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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.

Lake Tapps reservoir filled to minimum recreation levels | Cascade Water Alliance

Lake Tapps Reservoir has reached recreation minimum pool levels (elevation 541.5 feet) a month ahead of the April 15 deadline as adopted by Cascade and the homeowners.

  • Mar 17th, 2017

Tehaleh begins developing retail, commercial center

Last week, developers American Newland Communities and North America Sekisui House announced they are taking the first steps in developing a 3.9 million square foot area of commercial and retail land by selling an 8-acre parcel to Kahne Corporation and Carl J. Sanders Construction, both Enumclaw-based companies.

Troopers seek yellow Corvette in felony hit and run | Washington State Patrol

On March 12, 2017 at approximately 7:03 PM, the Washington State Patrol…

  • Mar 15th, 2017

Buckley hikers tackle Pacific Crest Trail to raise awareness for opiate addiction

The Pacific Crest Trail spans from the California-Mexico border to Manning Park, Canada. It’s a 2,650 mile-long odyssey though the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. That’s close to 14 million feet, or 5.6 million steps. And White River High School graduates Alex Chmiel and Taylor LaValley are planning on taking each and every one of them, starting at the end of this month.

Comp plan changes, ballot box locations, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of March 9, 2017.

  • Mar 14th, 2017

Minors charged following February fight

Three teenage girls face assault charges in the wake of a February beating that left an Enumclaw 19-year-old with chipped teeth and a twice-broken nose.

East Pierce Technical Rescue sharpens their skills | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

You’re having a really bad day when you see this team.

  • Mar 13th, 2017

Enumclaw boosts tourism spending

During their Feb. 27 meeting, members of the Enumclaw City Council agreed to forward $10,000 to Visit Rainier, a nonprofit group that markets Mount Rainier and surrounding communities with its online presence. An additional $2,500 was authorized for Wild Horse Strategies, an Enumclaw-based firm.

Mumps at Tacoma Community College | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation that a student at Tacoma Community College has mumps. The student will not return to school while contagious. The student contracted mumps away from campus.

  • Mar 10th, 2017

Enumclaw VFW hosts open house

Enumclaw VFW Post 1949 is holding hold an open house at the Post location at 44426 244th Ave. SE, Enumclaw, on March 16th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Mar 10th, 2017

Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas and FBI special agent release latest information on alleged hate crime | Press Conference Video

Police offering $6,000 reward to find suspect in shooting of man who is a member of Sikh religion.

Fire in Bonney Lake hot-tub structure | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

At 1 a.m. Thursday morning, the residents of a home on the 20300 block of 70th Street East were awakened by a crackling noise.

  • Mar 9th, 2017

County dams to be reviewed, including two near Enumclaw

With King County being home to four major dams – two of those immediately upstream of Enumclaw – the notion of flood preparedness has taken center stage.

New transportation option between Black Diamond and Enumclaw

South King County residents can now use the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride operated by Hopelink.

More than 9,500 collisions caused by following too close | Washington State Patrol

Starting March 7, 2017 through March 9, 2017, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Troopers will focus their efforts on a statewide emphasis for following too close.

  • Mar 7th, 2017

King County Parks release free park repair app

Whether it’s a fallen tree, graffiti, or a damaged sign, visitors to any of King County Parks’ 200 parks or 175 miles of regional trails can now quickly report the problem and easily track its resolution, thanks to a free app called SeeClickFix.

  • Mar 7th, 2017

Black Diamond council approves budget for remaining year

Black Diamond residents are probably sighing in relief, as their City Council passed a budget last week to fund the city for the rest of the year. Approving the budget on March 2 both averts a city shutdown – which would have affected water, sewer, fire and police services – as well as another potential Oakpointe lawsuit.

Dikes surrounding Lake Tapps inspected | Cascade Water Alliance

Washington State’s Dam Safety Office in the Department of Ecology (DSO) took advantage of the drawdown of theLake Tapps Reservoir to do its proscribed evaluation of the dikes surrounding the reservoir in February.

  • Mar 6th, 2017

Security measures at hospital, snowfall at Crystal Mountain, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of March 2, 2017.

