Ray Miller-Still

The Grand Union Flag was an unofficial flag of the original 13 colonies before the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes in 1777.

The history of Old Glory

It was a turning point in the war. George Washington had just crossed the Delaware River, capturing the town of Trenton from British-allied German forces and defending the town against a counterattack led by the Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis in the dawning days of 1777. It was that summer when the Continental Congress adopted the official stars and stripes of America.

The Grand Union Flag was an unofficial flag of the original 13 colonies before the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes in 1777.
Court news

Bonney Lake resident charged with soliciting murder

Little could prepare Judith Carns when she received a letter from a Pierce County jail inmate. The letter explained to Judith Carns that her husband, currently in custody with the unnamed inmate, attempted to hire him to kill Judith Carns and several other people. After an investigation, Bonney Lake police officers discovered James Jacob Carns, 55, allegedly tried to hire the inmate to murder five people between May 13 and May 24.

Court news
Mustafa Haziq has 20 solar panels on his rooftop.

Solar energy becomes an affordable investment | Techno Know-How

It’s been 37 years since Kermit the Frog sang “It’s not easy being green” on the Muppet Show. Unfortunately for felt puppets and environmental enthusiasts, not much has changed since the 70s - “being green” is still a difficult thing to be.

Mustafa Haziq has 20 solar panels on his rooftop.
Mustafa Haziq has 20 solar panels on his rooftop.

Solar energy becomes an affordable investment | Techno Know-How

It’s been 37 years since Kermit the Frog sang “It’s not easy being green” on the Muppet Show. Unfortunately for felt puppets and environmental enthusiasts, not much has changed since the 70s - “being green” is still a difficult thing to be.

Mustafa Haziq has 20 solar panels on his rooftop.
Court news

Driver charged after fatal car crash in Sumner

Heckart was charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault on June 1 and is to be arranged on June 15.

Court news
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin visits North Tapps Middle School to celebrate the school’s green status.

Students learn it pays to be green | North Tapps Middle School

North Tapps Middle School is adding green to its school colors. On June 3, North Tapps officially became a level one green school with Washington Green Schools, joining the ranks of 350 other school in Washington that have committed to at least one avenue of environmental sustainability.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin visits North Tapps Middle School to celebrate the school’s green status.
Sean McGarity

Bonney Lake food bank proposes move to council

The Bonney Lake Food Bank casts a wide net of aid and community service over the city and neighboring communities. However, Executive Director Stew Bowen announced last week the food bank needs to change locations in order to continue to offer its services to residents.

Sean McGarity
Fireworks news

Enumclaw councilman takes on firework show fundraising

It looks like Enumclaw will be celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks show after all. The Enumclaw City Council announced during the May 11 meeting they were unwilling to spend city funds on a fireworks show. Councilman Darrel Dickson decided to begin raising the money to fund the celebration.

Fireworks news
Bud Backer talking at the East Pierce Fire and Rescue candidate open house on May 11.

Bud Backer follows path to fire chief

He didn’t know it at the time, but Bud Backer was being led down the yellow brick path of a fire fighter long before he started volunteering with the Duvall fire department in 1988. Now, Backer will be East Pierce Fire and Rescue’s fire chief after signing his contract May 19.

Bud Backer talking at the East Pierce Fire and Rescue candidate open house on May 11.
Mount Rainier on a clear day at Reflection Lakes.

Mount Rainier, avatar of beauty and destruction

It only took seconds to bring about one of Washington’s largest ecological disaster and the world’s largest recorded landslide. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens’ summit washed out in an enormous landslide, causing a large explosion that threw volcanic rock, ash and gas into the air. However, eyes have turned to Pierce and South King County’s beautiful backdrop, Mount Rainier, which has taken its place as Washington’s, and even the nation’s, most dangerous volcano.

Mount Rainier on a clear day at Reflection Lakes.
Mount Rainier on a clear day at Reflection Lakes.

