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Parking lot greets visitors to Mount Peak’s south side

The popular promontory just south of Enumclaw attracts droves of visitors daily, with hikers leaving their vehicles along the shoulder of narrow rural roads. That has been particularly true on the less strenuous south side, where a wide gravel road heads uphill directly off Mud Mountain Road.

 

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.

 

Residents, alumni oppose Sumner School District name change

A public hearing was held on April 12, where opinions were heard on a proposal to change the Sumner School District’s name to “Sumner-Bonney Lake.” Several members of the community attended the hearing and opposition was the theme of the evening.

 

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.

Pierce County homeless count down, but unsheltered rates reach five-year high

It was a frigid Friday night in January when Pierce County volunteers left their homes in order to count the homeless. The more fortunate have a roof over their head during the winter months, as crowded as the space may be. But hundreds more are forced to face harsh winds, freezing rain and the unrelenting cold without shelter. And their numbers seem to grow every year.

Wright added to Enumclaw City Council

A seat on the Enumclaw City Council wasn’t empty too long, as Anthony Wright was appointed the evening of April 10 to fill the Position 3 vacancy.

Black Diamond TIP proposes Rock Creek Bridge replacement

Last week, the Black Diamond City Council passed its 2017 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Plan, which was more than three-quarters of a year late to the state. The council passed it just in time to begin drafting the 2018 - 2023 TIP, which typically begins in May to be approved and sent to the state by July 1, as required by law.

What will North Lake Tapps Park look like in 10 years? You decide

Allan Yorke Park may not be the only Lake Tapps park to get an upgrade.

Wilkeson students rally for canine rescue group

Some needy dogs will benefit from the kindness of a handful of Wilkeson Elementary students.

  • Apr 18th, 2017

King County celebrates 911 education month

The county celebrates with birthday party at local elementary school.

New ballot, homeless data, Sumner’s float, Tacoma Rainiers, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of April 13, 2017.

  • Apr 17th, 2017

Seattle ceremony includes local VFW

Enumclaw residents past and present were featured April 6 as King County honored the memories of those who served the nation during World War I.

  • Apr 14th, 2017

Local artists host reception in Bonney Lake

Artists of all walks of life are invited to Bonney Lake’s quarterly Artist Reception Friday, April 21. The theme is “Bound” and artists and photographers from south Puget Sound will incorporate their work into it – including Glory Cancro, a member of Bonney Lake’s Arts Commission and organizer of the event.

Anthony Wright appointed to Enumclaw City Council

Seat was vacated by Mike Sando March 27.

National website helps Plateau residents find local volunteer opportunities

There are many organizations on the Plateau looking for volunteers. There are also many people willing to serve. But getting the word out about volunteer events doesn’t always reach the right people, or reach them in time.

City Council considers future Public Works Center sites

As Bonney Lake’s population grows, so does the need for a new public works center. On April 4, a city council workshop took place to discuss a new development in the still-early stages of building a new public works center. Namely, where it will be located.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue host egg hunts all over Pierce County

East Pierce firefighters are sponsoring three annual Easter Egg Hunts around the fire district on Saturday, April 15.

  • Apr 11th, 2017

What’s in a name? School district considers change

With a century of tradition on one side and ever-growing geographic realities on the other, the Sumner School District is at a crossroads – is it time for a name change, adopting a formal title that reflects its sprawling boundaries?

Bonney Lake Food Bank to get much-needed makeover

McKenna Sax, a Bonney Lake resident and senior at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, is organizing four straight days of painting the food bank building to earn her Gold Award, the highest honor that can be given to a girl scout and the equivalent of the Eagle Scout badge.

Students set to shine at 11th annual Death by Chocolate

Death is inevitable, but death by chocolate is a whole other story.

Enumclaw gains one council member, loses another

Kicking off the meeting, Mayor Liz Reynolds shared a letter of resignation from Mike Sando. In stepping down, Sando made it clear he had work-related reasons as well as personal dissatisfaction with the direction Enumclaw’s governing body is headed.

Buckley pot moratorium extended

A moratorium on businesses that would produce or process marijuana has been extended by the Buckley City Council.

Judge clarifies recent ruling in Black Diamond OPMA case; council members ‘likely unable’ to post $150,000 bond, says lawyer

The King County Superior Court recently clarified its most recent ruling in the Oakpointe v. Black Diamond OPMA case, following a motion for reconsideration filed late last month by council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber.

Man sentenced to 50 years in Auburn DUI crash that killed 4

The insults done to the bodies of the five victims in the…

  • Apr 4th, 2017

Panthers choir joins world-famous composer at CWU

Bonney Lake vocalists will be joining world-renowned composer Ola Gjeilo on stage this coming Friday, April 7.

  • Apr 4th, 2017

Local fire, EMS calls routed through new dispatch center

The goal was for a seamless transition early this week when a new agency began handling emergency calls to the Enumclaw Fire Department.

