Brian Beckley

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January ice storm cost Bonney Lake more than $235,000

Bonney Lake officials have prepared a report for the county as part of preliminary damage assessment detailing the impact on the city's budget. Reports from all cities inPierce County will be compiled into a report that will go to the state in hopes of receiving a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration that could allow municipalities to recoup money on storm costs.

  • Feb 8th, 2012 10:01pm

Sumner Police looking for man exposing himself to teenage girls

Sumner residents are being warned to watch for a black man in his mid-20s allegedly exposing himself to girls in the city.

  • Feb 3rd, 2012 10:28pm

Property tax levy for Dieringer School District on Feb. 14 special ballot

Residents in the Dieringer School District should be receiving ballots this week for the district's Educational Programs and Operations replacement levy, part of the Feb. 14 special election.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 5:23pm

Bonney Lake garbage rates on the rise this March

Beginning in March, Bonney Lake residents will pay a little bit more to have their trash hauled away. DM Disposal has notified the city of their plans to increase fees by an average of 6 percent.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 2:38am

Dieringer school playground to get $25,000 thanks to Coca-Cola grant

Parent Greg Levchek, whose son is a first-grader at the school, entered Lake Tapps Elementary in Coke's "Sprite Spark Parks for School Sweepstakes" in September and the school in selected in November as one of the winners.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 12:13am

Daffodil Festival season gets under way with the The Princess Promenade Feb. 4

The Princess Promenade is the official ceremony in which each young woman selected to represent her High School is tapped and proclaimed an official Daffodil Princess; they will each receive their Princess Tiara and a Golden Daffodil.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 10:14pm

Bonney Lake city council looking to make dog park official

The park, a project created primarily through the volunteer efforts of citizens and businesses, was originally designated a temporary location with a one-year trial run.

  • Jan 24th, 2012 9:48pm

Bonney Lake police investigating mail thefts

Bonney Lake police are investigating a pair of Jan. 11 mail thefts involving what may be the same suspect vehicle.

  • Jan 20th, 2012 11:42pm

Cascade Water Alliance talks licenses at open house

Cascade Water Alliance on Thursday tried to assuage resident fears regarding licenses for work on lakefront property and answer any other questions during a two-hour open house at North Tapps Middle School.

  • Jan 19th, 2012 9:42pm

Lake Tapps residents pack Cascade Water Alliance meeting to find out if home dockwork will be restricted

Cascade Water Alliance on Thursday tried to assuage resident fears regarding licenses for work on lakefront property and answer any other questions during a two-hour open house at North Tapps Middle School.

  • Jan 16th, 2012 12:10am

REMINDER: Inaugural Lake Tapps Trash Bash set for this weekend

In the Summer of 2010, Jon Bodewell and his 6-year-old daughter Cierra Schoen walked to the edge of Lake Tapps near their Tapps Island home to feed the baby ducks that frequented their dock. It was something they had done many times before, but all of a sudden, Cierra stepped on something and began screaming in pain. At first, Bodewell thought she stepped on a stick or a sharp rock, but when he got to her, it was much worse than he expected.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 10:16pm

SPECIAL REPORT | Are jails becoming a ball and chain?

Under state law, each city must find a way to deal with its prisoner population and the cities of east Pierce County and the Plateau all have their own strategies and reasons for housing prisoners.

  • Jan 6th, 2012 7:55pm

Bonney Lake Police warn of increase in car prowls | UPDATED

The most recent targeted areas are the northwest and southwest areas of the city, primarily Locust Avenue West to 183rd Avenue East, as well as the Angeline Road area.

  • Jan 11th, 2012 8:26pm

Bonney Lake to officially appeal Orton Junction approval

The unanimous decision came after an extended executive session during Tuesday night's council workshop.

  • Jan 6th, 2012 7:58pm

Found pipe bomb forces evacuation of fire station

An East Pierce Fire and Rescue station was evacuated briefly this morning when a local resident brought in what appeared to be a pipe bomb.

  • Jan 5th, 2012 7:58pm

New year brings slight increase in Bonney Lake utility rates

The increases are automatic and tied to the index through the Bonney Lake Municipal Code.