  • Mar 6th, 2017

East Pierce looks to grants to fill critical firefighter positions

East Pierce Fire and Rescue is looking to hire nine new firefighters, and is turning to the federal government for help. Last month, the department applied for a federal grant that would allow East Pierce to hire nine entry-level firefighters to help address staffing shortfalls.

DUI driver gets six years for fatal Enumclaw crash

A plea arrangement has been reached in the case of an intoxicated teenage driver who crashed into a tree east of Enumclaw, an accident resulting in the death of a passenger.

South Prairie mobile home lost to fire | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

Windows exploded and smoke billowed from a doublewide mobile home as East Pierce Fire and Rescue crews converged on the scene at 4:13 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Mar 1st, 2017

Construction halts traffic on Roberts Drive in Black Diamond

Water main construction has started in Black Diamond, affecting traffic on Roberts Drive.

  • Feb 28th, 2017

District, parents meet over Sumner pool closing concerns

With the Sumner High School pool expected to close in the next year, the district held a community meeting last week to address the concerns of students, parents and community members who are worried about the district’s two swim teams.

Edgewood home total loss after fire | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters battled a house fire Saturday for more than an hour and a half before bringing the blaze under control.

  • Feb 27th, 2017

Greater Enumclaw community projects to receive county grants | King County Council

The grants awarded to the projects are designed to support programs that allow unincorporated county residents to become more connected in their communities.

  • Feb 24th, 2017

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist speaks about elder abuse in Sumner | Pierce County

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to council members at the regularly scheduled Sumner City Council meeting.

  • Feb 24th, 2017

Buckley to hold public hearing on new highway developments

A large commercial development along the highway in Buckley will be the subject of a March 7 public hearing.

Historic Enumclaw building receives landmark status

This stately building standing on the corner of Griffin and Cole in downtown Enumclaw was recently granted local landmark status by King County.

  • Feb 24th, 2017

District plans to close Sumner High School pool

Old age, high cost and lack of space spurred the Sumner School District to shut down the pool next year for the high school remodel, but some coaches and parents are hoping to find a different solution.

New homeless counting system starting this year

The scope of homelessness in our community used to be measured with the One Night Count system.

Voters approve $9.5 million Dieringer School District bond

While the vote count for the Feb. 14 special election is unofficial, it appears the Dieringer School District’s $9.5 million bond measure has been strongly approved by voters.

Free speech for student journalists | 57 Seconds

Senator Joe Fain breaks down the importance of free speech for student journalists… in 57 Seconds.

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

Lake Tapps 2017 spring fill to begin | Cascade Water Alliance

Lake Tapps Reservoir was at its lowest level for this winter for the first two weeks of February. Cascade Water Alliance today announced it will begin the spring fill of the Lake Tapps Reservoir this week.

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

More housing OK’d for Enumclaw’s east side

The sights and sounds of new home construction look to continue on Enumclaw’s eastern edge, now that the city approved plans to turn 70 acres of former pasture into 175 building lots.

PSE pinching off Tehaleh gas leaks

Over the last half-month, the Tehaleh development experienced an unusual number of natural gas leaks in their meters. As of Feb. 10, Puget Sound Energy has checked out all the houses in the area, but there are still leaks to be fixed.

FEMA flood maps, Sumner sandbags, Tacoma Trestle, and more | Pierce County TV

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 16, 2017 New FEMA…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

Buckley gets new website, Facebook presence

A desire to provide more information recently brought a new website and Facebook presence to the city of Buckley.

Snow response, property tax appraisals, Social Security, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 9, 2017 Meet the…

  • Feb 15th, 2017

Black Diamond OPMA lawsuit moves along

In the most recent turn of events in the Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, city council and council members, King County Superior Court Judge Janey Helson is considering whether or not to grant council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber’s preliminary injunction and order the city to pay for their defense, at least until the final ruling in the case.

Three-car crash, seven injuries | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

East Pierce firefighters responded to a three-car crash at the north end of Lake Tapps.

  • Feb 15th, 2017