King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

Boeing, coronavirus likely to impact King County economy

Unemployment remained high in September.

 

Blotter bug

Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Sept. 29 – Oct. 11

Possible teenage car prowler, an assault with a firearm, and someone passed out on the sidewalk.

 

Sara Stratton is the new executive director of the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation picks new director

Sara Stratton has years of experience helping other nonprofits with their events, as well as having started her own, before joining RFWF.

 

The state Department of Health is seeing increases in COVID-19 infections. Screenshot

Concern that climb in cases means ‘fall surge’ is starting | DOH

Experts are saying we must act now to reverse trend.

  • Oct 20, 2020
The state Department of Health is seeing increases in COVID-19 infections. Screenshot
With members of the City Council looking on, Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson cuts a ceremonial ribbon, opening a ballot drop box at the library. Photo by Kevin Hanson

County Elections places ballot drop box at Black Diamond library

No longer will Black Diamond residents have to drive out of town to vote.

With members of the City Council looking on, Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson cuts a ceremonial ribbon, opening a ballot drop box at the library. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Eric Robertson

Fact check: Robertson falsely claims Seattle Times retracted editorial accusing him of racist incident

The Legislative District 31 candidate holds the Seattle Times misreported what happened in its editorial endorsing his opponent, providing 1995-era news reports as proof.

Eric Robertson
Enumclaw's empty Expo Center has seen a large financial loss. Courtesy photo

Enumclaw council hears of tough financial times at Expo Center

Director Rene Popke has estimated the Expo could see a net loss of $700,000 by the end of the year.

Enumclaw's empty Expo Center has seen a large financial loss. Courtesy photo
Sam Dubal was reported missing Oct. 12.

Search for missing hiker continues

Sam Dubal, who was last known to be hiking the Mother Mountain Loop, was reported missing Oct. 12.

Sam Dubal was reported missing Oct. 12.
Image courtesy Public Health Insider

What do rising COVID-19 numbers mean for schools? | Public Health Insider

The DOH considers 75 cases or more over two weeks per 100,000 to be a marker of relatively high risk for in-person learning.

  • Oct 19, 2020
Image courtesy Public Health Insider
Photo by Ron Heusser

Black Diamond history museum to reopen Halloween

Docents and volunteers took the time it was closed to revamp the displays.

Photo by Ron Heusser
$100,000 was recently given to two dozen local businesses for COVID-19 relief. Image courtesy the city of Enumclaw

Two dozen businesses receive Enumclaw CARES Act business grant funds

About $100,000 was recently given to local businesses.

$100,000 was recently given to two dozen local businesses for COVID-19 relief. Image courtesy the city of Enumclaw
File photo

State Supreme Court strikes down $30 car-tab initiative

Justices unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

File photo
Pictured is Mount Rainier with all the current and proposed lahar monitoring systems. The green dots show where there are already monitoring stations; the blue dots show proposed stations that have already been approved by the National Park System; and the orange dots are the dozen proposed monitoring stations that the national park wants public input on. Image courtesy National Park Service

New lahar monitoring systems proposed for Mount Rainier

These new monitoring systems could affect the picturesque quality of the national park, and Mount Rainier wants your opinion on the project.

Pictured is Mount Rainier with all the current and proposed lahar monitoring systems. The green dots show where there are already monitoring stations; the blue dots show proposed stations that have already been approved by the National Park System; and the orange dots are the dozen proposed monitoring stations that the national park wants public input on. Image courtesy National Park Service
Allen Mullins, a.k.a. Captain America, stands outside the Blazing Glory coffee house off SR 410 with barista Roslyn before he took off to Yakima. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Captain America departs Enumclaw

Allen Mullins travels the country supporting first responders, firefighters, and anyone who needs a leg up.

Allen Mullins, a.k.a. Captain America, stands outside the Blazing Glory coffee house off SR 410 with barista Roslyn before he took off to Yakima. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Legislative District 31 Position No. 2 candidates Tom Clark and Eric Robertson

In-paper debate: final round between Robertson, Clark

Candidates answer final questions about balancing the budget and keeping local news sources alive.

Legislative District 31 Position No. 2 candidates Tom Clark and Eric Robertson
Sam-Dubal

Hiker missing on Mount Rainier | Mount Rainier National Park

Sam Dubal, who was last known to be hiking the Mother Mountain Loop, was reported missing Oct. 12.

  • Oct 13, 2020
Sam-Dubal
Blotter bug

Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Sept. 21 – Oct. 1

Political signs removed, burglary suspect arrested, and a person carrying a large knife.

Blotter bug
Upcoming election

Still time to register for November election

The deadline to register online is Oct. 26.

Upcoming election
Bernie O'Donnell, bottom right, is the new Black Diamond Councilmember on the block. Screenshot

O’Donnell sworn in to Black Diamond council

Bernie will serve on the council at least until the November 2021 election.

Bernie O'Donnell, bottom right, is the new Black Diamond Councilmember on the block. Screenshot
Mail Express was fined $7,500 by L&I. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Local business fined by LI for failing to wear, enforce masks

The Mail Express Business Center was fined $7,500, the most of 11 businesses.

Mail Express was fined $7,500 by L&I. Photo by Ray Miller-Still