Ray Miller-Still

E-cigarette exposure calls in 2015 were generally less than in 2014.

Washington Poison center details decrease in e-cigarette exposures

The Washington Poison center has released itsyearly summary of e-cigarette exposure calls. According to the center, e-cigarette exposures were generally lower in 2015 than in 2014, and received a total of 156 calls.

E-cigarette exposure calls in 2015 were generally less than in 2014.
E-cigarette exposure calls in 2015 were generally less than in 2014.

Washington Poison center details decrease in e-cigarette exposures

The Washington Poison center has released its yearly summary of e-cigarette exposure calls. According to the center, e-cigarette exposures were generally lower in 2015 than in 2014, and received a total of 156 calls.

E-cigarette exposure calls in 2015 were generally less than in 2014.
Lane and road closures

Hours announced for April White River bridge closure

The Department of Transportation has received final confirmation for the hours the White River bridge will be closed in April.

Lane and road closures
Our Corner

My math just didn’t add up, either | Our Corner

Last week, Ana Karen wrote an Our Corner about speeding and how little time you save and how much you’re putting yourself at risk when you speed. In the column, she used the math I computed to base her column on. Well, my math was wrong. “Execrable” and “appalling” were the words used by one reader, and I can’t say I disagree. I’m pretty embarrassed, since I even double checked and triple checked my work during the staff meeting in which I did all this. Whoops.

Our Corner
Our Corner

My math just didn’t add up, either | Our Corner

Last week, Ana Karen wrote an Our Corner about speeding and how little time you save and how much you’re putting yourself at risk when you speed. In the column, she used the math I computed to base her column on. Well, my math was wrong. “Execrable” and “appalling” were the words used by one reader, and I can’t say I disagree. I’m pretty embarrassed, since I even double checked and triple checked my work during the staff meeting in which I did all this. Whoops.

Our Corner
Pierce County election news

Four school bonds passed by Pierce County voters | February special election results

Four area school districts are celebrating the passing of their various bond issues that were put on the Feb. 9 special election ballot.

Pierce County election news
Princess Tabitha (left) from Bonney Lake High School and Princess Maddie (right) from White River High School crown at tap Kylie as a princess in training in Buckley on Feb. 6.

Royal court rides out into their communities

The Daffodil Festival season was ushered in with the 83rd annual Princess Promenade Friday. The Royal Court, which consists of 23 high school seniors from across Pierce County, were each tapped and proclaimed an official Daffodil Princess at the event. Each received a tiara, sash and traditional Golden Daffodil.

Princess Tabitha (left) from Bonney Lake High School and Princess Maddie (right) from White River High School crown at tap Kylie as a princess in training in Buckley on Feb. 6.
Princess Tabitha (right) from Bonney Lake High School and Princess Maddie (left) from White River High School tap and crown Kylie as a princess in training at the Buckley library on Feb. 6.

Royal court rides out into their communities

The Daffodil Festival season was ushered in with the 83rd annual Princess Promenade Friday. The Royal Court, which consists of 23 high school seniors from across Pierce County, were each tapped and proclaimed an official Daffodil Princess at the event. Each received a tiara, sash and traditional Golden Daffodil.

Princess Tabitha (right) from Bonney Lake High School and Princess Maddie (left) from White River High School tap and crown Kylie as a princess in training at the Buckley library on Feb. 6.
Feather Haven is home to three birds who can't be released because they can't fly

A safe place for injured songbirds

After years of study and preparation, Feather Haven opened its doors in Enumclaw July 2014, and so far, the organization has helped more than 185 wild birds in their sanctuary.

Feather Haven is home to three birds who can't be released because they can't fly
Don Stevenson

1,000 miles for Pulmonary Hypertension

The Pacing Parson is at it again, and this time he’s walking all over the Plateau and Valley area. Auburn resident Don Stevenson, 80, is walking 1,000 miles for pulmonary hypertension and will be trekking through Bonney Lake and Sumner in February and March.

Don Stevenson

Pierce County residents learn about hoarding

Some people came to find out what resources were available in the county. Other came to help a family member, or two, or three. But everyone who went to Pierce County’s presentation on hoarding came away learning how vast the mental disorder can be, and that they were not alone.

According to the DOT’s 2014 annual traffic report

Sumner addresses traffic woes; March deadline to secure state funding

Unlike the rush hour traffic drivers experience on Traffic Avenue in Sumner, the city’s plans for improving the state Route 410 overpass seem to be moving along smoothly.

According to the DOT’s 2014 annual traffic report

Buckley power outage, repair time moved to 3 p.m.

Two different neighborhoods are currently without power in the Buckley area, reaching into South Prairie and Wilkeson, affecting approximately 6,000 customers.

Black Diamond rule changes split council

Last Thursday’s four-hour Black Diamond City Council meeting left tempers hot and questions unanswered as the council approved a myriad of new meeting rules and regulations. The new rules include reducing the number of standing council committees from five to three, removing the number restriction that allowed no more than two council members on a council committee, broadening the powers of the mayor pro tempore and electing a council president.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue news

East Pierce Fire and Rescue propose levy lift in April

Faced with a tight budget and an ever-increasing number of emergency calls, East Pierce Fire and Rescue commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 19 to place an emergency medical services levy lid lift measure on the April 26 ballot.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue news
The one room schoolhouse built on the present day site of the Cascade Water Alliance and former Puget Power generating plant. This school was used until 1908 when the property was purchased by the power company. Students were transported to Sumner for school until the new Dieringer Schoolhouse was completed in 1911.

Dieringer School District celebrates 125 years

The Dieringer School District is hosting a quasquicentennial celebration, or in layman terms, its 125 birthday, the evening of Monday, Jan. 28. Among the guests at the celebration will be 1940 and 1950 graduates of the Dieringer School District; retired Dieringer Middle School principle Ruggles Larson; former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Judith Billings; and Randy Dorn, the current state superintendent.

The one room schoolhouse built on the present day site of the Cascade Water Alliance and former Puget Power generating plant. This school was used until 1908 when the property was purchased by the power company. Students were transported to Sumner for school until the new Dieringer Schoolhouse was completed in 1911.
Saveya Boyle holds her two IMTA medals on the red carpet in Los Angeles.

Sumner actress gets L.A. experience

A rising star from Sumner got her first taste of the red carpet earlier this month. Saveya Boyle, 12, placed in the top 10 Actress of the Year category at the 2015 International Models & Talent convention in Los Angeles, along with an honorable mention in the T.V. Beauty category.

Saveya Boyle holds her two IMTA medals on the red carpet in Los Angeles.
Janet Tracey navigates through the full bleachers

Plateau communities come together to support BLHS student with brain cancer

Panther Parent Pride organizes a grey out and miracle minutes during the upcoming Bonney Lake and Sumner boys and girls varsity basketball games tomorrow, Jan. 12.

Janet Tracey navigates through the full bleachers
East Pierce firefighters used emergency blankets

Horse rescued after falling through ice | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

It took East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters nearly an hour to rescue a horse that had stepped through an ice-covered drainage ditch in a pasture at the 7400 block of 214th Avenue East, near Lake Tapps, on Sunday.

East Pierce firefighters used emergency blankets
Beau Ward and his parents.

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.

Beau Ward and his parents.