Maple Valley resident to serve on Civil Rights Commission and more community news

Maple Valley resident to serve on Civil Rights Commission

Shontrana Gates-Wertman was appointed and on Oct. 30 she was confirmed by the Metropolitan King County Council to fill a vacant seat on the King County Civil Rights Commission.

“Shontrana Gates-Wertman’s experience as an attorney for Washington state and her work to help individuals overcome social and economic barriers will add valuable expertise to the Commission,” said Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn, who sponsored her appointment. “She is well qualified to represent District 9 on the King County Civil Rights Commission.”

The purpose of the commission, according to a release, is to raise community awareness and involvement on civil rights issues. The commission also advises the King County Executive and council on matters related to civil rights programs.

Gates-Wertman is currently an attorney and claims officer for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services Division of Child Support, the release stated.

Need firewood?

Members from the Alliance Bible Church in Covington had been collecting, spliting and stacking firewood to be delivered to elderly or disabled members of the community.

If you or someone you know in the Maple Valley, Covington, Ravensdale, Hobart or Black Diamond area need firewood, please apply via by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

Applications due for advisory committee

The Maple Valley City Council is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering on the 2018-2019 Lake Wilderness Citizen Advisory Committee.

The committee works with staff on implementing the aquatic plant management program and other related activities for Lake Wilderness.

Vacant positions are open for two regular voting members and one alternate, non-voting member. All appointees serve a two year term beginning January 2018 and ending Dec. 21, 2019.

Members must reside in or be property owners within city limits.

Applications can be found online at or at City Hall, 22017 Southeast Wax Road Suite 200. Applicants will be asked to meet with the mayor and deputy mayor for a short interview.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

Applications now accepted for scholarship

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires announced its sixth annual Smart Choices College Scholarship where one female and male students athlete is recognized for their achievements. Both student athletes will be awarded $5,000 and eight finalists will each receive $1,000.

Applications are now accepted through April 1, 2018.

To apply, visit