex Bruell

Enumclaw jail officer prevents inmate suicide

Officer Tyler Ewalt noticed the inmate-in-crisis over a video screen in March.

Enumclaw Police Correctional Officer Tyler Ewalt holds open the door to a holding cell at the police department’s jail the afternoon of April 5. The cell, while not the one he rushed to when an inmate attempted suicide last month, is nonetheless where inmates in crisis are typically held. Photo by Alex Bruell
Walt Olson climbs a ladder to remove the "Dave's Antiques" sign from Buckley Hall. The fire equipment was provided by Joe Kolisch, a former Enumclaw fire chief. This photo was provided by the Foothills Historical Society.

Buckley, Foothills Historical Society collaborate on $90,000 Buckley Hall upgrade

It will involve new flooring, electrical upgrades and carving out space for the Historical Society.

Walt Olson climbs a ladder to remove the "Dave's Antiques" sign from Buckley Hall. The fire equipment was provided by Joe Kolisch, a former Enumclaw fire chief. This photo was provided by the Foothills Historical Society.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up roadside litter alongside I-5 in the Seattle area in 2019. Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation

Fortunato-sponsored litter control bill passes House of Representatives

Bill would reimburse local government litter pick-up, require more litter prevention messaging

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up roadside litter alongside I-5 in the Seattle area in 2019. Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation
The final resting position of the Honda Accord that led police on a chase Saturday morning, near 214th Avenue before the Buckley/Enumclaw bridge. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Phillips

22-year-old leads police on zig-zagging chase through Plateau Saturday

An Enumclaw officer at one point struck the suspect’s vehicle to prevent a collision with a bystander.

The final resting position of the Honda Accord that led police on a chase Saturday morning, near 214th Avenue before the Buckley/Enumclaw bridge. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Phillips
The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.

With March retirement, Buckley City Council will look for new member

Council Member James Morem is moving with his family to Nebraska

The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.
The "Wear it for Berrett Rally" is April 25, and will feature a skate competition, silent auction and more.

“Wear it for Berrett” rally scheduled for April 25

Event in honor of Buckley teen will feature skate competition, silent auction

The "Wear it for Berrett Rally" is April 25, and will feature a skate competition, silent auction and more.
Rep. Eric Robertson, R-31

UPDATE | Rep. Robertson rescheduled town hall for April 13

The hourlong event will give citizens a chance to learn, ask questions of the legislative session.

Rep. Eric Robertson, R-31
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

King County Councilmember Dunn to host conference on addiction

Virtual conference will highlight resources for recovery, science behind addiction

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders' Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station

King County Sheriff fires detective who fatally shot Black Diamond man in 2019

Sheriff found deputy’s actions “demonstrated a disregard for the public, (his) partner and (himself)”.

This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders' Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station
Teago Manoharan on March 16 holds open the door to the Buckley Kitchen, a commissary kitchen he started in 2019 that hosts a number of bakers and chefs who couldn't otherwise afford a space to cook. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley Bakery builds on bold businessman’s big business plan

Teago Manoharan wants to bring a bakery to Buckley. And an app. And a restaurant. And classes.

Teago Manoharan on March 16 holds open the door to the Buckley Kitchen, a commissary kitchen he started in 2019 that hosts a number of bakers and chefs who couldn't otherwise afford a space to cook. Photo by Alex Bruell
Enumclaw author Matthew McCully holds a copy of his 2019 book "The Legend of Luke Daisy" in this courtesy photo provided to the Courier-Herald.

Enumclaw author Matt McCully on his childhood adventure story “The Legend of Luke Daisy”

The story may be fictional, but it all draws from McCully’s childhood in the mid-20th century.

Enumclaw author Matthew McCully holds a copy of his 2019 book "The Legend of Luke Daisy" in this courtesy photo provided to the Courier-Herald.
For those who want to get some photos with the Easter Bunny, Thomasson Family Farm is having professional photographer Kailey Wallin come to the Bunny Patch on March 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo courtesy Thomasson Family Farm

Easter Egg hunts on the Plateau this year

For the second year in a row, the hunts are as hard to find as the eggs.

For those who want to get some photos with the Easter Bunny, Thomasson Family Farm is having professional photographer Kailey Wallin come to the Bunny Patch on March 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo courtesy Thomasson Family Farm
Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.

Hitting the hiking trail to escape pandemic-induced ennui? A bit of preparation could save your bacon

It’s been quite the year for search and rescue operations at Mount Rainier.

Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.
Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley city council passes helmet ordinance in 4-2 vote

Council members agreed kids need to wear helmets, but differed on specifics of the proposal

Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell
An electronic traffic sign alerts southbound SR 169 drivers that the intersection with Roberts Drive will soon close for road work. Photo by Alex Bruell

Black Diamond’s SR 169, Roberts Drive intersection to close for 30 days

The highway will still allow north-south traffic, but expect extra congestion for the next month.

An electronic traffic sign alerts southbound SR 169 drivers that the intersection with Roberts Drive will soon close for road work. Photo by Alex Bruell
Looking east on March 9 from Mundy Loss Road, the years of wear-and-tear on 112th Street East in Buckley are apparent. The city aims to grind and repave nearly a mile of the road from its intersection at Mundy Loss Road to Highway 165. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley council OK’s plan for 112th Street East overlay project

Council also approved a stormwater ordinance, and discussed skatepark safety efforts.

Looking east on March 9 from Mundy Loss Road, the years of wear-and-tear on 112th Street East in Buckley are apparent. The city aims to grind and repave nearly a mile of the road from its intersection at Mundy Loss Road to Highway 165. Photo by Alex Bruell
Josh Sanders, owner of Sanders' Street Rods, points out details in a 1969 Z28 Camaro currently being worked on at the shop in Enumclaw on March 5. Photo by Alex Bruell

Josh Sanders takes over Enumclaw auto shop

Street Rods by Denny has become Sander’s Street Rods.

Josh Sanders, owner of Sanders' Street Rods, points out details in a 1969 Z28 Camaro currently being worked on at the shop in Enumclaw on March 5. Photo by Alex Bruell
Barrett Crossley, seen in this family photo, died March 6 after suffering a head injury while skateboarding several days earlier. Photo obtained with permission from an online fundraiser for Barrett's medical expenses.

Buckley teen’s death inspires helmet ordinance, awareness campaign

Berrett Michael Wirth Crossley’s death prompts outpouring of love, campaign to keep kids safe.

Barrett Crossley, seen in this family photo, died March 6 after suffering a head injury while skateboarding several days earlier. Photo obtained with permission from an online fundraiser for Barrett's medical expenses.
Melissa Holt, recreation programmer at the Senior Activity Center, answers voicemails Tuesday morning from people hoping to get vaccinated on Sunday. Photo by Alex Bruell

Senior Center, St. Elizbeth partner up to administer vaccines to Plateau residents

Additionally, the Kent and Auburn vaccine sites have opened up to those 65 and older.

Melissa Holt, recreation programmer at the Senior Activity Center, answers voicemails Tuesday morning from people hoping to get vaccinated on Sunday. Photo by Alex Bruell