TJ Martinell

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Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus are new, but what they do is not new.

 

Anonymous donor brightens Maple Valley family’s Christmas

After her son’s Christmas present, an electric dirt bike, was stolen off their front porch, an anonymous donor provided Ermey with the necessary money to replace the dirt bike after a story was published in the Reporter’s Dec. 21 issue.

 

Kentwood's Zoe Krambule practices on the balance beam in the school's mat room. Krambule started gymnastics when she was 3.

Tale of two gymnasts | Opposites in the Kentwood gym evidence of team’s potential

For junior Zoe Krambule, this is the 11th year in gymnastics, a sport she began at 3. With junior Tessa Carlin, it’s about the only sport she hasn’t tried before.

 

Questions linger about marijuana legalization

The recently approved Initiative 502 did not clarify the state and federal conflict over marijuana for cities like Maple Valley and Covington.

My farewell address to you | TJ Martinell

I must state with great sadness that this will be my final issue, and consequently my final editorial, for the Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter. Starting at the beginning of next year, I will be working as an editor at msn.com.

Maple Valley named among the top 50 best places to raise kids in 2013 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Maple Valley was named among the top 50 best places to raise kids in 2013 by Bloomberg Businessweek.

A mural of the Black Diamond memorial wall and statue where it will be placed.

Mural installed at site of Black Diamond miners memorial statue

A new mural for the Black Diamond Miners Memorial has been set at the future site outside the Black Diamond Historical Society’s building.

A mural of the Black Diamond memorial wall and statue where it will be placed.

Maple Valley City Council approves budget for next year, eliminates city attorney and community development director positions

With the approval of the 2013 budget two positions were eliminated from Maple Valley’s payroll: city attorney and community development director.

Graphic by Frank Shiers

Editorial cartoon of the week by Frank Shiers, Jr.

Editorial cartoon of the week by Frank Shiers, Jr.

Graphic by Frank Shiers

Reflections on Newtown | Editorial

I assume most of you have read about what happened in Newtown, Conn., by now, due in no small part to the 24-hour news cycle that has swarmed over it like vultures, so I won’t revisit it in detail here.

Police search for suspect allegedly involved in armed bank robbery in Covington

Police are searching for a suspect believed to have robbed a Covington bank Thursday.

Maple Valley family discovers Christmas gift stolen off front porch

About the only thing lower than stealing an 8-year-old's gift from under the Christmas tree is stealing it off the front porch.

Maple Valley property tax levy increases, while overall value drops

Although some Maple Valley property owners lost value this year, they will still have to pay a higher property tax rate in 2013.

Farelli’s brings pizza and brews to Maple Valley

At Farrelli’s, it’s a self-serve kind of place when it comes to the tap.

Jens Pulver discusses his fighting career and childhood to Tahoma Junior High students Dec.  6. A 1993 Tahoma graduate

Maple Valley’s king of sprawl and brawl Jens Pulver tells junior high students about path to UFC

Winning fights is how Maple Valley native Jens Pulver shows his gratitude to the community that raised him.

Jens Pulver discusses his fighting career and childhood to Tahoma Junior High students Dec.  6. A 1993 Tahoma graduate

Maple Valley extends contract with Premier Golf Centers for managing Lake Wilderness Golf Course

Premier Golf Centers will manage Lake Wilderness Golf Course after the Maple Valley City Council approved a $3.84 million contract with the Seattle-based company, extending the contract to 2016.

Yes, I personally know Santa Claus | Editorial

Every Christmas there is one debate that should never exist. At this time of the year, something which should never even have to be asked about not only is questioned, but extreme skepticism is cast on it.

Maple Valley City Council approves rezoning for Brandt Property

The Maple Valley City Council approved an ordinance to re-zone the Brandt Property in the northern part of the city at the Dec. 10 meeting.

Two Kentwood students work on weighing the amount of food as part of the school's Munch Madness Food Drive.

Kentwood’s Munch Madness Food Drive raises over 50,000 pounds of food | Slideshow

Kentwood students helped weigh food donations Friday as part of the school's annual Munch Madness Food Drive.

Two Kentwood students work on weighing the amount of food as part of the school's Munch Madness Food Drive.
Pythian Sisters Lilynne Davis

Pythian Sisters a throwback to a bygone era of Black Diamond’s former social scene

Janice Ranton first joined the Pythian Sisters Temple 12 in Black Diamond when she was 16 years old. In a time before commuting, the Internet, cable television and even fax machines, lodges were the primary social function for people in town.

Pythian Sisters Lilynne Davis