Mount Rainier, avatar of beauty and destruction

It only took seconds to bring about one of Washington’s largest ecological disaster and the world’s largest recorded landslide. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens’ summit washed out in an enormous landslide, causing a large explosion that threw volcanic rock, ash and gas into the air. However, eyes have turned to Pierce and South King County’s beautiful backdrop, Mount Rainier, which has taken its place as Washington’s, and even the nation’s, most dangerous volcano.

Mount Rainier on a clear day at Reflection Lakes.
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Bonney Lake senior wins Congressional art contest

What started out as a dream to be as good an artist as her cousin has turned into a crowning achievement for Bonney Lake senior Katie Lasko. This month, Rep. Dave Reichert announced Lasko’s color pencil piece, “Oh, Honey,” as this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District.

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E. L. 'Bud' Backer is currently deputy chief at Eastside Fire and Rescue in Issaquah.

East Pierce selects new fire chief

He might not come riding into town on a blazing saddle, but East Pierce Fire and Rescue will be getting a new fire chief all the same. In an unanimous decision during the May 14 special fire commissioner meeting, E. L. “Bud” Backer was issued a conditional offer of employment as East Pierce’s new fire chief.

E. L. 'Bud' Backer is currently deputy chief at Eastside Fire and Rescue in Issaquah.
Fireworks news

No “rockets’ red glare” this Fourth of July

This year, the Fourth of July may pass Enumclaw by without so much as an officially organized bottle rocket or hand sparkler. The Stars-n-Stripes committee, which for the past 10 years has organized fundraisers to bring an official firework display to the city, has disbanded and passed the torch to Enumclaw’s Chamber of Commerce.

Fireworks news
Our corner

Putting trust back into newspapers | Our Corner

Ask any salesperson what they need to sell a product and they’ll say two things. First, there must be a need for the product being sold. Second, there has to be rapport between the company and the consumer. The news industry is no different than a business in this sense. Information is a valuable commodity that will never depreciate, so the need for TV news stations and newspapers remains strong.

Our corner
Our corner

Putting trust back into newspapers | Our Corner

Ask any salesperson what they need to sell a product and they’ll say two things. First, there must be a need for the product being sold. Second, there has to be rapport between the company and the consumer. The news industry is no different than a business in this sense. Information is a valuable commodity that will never depreciate, so the need for TV news stations and newspapers remains strong.

Our corner
Technology feature

Technology improves individualized learning | Techno Know-How

When I was in the fourth grade, my classroom was selected to be one of the first classes in the district to use a smart television. In 1999, this smart television prototype was a monster – it took up a whole corner of the room, and a ring of three or four of the tallest students could maybe encircle it by linking hands. Of course, the best days we had in class were when we could go up to the television and use one of it’s magnetic pens to solve a problem or write an example for the whole class to see.

Technology feature
Technology feature

Technology improves individualized learning | Techno Know-How

When I was in the fourth grade, my classroom was selected to be one of the first classes in the district to use a smart television. In 1999, this smart television prototype was a monster – it took up a whole corner of the room, and a ring of three or four of the tallest students could maybe encircle it by linking hands. Of course, the best days we had in class were when we could go up to the television and use one of it’s magnetic pens to solve a problem or write an example for the whole class to see.

Technology feature
Dana Davenport's class poses with Senior Airman Joshua Hitesman

A piece of home for airmen

They may not be as magical as Dorothy’s ruby slippers, but U.S. airmen left Donald Eismann Elementary last week with a little bit of home tucked under their arms. Master Sgt. Jason Norberg, First Lt. Gina Consoli and Senior Airman Joshua Hitesman were presented with home made pillowcases, made by Mrs. Dana Davenport’s third grade on May 6.

Dana Davenport's class poses with Senior Airman Joshua Hitesman
Health news

Mountain Meadow Elementary school closed Friday, May 8 | Norovirus update

Mountain Meadow Elementary will be closed tomorrow, May 8, after an outbreak of Norovirus swept through the school. White River School District Director of secondary education Mike Hagadone said the decision was made in order to create the best learning environment for kids.

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