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Don Brunell

Removing Snake River dams is unwise | Brunell

From fish to electrical power, removing the dams could be disastrous to Washington.

 

Enumclaw Music owner David Bozich welcoming music students into the practice room. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Local business offers incentives to use cash, stop using credit cards

Enumclaw Music will return 2.5 percent of your purchase if you buy with cash.

 

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Buckley business fined by Department of Ecology

Buckley Storage was fined $1,000 for violating environmental standards.

 

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Super Bowl ads: super expensive, super perplexing | Brunell

However, one advertiser —Weather Tech — stood above the rest.

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Johanna Kraemer setting up her pop up plant shop, The Wild Fern Co., on Cole Street pre-pandemic. Courtesy photo

Wild Fern Co. pops up around Enumclaw

Houseplants are selling like hotcakes this year — and a local business can help you get started.

Johanna Kraemer setting up her pop up plant shop, The Wild Fern Co., on Cole Street pre-pandemic. Courtesy photo
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WA Democrats consider new tax on billionaires

Plan could raise $5 billion from fewer than 100 taxpayers. Detractors fear it could drive Washington’s wealthiest out of state.

  • Feb 4, 2021
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Win a vacation by shopping in Enumclaw

Spend $25 at a local business to receive a raffle ticket at the Chamber of Commerce or Country Financial.

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Portland carbon tax may doom recyclers

The new taxes would raise more than $11 million from about 80 companies, including the Owens-Brockway plant.

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Kim Smanse says many people first think the hats she makes are just for kids, but that they often change their minds after trying one on. “When you put these on, you’re going to feel funky, fun, flirty — and I’m not just saying that to sell you a hat," she said. In this picture, Smanse is selling her wares at Enumclaw's Friday Night Market. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Wacky Wearables keeps clothes out of landfills, one sweater at a time

It all started with a stained sweater and a wood elf.

Kim Smanse says many people first think the hats she makes are just for kids, but that they often change their minds after trying one on. “When you put these on, you’re going to feel funky, fun, flirty — and I’m not just saying that to sell you a hat," she said. In this picture, Smanse is selling her wares at Enumclaw's Friday Night Market. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Last summer, people took advantage of the outdoor dining along First Avenue between Gowe and Titus streets in downtown Kent. In Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Photo courtesy of Kent Downtown Partnership

Restaurant reprieve: State to relax some indoor restrictions

On Monday, area restaurants and certain entertainment venues may resume indoor service, the governor said.

Last summer, people took advantage of the outdoor dining along First Avenue between Gowe and Titus streets in downtown Kent. In Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Photo courtesy of Kent Downtown Partnership
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State Senate passes $1.7 billion in unemployment insurance tax relief

Targets relief to the most affected businesses; helps low-wage workers by raising their benefits

  • Jan 28, 2021
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Hydrogen gaining momentum as replacement truck fuel | Brunell

Drivers that use hydrogen can “fuel up” faster, and energy can be stored indefinitely without loss.

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Khun 9 at Dwight Garrett park. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Khun 9 Thai food truck visits Enumclaw, Buckley

The food truck ventured outside Seattle when the pandemic hit and office buildings closed.

Khun 9 at Dwight Garrett park. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
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Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

By Larry Lark, contributor When it comes to certain car models they seem to come, and go, and come again. That’s certainly the case with… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Car review: 2021 Lexus RX 350L

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a good day when a Lexus lands in my driveway. The latest example was the 2021 RX 350L crossover… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Health Bar owner Heidi Hawkinson preparing a mango smoothie. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

The Health Bar opens on Enumclaw’s Blake Street

The new “fast food” joint serves smoothies and salads for health-conscious eaters.

Health Bar owner Heidi Hawkinson preparing a mango smoothie. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
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‘Work from home’ is here to stay | Brunell

Working from home jumped 12,000 percent last year, and 42 percent of the labor force is working from home full time.

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State to receive $2.36 million federal grant for Shared Work Program

U.S. Department of Labor announces funding

  • Jan 8, 2021
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The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

By Larry Lark, contributor With apologies to Oldsmobile, “the 2020 CT4 Premium Luxury sports sedan is not your father’s Cadillac.” Smallish in size, the CT4… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo
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Car review: 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan

By Larry Lark, contributor Mercedes-Benz occupies rarified air in the automobile pantheon. And the E-Class series is rarer still. With more than 14 million units… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo