Weekend Briefing | June 6 – 10

Black Diamond had another busy week as its council rules were found to be illegal by the city's interim attorney. There are also talks of improving the Foothills Trail – dirt sections between Buckley and South Prairie are to be paved by next year. A Buckley resident has travelled all around the world and has been able to get airlines to foot his travel bill. And don't forget to check out SPSL 2A and 3A's post season awards list for Hornets athletes in this edition of your Weekend Briefing!

Black Diamond rules illegal, says interim attorney; Police chief asked to remove council member from meeting

Last week in Black Diamond, the city’s interim attorney released a memo that alleges the council’s new rules to be illegal on the basis that they were formed outside of the public realm, violating the Open Public Meetings Act. The meeting ended abruptly when the mayor asked the police chief to escort out a council member, who was attempting to gain the floor to speak. Two other council members left as well. Read about the June 2 Black Diamond meeting here.

Talks of Foothills Trail improvements

The Foothills Trail, which connect Puyallup to Buckley and eventually into Enumclaw, is getting some improvements this summer. The groundbreaking for improvements to the trail segments between South Prairie and Buckley started last Tuesday and should be finished by the end of 2017. There are also talks of building a footbridge to span the White River and connect the trail to King County. Read more about the Foothills Trail improvements here.

From Buckley to the four corners of the world

Buckley resident Kyle Frawley has been all around the world. To date, he’s travelled to 568 cities in 101 countries, and for the most part, the airlines have footed the flight bill. Read about Frawley’s exotic adventures and how he manages to fly so cheaply here.

Area athletes receive postseason honors

South Puget Sound League 2A and 3A has awarded EHS and WRHS Hornets alike with many postseason awards this year! Check out this year’s top fastball pitcher of the year (spoiler alert: Quinn Breidenbach) and who made the all-league first teams here.

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