Ray Miller-Still

A graph showing the overall tax rate for residents within the Enumclaw School District between 2023 and 2026, if voters approve the replacement Educational Programs and Operations levy this February. Image courtesy Enumclaw School District

Remember to cast your vote on the Enumclaw School District levy measure

Ballots are being mailed out today, Jan. 19, and ballot drop boxes open tomorrow.

 

One of these eight designs could become Enumclaw's first municipal flag; the city council will discuss the designs, and possibly adopt one, during the Jan. 24 meeting.

Enumclaw officials narrow down community flag designs

The city council could adopt a municipal flag as soon as Jan. 24.

 

COVID case numbers in Enumclaw have been on the rise since Christmas week. Screenshot

Omicron continues to surge in Enumclaw

Data shows 15 percent of public COVID tests in December came back positive.

 

The Enumclaw library is passing out free at-home rapid COVID tests. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Enumclaw library passing out at-home rapid COVID tests, planning vaccine events

Supply is limited; patrons are asked to limit themselves to two tests per household.

The Enumclaw library is passing out free at-home rapid COVID tests. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
A recent ruling from the Washington appeals court reverses an earlier decision that was considered a win for Black Diamond and its mayor. The full ruling is included at the bottom of this article.

Appeals court ruling says Black Diamond mayor “lacked legal authority” to hire city attorney in 2016

It is the latest ruling in a series of legal battles at the city of Black Diamond.

A recent ruling from the Washington appeals court reverses an earlier decision that was considered a win for Black Diamond and its mayor. The full ruling is included at the bottom of this article.
Pictured are kids and families enjoying last year's snow play day. Photos by Ray Miller-Still

Update: Weekend Snow Play Day nixed

Truck drivers feel they couldn’t make the trip up Crystal Mountain safely, postponing or cancelling the event for the year.

Pictured are kids and families enjoying last year's snow play day. Photos by Ray Miller-Still
Photos by Ray Miller-Still 
If you are looking to get a quick COVID test in Enumclaw, you may be out of luck — the testing site has recently been swamped with visitors (one Enumclaw police officer on scene said the line sometimes stretches from the tent at 550 Semanski Street S., down McDougall Ave., and onto 244th Ave. SE, roughly a half mile away), and “staffing challenges” at the site are further exacerbating wait times, King County has said. The test site now requires visitors to make an appointment online at www.solvhealth.com/book-online/pYWRj0 — however, as of Jan. 10, it appears there were virtually no appointments available through Jan. 14. The testing site is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of going to the testing site, you may be able to have a free COVID testing kit sent to your home, courtesy of the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network. To enroll in the program, head to www.scanpublichealth.org/screener; kits typically arrive 24 hours after enrolling. The program warns it has a limited number of tests each day.

Enumclaw COVID testing site overwhelmed

You must now make an appointment to get tested, but the site is booked through Jan. 17.

Photos by Ray Miller-Still 
If you are looking to get a quick COVID test in Enumclaw, you may be out of luck — the testing site has recently been swamped with visitors (one Enumclaw police officer on scene said the line sometimes stretches from the tent at 550 Semanski Street S., down McDougall Ave., and onto 244th Ave. SE, roughly a half mile away), and “staffing challenges” at the site are further exacerbating wait times, King County has said. The test site now requires visitors to make an appointment online at www.solvhealth.com/book-online/pYWRj0 — however, as of Jan. 10, it appears there were virtually no appointments available through Jan. 14. The testing site is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of going to the testing site, you may be able to have a free COVID testing kit sent to your home, courtesy of the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network. To enroll in the program, head to www.scanpublichealth.org/screener; kits typically arrive 24 hours after enrolling. The program warns it has a limited number of tests each day.
Enumclaw's newest daily coronavirus case count is now 52 as of Dec. 27, 2021. Screenshot

The ‘Claw breaks COVID case records over Christmas week

Enumclaw’s daily case coronavirus record now stands at 52, although few hospitalizations — and no deaths — have been recently reported.

Enumclaw's newest daily coronavirus case count is now 52 as of Dec. 27, 2021. Screenshot
Jorge Espinosa proposed to his fiancée Andrea Abbott on Cole Street last December, with help from local business owners. Photo courtesy Emily Cole / http://emilyanncole.com

Meet me on Cole Street: couple gets engaged on Enumclaw’s main thoroughfare

Jorge and Andrea were on each other’s social periphery growing up — until a fateful night on Cole Street last year.

