Student Teigen Johnson was rapid tested for COVID during one of his first days back to school at Foothills Elementary. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Pierce County health department shows low rate of COVID-19 spread in schools

The White River School District was part of a pilot program that concluded the coronavirus spread in schools is low.

Student Teigen Johnson was rapid tested for COVID during one of his first days back to school at Foothills Elementary. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

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Black Diamond police blotter | Jan. 4 – 10

A choking child, stolen cupcakes, and parenting issues.

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A female Pine Siskin, which is one of several birds irrupting from further north. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Local birds experiencing a pandemic of their own

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to put away their bird feeders for the time being.

A female Pine Siskin, which is one of several birds irrupting from further north. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons
West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
Seattle-King County Public Health recommends users keep Naloxone on their person, just in case of overdose. File photo

King County sees spike in fatal overdose cases

42 suspected or confirmed overdose deaths were recorded between Dec. 27 and Jan. 9.

  • Jan 21, 2021
Seattle-King County Public Health recommends users keep Naloxone on their person, just in case of overdose. File photo
A parcel of land on Roosevelt Avenue would be developed into lots for 23 single-family homes if the city approves. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Council awards bid for roundabout in front of Enumclaw High

Also, 23 more homes could be coming to Roosevelt Avenue.

A parcel of land on Roosevelt Avenue would be developed into lots for 23 single-family homes if the city approves. Photo by Kevin Hanson
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

Group proposing rehab center, public trail system on city park land

Anderson Riverview Park could get a facelift in the near future.

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
Former Councilman Tony Binion resigned his position immediately at the Jan. 11 meeting, while Councilman Kyle Jacobson will stay in his position until the end of the month. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Two Enumclaw council members leaving their posts

Tony Binion and Kyle Jacobson are moving outside city limits — one just to unincorporated King County, and the other a lot farther.

Former Councilman Tony Binion resigned his position immediately at the Jan. 11 meeting, while Councilman Kyle Jacobson will stay in his position until the end of the month. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Report: 70 percent of gun deaths in Washington are attributable to suicide

Research done at The Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center suggest three policy solutions to help reduce rates… Continue reading

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BECU scholarships open

High school seniors and college students can apply for a $2,500 scholarship.

  • Jan 19, 2021
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Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo

King County implements 0.01% sales tax to raise money for housing the homeless

Officials plan to buy hotels, motels and nursing homes for conversion into permanent housing.

Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo
Former felons in Washington state can only get their voting rights back after serving time, parole, and probation. Image courtesy procon.org.

Bill promotes automatic right to vote for people released from prison

Currently, former felons in Washington can regain their right to vote after serving their sentence, parole, and probation.

  • Jan 18, 2021
Former felons in Washington state can only get their voting rights back after serving time, parole, and probation. Image courtesy procon.org.
City of Enumclaw council chambers

City looking for Arts Commission applicants

The Arts Commission meets at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

City of Enumclaw council chambers
gavel and sounding block on desk

Alleged poisoner, molester trial date set

Allen W. Bittner is accused of poisoning his stepdaughter using home-made chloroform.

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Social media site Parler returns after registering with Sammamish company

The right-wing social media website is not being hosted by Epik, but registered its domain.

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