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Lights, camera, action - Movie crew calls on Buckley for summer shoot

By Jessica Keller, The Courier-Herald

Bigfoot may not really wander Pacific Northwest woods, but it is in a movie being made that will have some scenes filmed in Buckley.

At their May 13 meeting, City Council members agreed the producers for "Project Bigfoot," a low-budget adventure movie from Diversa Film Group of California, could shoot some scenes in Buckley.

While the council gave initial approval, stating a general consensus that it's a fun idea and would be nice for the city, City Administrator Dave Schmidt said the city and the producers still have to reach a formal agreement, which will be brought back to the City Council for final approval at Tuesday's meeting.

The scenes, to be filmed for about 13 days beginning June 2, will be shot using some residences and some public facilities, including City Hall. Schmidt said the producers seem to be interested in the downtown area and want to shoot some scenes there as well. He said the producers may want to use Buckley residents as extras.

"It will be fun," Schmidt said.

In other news, the council:

€ approved the first phase of the White River High School horticulture class' Buckley Cemetery landscaping plan. The city has agreed to allow the horticulture class to perform landscaping for the city, following council approval of each phase. Schmidt said the project will be completed in three or four phases over the next couple of years. The city budgeted $7,000 for enhancement of the new cemetery entrance in 2003, which will be used by the students in their project.

€ approved extending the expiration date of a purchase and sale agreement between the city and the White River Housing Association for the purchase of land to be used for low-income senior housing. The extension, from Jan 1, 2004, to July 1, 2004, is necessary because although the housing association has preliminary approval of $90,000 from a Pierce County community development block grant, the amount of time it will take for the papers to be processed is uncertain.

€ approved the renewal of the Buckley Log Show lease for a period of 10 years with the condition that a termination clause be written into the agreement.

€ approved Buckley Youth Activity Center Coordinator Larissa Tucey's plan to use funds from a $7,000 grant to help send Buckley youth ages 12 to 15 to a summer camp.

€ granted the Buckley Kiwanis use of city utilities to operate a scone booth during the Log Show at the end of June.

€ authorized the Buckley Kiwanis to use city property paralleling state Route 410 for the Kiwanis Garage Sale, which will take place the weekend of the Flashback Car Show in August.

€ approved Mayor John Blanusa's appointment of Dave Pearcy to the Buckley Hall Board.

Jessica Keller can be reached at jkeller@courierherald.com

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