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Legislators find formula for basic education funds

Rep. Pat Sullivan and Sen. Joe Fain, legislators from the 47th District, were two of the principal negotiators who helped find the final pieces of the McCleary puzzle.

 

Bonney Lake gets new fish egg facility

Bonney Lake — a city known for it’s beautiful view of Mount Rainier, its day-cation destination of Lake Tapps, and, perhaps surprising to some, its fish eggs.

 

Primary ballots sent, due by Aug. 1

In the not-too-distant past, political theory held that election season didn’t really…

 

‘Newest Gator’ ready to fill her roll as Green River College president

Since beginning her job as Green River College president on July 1, Suzanne Johnson has been learning as much about the institution as she can.

State report underscores need to address underlying health factors | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Of the 49 state legislative districts, Pierce County’s 29th and 27th—which span from Tacoma to Lakewood—ranked highest in the state for hospitalizations people could have avoided.

  • Jul 25th, 2017

Demolition block party, burn ban rules, Lake Spanaway’s 50th, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of July 20, 2017

  • Jul 25th, 2017

First human West Nile case arrives in Pierce County | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

An east Pierce County man has recovered after he contracted West Nile Virus during a recent trip to California.

  • Jul 25th, 2017

Police called about dog trapped in car|Police Blotter

ENUMCLAW SHOPLIFTER CAUGHT: A shoplifting incident at a Roosevelt Avenue business was…

  • Jul 19th, 2017

Crews making progress on Foothills Trail

If everything falls into place, fans of the popular Foothills Trail will…

Unincorporated King County burn ban due to dry conditions

King County and the King County Fire Chiefs Association issued an ongoing fire safety burn ban

  • Jul 17th, 2017

Buckley mayor takes over as AWC president

Pat Johnson served in Buckley city government for 26 years.

  • Jul 13th, 2017

East Pierce battled 20 fires on July 4

But things could have been worse.

Enumclaw TOPS weight-loss royalty celebrates success

Losing weight is one thing, Cheri Jackson knows, but keeping it off is another.

King County Fair opens tomorrow

With most of their planning and preparation in the rear-view mirror, King…

Covington Days 2017|Photo Gallery

From Saturday July 15 to Sunday July 16, the public was able…

Miners Day 2017|Photo Gallery

On July 8, Miners Day took place in Black Diamond, Washington. Miners…

Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed | Department of Health

The Department of Health confirmed today that the number of people diagnosed with hantavirus this year has reached five, the highest number reported in the state since 1999.

  • Jul 7th, 2017

King County Fair kicks off four-day run July 13

With a healthy sampling of new attractions alongside a handful of old favorites, organizers are putting finishing touches on the 155th annual production of the King County Fair.

Paid family leave for Washington | 57 Seconds

The overwhelming majority of countries require some sort of paid leave for new moms, but in the United States, only four states and Washington D.C. have any sort of policy in place.

  • Jul 6th, 2017

Three Enumclaw schools lauded for ‘green’ effort

A trio of Enumclaw schools were honored when the King County Green Schools Program identified buildings that are reducing waste, increasing recycling, conserving resources and cutting costs.

  • Jul 6th, 2017

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.

Disposing of used, unused fireworks | State Fire Marshall

State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc reminds residents that “if you blow it up, clean it up.”

  • Jul 5th, 2017

Lake Tapps patrol, home values up, Zamboni driver retires, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of June 29, 2017

  • Jul 5th, 2017

Enumclaw revisits downtown parking rules and fines

When vehicles sit in prime parking spots — hour after hour, generally unattended — it hurts local business. That’s the stance taken by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce and the impetus behind a suggestion that some autos be allowed to sit longer while others are ticketed.

When to call 911 this 4th of July | State Fire Marshall

Every year around the Fourth of July, 911 operators are inundated with calls regarding fireworks. The majority of these calls are non-emergency related, but tie up the 911 system, potentially delaying an emergency call from getting through.

  • Jul 3rd, 2017

Council to pay for rural patrol | King County

Communities in unincorporated King County will see increased traffic safety patrols following the unanimous approval by the Metropolitan King County Council of funds for emphasis patrols.

  • Jul 3rd, 2017

Want to host an exchange student? Deadline fast approaching

Across Washington, high school seniors are celebrating their graduation while other students…

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.

