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Sawmill Creek fire update | Department of Natural Resources

Plateau residents wakes to smoke; air quality moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Construction starts on Puyallup River side channel near Orting | Pierce County

Construction of a 1,400-foot Puyallup River side channel near Orting will begin Monday, Sept. 18. This new side channel will reduce impacts to nearby neighborhoods from river flooding and establish salmon habitat.

  • Sep 15th, 2017

Painting a different picture of battling addiction

Local painting company teaches recovering addicts trade skills; in turn, recoverees gave back to Battlefield Addiction, a local non-profit support group for the families of addicts.

Fire suppression costs exceed $2 billion | United States Department of Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year have exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive year on record.

  • Sep 14th, 2017

Sunrise and White River areas open | Mount Rainier National Park

After being closed due to fire activity outside of the park the Sunrise and White River areas reopened this morning at 8:00 am. Facilities in the area, including the White River Campground and area trails, are now also open to normal use.

  • Sep 13th, 2017

Sawmill Creek and Norse Peak fire update | Department of Natural Resources

The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 915 acres with 0 percent containment and has increased by over 64 acres in the last three days.

  • Sep 13th, 2017

Bonney Lake council concerned about emergency response times

A new report on Bonney Lake Police Department and South Sound 911 dispatch shows an average 9.1 minute response time to Priority 1 emergencies.

JBLM celebrates 100th, School Resource Officer tips, food at the Fair, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 7, 2017

  • Sep 12th, 2017

Rabid bat numbers continue to rise | Department of Health

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes across Washington have tested positive for rabies since August 1.

  • Sep 12th, 2017

Sunrise, White River areas still closed | Mount Rainier National Park

The White River and Sunrise areas of Mount Rainier National Park remain closed due to the unpredictable fire behavior of the Norse Peak Fire. This fire is burning outside the east boundary of the park.

  • Sep 12th, 2017

Black Diamond council hires lawyer to investigate mayor

After spending nine months playing defense against an Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit, the Black Diamond City Council majority is looking to go on the attack against Mayor Carol Benson. During the Aug. 17 council meeting, council members Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan approved a contract with Seattle attorney Anne Bremner.

Weekend weather helped fight pair of mountain fires

The past weekend’s cooler, sometimes drizzly weather brought welcome relief for wildland firefighters who were struggling to control the Norse Peak and Sawmill Creek fires. Both are near state Route 410 not all that many miles from Enumclaw; they continued to burn early this week, but fire crews had made progress in key areas.

Man sentenced in stray bullet killing | Pierce County Prosecutors

On Firday Tobin Hugh Panton, 41, was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for manslaughter in the first degree.

  • Sep 11th, 2017

Grant allows for sprucing of historic building

The one-time Enumclaw National Bank, sitting on the northwest corner of Griffin Avenue and Cole Street, occupies an important place in Enumclaw history. One of just two buildings with a King County-approved “landmark” designation, the two-story structure has housed a variety of businesses during nearly a century of existence.

Drawdown schedule, projects for Lake Tapps announced | Cascade Water Alliance

Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council today announced the winter 2017/2018 drawdown schedule for Lake Tapps, and noted the long term look at future lake levels.

  • Sep 8th, 2017

Eat pancakes with local firefighters this weekend

Mountain View Fire and Rescue is hosting a pancake breakfast this weekend to support the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

  • Sep 8th, 2017

Expo Center may end year in black

“The path is long and it’s a little bumpy,” said Scott Gray, who oversees the Expo Center operation while issuing an annual report to the Enumclaw City Council. The bottom line, he said, is that the Expo operation is headed toward the point of self-sufficiency.

Grand opening of Victor Falls Park this weekend

There will be live music by Earth Meets Sky, a groovy folk and pop band, as well as a ribbon cutting by Mayor Neil Johnson and activities for children and families.

  • Sep 7th, 2017

Wildfire smoke means air quality can change quickly | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Smoke from regional wildfires has returned to Pierce County. According to the State Department of Ecology, air quality is currently unhealthy.

  • Sep 7th, 2017

Reichert announces he will not run in 2018

Seven-term Congressman to step away, devote more time to family

Domestic violence calls most deadly for police officers

Police officers are trained to deal with danger in a variety of situations — burglaries, robberies and high speed chases just name a few. But according to a breakdown of officer deaths in the field, more officers are killed while on domestic dispute calls than any other service call.

Oakpointe subpoenas non-resident critics in Black Diamond OPMA case

Kristen Bryant and Brain Derdowski, non-parties to the Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit, say the developer is causing them ‘undue burden,’ and chilling free speech and association.

Expo Center now open for large animal shelter for evacuees

The Enumclaw Expo Center is now open to large animals displaced by the Norse Peak wildfire evacuation orders near the Crystal Mountain Resort.

  • Sep 6th, 2017

White River and Sunrise Areas of the Mount Rainier close | Mount Rainer National Park

Effective immediately, Mount Rainier National Park has closed the northeast portion of the park due to the unpredictable fire behavior of the Norse Peak Fire.

  • Sep 5th, 2017

Color of Justice, WA-TF1 deployed in Houston, road paving, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 31, 2017

  • Sep 5th, 2017

Crystal Mountain Resort evacuation ordered due to Norse Peak fire

Staff and visitors are being evacuated to Greenwater Community Center.