  • Jan 4th, 2012 11:22pm

Bonney Lake’s Sumner-Buckley Hwy business owners petition against altered name

Steve Marks of B Natural Music also spoke in opposition to the change, saying that for a struggling, small business the costs associated with changing the address can be difficult. "I don't appreciate the fact that it's going to impact me," he said.

  • Dec 28th, 2011 6:43pm

Bonney Lake council passes budget amendment but requires approval for any deficit spending

The Bonney Lake City Council Tuesday night passed the city's biennial budget amendment including use of fund balance to cover a gap in expenditures and revenues, but inserted a novel provision to require the administration to come back for council approval when the expected revenue number is reached.

  • Dec 21st, 2011 9:58pm

Lake Tapps couple use New Year’s Eve event to support Nepal orphans

When Laura Handy-Nimick left Nepal, she found that the images of the poor children she met never left her.

  • Dec 21st, 2011 9:58pm

Pierce County receives grant for Fennel Creek flood plain restoration

This past week, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office's Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded a $393,225 grant to restore the creek's floodplain on more than 40 acres of land owned by Pierce County near the mouth of the creek.

  • Dec 20th, 2011 9:08pm

OUR CORNER: It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to

Lying is perfectly legal, though maybe it shouldn't be. Yeah, that's the ticket...

  • Dec 14th, 2011 2:05am

Bonney Lake to leave Rainier Cable Commission; still plan to get meetings online

The council on Tuesday was expected to pass an ordinance pulling out of the Rainier Cable Commission, a move that will save the city $12,000 next year and $24,000 every year after.

  • Dec 14th, 2011 2:02am

UPDATED: Traffic Avenue exit reopened after being closed due to police activity

The off-ramp to Traffic Avenue on westbound state Route 410 is currently closed due to police activity.

  • Dec 14th, 2011 12:08am

UPDATED: Bonney Lake High School dismissed early due to bomb threat

Police, with the aid of a bomb-sniffing dog, searched the school's gym. No suspicious objects were found.

  • Dec 13th, 2011 11:18pm

Divers check for leaks in Bonney Lake Peaking Storage Tank | SLIDESHOW

A team from H2O Solutions of Bellevue spent approximately 30 hours last week cleaning and checking the city of Bonney Lake's peaking storage facility.

  • Dec 12th, 2011 11:01pm

Egan wins fire district recount by 16 votes

The final numbers, according to Pierce County Elections, show Egan receiving 8,915 votes to McElligott's 8,899.

  • Dec 9th, 2011 11:39pm

Bonney Lake High School named one of 22 Innovative Schools

Cited for its use of the High School That Work model since it was opened in 2005, the home of the Panthers was on of six schools in Pierce County named to the list by Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.

  • Dec 7th, 2011 8:38pm

Bonney Lake police warn shoppers about vehicle prowls in parking lots

This holiday season police officers and volunteers in orange vests are patrolling parking lots, on the lookout for valuables left in cars that might be potential targets for criminals looking for a quick score.

  • Dec 7th, 2011 12:20am

Bonney Lake Sumner drill team takes home a first place trophy in weekend competition

The team took home the first-place trophy in the military category. They performed to a song called "Downtown Toyko Chase" from the "Fast and the Furious, Tokyo Drift" soundtrack.

  • Dec 6th, 2011 10:33pm

Fire commission race still too close to call

Only 22 votes separate the contenders, prompting a hand recount of all ballots.

  • Dec 5th, 2011 8:08pm

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW 2011: Bonney Lake swimmers have high hopes

Despite a relatively small roster signed up so far, the Bonney Lake High boys swim team has high hopes for the upcoming season.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 9:56pm

Need outpacing donations at Bonney Lake Food Bank

Bowen said for the past several years, the food bank has been serving an average of 1,200 families per month, up from about 300 per month in 2007.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 9:13pm

Councilmember again challenges city staff to match her holiday giving

Laurie Carter has offered to donate a quarter for every can of food collected by Bonney Lake city employees and convinced the mayor, two councilmembers and a department head to match her giving.

