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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

No Memorial Day opening for Chinook Pass

With the Memorial Day weekend just days away, work crews were scrambling recently to open Chinook Pass — but their efforts couldn’t match those of Mother Nature.

Election season begins an filing week ends

Candidates for a wide range of political positions made their intentions known last week, filing with the secretary of state or elections departments in King and Pierce counties. Candidates’ names will first appear on the Aug. 1 primary ballot and, by virtue of Washington’s “top two” system, a pair of finalists — regardless of party affiliation — will advance to November’s general election.

Expect delays: state kicking off SR 410 project

For the estimated 20,000 motorists who travel state Route 410 through Enumclaw each day, things are about to get interesting.

Bonney Lake council discussing raising water, sewer rates

The Bonney Lake City Council has spent over a month mulling over proposed increases in water and sewer rates and are one step closer to making a final decision. In a workshop meeting on May 16, the City Council came together to further discuss whether or not residences will have to pay more for their water and sewer usages.

Lake Tapps reservoir to rise to 543 feet soon | Cascade Water Alliance

Last week, Cascade Water Alliance alerted Lake Tapps residents that the reservoir will raise its elevation to approximately 543 feet, the maximum allowable level Cascade can operate Lake Tapps.

  • May 22nd, 2017

Community plan updates, nuisance properties, Place for Jobs, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of May 18, 2017.

  • May 22nd, 2017

Glacier students get down and dirty with environmental science

Citizens for a Healthy Bay and the city of Buckley have worked with Glacier Middle School students and teachers since last October to put together a stewardship project to clean up garbage and unauthorized campsites in the forest area right across the White River flume.

Enumclaw mayor, council differ on tourism effort

The importance of tourism not only occupied the bulk of the Enumclaw City Council’s May 8 meeting, but it also prompted a special, Monday-afternoon session.

Two earn WSP award for actions after crash

Two men were honored last week for their life-saving efforts during the immediate aftermath of a horrific crash east of Enumclaw.

  • May 19th, 2017

New name for road serving Buckley’s Elk Heights neighborhood

Davis Street in Buckley has ceased to exist.

Judge approves Black Diamond recall petition

A Superior Court judge approved a recall petition against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper.

Body found at Veterans Memorial Park

Officers arrived and determined a middle age male was deceased and recovered a large caliber pistol at the scene.

Deaths from fentanyl on the rise, says DOH

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016, according to a joint investigation of state agencies.

  • May 17th, 2017

Hepatitis C infections spike from opioid epidemic | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Viral hepatitis C may affect thousands of Pierce County residents. National Hepatitis Awareness month calls attention to the potentially deadly infection that can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer—and how to avoid it.

  • May 17th, 2017

Group campaigns to bar government-funded injection sites

Signature gathering has begun for a King County ordinance that would prohibit municipalities from offering county-approved drug injection sites to users. mThe group behind Initiative 27, which would create the ordinance banning injection sites, is called Citizens for a Safe King County and includes state legislators and local politicians.

Enumclaw FCCLA heads to nationals

Enumclaw High School’s Family Community Career Leaders of America Club has been quite busy this year.

  • May 16th, 2017

Candidates for fall elections must file by Friday

While election season might seem months away, this week’s filing of official paperwork is crucial to the entire process.

Orting lahar drill, supplemental budget, TPCHD on Key Peninsula, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of May 11, 2017

  • May 15th, 2017

Learn how to be prepared for Mount Rainier eruption

May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to learn about steps that can be taken to reduce potential impacts caused by such a devastation.

  • May 12th, 2017

Rock Creek Bridge to close May 19

Commuting through Black Diamond may become difficult for some with the Rock Creek Bridge closing to all traffic mid-May.

  • May 12th, 2017

Enumclaw Rotary celebrates 30 years of women

“We’re celebrating the anniversary of the Supreme Court seeking to allow women in Rotary,” Club President Mike Nelson said.