Surprise of a lifetime for Black Diamond boy

Since 1980 the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting wishes to children all…

Candidates still sought

A special filing period has been announced in Pierce County, as candidates are needed to fill a handful of election ballots. During the recent filing period, some races failed to attract a candidate.

  • Jun 28th, 2017

Archbishop visits Sacred Heart

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain celebrated Confirmation at Sacred Heart Parish in Enumclaw April 30, then visited the local parish cemetery to consecrate new ground for Christian burials.

  • Jun 28th, 2017

One airlifted away after crash near Fell Street

One driver was airlifted to Seattle and another was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital, the result of a two-car crash Wednesday morning in Enumclaw.

  • Jun 28th, 2017

Open house set as Enumclaw talks stormwater

The two-hour session will begin at 5 p.m. July 18 in council chambers at City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.

Enumclaw teacher part of nationwide science initiative

Enumclaw’s Lisa Horton is one of 50 educators from throughout the Unites States chosen to be a teacher adviser for the “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms” initiative.

  • Jun 27th, 2017

Operation Dry Water aims to save lives

During the last three summers, Lake Tapps hasn’t had a single drowning incident. And the Bonney Lake Police Department, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the Washington State Parks Boating Program are aiming to continue this pattern by bringing Operation Dry Water back to the lake.

  • Jun 27th, 2017

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.

East Pierce battles two-acre brush fire

At 6:29 PM on Sunday, June 25th , at the height of the hot temperatures, crews from East Pierce Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a large brush fire near the Tehaleh Development, off of 198th Avenue E, and were on scene for three hours.

  • Jun 26th, 2017

Enjoy weekly concerts in Bonney Lake, Buckley

Fans of live music will have plenty of listening opportunities this summer, with the cities of Bonney Lake and Buckley each hosting a summertime concert series. In all cases the music is free. All guests need to provide is a lawn chair or blanket – and perhaps some cash if plans include a stop at one of the vendor booths.

Possible state shutdown means health department staff and service cuts | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

If lawmakers in Olympia fail to pass a budget by June 30, county residents would begin to see disruptions to essential public health services on July 1. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has contingency plans in case state funding ends because of a state government shutdown.

  • Jun 22nd, 2017

Gang member charged in 2016 homicide | Pierce County Prosecutor

esterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez, 26, with murder in the first degree for the gang initiation killing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez, 26, in April of last year.

  • Jun 22nd, 2017

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.

Trivelas retires after long stay with POM

Denise Trivelas has announced her retirement from Plateau Outreach Ministries after nearly 20 years of service to the Plateau community.

  • Jun 21st, 2017

Free meals during the summer months

Families throughout the area, particularly school-age children, can receive nutritious meals throughout the summer months. In all cases, food is provided free, courtesy of local school districts, cities and civic organizations.

  • Jun 21st, 2017

Housing troubles growing in Enumclaw

The housing crisis that has rocked big cities has trickled down to smaller communities like Enumclaw. That unfortunate fact — the product of a rebounding economy and often-limited housing inventory — was emphasized during the most recent meeting of the Enumclaw City Council.

County donates $25k to 2017 fair

The King County Fair has received a financial boost from King County government, with funds earmarked for youth programming during the 2017 edition of the fair.

  • Jun 20th, 2017

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.

Sewer plant expansion, jail jobs, classroom farm, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of June 15, 2017

  • Jun 19th, 2017

Lake Tapps toxic algae advisory lifted

The Tacoma Pierce County health Department made the announcement on June 16, after staff inspected the lake.

  • Jun 19th, 2017

Enumclaw, Renton teens prepare for regional firefighter competition

On one of the hottest June evenings of the year, as the weather settles into a scorching 85 degrees, four teenagers head outside Maple Valley Fire Station 81 in full firefighter bunker gear. This group of Zone 3 Explorers cheer each other on as they complete stair climbs, hose hoists, hose advances and other firefighter challenges.

Statewide sales at record levels

Across the state of Washington, big gains in construction and new and used auto sales helped fuel a jump in taxable retail sales to a record $145.9 billion in 2016, a 7.8 percent increase over calendar year 2015.

  • Jun 15th, 2017