Brenda Sexton

Dr. Ralph Zech: 1925-2015 | Enumclaw physician with a passion for community service

Longtime surgeon, advocate and volunteer Ralph Keenan Zech died at home Jan. 22, 2015.


Familiar face at Dick’s Barbershop

There is a familiar face standing behind the chair at Dick's Barbershop in Enumclaw. The latest addition joining the hair-cutting crew at 1452 Cole St. is Kellee Aashiem, who started in January.


Book highlights White River School District’s progress

White River School District Deputy Superintendent Janel Keating likes to share White River High School Principal Mike Hagadone’s comments to elementary school leaders in the district. “These kids are my kids, I just don’t get them until ninth grade,” Hagadone likes to say.


Huhtala drives off into retirement

In March 1969, Paul Huhtala stopped by the White River School District transportation department, where he picked up an application for his wife Mary to drive a school bus.

VanHoof races to fifth in breaststroke, Skipworth captures sixth

Bennon VanHoof and Jesse Skipworth were Enumclaw High’s top medal earners at the 3A state swim and dive meet Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Enumclaw High girls wrestling team claims state academic title

Enumclaw High's girls wrestling team finished 11th on the mat Saturday night at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament, but the Lady Hornets brought home top honors, winning the state academic team championship.

White River girls wrestling scores fourth-place state finish

Senior Mikaela Kilcup and junior Sam Mitchell led the White River High charge as the Hornets earned a fourth-place team finish Saturday at the 2A state girls wrestling tournament.

White River’s Skinner takes top honors at state wrestling tournament

White River High junior Chris Skinner worked his tail off to earn the Hornets' top spot at Friday and Saturday's 2A state boys wrestling tournament. After two days of surprises, Skinner finished sixth.

EHS wrestling claims second state title in two years; Somera two-time state champ

With two wrestlers in the finals Saturday night, Enumclaw High had already bagged its fourth state 3A wrestling title in five years.

School board told of music program during Kibler stop

When Enumclaw School District music teachers Cindy Killip and Jack Prindle retire in June they will leave behind a comprehensive elementary school music curriculum that creates uniformity across the district.

Plateau community digests hunger information

The people packed into the St. Elizabeth Hospital Rainier Room FEB. 9 gobbled up the information presented about a community food program.

LIFE WAVES: Couple reunites after six decades

For romantics who believe in true love and live for Valentine’s Day, John and Gisella Castanza have a love story that spans decades and one Gisella enjoys sharing.

OUR CORNER: Saying goodbye doesn’t come easy

It’s time. Without going into the hows and whys, I tendered my resignation at The Courier-Herald Feb. 1 and my last day is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20.

Top honor received by White River High

Celebrations were spontaneously spreading through the White River School District Feb. 1. White River High School Principal Mike Hagadone called a spur-of-the-moment after-school meeting for staff. Superintendent Tom Lockyer excitedly shared the news with the White River School Board at its meeting that night. Late that afternoon, the district received word from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education that White River High School was the recipient of a Washington Achievement Award, celebrating the top-performing schools and recognizing achievement in multiple categories.

EHS WRESTLING: Hornets armed to defend title

As the Enumclaw High wrestling team prepares to defend its 3A state wrestling title, the Hornets are standing on familiar ground. The Hornets added another regional title to their vast collection Saturday night, edging Yelm 206.5 to 194. Decatur finished third with 163.5 and Bonney Lake was fourth with 137.5. Just as important, the Hornets qualified nine wrestlers into Friday and Saturday’s state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Moulden leads Hornet charge to Tacoma Dome

Enumclaw High freshman KC Moulden’s 26-second pin of Kimoko Misioka of Fife for the 265-pound regional title Saturday gave the Hornets a big push into the state girls wrestling tournament. Moulden will be joined by teammates Sam Lanting, Jade Paterson, Danielle Cormier and Logann Erskine as competition at the Tacoma Dome gets under way Friday morning and continues the following day.

EHS BOYS SWIM AND DIVE: Cooper flies into state meet

Little changed for Enumclaw High at the West Central District 3A boys swim and dive championships Saturday at Hazen High in Renton. The 200-yard medley relay and individuals Bennon VanHoof, Thomas Petersen and Jesse Skipworth will compete Friday and Saturday at the state championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Each had qualified earlier on time or by points during the regular season.

WRHS BOYS WRESTLING: Hornets hit hard at regionals

After getting nipped for the subdistrict title, the White River High boys wrestling team rallied to win the regional tournament Saturday at Olympic High. The Hornets will take six into Friday and Saturday’s state 2A tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Mitchell pushes WRHS to region win

White River High’s girls wrestling team edged Federal Way by three points for the regional title Saturday at Emerald Ridge in Puyallup and it won’t get easier as seven Hornets head into the girls state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Quilts patch soldiers’ lives

It’s three days of pedal-to-the-floor sewing madness at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Enumclaw. Quilt tops hang from the walls. Colorful, cotton, calicos drape across the tables. The chit-chat is barely audible over the muffled din of the Pfaffs and Singers. It’s a quilting bee with a mission. Three times a year – January, May and October – for three days, about 20 ladies haul their sewing machines to the VFW Hall and piece together Quilts of Valor to give to wounded soldiers.