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Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | March 17 – 23

Buried toys, a naked woman, and a package thief caught on camera.

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Enumclaw author Matthew McCully holds a copy of his 2019 book "The Legend of Luke Daisy" in this courtesy photo provided to the Courier-Herald.

Enumclaw author Matt McCully on his childhood adventure story “The Legend of Luke Daisy”

The story may be fictional, but it all draws from McCully’s childhood in the mid-20th century.

Enumclaw author Matthew McCully holds a copy of his 2019 book "The Legend of Luke Daisy" in this courtesy photo provided to the Courier-Herald.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. File photo

King County needs more lawyers to attack backlog of cases

6,107 open cases is double the normal amount for King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. File photo
Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Gov. Jay Inslee visited Elk Ridge Elementary School in the White River School District on Feb. 2, 2021 as part of his push to re-open schools safety for teachers, students, and their families. Photo courtesy the White River School District

White River students returning to classrooms full-time April 19

The Enumclaw School District has yet to make any similar announcement.

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Elk Ridge Elementary School in the White River School District on Feb. 2, 2021 as part of his push to re-open schools safety for teachers, students, and their families. Photo courtesy the White River School District
A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Phase Finder for vaccine eligibility to be eliminated March 31

Eligibility verification via Phase Finder no longer required for appointments, vaccinations beginning this week.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is one of several local state parks that you can visit for free on April 3 and 22. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

State Parks announces two free days in April | Washington Sate Parks

Visitors will not need a Discover Pass on April 3 or 22.

  • Mar 30, 2021
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is one of several local state parks that you can visit for free on April 3 and 22. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Luke, Sarah, Remi, and Ryker Lenihan in front of their new home. Contributed photo

Enumclaw family receives free roof from Auburn roofing company

The Lenihan’s home needed far more repair work done than they originally supposed — or could afford.

Luke, Sarah, Remi, and Ryker Lenihan in front of their new home. Contributed photo
For those who want to get some photos with the Easter Bunny, Thomasson Family Farm is having professional photographer Kailey Wallin come to the Bunny Patch on March 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo courtesy Thomasson Family Farm

Easter Egg hunts on the Plateau this year

For the second year in a row, the hunts are as hard to find as the eggs.

For those who want to get some photos with the Easter Bunny, Thomasson Family Farm is having professional photographer Kailey Wallin come to the Bunny Patch on March 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo courtesy Thomasson Family Farm
How will your wallet be affected by Black Diamond's choice of fire services? These numbers reflect the property taxes due on a $500,000 home. Image courtesy city of Black Diamond

Black Diamond fire service talks continue

Residents will soon know how the city will receive fire services — and what that means for their personal finances.

How will your wallet be affected by Black Diamond's choice of fire services? These numbers reflect the property taxes due on a $500,000 home. Image courtesy city of Black Diamond
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Inslee: K-12 schools can reduce COVID social distancing

The governor reduced social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms from 6 feet to 3 feet.

  • Mar 26, 2021
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Sound Publishing file photo

More people can get the COVID vaccine on March 31, but supply is still limited

The number of people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is set to increase in King County, but the number of available doses has yet… Continue reading

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Black Diamond police blotter | March 9 – 16

Abandoned dump truck, an active seizure, and an accidentally-stolen truck canopy.

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Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.

Hitting the hiking trail to escape pandemic-induced ennui? A bit of preparation could save your bacon

It’s been quite the year for search and rescue operations at Mount Rainier.

Visitors walk along a boardwalk through a marshy area in the Longmire Meadow on the Trail of the Shadows in this public domain image taken from the National Parks Service.
The Black Diamond City Council look at the skate park in Maple Valley while they talk about needing to demolish their own for safety reasons. Screenshot

Black Diamond council members resign; city looks to demolish local skate park

Council members Erin Stout and Steven Paige have left their seats; the first is moving out of state, and the second for work.

The Black Diamond City Council look at the skate park in Maple Valley while they talk about needing to demolish their own for safety reasons. Screenshot
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Insurers told to stop using credit scores to set rates

A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)
Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell

Buckley city council passes helmet ordinance in 4-2 vote

Council members agreed kids need to wear helmets, but differed on specifics of the proposal

Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, center, reads a proclamation during the Tuesday evening Buckley City Council meeting committing herself and the council to promoting education and services for the use of helmets in honor of Berrett Wirth Crossley, who died earlier this month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet. Council members in attendance stood during the reading of the proclamation. Photo by Alex Bruell
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)

Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

  • Mar 23, 2021
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)
Corrie Koopman Frazier being sworn in.

Frazier, Sauvageau sworn onto the Enumclaw council

Introducing Enumclaw’s newest city council members.

Corrie Koopman Frazier being sworn in.
A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo