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The Bonney Lake & Sumner Courier-Herald began in November 2003 as the Bonney Lake & Lake Tapps Courier-Herald, and offshoot of its Enumclaw progenitor. Sumner coverage was added in 2008 following acquisition by Sound Publishing and a subsequent merger with the Sumner Reporter. Our print edition brings you government and community news every Wednesday. Our Community Photography, Business, Seniors, and Education sections run the first, second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month, respectively.


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Dennis  Box Courier-Herald Editor
Dennis Box
1-360-825-2555 (ext 5050)
Dennis Box has been the editor of the Kent Reporter and the Covington-Maple Valley Reporter. He was an integral part of the start up team that launched the Bonney Lake Courier-Herald in 2003. Box began his career in media in the early 1980s as a writer and film editor with Pal Productions based in Seattle. Pal Productions produced a series of mountain climbing documentaries for PBS along with features, political films and commercials. In 1989 Box founded Parallax North, a motion picture production and writing services company. While operating Parallax North, he also wrote about government, politics, boxing, horse racing and produced humor columns for magazines and newspapers.
Dottie  Bergstresser Advertising Sales, Bonney Lake
Dottie Bergstresser
Dorothy "Dottie" Bergstresser has been with the Bonney Lake & Sumner Courier-Herald advertising sales team since its origin as the Bonney Lake & Lake Tapps Courier-Herald. She works tirelessly with her clientele to put their best face forward on all advertisements. She primarily represents advertisers from Bonney Lake and Buckley.
Ray  Still Reporter
Ray Still
360-825-2555 ext. 5058
It was a Muckraking course in middle school that really sparked Ray's interest in journalism, reading book such as "The Jungle," "No Logo" and "Fast Food Nation". After high school, he decided he wanted to get out into the real world and moved to New York to volunteer with City Year AmeriCorp. A year later, he decided the real world was a little too real and retreated into the comfortable liberal arts bubble that is the Evergeen State College. There he got involved with and eventually became the editor of the student-run paper, The Cooper Point Journal. This was an excellent career move, but Ray suspects the time he spent corralling underpaid student journalists was when he started going a little bald, a point his editor Dennis Box likes to make whenever Ray is overly sarcastic in staff meetings. Outside of work, Ray struggles in vain to sleep in while his teacher fiancée wakes up at 5:30 every morning, make messes out of simple meals and consistently ponders the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, which he pretty sure isn't 42 but probably something equally ridiculous and non-sensical, if his experience as a reporter has taught him anything.
Sarah  Brenden Reporter
Sarah Brenden
360-825-2555 ext. 5060
Sarah Brenden graduated from Western Washington University in March 2012. While at Western she was a reporter and editor at The Western Front and also spent some time writing for The Bellingham Herald. After graduating, she interned with Seattle Health Magazine. She joined the Courier-Herald in October 2013 -- it was her first full-time reporting job since graduating from WWU. And in February 2015, she joined the Covington Maple Valley Reporter. She will spend most of her time covering sports and cops news. Born and raised in Washington, Sarah enjoys everything about living in the Pacific Northwest.
Kevin  Hanson Reporter
Kevin Hanson
With the Courier-Herald since 2001, following career stops in Cheney, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Hermiston, Ore. Graduate of Washington State University. Time away from the job finds me at a campsite, in the garden or on a motorcycle. Family includes wife Sharon, daughter Marina, dogs Zoe and Savannah and other assorted pets.

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