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Two East Pierce firefighters received minor injuries while on scene at a house fire March 17.

Two East Pierce firefighters injured during house fire

A house on Tacoma Point Drive near Lake Tapps has been severely damage after a fire started yesterday, March 17. A neighbor called East Pierce Fire and Rescue at 4:15 p.m., and crews arrived to the house that was already halfway engulfed in flames.

Two East Pierce firefighters received minor injuries while on scene at a house fire March 17.
Bonney Lake did not see a single victory last year

Things looking up for Panther tennis crew | 2016 Spring Sports Previews

The Panther tennis players are ready to start swinging, if the weather gives them a chance this early in the season. Bonney Lake did not see a single victory last year, ending the season with a 0-14 record. The Panthers plan to change that this year.

Bonney Lake did not see a single victory last year
Keith Ross with his team; back row

Spartan Special Olympics team nabs state basketball title

For the second consecutive year the Bonney Lake and Sumner Special Olympics basketball team celebrated taking state, bringing up their total state championships to four. The Spartans went undefeated throughout the eight subdistrict, district and championship games, and lost only one nonleague Pack the Gym game to Franklin Pierce.

Keith Ross with his team; back row
Pam Pederson stretches as her dog Gabby lies calm. Photo by Ray Still.

Enumclaw brings dogs and yoga together to help local K9 foster program

Saturday mornings are an excellent opportunity to connect with your dog, which is what Cathy Dormaier has in mind when she and her cavalier King Charles spaniel, Winston, rent Enumclaw's Danish Hall to lead doga classes.

Pam Pederson stretches as her dog Gabby lies calm. Photo by Ray Still.
Bonney Lake panthers go the distance at the 2015 state meet.

Strong returnees spark BLHS track and field program | 2016 Spring Sports Previews

Spring sports means sprinting, jumping, vaulting and more as Panthers track once again takes to the field.Several stars from last season are returning to the team, said 11-season coach Andy Foster, and he expects a successful season.

Bonney Lake panthers go the distance at the 2015 state meet.
Sara Johnson.

Sumner school district superintendent resigns

After three years serving the Sumner School District as its superintendent, Sara Johnson announced late last month that she will be resigning at the end of the school year.

Sara Johnson.
Violating these new rules now lands you a class 1 civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. A class 1 civil infraction for violating the new firework rules comes with a $550 ticket

Tighter firework restrictions, penalties in Bonney Lake

Bonney Lake has tightened its firework legislation after a heated debate about whether fireworks should be banned from the city. The council passed Ordinance D16-04, which sets new times to launch legal fireworks and revises firework penalties, during the Feb. 23 meeting.

Violating these new rules now lands you a class 1 civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. A class 1 civil infraction for violating the new firework rules comes with a $550 ticket
With warmer weather and longer days just around the corner

Experiences players dominate Bonney Lake soccer roster | 2016 Spring Sports Previews

With warmer weather and longer days just around the corner, it’s time the Panthers return to the soccer field and kick the season into gear. Bonney Lake ended their last season in the middle ranks with a 5-11 record, but 10-season coach Luke Helling-Christy said this year’s team is youthful, energetic and won’t be hampered by the loss of graduated players.

With warmer weather and longer days just around the corner
Morgan Hopen donated several dozen home-made stuffed animals to the Bonney Lake Police Department so officers can give them to children they encounter on calls.

Donating stuffed comfort

Bonney Lake highschooler Morgan Hopen recently donated several dozen home-made stuffed animals to the Bonney Lake Police Department.

Morgan Hopen donated several dozen home-made stuffed animals to the Bonney Lake Police Department so officers can give them to children they encounter on calls.
A digital rendering of the Commencement Bank

New community bank comes to Enumclaw

After nearly nine years without a community bank in Enumclaw, Commencement Bank will be stepping in to fill that role.

A digital rendering of the Commencement Bank

10 years of Death by Chocolate

What’s better than chocolate? Death by chocolate, obviously. The Bonney Lake Lions club is hosting its one and only annual fundraiser, Death by Chocolate, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Bonney Lake High School commons area.

Grant Townsend was one of the many seniors to graduate out of the Panther's baseball team.

Panther fastpitch, baseball squads ready to start swinging | 2016 Spring Sports Previews

The Panther fastpitch team is eager to play ball after last year’s disappointing 8-12 record, said seven-season coach Andrew Sage. Bonney Lake will see many players from last season return to the team, including seniors Melanie Torr and Robin Morin, juniors Eleseana Quintanar, Kira Mitchell, Emma Sulkosky and Joey Ahern, and sophomore Raelyn Kimmel.

Grant Townsend was one of the many seniors to graduate out of the Panther's baseball team.
According to the DOH

New school chickenpox vaccine requirement for all highschoolers

Starting this fall, area high school students must have received their two doses of chickenpox vaccine before they start classes. This will mark the end of a nine-year Washington State Department of Health chickenpox vaccine implementation plan that started requiring kindergarten students to get their second chickenpox vaccine dose in the 2008-2009 school year.

According to the DOH
According to the DOH

New school chickenpox vaccine requirements for all highschoolers

Starting this fall, area high school students must have received their two doses of chickenpox vaccine before they start classes.

According to the DOH

Novik’s “Uprooted” puts much-needed emphasis on female relationships | Point of Review

If it wasn’t for the fact my fiancée gave away her personal copy of “Uprooted” three times over the holiday season as gifts to friends and family, I could have easily read it at least twice more, and she would have had her nose stuck in it for a month straight. Yes, Naomi Novik’s newest book is really that magical.

Timber Creek teacher Matt Fortin points out some woodpeckers to his students.

Sumner preschool gives students the Washington outdoor experience

Sumner’s first all outdoor preschool is getting ready to welcome its first spring and summer season. The Timber Creek Farm and Forest school was opened by Matt and Tinneca Fortin September 2015 in order to give toddlers and elementary school children the chance to experience the outdoors, something they think many children no longer get a chance to do.

Timber Creek teacher Matt Fortin points out some woodpeckers to his students.
The hardcover of “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik.

Novik’s “Uprooted” put much-needed emphasis on female relationships | Point of Review

If it wasn't for the fact my fiancée gave away her personal copy of "Uprooted" three times over the holiday season as gifts to friends and family, I could have easily read it at least twice more, and she would have had her nose stuck in it for a month straight.

The hardcover of “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik.
Lake Tapps news

Cascade Water Alliance starts refilling Lake Tapps

The signs of spring are all around us – the robins are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and Cascade Water Alliance has started diverting water into Lake Tapps. The company stopped releasing water from the lake in the beginning of February. Filling the lake from White River was set to begin March 1.

Lake Tapps news
Not only did the Panther culinary team come away with a state win

Panther culinary to cook in nationals

Bonney Lake brought the heat to this year’s ProStart Invitation state culinary competition, placing first among 14 schools and earning the right to cook at the national competition in April. The Panther team consisted of Dolton Workman, Breanna English, Asaiah Berden and team captain Conor Lees.

Not only did the Panther culinary team come away with a state win
Legendary ragtimer Bob Milne comes back to Chalet Theater

Legendary ragtimer Bob Milne comes back to Chalet Theater

Ragtime piano player Bob Milne is once again making a pit stop in Enumclaw to play at the Chalet Theater.

Legendary ragtimer Bob Milne comes back to Chalet Theater