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Students from all over Pierce County participated in the 20th annual Pierce County Library System’s Our Own Expressions writing and art contest, and two students from Bonney Lake and Sumner came out on top.
Cooler heads and calmer voices marked a major shift in tone at the May 5 Black Diamond City Council meeting.
Big news for Enumclaw! The annual Boots and Badges basketball fundraiser is back, and raising money for two local kids diagnosed with cancer. Also, Hornet Madison Eaton made EHS history by bring the first to claim a state choir title! Kneishia Vinson talked to us about sexual assault awareness and her work with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and White River and Enumclaw sports teams gear up for post-season play. And just in case you missed your chance to register as a voter via mail, the deadline to register in person and vote in the upcoming presidential election is this Monday.
Not much happy news this past week. Pierce County sees a dramatic increase in homelessness with the annual Point in Time survey, and a house on Lake Tapps was declared a total loss after a basement fire. A spokeswoman for the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center talked to us about sexual assault awareness, and Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools are gearing their teams up for post-season play.
Enumclaw High School senior Madison Eaton competed in the state choir competition this year knowing she already made it farther than she ever had before.
Buckley's Ida Marge Guild is turning 60.
It's red versus blue. Police versus fighters. The Lawdawgs versus the Smoke Eaters. That's right, the annual Boots and Badges basketball showdown is coming to town, and is looking to be bigger than ever.
On a cold midwinter night in January, more than 200 volunteers searched Pierce County to count the number of people who did not have a home to go to. By the end of the night, they had their total: 1,762 people that night were homeless, close to 500 more than the previous year.
Lots of political news for Enumclaw last week. Rep. Chris Hurst announced he will no be seeking re-election in 2016, and Lane Walthers announced he will be running for the soon-to-be-vacant position. Also, King County mailed out all the Presidential Primary ballots, so keep your eyes on your mailboxes. The weather is getting warmer but rivers and lakes can still be dangerously cold, and one of our reporters dissects the Dexter novels and the widely-popular TV show.
Bonney Lake had a busy week! The Bonney Lake baseball team took the league title against Sumner, and Sumner choir singers get excellent scores in the state competition. Also, Spartan senior Hashwinder Singh came back from Washington D.C. to tell us about the U.S. Senate Youth Program. In other school news, the Sumner School District will be providing Chromebooks for all students 6th through 12th grade to use both at school and home. Finally, get ready for the Presidential Primary, because ballots have been mailed out.
As one election ends, another beings. The Washington state Presidential Primary election officially started today, May 6, with ballots having been mailed out yesterday to Pierce County voters.
The Sumner High School choir just wrapped up another successful year by sending two Spartans to state. Juniors Janelle Purser and Elly Mark both sang at the state solo and ensemble contest last weekend at Central Washington University. Purser and Mark sang together and separately. For their ensemble, they received an "excellent" rating.
The time for heavy textbooks and clunky computer carts may be coming to an end in the Sumner School District. in the Sumner School District. At the beginning of the 2016 school year, every student from the sixth grade and up will be receiving their own Chromebook to use at school and take home.
Editor's note: The Courier-Herald reported in the April 13 article "Enumclaw residents oppose rural pot grows" that five marijuana businesses had pending licenses to operate outside the Enumclaw city limits. There are four marijuana businesses with pending licenses.
After Sumner's loss to Bonney Lake 10-0 yesterday, the Spartans were determined not let the last game of the season get away from them so easily. But while the game was a tough fight, the Panthers came away with a 7-5 win, taking the league championship.
It's still many years before Sumner High School senior Hashwinder Singh could be elected to represent his state in Washington D.C., but his trip to the nation's capitol last March has certainly taken him a step or two closer.
Black Diamond has found itself without a city attorney, and the city council has hired its own legal representation with one big question on the table: who will pay, the city or council members? Also, Green River College students and faculty organize a walk out in protest of the current college administration and how it is handling budget cuts. May is also Wildfire Awareness month with an educational event about how to prepare for a wildfire emergency with King County, and speaking of fire, the Fire District #28 levy lid lift measure looks to be passing.