Jorge Espinosa proposed to his fiancée Andrea Abbott on Cole Street last December, with help from local business owners. Photo courtesy Emily Cole / http://emilyanncole.com
Happy New Years to you from the Courier-Herald!

The Courier-Herald’s Top 10 news stories of 2021

Let’s reflect on the last year, to better prepare for the year to come.

Happy New Years to you from the Courier-Herald!
Enumclaw School District Board President Tyson Gamblin and Directors Jennifer Kent, Lori Metschan, Julianne DeShayes, and Paul Fisher. Photo courtesy Enumclaw School District

Enumclaw school board member tackles masks, sex-ed, and CRT in year-end speech

Tyson Gamblin, the board’s new president, touched on several controversial issues during the Dec. 13 meeting.

Enumclaw School District Board President Tyson Gamblin and Directors Jennifer Kent, Lori Metschan, Julianne DeShayes, and Paul Fisher. Photo courtesy Enumclaw School District
Image courtesy King County

500 more COVID cases in Enumclaw since September

The local vaccination rate continues to lag behind rest of the county.

Image courtesy King County
Formerly known as the Bonney Lake Food Bank, The Market aims to provide those experiencing food insecurity with a true 'grocery store' concept - meaning no limits on how many times you can visit the store, or how much food you can take. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

New market flips the script on food insecurity

The Market, located just outside Bonney Lake, aims to do away with some of the more “dehumanizing” aspects of the food bank experience.

Formerly known as the Bonney Lake Food Bank, The Market aims to provide those experiencing food insecurity with a true 'grocery store' concept - meaning no limits on how many times you can visit the store, or how much food you can take. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Image courtesy Enumclaw School District

Enumclaw school district to place Educational Programs and Operations replacement levy on February ballot

The levy funds everything from counselors and mental health services to fine arts and athletics programs.

Image courtesy Enumclaw School District
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All three of Jamie McGillen’s books can be bought or ordered at The Sequel in Enumclaw.

Society, love, and mountaineering: Looking inside The Rainier Series

Enumclaw author Jamie McGillen pens novel about 19th century women aiming to summit Mt. Rainier.

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All three of Jamie McGillen’s books can be bought or ordered at The Sequel in Enumclaw.
Photo by Ray Miller-Still 
More than 500 Enumclaw-area children received toys from last year’s Holiday Helping Hands event.

Holiday Helping Hands toy drive ends Dec. 17

There’s still time to bring cheer to local kids

Photo by Ray Miller-Still 
More than 500 Enumclaw-area children received toys from last year’s Holiday Helping Hands event.
The Enumclaw School District and its board of directors say they must follow the statewide mask mandate or risk losing three-quarters of its funding. Pictured is a student from Sunrise Elementary. Photo courtesy Enumclaw School District

Parents want local school boards to stand against mask mandate

But any meaningful action would result in major loss of state funding.

The Enumclaw School District and its board of directors say they must follow the statewide mask mandate or risk losing three-quarters of its funding. Pictured is a student from Sunrise Elementary. Photo courtesy Enumclaw School District
So many people wanted to attend the Nov. 22 school board meeting that the venue had to change from the high school library to the auditoriu. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Racial slur repeated at school board meeting

It appears two rogue Zoom users briefly interrupted the meeting with a recording of the “n” word.

So many people wanted to attend the Nov. 22 school board meeting that the venue had to change from the high school library to the auditoriu. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
One of the highlights of Holiday Fantasy has been outright donations to a worthy cause. Here, attendees show their support during the 2018 event. This year, the event will be holding a virtual auction over four days while having the dinner at the Enumclaw Thunder Dome museum. Photo by Kevin Hanson
One of the highlights of Holiday Fantasy has been outright donations to a worthy cause. Here, attendees show their support during the 2018 event. This year, the event will be holding a virtual auction over four days while having the dinner at the Enumclaw Thunder Dome museum. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Neely Mansion celebrated its 125th birthday in June 2019. For more information about the historic home, head to neelymansion.org. Courtesy photo

Free holiday photo shoot at Neely Mansion

The photoshoot will take place this Saturday, Dec. 4.

Neely Mansion celebrated its 125th birthday in June 2019. For more information about the historic home, head to neelymansion.org. Courtesy photo