  • Nov 24th, 2011 12:32am

Educator For a Day gives local dignitaries a chance to peek inside the classroom

Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow was one of several local dignitaries taking their turn in classrooms around the Sumner School District Thursday as part of Educator for a Day, part of the 90th anniversary of American Education Week.

  • Nov 24th, 2011 12:16am

2012 Bonney Lake historical calendar takes a 12-month journey through time

Calendars include pictures of the city before development, original families to the area and tributes to longtime residents who died last year.

  • Nov 23rd, 2011 11:59pm

Suspect leads Bonney Lake police on chase along 410 before crashing into power pole and fleeing on foot

A K-9 unit was called in to track and find the suspect, who led police on a foot chase through backyards in Sumner.

  • Nov 23rd, 2011 10:54pm

UPDATED: Bonney Lake renames Sumner-Buckley Highway in honor of veterans

By a 4-2 vote, the council officially designated the road "Veterans Memorial Drive East."

  • Nov 29th, 2011 9:14pm

Spreading Christmas cheer around the world, one box at a time

12-year-old Rachel Quick of Bonney Lake saves her allowance all year to spend at Christmas on children she has never met.

  • Nov 24th, 2011 7:41pm

Bonney Lake Council to vote on renaming Sumner-Buckley Highway in honor of veterans

If the ordinance passes, the stretch of road from state Route 410 to Angeline Road will be named Veteran Memorial Drive East.

  • Nov 21st, 2011 7:57pm

Bonney Lake seniors elect all-female center advisory board for 2012

For the first time in recent memory, every position on the Bonney Lake Senior Center Advisory Board in 2012 will be filled by women.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 11:36pm

Bonney Lake senior center doubles up on holiday meals this year

This year, instead of a single meal, the center is spreading both holidays over two days, with servings limited to 70 each day.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 10:41pm

Snow predicted for the end of this week

According to a special weather statement, a cold upper level low pressure system is forecast to out of the Gulf of Alaska and over the Pacific Northwest late Thursday night.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 9:24pm

Sumner-Buckley Highway renaming is on hold, for now

Plans for renaming part of Sumner-Buckley Highway in time for Veterans Day may have fallen by the wayside due to an unexpected backlash from longtime residents and business along the road, but many members of the city council still support the change.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 1:17am

Bonney Lake Veterans Memorial one step closer

The administration and the Greater Bonney Lake Veterans Memorial Society have agreed to a memo of understanding reserving land in the city's downtown core for placement of a monument.

  • Nov 11th, 2011 7:43pm

Pierce Transit to keep 496 route running through at least June 2012

Commuters on the Pierce Transit Route 496 from the Bonney Lake Park and Ride to the Sumner Sounder Station can breathe a little easier as Pierce Transit Board last week decided to maintain the route through at least June 2012.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 11:04pm

Police investigating abduction attempt on Angeline Road

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall with a heavy build, wearing dark clothing.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 9:04pm

Bonney Lake considers the future of the Reed property

Bought in April 2010 for $1.4 million, the Reed property, located just outside city limits, was purchased by the city's water utility as an additional water source for the city.

  • Nov 7th, 2011 10:16pm

Bonney Lake city council candidates Dahlstrom and Minton-Davis in their own words

Quinn Dahlstrom, who has been active in city politics for a long time is facing off against Katrina Minton-Davis, a member of the planning commission and chair of the Sumner-Bonney Lake Relay For Life committee. The Courier-Herald sent each candidate the following questions.

  • Nov 3rd, 2011 7:27pm

Bonney Lake water tank leaking more than expected

Just four years after opening the 15 million gallon peaking storage tank off 96th Street, the city of Bonney Lake is preparing to send divers in to inspect the tank, which appears to be losing water at a faster-than-expected rate.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 7:13pm

County Councilman Dan Roach delivers baby at home

The latest member of County Councilman Dan Roach's family arrived Oct. 21 and in a hurry, pressing her father into service to deliver the baby himself at home.

  • Nov 1st, 2011 10:39pm