Lots of East Pierce Fire & Rescue news this week: the department received a donation of six new oxygen mask kits for our pets. Also, as of Friday, April 29, the department's levy lift measure is being approved by voters. Also this week, a Bonney Lake resident talks about the Boston Marathon she just ran, and the Spartans take on the Panthers in a head-to-head tennis match.
Smoke inhalation isn’t just a problem for people during a fire – it’s a problem for their pets, too. Now, the fire department is better equipped to rescue pets with the help of specially-designed oxygen masks. The donation of these six new mask kits (which come with three masks of different sizes to fit most animals with a snout) comes from Invisible Fence of Seattle and their Project Breathe program.
Sumner High School hosted a head-to-head girls tennis match April 19 with Bonney Lake, beating the visiting Panthers 4-1. As the teams stand, the Spartans are tied for the best record in the SPSL 3A with an 8-1 mark. Sumner’s only loss so far was to Auburn Mountainview on April 6. The Panthers hold a 2-8 record, but the team has room to improve down the stretch.
Councilwoman Janie Edelman made her feelings clear at the beginning of the three and a half hour long council meeting on April 21 – the Black Diamond City Council is looking less like a body of elected officials and more like a late night comedy show. And while some people found the scene funny, much of the content wasn’t.
Enumclaw had a busy week with the White River bridge planned to be closed until Saturday, but luckily, it was opened three days early! Other area news include the April 7 Black Diamond council meeting, where council members attempted to fire the city attorney, aA former manager of Enumclaw's Friendship House being found guilty of stealing money from the houses residents, and Buckley installing a new traffic light on SR 410.
Need to catch up on Bonney Lake news? This last week was the anniversary of the deaths of Ellis family, who died when a concrete barrier on SR 410 fell onto Angeline Road. Additionally, the White River bridge was closed, but opened three days early, much to many Plateau residents' enjoyment. Buckley will be installing a new traffic light on the SR 410 and SR 165 intersection, and Bonney Lake residents spotted bears in town.
Lake Tapps is looking rather full with a current elevation of 542 feet. Cascade Water Alliance, who controls the lake levels, plans to resume refilling the lake with water from the White River May 2, and expects the lake to rise to 542.5 feet by May 7.
A lot of news happening in the Enumclaw area this week. First, you have the White River bridge closure - luckily, there are plenty of detour routes city residents can take. Also, an Enumclaw-based group is trying to ban marijuana businesses from unincorporated King County. The Enumclaw Historical Society is hosting its annual dinner and dessert auction fundraiser, and the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation is hosting a medication take-back event.
The Bonney Lake and Sumner area had more sports news this week, with the Pantherettes becoming state champs and the undefeated Sumner and Bonney Lake track teams meeting head-to-head to decide who is top dog. Also, read about how you can drive around the week-long White River bridge closure and how the Sumner School District is providing Chromebooks for all its students.
The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society is putting on quite a show for their annual History Award Dinner and Dessert Auction, scheduled for April 23.
Both the Bonney Lake and Sumner boys track teams were undefeated heading into their April 7 meet. The Panthers stayed on top of the league, coming away with a 93-52 win.
Where there's a will, there's weed.
The Bonney Lake Pantherettes once again brought their magic to the state drill competition, coming away with a state championship title in the show category. The Panthettes faced down Lakes, Woodland and Sumner high schools, scoring an exceptional 260.90 points during the March 26 competition. The team was sent to state after placing first in the show category at districts. They also placed second in the military category.
Did you miss any of the big news items this week? This week, we covered updates on the Sumner SR 410 interchange/Traffic Avenue project, the East Pierce Fire & Rescue levy lift, and whether or not Pierce County should allow marijuana businesses to open in unincorporated areas. We've also got Part 3 of "The Road to Voting" and Sen. Joe Fain talks about how the state is working to protect survivors of sexual assault.
