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Top 3 inspirational stories of 2015 | Year in Review

Every year there are stories of communities coming together in the face of insurmountable challenges or devastating losses only to come out stronger than ever on the other side. They may not always make it to the larger newspapers or news stations, but these life-changing events define a community even more than a bridge closure or an empty lake.

Top 10 stories of 2015 | Year In Review

With the end of 2015 right around the corner, it’s time to examine everything that happened over the last 364 days of the year before setting goals for the next. For the Courier-Herald, that means taking a look at all the news stories that touched the Plateau, whether they be tragic deaths and senseless crimes or triumph over adversity and celebrations of enduring life.

Top 10 stories of 2015 | Year In Review

With the end of 2015 right around the corner, it’s time to examine everything that happened over the last 364 days of the year before setting goals for the next. For the Courier-Herald, that means taking a look at all the news stories that touched the Plateau, whether they be tragic deaths and senseless crimes or triumph over adversity and celebrations of enduring life.

‘Salmon cannon’ coming to Sumner, wants to work on White River

After a summer of helping pink salmon traverse up the White River, the Bellevue company Whooshh Innovations will be partnering with Sumner trout broodstock giant Troutlodge in developing safer ways to transport live fish from area to area.

Bonney Lake food bank expands as funds shrink

The holiday season is a time for gratefulness and gift-giving, and not just for families and friends. Food banks like the one in Bonney Lake have come to rely on the holiday spirit as a bulk source of revenue. The October, November and December months often bring in a large portion of the money that goes toward financing the food bank for the next year.

‘Salmon cannon’ coming to Sumner; Troutlodge signs partnership with Whooshh

After a summer of helping pink salmon traverse up the White River, the Bellevue company Whooshh Innovations will be partnering with Sumner trout broodstock giant Troutlodge in developing safer ways to transport live fish from area to area.

East Pierce budget replaces retiring firefighters, increases minimum staffing

After surviving a tumultuous financial year due to a failed levy, East Pierce Fire and Rescue plans to return to full strength by the end of 2017.

Councilmember Mark Hamilton recalls time spent serving Bonney Lake

After 12 years of service on the Bonney Lake City Council, former Councilman Mark Hamilton exited stage left after the Dec. 8 meeting, the last meeting of the 2015 year.

Returning to class is a learning experience | Our Corner

Last week, I participated in Bonney Lake High School's Career Day.

Returning to class a learning experience | Our Corner

Last week, I participated in Bonney Lake High School’s Career Day.

Sumner elementary students bundle up with new warm coats

East Pierce Fire and Rescue teamed up with the Coats for Kids Foundation for the third year in a row to help out with Operation Warm, an annual program devoted to providing new winter coats to children in the community who otherwise could not afford one.

Flood warning issued for Dec. 8 | National Weather Service

A flood watch warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Seattle for Tuesday, Dec. 8 through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Flood warning issued for Puget Sound | National Weather Service

A flood watch warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Seattle for Tuesday, Dec. 8 through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

High wind warning issued for this afternoon | National Weather Service

A high wind warning for Pierce and King Counties has been issued from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. this evening.

60 mph gusts expected this afternoon | National Weather Service

A high wind warning for Pierce and King Counties has been issued from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. this evening by the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Put fear aside, accept Syrian refugees | Our Corner

With everything that has happened in the past few weeks, it’s no wonder that our country is still trying to regain its balance while also dealing with our own issues surrounding race, school shootings and gun control.

Put fear aside, accept Syrian refugees | Our Corner

Editor's note: In an earlier version of this article, it was reported that 700,000 refugees came into the US during the 2015 fiscal year. The correct number is 70,000, reported by the New York Times.

Foundation plans to expand Sentimental Journey program

Since the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation’s Sentimental Journey program was certified by the Pierce County Emergency Medical Services medical director last April, more than a dozen patients in East Pierce Fire and Rescue’s district have been granted a last wish before they died. Now with a $10,000 grant from MultiCare Health System, the foundation can work on expanding this program to cover all of Pierce County starting in January 2016.

Health board unanimously approves e-cigarette regulations in Pierce County

The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously approved new e-cigarette and vaping regulations Nov. 18.

Medical marijuana coming to the Plateau

Recreational marijuana was introduced to the Plateau a year ago when two retail stores set up shop on the outskirts of Buckley. And coming this summer, The Green Door and Mr. Bills of Buckley will both be expanding their businesses to include stocking and selling medical marijuana.