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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…

Surprise of a lifetime for Black Diamond boy

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

School districts preparing for major projects

This is a dramatic era for the area’s school systems, as voters previously agreed to provide money for extensive projects in the Enumclaw, Sumner, White River and Carbonado districts. While some of the work is still in the planning stage, other projects have been clicking along.

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

Worn American flags can be turned in, traded for new

The event is part of National Flag Week and ends Saturday, June 17.

  • Jun 14th, 2017

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.

Rock Creek Bridge to close June 21 | Black Diamond

The closure will start at 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m.

  • Jun 13th, 2017

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.

Rural zoning, Puget Sound Hospital, Festival of Sail, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of June 8, 2017.

  • Jun 12th, 2017

Later than planned, Chinook Pass opens

Winter snowfall kept Chinook Pass closed two weeks longer than anticipated, but the road finally opened to travelers.

Buckley Kiwanis name Students of the Month

A pair of White River School District students were honored by members of the Buckley Kiwanis Club, selected as the organization’s Students of the Month.

  • Jun 8th, 2017

Enumclaw city streets getting improvements

Enumclaw drivers will encounter a summer of driving detours ­— mostly minor — as the city tackles a rather lengthy list of paving projects.

State OK’s money for SR 410 study

Those who regularly travel the stretch of highway between Enumclaw and Buckley can share tales of vehicular angst, commiserating over bumper-to-bumper traffic jams that seemingly stretch from Black Diamond to Bonney Lake.

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.

Expect traffic delays near Mount Rainier entrance

Travelers heading east from Enumclaw toward Mount Rainier National Park should anticipate delays on state Route 410 for the next five weeks.

  • Jun 6th, 2017

Public health vet says ‘don’t kiss your chicks’ | Public Health Insider

On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella outbreak associated with live poultry. As of the latest update on this outbreak, 16 people in Washington (including two in King County) have been diagnosed with Salmonella, though the outbreak is affecting people nationwide.

  • Jun 5th, 2017

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.

Wastewater plant doubles capacity, County parks with tree disease, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of June 1, 2017

  • Jun 5th, 2017

First ‘Count Us In’ homeless count released | King County

Utilizing a nationally recognized count methodology, a countywide canvas of census tracts, and a person-to-person survey of people experiencing homelessness, the 2017 Count Us In tally counted a total of 11,643 people experiencing homelessness countywide.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017

Bonney Lake council votes to raise utility rates for 2017

On May 23, the City Council voted for a 9 percent rate increase for the city’s water and a 5.5 percent increase for sewer. mThe council decided to increase the rate only for July 2017, and to disregard the recommended percentages from the FCS Group — the firm hired by the city to create a study on Bonney Lake’s utilities.

Three more arrested in ‘Net Nanny’ sex sting | Pierce County Prosecutors

Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Paul Hobgood, 56, Gregory Harrison, 34, and Daniel Moody, Jr., 35, with attempted rape of a child in the first degree.

  • May 31st, 2017

Enumclaw going public with talks of stormwater utility

Enumclaw doesn’t have one but Buckley does. So does Bonney Lake, Sumner, Orting and a handful of other neighboring communities. Even Wilkeson has a small one. The topic at hand is a stormwater utility, a notion that has floated about Enumclaw City Hall for years. Now, it’s back and appears to be gaining momentum.

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.

Tourism sets record, Medicaid delivery changes, Fort Lewis turns 100, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of May 25, 2017

  • May 30th, 2017

One dead, several hurt in two crashes last week

A Lake Tapps man was killed the evening of May 15, the result of a four-vehicle crash that left a state Route 167 off-ramp closed for nearly five hours. Deceased at the scene was Scott J. Cricchio, 33.

Popular spring and summer hikes on the Plateau

It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Whether taking a simple stroll or tackling a strenuous hiking trail, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy life outdoors. Here’s a look at just a few local favorite destinations.

Sumner’s Puyallup Street to close tomorrow | Special Traffic Alert

As you have probably noticed, the new pavement poured on Puyallup Street last year has failed. The contractor will be out fixing the job, but it means further disruption along Puyallup Street/Fryar Avenue.

  • May 24th, 2017