Utility work was being done in the intersection of Semanski and Warner last week, unrelated to the upcoming roundabout work. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

With roundabout on the way, busy intersection to close for two months

Semanski and Warner will close to all but local traffic on March 15.

Utility work was being done in the intersection of Semanski and Warner last week, unrelated to the upcoming roundabout work. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
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Black Diamond Police Department offering boating education class

The class is scheduled for March 20, starting at 9 a.m.

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Proposed bill aims to trade handcuffs for help when it comes to drug use

Supreme Court decision to strike down drug possesion law leaves oppurtunity to shift paradigm

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

House passes bill to increase financial reporting, transparency by healthcare providers

Bill’s prime sponsor says it will help address healthcare equity and affordability.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
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Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease expected to rise in Washington, nationwide

Report records 120,000 diagnoses in Washington.

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Blotter bug

Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Feb. 16 – 25

Urinating in public, a son harassing his mother, and flashlights seen in an unfinished home.

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Runners taking off during the 2019 St. Paddy's Day 5k. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Runners taking off during the 2019 St. Paddy's Day 5k. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
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Former school psychologist charged for possessing child porn

Aaron Myers, a former Enumclaw School District employee, was arrested early December 2020.

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Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo

Encouraging numbers for kokanee salmon spawn count

Lake Sammamish kokanee aren’t out of the woods by any stretch, but there’s reason to be optimistic about the fate of the little red fish… Continue reading

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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Study shows Washingtonians exceeded ‘heavy drinking’ threshold in 2020

The survey suggests Washingtonians drank more than 17 alcoholic beverages a week on average.

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Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District

Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District
Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo

DNR commissioner seeks $125 million to fight wildfires

In Washington state last September, some 600,000 acres burned within 72 hours.

Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo
These culverts run water fromLake Sawyer underneath 224th Avenue Southeast to Covington Creek. But soon, this stretch of road will be a bridge instead. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Black Diamond culvert replacement project receives $2 million

A small stretch of 224th Avenue Southeast will soon become a bridge.

These culverts run water fromLake Sawyer underneath 224th Avenue Southeast to Covington Creek. But soon, this stretch of road will be a bridge instead. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
The new trap-and-haul facility is designed to pull nearly every fish from the White River and safely move them to a spot above Mud Mountain Dam. Here, Project Manager Leah Hauenstein explains operations on the upstream side. Photo by Kevin Hanson

New trap-and-haul operation on the White River is largest in the nation

Take a peek inside the $130 million project, which is designed to move up to 60,000 fish a day.

The new trap-and-haul facility is designed to pull nearly every fish from the White River and safely move them to a spot above Mud Mountain Dam. Here, Project Manager Leah Hauenstein explains operations on the upstream side. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Melissa Holt, recreation programmer at the Senior Activity Center, answers voicemails Tuesday morning from people hoping to get vaccinated on Sunday. Photo by Alex Bruell

Senior Center, St. Elizbeth partner up to administer vaccines to Plateau residents

Additionally, the Kent and Auburn vaccine sites have opened up to those 65 and older.

Melissa Holt, recreation programmer at the Senior Activity Center, answers voicemails Tuesday morning from people hoping to get vaccinated on Sunday. Photo by Alex Bruell
Here is my second stock photo attempt, just in time for tax season.  This one didn't require any expensive props either  but I did have to use my son's glue stick to hold the sheets together. Feel free to use this image, just link to www.SeniorLiving.Org

Large property tax hikes seen in Enumclaw, Buckley areas

Both cities saw a double-digit percentage jump in taxes.

Here is my second stock photo attempt, just in time for tax season.  This one didn't require any expensive props either  but I did have to use my son's glue stick to hold the sheets together. Feel free to use this image, just link to www.SeniorLiving.Org
Enumclaw city hall

Mayor reviews 2020, looks to Enumclaw’s future

A recap of last week’s “State of the City” address.

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Most of the council met in person on Feb. 22, with applicants for the two open seats on the council interviewing for those positions virtually. Pictured on the screen is Julie Johnson. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Enumclaw council interviews 17 candidates for two open seats

The council will deliberate on their choices during the March 8 meeting.

Most of the council met in person on Feb. 22, with applicants for the two open seats on the council interviewing for those positions virtually. Pictured on the screen is Julie Johnson. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.

Justices strike down Washington state drug possession law

Police must stop arresting people for simple possession.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.