Ray Miller-Still

Theodore Hill Jr. fought in several of the Civil War’s most famous battles, surviving to eventually settle down in the Buckley area.

A day in the life of a Union soldier, Part I

A rare piece of history fell into The Courier-Herald’s lap in November 1969 — a Civil War diary. The diary belonged to Corporal Theodore Hill… Continue reading

Theodore Hill Jr. fought in several of the Civil War’s most famous battles, surviving to eventually settle down in the Buckley area.
Read, and reflect on freedom

Read, and reflect on freedom

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. No, not because fall has officially started, and no, it’s not cake week on The Great… Continue reading

Read, and reflect on freedom
File photo                                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

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

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
Nerd versus flies

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

Nerd versus flies
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

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

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

False rape allegations are not the problem to address

An opinion piece from The Courier-Herald

False rape allegations are not the problem to address

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

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

Bonney Lake family raises awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest dangers
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

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

Renton Independence Day Party
Supreme Court resets the playing field on LGBTQ rights | Our Corner

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

Supreme Court resets the playing field on LGBTQ rights | Our Corner
Runner-up in statewide pageant takes on sexual assault

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.

Runner-up in statewide pageant takes on sexual assault
‘We all know sex offenders’

‘We all know sex offenders’

Revealing the reality of rape and uncovering sexual assault myths

‘We all know sex offenders’
King County sues to continue sex-ed study

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.

King County sues to continue sex-ed study
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

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

State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected
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Poking dead things with sticks | COMMENTARY

Dead thing: 1 — Ray: 0

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