EHS students receive Masonic scholarships

Enumclaw High School juniors Anna Bursch and Connery McLaughlin were named Ray Limbo Masonic Junior Achievement Scholarship winners during an awards banquet on April 13.

  • May 11th, 2017

New principal tabbed for Enumclaw Middle School

A change in leadership at Enumclaw Middle School was completed last week when Jill Barrett was named principal of the school that educates 450 students.

  • May 11th, 2017

Enumclaw Council paves way for two small developments

The Council gave its blessing to a zoning change for an eight-acre parcel fronting Warner Avenue and supported a request to subdivide 2.37 acres in the vicinity of McHugh avenue and Division Street.

Enumclaw’s Fea helps Navy keep watch in the sky

Enumclaw native Coretti Fea is serving with a U.S. Navy squadron that flies one of the Navy’s most advanced aircraft, one with an important mission: keeping watch over the skies and oceans of the world.

  • May 10th, 2017

Oakpointe seeks arbitration with Black Diamond

The developer alleges the council majority – Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber – have violated the 2011 funding agreement by not maintaining a functioning Master Development Review Team for the developments growing in the city.

FFA students take Junior Show honors

Students from local high schools participated April 20-23 in the Northwest Junior Livestock Show. The event is a traditional part of the Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

  • May 9th, 2017

Suspects sought in armed robbery

The story began to unfold at about 9 p.m. April 23 when a female victim arrived at the Enumclaw police station, reporting she had been robbed at gunpoint. Because the incident occurred outside the city limits, the Washington State Patrol was called to take the report.

Most Washington kindergarteners are immunized | Department of Health

The Department of Health recently released school immunization results for 2016-2017, and for the second year in a row, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school.

  • May 8th, 2017

Warm weather brings out motorcycles | Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) would like to remind all motorists, with warmer weather expected, there will be an increase in motorcycle traffic on state highways.

  • May 8th, 2017

East Pierce seeks levy lid in August election

Proposition No. 1 would reset the department’s fire levy back to its maximum of $1.50 for every $1,000 in assessed property value for four years if approved by voters. Proposition No. 2 would keep the department’s EMS levy at its maximum of $0.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value for four years if approved by voters.

Pierce County wins award for its elections | Pierce County

Pierce County has won a National Association of Counties (NACo) Award for using the latest technology to streamline elections.

  • May 4th, 2017

Elk Head brewing donates $13,000 to Kiwanis

The Buckley Kiwanis Club recently honored the Elk Head Brewing Co. and its patrons for their ongoing support of the Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank and the Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank.

  • May 4th, 2017

Proposed water, sewer rate increases in Bonney Lake

At the April 18 Bonney Lake City Council workshop, the council members were presented with study results of the proposed rate increases for water and sewer services. The study results were based on single-family residences that use 700 cubic feet (7 centum cubic feet or, 7 ccf) of water or sewer per month, which comes out to 5,236 gallons.

Expanded hours at the Enumclaw Transfer Station

Customers who use Enumclaw’s recycling and transfer station will soon be able to access the facility seven days a week. The site – which is operated by King County’s Solid Waste Division – is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It currently is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Thinking about running for office? Time is drawing near

Anyone considering a run for public office will have to make a decision soon, as the statewide filing period is the week of May 15-19. Those who successfully file for office will appear on the Aug. 1 primary ballot and – according to Washington’s top-two system – a pair of finalists in each race, will advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

Learn how to keep Lake Tapps Healthy at Open House event | Cascade Water Alliance

Cascade Water Alliance invites the public to an open house on Tuesday, May 16 to learn more about how everyone can help keep Lake Tapps Reservoir clean and healthy.

  • May 1st, 2017

Got juice? Enumclaw local serves it up fresh

Sara Johnson, who is originally from Enumclaw, was working for a tech company in Seattle when she began juicing and it caught on with her co-workers in a big way.