Brenda Sexton

Emergency plan put into high gear at St.Elizabeth Hospital

The winter storm that passed across the Plateau pushed the hospital staff into high gear. Thursday morning’s power outage forced St. Elizabeth to pull its emergency generator into service.

Enumclaw resident drinking in benefits of water filtration system

In 2008, Trenton Harbour says he hit bottom. At the time a private, portfolio manager and investor, he was nearly bankrupt and a bout with Lyme disease was taking a toll on his health and personal life. A simple glass of water changed his life. Part of the process of gaining back his health included eating better. Water was important – pure, clean water.

EHS robotics team takes second in state competition

Word of the Enumclaw High Schools robotics team's second-place state finish is spreading quickly through town.

WRHS WRESTLING: Thompson earns title at Rick Sales tournament

Bryce Thompson grabbed the White River High wrestling team's lone title at Saturday's Rick Sales tournament in Fife. The 120-pound Thompson eked out a 3-2 decision over Bryce MacDicken of Sultan for the crown. The Hornets finished seventh as a team. Centralia won the tournament.

WRHS choir kids sing praises of two-day stay at camp

“There’s never enough time during a class,” White River High School chorale director Robin Howard lamented to the White River School Board. But she gained some ground by thinking outside the box – setting up a choir retreat.

EHS and WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: White River finishes second at Rick Sales Tournament

White River and Enumclaw high's girls wrestling teams ventured to the Rick Sales tournament in Fife Saturday, where the White River Hornets finished second behind Warden and the Enumclaw High Hornets finished sixth. Warden won the tournament with 138 points. White River followed with 125 and Fife was third with 120. Enumclaw earned its sixth-place finish with 83 points.

EHS WRESTLING: Enumclaw JV three points shy of West Seattle varstiy tournament team title

Enumclaw High sent its junior varsity wrestling team to the West Seattle varsity tournament Saturday, where the Hornets carried home the second-place trophy and had five champions. The Hornets fell three points shy of winner Cedarcrest in the 10-team tournament. Cedarcrest finished with 165 points, EHS with 162.

EHS WRESTLING: Hornets finish second sandwiched between Tahoma and Orting at Matmen Tournament Saturday

Behind champions Ryan Anderson, TJ Cormier and Colten Malek, the Enumclaw High wrestling team ran a close second to Class 4A Tahoma Saturday at the Central Kitsap Matmen Tournament. The Bears won the 16-team event with 228 points, followed by Enumclaw, 200.5, and Orting, 175.

Twisted Kitchen wraps up breakfast and lunch dishes

When Cheryl McGuffin owned Latte Da in Chelan, patrons raved about her cinnamon rolls. Some of those same customers have tracked her down to Twisted Kitchen, the cafe she and Craig Porria have opened on Cole Street in Enumclaw. “We’re kind of famous for our cinnamon rolls,” McGuffin said.

WR GIRLS WRESTLING: Hornet girls fourth at Kelso tournament

White River High’s girls wrestling team kept rolling with a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Kelso tournament, which included 39 teams from Washington and Oregon.

EHS BOYS SWIM AND DIVE: Petersen qualifies for state in 100-yard backstroke

Thomas Petersen joined the growing list of Enumclaw High swimmers to make the state roster for February. Petersen earned his lane at the 3A state swim and dive meet at the King County Aquatic Center with a winning 57.13-second time in the 100-yard backstroke Thursday during competition with Cover Park, Franklin Pierce and Washington. The junior finished first, well ahead of the nearest competition, Bryce Davies of Washington, in 1:05.95. Petersen also finished second in the 50 freestyle in 24.78.

EHS/WRHS WRESTLING: Enumclaw wins Hornet-Hornet mat battle

With a string of pins wedged around a forfeit in the upper weight divisions, Enumclaw cruised ahead of White River Wednesday, Jan. 4, to win the nonleague Hornet-Hornet mat battle 57-18.

EHS and WRHS WRESTLING: Enumclaw finishes third at SPSL Tournament

Against some of the strongest wrestling teams in the state, Enumclaw High finished third at the South Puget Sound League Tournament Thursday and Friday at Auburn High. In the mix of 32 Class 4A, 3A and 2A schools, No. 2-ranked 4A Tahoma was declared the winner with 261.5 points, followed closely by No. 4-ranked 4A Graham-Kapowsin with 188 and Enumclaw, the No. 2-ranked 3A team in the state, with 186.5. SPSL 3A foe Bonney Lake finished fourth with 176.6 and 2A White River was 15th with 83 points. Enumclaw scored big points with champions Justin Mitchell and Colten Malek. Mitchell earned the 152-pound title with a 9-3 win over Trevor Anderson of Bethel, while Malek sewed up the 220-pound crown with a 15-5 major decision over Mikey Ramos of Graham-Kapowsin.

FAMILY MATTERS: Buckley welcomes youth leader

Jenney Smith has been on the job as Buckley’s youth activities coordinator for less than a month and she has put together a foosball table donated by REI and met a number of the teens and tweens who wander through the River Avenue center’s doors daily.

Fire department offers free CPR-First Aid classes

According to the American Heart Association, cardiopulmonary resuscitation provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

Kiwanis Food Bank seeks mystery donor

Thursday morning, Kiwanis Food Bank Assistant Director Vicky Stratton was sifting through food outside their Cole Street doors.

WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Hornets fall shy of SPSL crown

The White River High girls wrestling team finished third at the South Puget Sound League Tournament Dec. 28.

SCHOOLS: Alternative program faulted for grad rate

Collins Alternative Programs, a cooperative venture between the White River, Enumclaw, and Sumner school districts, made State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn’s list of the schools in Washington state that face some of the toughest challenges when it comes to student success.

Care Van revving up for return

The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation plans to have the Care Van back on the road this spring, but could use some help. The Foundation, with the local hospital operating the van, began offering the free Care Van service in 1987 as a way to transport seniors and disabled residents to medical, dental and eye appointments, hospital visits and the pharmacy. The van served people in the Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Buckley and east Bonney Lake areas.

Foothills Elementary’s Cushman named Principal of the Year

Quick on the heels of Foothills Elementary School earning its second straight recognition as a Washington State School of Distinction, Principal Mark Cushman has been named Pierce Region Elementary Principals Association Principal of the Year. Chuck Eychaner from the Sumner School District and president of the association presented the award, along with a cordless drill as a gift, to Cushman during the White River School Board’s Dec. 14 meeting.