Sumner High released early after email threat

The Sumner Police Department has determined that Sumner High School is safe after an email threat was sent to a teacher this morning, prompting the school to let out early and cancel all after-school activities.

  • Apr 5th, 2017

Bonney Lake prepares for Death by Chocolate

The Bonney Lake Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser – Death by Chocolate – is being held Saturday, April 8 at the Bonney Lake High School.

  • Mar 31st, 2017

Enumclaw group hosts fundraiser to do service in West Africa

Not everyone has the ability to travel overseas to lend their talents and services to those in need, but anyone can decide to support those who can. Supporting those who can is why Mount Rainier Christian Center is hosting a fundraiser to help send a dozen Plateau residents to Rialo in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Vegetation management underway to help strengthen local forests | King County

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is conducting vegetation management control on more than 300 acres of county-owned forest sites to encourage the growth of young conifer trees.

  • Mar 31st, 2017

How Pierce County places in 2017 County Health Ranking | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Still at 24 out of 39, Pierce County saw no overall movement in the 2017 County Health Rankings. But slightly lower rates of adult smoking and drinking, improvements in rates of physical activity and a decreasing level of teen births, uninsured and unemployed residents is good news.

  • Mar 30th, 2017

Bonney Lake prepares for Costco with SR 410 improvements

Bonney Lake plans to sell $4.8 million in bonds to fund SR 410 improvements at the eventual 204th Ave intersection with the highway. Additionally, logging has started in the WSU forest to make way for the road extension and clear land for the Costco building.

Wellness Foundation scrambling for financial fix

Popular programs that benefit both children and senior citizens face a perilous future, as the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation struggles in a time of financial insecurity.

Tahoma National Cemetery to honor Vietnam vets

A 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be held on Saturday, April 1 at the cemetery.

  • Mar 29th, 2017

UPDATE: Large product leak at Williams Pipeline station in Sumner resolved

Firefighter crews have closed off the highway from the Cascade Water to the Log Cabin along the highway. as well as the Forest Canyon Road East between Cottage Road and the highway.

Enumclaw library concerns involve city, police and district

Ongoing concerns about sketchy behavior in and around the Enumclaw library have swirled through local government circles, culminating in meetings involving the mayor, law enforcement and the King County Library District.

High Priority Offender charged with ID theft and forgery | Pierce County Prosecutor

Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Kelsea Christine Bernhardt, 37. Bernhardt faces three cases and 14 counts including Identity theft, theft and forgery.

  • Mar 28th, 2017

Mike Sando resigns Enumclaw City Council seat citing work responsibility and disagreement with council direction

Former councilman points to pursuit of narrow and individual interests

Ag land amendments, County website, Puyallup woodcarvers, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of March 23, 2017.

  • Mar 27th, 2017

21-year-old man shot in Enumclaw

Man shot in neck, taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in critical condition.

Enumclaw man honored for service to cancer survivors

Enumclaw resident Michael Gordon was honored in Chicago for his ongoing efforts on behalf of prostate cancer survivors and their families.

  • Mar 24th, 2017

Delays coming to already-congested 410 during summer months

To all those who curse the daily traffic logjam between Enumclaw and Buckley, just wait – a planned road project on state Route 410 means things will be getting worse.

Night logging begins in WSU forest next week

According to a work and traffic plan by Abston Henricksen Land & Timber Co., the company is cutting trees to the 35 acre site that will house the future Costco building.

Enumclaw School Board chooses new high school principal

The Enumclaw School District ventured into nearby Pierce County and plucked Aaron Lee from the Orting educational system, choosing Lee to be the next principal at Enumclaw High School.

New ruling in Black Diamond OPMA case

Judge Janet Helson ruled Black Diamond is to pay for the council’s defense, bur she also ruled that council members Pepper, Morgan and Weber must post a $150,000 surety bond to ensure they have the ability to pay for their own legal fees if it’s determined they are responsible for those fees when the final determination of this case is made.

Cadematori picked to fill Enumclaw council vacancy

Position 1 has been vacant since January, when Morgan Irwin resigned from the council. He stepped away immediately after being chosen to fill a 31st Legislative District vacancy in the state House of Representatives.

Two measles cases in King County | King County Public Health

Local public health officials have confirmed measles infection in a 6-month-old infant and the infant’s father, both King County residents who had recently traveled to Asia.

  • Mar 21st, 2017

22nd annual powwow at Enumclaw Middle School

Colorful dancers and rhythmic drumming will be found Friday evening as the Enumclaw School District offers its 22nd annual powwow.

State of the County, ransacked hospital tour, Volunteers of the Year, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of March 16, 2017

  • Mar 21st, 2017

Pierce County cleans up landslide on South Prairie Road East

It is estimated that 100 to 200 tons came down in the landslide, but a total of around 700 to 800 tons of debris was removed from the site.