Ray Miller-Still

The Auburn vaccination site is drive-up only, and you need to register for an appointment. Photo courtesy the King County Executive Office

Plateau residents can now get COVID vaccine in Auburn, Kent

COVID-19 is still spreading in Enumclaw, with little sign of abating.

The Auburn vaccination site is drive-up only, and you need to register for an appointment. Photo courtesy the King County Executive Office
Shop Enumclaw

Win a vacation by shopping in Enumclaw

Spend $25 at a local business to receive a raffle ticket at the Chamber of Commerce or Country Financial.

Shop Enumclaw
Devin Tompkin stands next to the compost bin he built for the Buckley Mountain View Community Garden. Courtesy photo

Community garden coming to Buckley’s Mountain View Ave.

The garden, which is to sport many community crops and beds to rent, will open this spring.

Devin Tompkin stands next to the compost bin he built for the Buckley Mountain View Community Garden. Courtesy photo
Male police officers standing behind Do Not Cross tape

Shot fired at house party over weekend; three arrests made

On Jan. 29, officers were called to Justice Place to reports of a loud party complaint and shots being fired.

Male police officers standing behind Do Not Cross tape
Kim Smanse says many people first think the hats she makes are just for kids, but that they often change their minds after trying one on. “When you put these on, you’re going to feel funky, fun, flirty — and I’m not just saying that to sell you a hat," she said. In this picture, Smanse is selling her wares at Enumclaw's Friday Night Market. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Wacky Wearables keeps clothes out of landfills, one sweater at a time

It all started with a stained sweater and a wood elf.

Kim Smanse says many people first think the hats she makes are just for kids, but that they often change their minds after trying one on. “When you put these on, you’re going to feel funky, fun, flirty — and I’m not just saying that to sell you a hat," she said. In this picture, Smanse is selling her wares at Enumclaw's Friday Night Market. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-Auburn) in Olympia. Courtesy photo

Fortunato introduces three bills to help seniors qualify for property tax exemptions

One bill, if passed, would allow seniors at least 75 years old to not pay property taxes at all.

Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-Auburn) in Olympia. Courtesy photo
Fire study cover

Black Diamond receives first fire study presentation

FCS Group looked at whether the city should continue to contract with Mountain View Fire and Rescue, annex into a fire district, or start its own fire department.

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A lawsuit is accusing the Rainier School of medical neglect leading to the death of a client. The facility has since denied these allegations.

Rainier School answers lawsuit alleging wrongful death of client

Client JoHanna Pratt died November 2017 due to a pulmonary embolism.

A lawsuit is accusing the Rainier School of medical neglect leading to the death of a client. The facility has since denied these allegations.
Student Teigen Johnson was rapid tested for COVID during one of his first days back to school at Foothills Elementary. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Pierce County health department shows low rate of COVID-19 spread in schools

The White River School District was part of a pilot program that concluded the coronavirus spread in schools is low.

Student Teigen Johnson was rapid tested for COVID during one of his first days back to school at Foothills Elementary. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Ray Miller-Still

Stick to your morals, even if you feel icky

I celebrate Powell’s Bookstore’s decision to keep an unpopular book on its shelves.

Ray Miller-Still
A female Pine Siskin, which is one of several birds irrupting from further north. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Local birds experiencing a pandemic of their own

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to put away their bird feeders for the time being.

A female Pine Siskin, which is one of several birds irrupting from further north. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Former Councilman Tony Binion resigned his position immediately at the Jan. 11 meeting, while Councilman Kyle Jacobson will stay in his position until the end of the month. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Two Enumclaw council members leaving their posts

Tony Binion and Kyle Jacobson are moving outside city limits — one just to unincorporated King County, and the other a lot farther.

Former Councilman Tony Binion resigned his position immediately at the Jan. 11 meeting, while Councilman Kyle Jacobson will stay in his position until the end of the month. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Khun 9 at Dwight Garrett park. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Khun 9 Thai food truck visits Enumclaw, Buckley

The food truck ventured outside Seattle when the pandemic hit and office buildings closed.

Khun 9 at Dwight Garrett park. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
City of Enumclaw council chambers

City looking for Arts Commission applicants

The Arts Commission meets at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

City of Enumclaw council chambers
gavel and sounding block on desk

Alleged poisoner, molester trial date set

Allen W. Bittner is accused of poisoning his stepdaughter using home-made chloroform.

gavel and sounding block on desk
Health Bar owner Heidi Hawkinson preparing a mango smoothie. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

The Health Bar opens on Enumclaw’s Blake Street

The new “fast food” joint serves smoothies and salads for health-conscious eaters.

Health Bar owner Heidi Hawkinson preparing a mango smoothie. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Instead of traditional farmers markets, shoppers pre-order their food from vendors like Robin Hones of Cascadia Greens, who then package up the order and drop it off in your car on market day. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

REKO markets return to the Plateau

The Farm Fresh Picks at the Creamery opened Jan. 2, while the Enumclaw REKO Market is starting Jan. 17.

Instead of traditional farmers markets, shoppers pre-order their food from vendors like Robin Hones of Cascadia Greens, who then package up the order and drop it off in your car on market day. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Pictured left to right is Bill Swedberg (Santa), Jan Capetto (Mrs. Claus), Cara Porter (elf) Scott Sherer (captain), Jonny Hoefig (gaffer), and Sue Sherer. Photo courtesy Lauren Landis

Santa helps bring in big bucks for Black Diamond Community Center

The annual Lake Sawyer Santa Boat event brought in nearly $50,000 for the local nonprofit.

Pictured left to right is Bill Swedberg (Santa), Jan Capetto (Mrs. Claus), Cara Porter (elf) Scott Sherer (captain), Jonny Hoefig (gaffer), and Sue Sherer. Photo courtesy Lauren Landis
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Sen. Fortunato hosts Jan. 8 town hall

The town hall will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

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The 100+ Women Who Care Foothills’ recently voted to give Elk Run Farm, a Maple Valley-based fresh fruit and vegetable grow operation, $6,100. Contributed photo

100 Women Who Care plan January meeting

The nonprofits presenting this next week are Foster Champs, Left Behind K9 Rescue, and The Wishing Well Foundation.

The 100+ Women Who Care Foothills’ recently voted to give Elk Run Farm, a Maple Valley-based fresh fruit and vegetable grow operation, $6,100. Contributed photo