Ray Miller-Still

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                                The Green River Queen is the star of Black Diamond’s Labor Days parade, and is expected to once again make an appearance.

Don’t miss Black Diamond’s Labor Day

Labor Day isn’t just the starting bell for the school year — it’s also when Black Diamond throws its biggest festival of the year. Black… Continue reading

 

Left to right, Ken Beckman, Aaron Beckman, Grant Beckman, Howard Elliot Neely and Jane Neely Beckman. Howard was the then-93-year-old grandson of Aaron Neely, Sr., who built the house. Photo by Karen Meador

Neely Mansion celebrates its 125th

Make sure to visit the nationally-recognized historical home on June 22.

 

Nerd versus flies

I’ve always held that it would be better to fight 100 duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck. But after this last week, I’m no longer… Continue reading

 

Thom Cantrell, one of the organizers of the upcoming International Conference for Primal People, holds up a mould of a Sasquatch footprint. He said the mould was taken in the Blue Mountains in Oregon by Paul Freeman, a well-known Sasquatch hunter who’s 1994 footage of a Sasquatch in that area made big waves in the believer and skeptic communities alike. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

All things Sasquatch in Enumclaw

Washington state is famous for countless reasons. It’s the birthplace of Starbucks and Bill Gates, one of the biggest producers of the U.S.’s lumber and… Continue reading

Thom Cantrell, one of the organizers of the upcoming International Conference for Primal People, holds up a mould of a Sasquatch footprint. He said the mould was taken in the Blue Mountains in Oregon by Paul Freeman, a well-known Sasquatch hunter who’s 1994 footage of a Sasquatch in that area made big waves in the believer and skeptic communities alike. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Still a ways away, but don’t give pet bunnies for Easter

I was going to save this column for spring, to mark the one year anniversary when I rescued my rabbit Thomasina at Allan Yorke Park.… Continue reading

Renton resident Walter Compare is a member of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau and spoke at a fundraiser for the department on Oct. 23. To his left is Ellen Penninger, KCSARC’s Speakers Bureau Manager, and his right, KCSARC’s Events and Corporate Partnerships Manager Madeline Read. Contributed photo

Sexual assault resource centers report high call volumes

As the #MeToo movement has gathered steam over the last year, local and national sexual assault resource hotlines have seen a large increase in calls… Continue reading

Renton resident Walter Compare is a member of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau and spoke at a fundraiser for the department on Oct. 23. To his left is Ellen Penninger, KCSARC’s Speakers Bureau Manager, and his right, KCSARC’s Events and Corporate Partnerships Manager Madeline Read. Contributed photo

False rape allegations are not the problem to address

An opinion piece from The Courier-Herald

After 20 years, local film hits the big screen

Making a movie was an itch Matt Aird always wanted to scratch. So in 1998, the Buckley resident pulled together a small group of local… Continue reading

Bonney Lake family raises awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest dangers

When Renton resident David Finlayson joined the United States Marine Corps in 2011, he was the picture of health. Of course, even the most fit… Continue reading

The thumb of one wooden dummy was blown off by an illegal firework known as a “Joke’s on You,” firework. At first, it appears to only to produce a fountain of sparks, but several seconds later, it explodes, potentially causing injury. Photo by Ray Still

Fireworks’ dangers demonstrated

Every year, thousands of people are injured by fireworks, from the small “triangle crackers” to the commercial-grade arial fireworks, resulting in burns, lacerations, lost limbs and death.

The thumb of one wooden dummy was blown off by an illegal firework known as a “Joke’s on You,” firework. At first, it appears to only to produce a fountain of sparks, but several seconds later, it explodes, potentially causing injury. Photo by Ray Still

Renton Independence Day Party

If you’re not planning on hosting your own “safe and sane” Independence Day celebration, the city of Renton is hosting its own 16th annual Fourth… Continue reading

Supreme Court resets the playing field on LGBTQ rights | Our Corner

For many people in this country — an estimated 10 million that identify as LBGTQ, as well as their countless supporters — the Masterpiece Cakeshop… Continue reading

Runner-up in statewide pageant takes on sexual assault

Chloe Furnstahl will be partnering with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center to continue talking about her platform.

‘We all know sex offenders’

Revealing the reality of rape and uncovering sexual assault myths

King County sues to continue sex-ed study

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services canceled a teen pregnancy prevention program grant two years early, affecting King County’s research into how effective its widely used sex education program is.

Travis and Lax Burt with Samsara and their three children, Bodhi (meaning “enlightenment), Areya (“pure soul”), and Rishi (“seeker of truth”). Submitted photo

Samsarafest, a festival of healing, comes to Enumclaw

In many religions, death is rarely the end of the journey. Samsara Burt was a part of her family’s lives long before her earnestly awaited… Continue reading

Travis and Lax Burt with Samsara and their three children, Bodhi (meaning “enlightenment), Areya (“pure soul”), and Rishi (“seeker of truth”). Submitted photo

State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected

You better not be reading this while driving. Washington state’s Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act went into effect last July, but many police… Continue reading

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Poking dead things with sticks | COMMENTARY

Dead thing: 1 — Ray: 0

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Fake news or bad reporting?

“This has not been a good month for reporting. But one wrong fact does not fake news make.”

A monster of our own making | OUR CORNER

“We have to deal with a monster of our own making, and though it was born of reason, it has turned to madness.”