Logan Burton is this year's Bonney Lake Chief for a Day, having been deputized last week by Police Chief Dana Powers. Logan, 7, was nominated to be Chief for a Day because he's gone through two open heart surgeries due to a congenital heart defect known as pulmonary aortic (or valve) stenosis.
The Pierce County Council is putting a question concerning marijuana before the voters during the April 26 special election: Should the production, processing and sale of marijuana be allowed in unincorporated Pierce County? This nonbinding advisory vote is meant to inform the council on the public’s opinion of Ordinance 2015-27s, which will lift the current ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county July 1.
With the April special election just around the corner, Bonney Lake and Sumner residents should be receiving their ballots by this weekend, and with them, a proposal from East Pierce Fire and Rescue to lift the lid on their EMS levy.
Sumner’s traffic project is finally making some financial headway. The city of Sumner successfully secured $300,000 in state funding, money that was sorely needed in order to get the ball rolling on several more grants for its Traffic Avenue/SR 410 improvement project.
Have a busy week? Your weekend briefing will get you caught up on all the big news stories from the last week.
Ever since his mother started working with the Redmond Police Department, Officer Justin Paulson knew he wanted to be an officer of the law. Going on ride-alongs with officers in middle school and attending Bellevue Police Department’s first ever Citizen’s Academy further cemented his future.
In an effort to raise revenues for maintaining and improving roads amid falling gas taxes and traffic impact fees, Bonney Lake is considering creating a transportation benefit district, much like dozens of other cities like Buckley and Enumclaw.
In an effort to raise revenues for maintaining and improving roads amid falling gas taxes and traffic impact fees, Bonney Lake is considering creating a transportation benefit district, much like dozens of other cities like Buckley and Enumclaw. The city held a public hearing to let city residents give their input on the idea during the regular council meeting March 29.
Check out photos from the Sumner and Bonney Lake Easter egg hunts.
Bonney Lake is packing up the pump. Last Thursday, the city ended the month-long process of pumping water off several streets that started flooding last winter.
It took only two meetings for the Black Diamond City Council to revise its rules and procedures, giving metaphorical whiplash to staff and city residents as they wrestled with the council's new structure.
Yesterday, Lake Tapps reached a level of 541.69 feet. Cascade Water Alliance is currently allowing the reservoir to raise slowly with normal weather conditions and anticipate achieving a level of 542 feet by April 15 (recreational levels are 541.5 to 543 feet).
Haven’t had time to check the news this week? Your weekend briefing will let you know all the big news you may have missed.
Haven't had time to check the news this week? Your weekend briefing will let you know all the big news you may have missed.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue is giving its district residents on the outskirts a chance to learn more about the department. On Saturday, March 26, the department will be hosting an open house at the Prairie Ridge fire station from 9 a.m. to noon. A second open house will be hosted April 2 at the Foothills station, also from 9 a.m. to noon.
A house on Tacoma Point Drive near Lake Tapps has been severely damage after a fire started yesterday, March 17. A neighbor called East Pierce Fire and Rescue at 4:15 p.m., and crews arrived to the house that was already halfway engulfed in flames.
The Panther tennis players are ready to start swinging, if the weather gives them a chance this early in the season. Bonney Lake did not see a single victory last year, ending the season with a 0-14 record. The Panthers plan to change that this year.
For the second consecutive year the Bonney Lake and Sumner Special Olympics basketball team celebrated taking state, bringing up their total state championships to four. The Spartans went undefeated throughout the eight subdistrict, district and championship games, and lost only one nonleague Pack the Gym game to Franklin Pierce.
Saturday mornings are an excellent opportunity to connect with your dog, which is what Cathy Dormaier has in mind when she and her cavalier King Charles spaniel, Winston, rent Enumclaw's Danish Hall to lead doga classes.