In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

 

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo

King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

 

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Renton man involved in Drainage District 5 scheme sentenced

Darrel N. Winston was given probation, home detention, and community service for his part in helping two Enumclaw residents allegedly steal $460,000 in local taxpayer dollars.

 

The Enumclaw City Council chambers. File photo

Seven more residents answer call to join city council

That makes 18 total residents looking to fill two open seats.

The Enumclaw City Council chambers. File photo
Shingles and siding from many Suntop Farms homes right outside Enumclaw were ripped off during the winter storm earlier this month, but many residents believe the fault lies with developer LGI for cutting corners. Photo courtesy Seth Pohlman

Suntop Farms residents claim shoddy work by LGI caused home damage during recent winter storm

Many believe the damage should be covered by their home warranty, but they’ve been declined, citing “acts of God.”

Shingles and siding from many Suntop Farms homes right outside Enumclaw were ripped off during the winter storm earlier this month, but many residents believe the fault lies with developer LGI for cutting corners. Photo courtesy Seth Pohlman
A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Enumclaw hits 600 COVID cases

5 percent of city residents have come down with the virus.

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro

Mayor to deliver “State of Enumclaw” address

The address is scheduled for Feb. 24.

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Enumclaw School District Superintendent Shaun Carey got to spotlight Enumclaw's achievements in returning to school with low COVID-19 transmission rates during a statewide briefing with Gov. Jay Inslee. Screenshot

Superintendent Carey joins Inslee to announce additional school testing

Enumclaw was one of the first schools in the state to join a Department of Health pilot program for testing school staff.

Enumclaw School District Superintendent Shaun Carey got to spotlight Enumclaw's achievements in returning to school with low COVID-19 transmission rates during a statewide briefing with Gov. Jay Inslee. Screenshot
A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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How the pandemic and coronavirus variants can show us evolution in real time

Scientists say viruses reproduce and mutate at higher rates, creating viral variants.

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Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)
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Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Feb. 2 – 11

A CPR-in-progress, throwing knives, and a stolen cup holder.

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Liberty Tucker is expected to be White River High School's next Daffodil Princess. Photo by Joey Hamlin Photography

White River senior Liberty to be tapped as Daffodil Princess

The annual court almost didn’t happen this year, but enough girls from around Pierce County convinced the Daffodil Festival to keep it going.

Liberty Tucker is expected to be White River High School's next Daffodil Princess. Photo by Joey Hamlin Photography
Enumclaw Police Chief Bob Huebler spent 21 years in the armed services before becoming an officer of the law. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Tim Floyd will take reins as EPD chief, following Bob Huebler retirement

Huebler has dedicated 46 years to public service, including 25 years with the Enumclaw P.D.

Enumclaw Police Chief Bob Huebler spent 21 years in the armed services before becoming an officer of the law. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)

UW study shows high COVID infection rates among pregnant women

Study shows infection rates to be two to four times higher than expected among minority groups.

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)
An example of a fake N95 mask, which according to experts looks, feels, and breathes like a real mask would. Courtesy photo

Franciscan hospitals find fake N95 masks in storage

Luckily, it appears none were actually used when treating patients.

An example of a fake N95 mask, which according to experts looks, feels, and breathes like a real mask would. Courtesy photo
Property along Mud Mountain Road has sat vacant and unused for years. Now, a local group has come forward with a proposal for the city-owned park land. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Plans for rehabilitation center on rural park property called off

Redemption Rock Ministries pulled back its proposal after public outcry.

Property along Mud Mountain Road has sat vacant and unused for years. Now, a local group has come forward with a proposal for the city-owned park land. Photo by Kevin Hanson
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Three local students receive $30k scholarships

Emmi Clay, Sabrina Page, and Hailey Ledenko received their scholarships from Pacific Lutheran University.

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