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Sumner School District’s hard climb to top five

As many hikers and climbers know, the last stretch is the toughest. That is something Sumner School District Superintendent Sarah Johnson expected when she and her team of teachers and administrators decided to make the climb to become one of the top five school districts in Washington state in five years.

SWAT team practices in Enumclaw | Slideshow

The King County SWAT team ran training hostage/hostile situations inside the empty Del's Farm Supply building in Enumclaw on Oct. 1. The team also trained with surveillance equipment like remote-controlled cameras and practiced breaching buildings with explosives.

Shakespeare and some sex jokes | Our Corner

How does one introduce Shakespeare to teenagers? As soon as you mention the name of the famous playwright in a classroom, most students react in a Pavlovian fashion and tune out the lesson. I know, because I was one of them. Ever since reading Hamlet in the seventh grade, I never thought I’d really understand, let alone like, Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare and some sex jokes | Our Corner

How does one introduce Shakespeare to teenagers? As soon as you mention the name of the famous playwright in a classroom, most students react in a Pavlovian fashion and tune out the lesson. I know, because I was one of them. Ever since reading Hamlet in the seventh grade, I never thought I’d really understand, let alone like, Shakespeare’s plays.

SR 410 construction, lanes diverted in Bonney Lake through October

One of the busiest intersections in Bonney Lake, state Route 410 and Veterans Memorial Drive, will be tied up with construction work through the month of October. The improvement project will be tackled in two phases. Phase one, which began Sept. 24, includes working on the shoulder of the eastbound lane and installing a new retaining wall. Phase two includes adding double left turn lanes from eastbound SR 410 onto Veterans Memorial Drive, a single right turn lane from westbound SR 410 onto Veterans Memorial Drive, and new double right turn lanes from Veterans Memorial Drive onto westbound SR 410.

Report of shooting in Bonney Lake, one male shot | Breaking News

At about 8:20 a.m. Sept 28 there was a report of a shooting in Bonney Lake in the 7200 block of 193rd Avenue East near the senior center.

Enumclaw food bank, senior center needs volunteers

It’s no big secret nonprofit service organizations like food banks and senior centers are always in constant need of resources and volunteers, and the only way these organizations can serve their communities is by having a steady stream of both. So when the Enumclaw Food Bank and Senior Center suddenly found themselves operating with skeleton crews, they started calling on the community to help them out.

Bonney Lake woman solves ‘Eyes of the Totem’ film star mystery

When historians discovered the lost 1926 Tacoma-based film, “Eyes of the Totem,” last year in the basement of the New York Museum of Modern Art, work on restoring the movie began immediately. After watching the film, though, members of the society still had one question left; who was Baby Sessoms, the child star of the movie? As it turned out, Bonney Lake resident Joanne Ribail had the answer.

Bonney Lake fireworks debate | Final week

Each year since the early 2000s, the issue of banning fireworks inside the Bonney Lake city limits has come before the City Council. This year the unusually dry weather and increased danger of brush and wildfires has raised the discussion to more than just a spark and fizzle.For this issue, the debater's answered specific questions posed to them by the Courier-Herald as the final debate round.

Enumclaw Food Bank and Senior Center call for dedicated volunteers

It's no big secret nonprofit service organizations like food banks and senior centers are always in constant need of resources and volunteers, and the only way these organizations can serve their communities is by having a steady stream of both.

  • Sep 21, 2015

Black Diamond votes to assume water rights | Part 3

The water rights dispute between the city of Black Diamond and the Covington Water District reached a milestone Sept. 3 when the city decided to officially begin the assumption, or take-over process, for the right to serve water to 98 acres within The Villages development. Ordinance 15-1058 passed three votes to one, with one council member recused.

Bonney Lake fireworks ban debate | Week 2

Each year since the early 2000s, the issue of banning fireworks inside the Bonney Lake city limits has come before the City Council. This year the unusually dry weather and increased danger of brush and wildfires has raised the discussion to more than just a spark and fizzle. A town hall meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Justice and Municipal Building, where residents will have the opportunity to discuss whether or not the city should enact a fireworks ban.

Beautify Bonney Lake tackles east entrance art installation

Beautify Bonney Lake is always growing, bringing in more volunteers and performing more services with each passing year. Last year, Beautify Bonney Lake’s Director Lillian McGinnis estimated between 500 and 600 residents came out to work on more than 25 different project sites, which resulted in more than 1,800 work hours, all neatly packed into one sunny Saturday morning.

Water assumption ordinance vote on Thursday | Part 2

As Black Diamond staff prepares Ordinance 15-1058 to officially assume water service rights to 98 acres of The Villages development, the Covington Water District is doubling down on its efforts to wrestle back control of the disputed land. If the council votes to approve the ordinance, the city will begin the official assumption, or take over, of water service rights to those 98 acres in The Villages, something Black Diamond has been attempting since at least 2008.

Bonney Lake dedicates more historical markers

From the ancient Sky Stone to the modern-day Milottes, the area Bonney Lake is rich with the history of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, traveling pioneers, hops farming, film and more. The Bonney Lake Historical Marker Project will dedicate two new historical markers that aim to help residents learn even more about the city and surrounding area.

Water service rights in The Villages still disputed | Part 1

After a week-long public hearing session, the Black Diamond City Council decided to table a vote Thursday on whether or not the city should assume water service rights to 98 acres at the edge of The Villages development in the city. The city and the Covington Water District have been in a dispute over these 98 acres since at least 2008, which has come to a head this year.

Bonney Lake asks irrigation to be cut by 50 percent

These past few months have been the driest in history, Tacoma Water announced last week, and there is little sign of much rain in the near future. In response to this news, Bonney Lake is encouraging all residents to reduce their water usage for the remainder of the year, especially residents using irrigation meters.

Midsummer Renaissance Faire 2015 | Slideshow

The Midsummer Renaissance Faire in Bonney Lake started earlier this month and continues through Sataurday. Performers like Melissa Artleth and her cat, Pad Kee Meow, entertain fairgoers all day alongside sword fighters, pyrojugglers and magicians. Renaissance Faire fans can also practice their archery and ax throwing skills, watch live jousting matches and much more.

Bright colors to define the Bonney Lake mural

Allan Yorke Park is about to receive a colorful new addition to the play area. Savannah Miller-O’Malley of Savy Jane Studios started painting the mural last week, and the city hopes to have it completed by Bonney Lake Days.

The definition of marriage is changing | Our Corner

I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent most of my childhood in an amazingly accepting and loving church environment. Even so, many months and countless hours were spent in committee meetings and bending over the church charter, which expressly denied performing same-sex marriages. Eventually, the congregation decided the charter did not accurately reflect God’s love, and my community joined the ever-increasing number of churches that believe the idea of marriage in the church is not as limited as we used to think.