Firefighters accept donation of canine-saving equipment

The devices are similar to oxygen masks used for human victims of smoke inhalation, most often brought into use during residential fires.

Burn ban extended in South King County | Mountain View Fire and Rescue

Mountain View Fire & Rescue is extending the seasonal burn ban until further notice due to hot, dry weather.

  • Aug 31st, 2017

First annual smoke-off supports local students

To help usher in a new year of education, Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson and the Johnson Cancer Foundation is hosting its first ever smoke-off and auction to raise money for students looking to further their schooling.

Man shot during domestic violence call near Enumclaw | UPDATE

King County Sheriff’s Office says he pointed a rifle at deputies before being shot multiple times.

Smoke from regional wildfires returns to the area | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Air quality in Pierce County has taken another turn for the worse, according to the State Department of Ecology.

  • Aug 29th, 2017

Rabid Bat Found in Pierce County Home | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Members of a Gig Harbor family are well after a close encounter with a rabid bat in their home. They found it on Aug. 22 in an area between two bedrooms.

  • Aug 29th, 2017

Black Diamond gearing up for annual Labor Days celebration

The three-day festival, carrying the theme “Experience A New adventure,” gets rolling at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and wraps up at 4 p.m. Monday. Most activities will take place at the elementary school ball field.

  • Aug 29th, 2017

Pierce County Corrections Deputy charged with custodial sexual misconduct | Pierce County Prosecutor

Last Friday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Pardes with one count of custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree. Pardes, 29, is a Pierce County Corrections Deputy accused of having sexual contact with an inmate.

  • Aug 28th, 2017

What I wish my parents had known about their medicine cabinet | Public Health Insider

This week, we are sharing community perspectives on preventing overdose and addiction. We start with a conversation with Maya, an 18-year-old who started abusing prescription drugs at the age of 13. Now, she’s in recovery and shares her insight with us.

  • Aug 28th, 2017

Construction update on Nisqually to Paradise Road | Mount Rainier National Park

In the early 1900s, the Nisqually to Paradise Road was built to offer the best views possible as visitors approached the mountain.

  • Aug 25th, 2017

More teens protected against cancer-causing virus | Department of Health

More Washington teens are getting the vaccine that protects against certain types of cancer, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Aug 24th, 2017

Bonney Lake’s marijuana ban debated at public hearing

The Bonney Lake Planning Commission held a passionate public hearing last week about the city’s current marijuana business ban, and whether or not it should be lifted. Close to a half a dozen residents and near-by neighbors spoke to the commission about their thoughts on the ban during the Aug. 16 meeting.

Mountain View Fire and Rescue volunteer resigns following social media comments inquiry

A Mountain View Fire and Rescue volunteer firefighter has resigned from the department following allegations of racist comments on social media. The department received an email from an anonymous source on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Plan ahead now for Labor Day Travel | Department of Transportation

Heading out for one last summer holiday weekend? Planning ahead could be the key to smooth sailing whether on land or sea.

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Enumclaw mayoral candidate announces treatment for lymphoma

“I have been living with it and dealing with it,” Jan Molinaro said. “It was caught very early on, which is very good news.”

Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths | Department of Health

Department of Health issued its 2014-2015 Maternal Mortality Review Report on maternal deaths today, and obesity and hypertension were common factors in pregnancy-related maternal deaths.

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

Bonney Lake takes lead on Sumner School District’s recreation program

Sumner School District representatives sat on the edges of their seats last week as the Bonney Lake City Council decided the fate of a decades-old recreation program.

Pierce County Council meeting to be held in Bonney Lake | Pierce County

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-district Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, at the Bonney Lake Justice and Municipal Center, 9002 Main Street in Bonney Lake.

  • Aug 21st, 2017

Opioid epidemic, Sumner bridge, orienteering course, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 17, 2017

  • Aug 21st, 2017

Buckley OK’s final phase of Perkins Prairie development

Buckley’s housing boom will continue, as construction of 50 more single-family homes was approved for the Perkins Prairie development on the south side of town.

Local fliers honor fellow aviator, a link to U.S. military history

Betty Dybbro sat patiently but finally had to ask, “When do we get to fly?” The excitement was expected from the 95-year-old Dybbro, who was one of America’s “fly girls” during World War II. There’s a dwindling number of female pilots who answered their country’s call to duty during a time of war, but she remains an exuberant example of a small-but-dedicated group who took to the air.

Teeter moves flagship HQ to Bonney Lake

You may have heard of Teeter, a back-pain relief company that has been selling its products nationwide for decades. But you may not know that Teeter was founded on Lake Tapps, and last week, broke ground on moving its corporate headquarters from Puyallup to Bonney Lake.

Sumner musician launches Kickstarter to fund music videos

After Sierra Lauren, a Sumner High School graduate, released her first ever EP , “True North,” in December 2016, she is looking to take two of her songs and turn them into professionally-made music videos to address hard hitting issues like bullying, teen suicide and pediatric cancer.

Drug free coalition hosts awareness walk Aug. 31

A walk to highlight International Overdose Awareness Day is being sponsored by the Foothills Drug Free Coalition.

  • Aug 15th, 2017