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Signature gathering resumes in Black Diamond recall case

Neighbor to Neighbor’s efforts to collect signatures restarted on June 23. About 200 signatures have been collected so far.

Want to host an exchange student? Deadline fast approaching

Across Washington, high school seniors are celebrating their graduation while other students are getting pumped for summer vacation. But around the world, some students are… Continue reading

Fourth of July is coming; know your local firework rules

Consider this your 2017 guide to fireworks: what’s legal, what isn’t, and where larger firework shows can be watched.

Glacier Middle School bullying incident may lead to court suit

A media storm hit Buckley this past week after a student at Glacier Middle School was told by several students to commit suicide.

Bonney Lake prepares road projects ‘wish list’

This year’s draft TIP plan — which is slotted to be voted on during the June 27 meeting — outlines roughly $45.5 million in various road projects all around the city. The projects are broken down into four different categories, and each have their own funding sources, most of which are not from the city’s accounts, because transportation funding is scarce.

East Pierce releases annual report

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters and EMS teams are always busy, but 2016 looks to have been a particularly busy year for the department. Every year, East Pierce releases an annual report detailing what the department achieved in the last year, as well as various facts and stats. Last year, the department was called out to more than 10,000 calls — a new record for East Pierce.

Why are Bonney Lake’s water and sewer bills so expensive?

Geography, the recession, a lack of recent development have all contributed to the city’s pricey utility rates, which may rise even higher in the fall and over the next several years.

Enumclaw High School Class of 2017 | Gallery

Check out the Hornets in their graduation garb as they receive their high school diplomas.

11,600 homeless counted in new King County survey

This year, a total of 11,643 homeless King County residents were counted on Jan. 27 by 160 paid guides and surveyors and around 600 volunteers. More than half of the county’s homeless residents had some form of shelter — 2,667 were in transitional housing, and 3,491 found themselves in emergency shelters.

EHS Transition Program thanks local businesses

For decades, Enumclaw businesses and business owners have been helping Enumclaw High School special needs students get work experience before they transition into post-high school life. And for the first time last week, Enumclaw’s Transition Program spent three days visiting more than two dozen businesses and school offices that participate in the program to show their thanks.

Health department warns of potential toxic algae

Summer hasn’t even officially started, and already, the county health department is warning people of potential toxic algae in Lake Tapps. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department released a toxic algae advisory for the lake Friday, June 2.

Arbitration between Black Diamond, Oakpointe rejected

Arbitrator rules questions were “premature” but allows city, developer to revise and resubmit their arbitration contract. Also, Councilwoman Pat Pepper has filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court against the recall petition approved by the King County Superior Court earlier this month.

Judge approves Black Diamond recall petition

A Superior Court judge approved a recall petition against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper.

Body found at Veterans Memorial Park

Officers arrived and determined a middle age male was deceased and recovered a large caliber pistol at the scene.

Oakpointe seeks arbitration with Black Diamond

The developer alleges the council majority – Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber – have violated the 2011 funding agreement by not maintaining a functioning Master Development Review Team for the developments growing in the city.

East Pierce seeks levy lid in August election

Proposition No. 1 would reset the department’s fire levy back to its maximum of $1.50 for every $1,000 in assessed property value for four years if approved by voters. Proposition No. 2 would keep the department’s EMS levy at its maximum of $0.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value for four years if approved by voters.

East Pierce buying body armor for firefighters

It’s typically a firefighter’s job to deal with fires, not bullets being fired from a gun. But with the way the world is moving, it’s good to be prepared for any kind of hot situation, the department decided.

Sumner’s Bridge Street bridge project kicks off

While the project was awarded to SB Structures on April 17 and construction is slated to begin this month, it will continue for more than two years, with an end date around June 2019.

Kayaks, paddleboards coming to Lake Tapps

This summer could potentially be one of Lake Tapps’ busiest years as Bonney Lake is now contracting with a new concessions stand and water sports rental business.

Black Diamond residents file recall vote charges

For more than a year, Black Diamond residents have tossed around the idea to file a recall vote for two of the city’s council members. Talk has turned to action as the first steps toward initiating a recall vote were taken April 10, when a group of Black Diamond residents filed a recall charge with King County Elections.