Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 15 – 19

A swimming caution in Lake Tapps, a county-wide burn ban, Bonney Lake Days and horse races - check out the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing to see what you may have missed this past week!

Swimming caution in Lake Tapps

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department this week reported 14 people falling ill after swimming in Lake Tapps. The department believed the cause was toxins from a toxic blue-green algae bloom, but further tests could not verify there were toxins in the water. The department recommends caution when swimming in the lake: “If in doubt, don’t go out.” Read more about the caution here.


Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban | Pierce County

A county-wide ban on all outdoor fires was issued Aug. 18 by the county fire marshal. The indefinite ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning, but not small campfires in designated fire pits at campgrounds or on private property. Read more about the burn ban here.

Bonney Lake Days rolling out this weekend

Bonney Lake Days started yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you missed out on all the fun! There are activities all day at Allan Yorke Park, including stage entertainment and kids rides. Read more about what’s going on at Bonney Lake Days here.


Emerald Downs Distaff and Longacres Mile results

Perhaps a Pie, a 4-year filly, took the win for an Enumclaw trainer this last weekend during the Emerald Downs Distaff. Point Piper, an invader from California, also took the win during the Grade 3 Longacres Mile while also setting a track record. Read more about Perhaps a Pie and Point Piper here.

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Group moving ahead with plans for Mount Peak tower

The Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association may have to shift where the tower would be placed, and the cost is estimated at $450,000.

Pamphlets, primary ballots headed for voters’ hands

The first round of election materials are scheduled to hit the mail July 12 in Pierce County and July 17 in King County.

Gretler brothers: One to the Bears, one to the Beavers

The former Panthers are ready to hit the next level of baseball.

Missing hiker found on Mount Rainier

Philip Kezele, 41, went missing after being last seen July 13 at Spray Park.

Bonney Lake’s inaugural Taste@Tapps festival later this month

More than a dozen food trucks will be parked at Allan Yorke Park, along with some favorite local performers and breweries raising money for a good cause.

Proudly in defense of breastfeeding, in King County and everywhere | Public Health Insider

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, responded to the news that the United States government aggressively attempted to water down international support for breast-feeding through the World Health Organization.

Buckley discusses potential 83 unit apartment complex development

The conversation is taken its very first steps. But the direction council members decide to head will likely affect Buckley’s future for years to come.

State survey seeks information from SR 410 drivers

Make sure to let WSDOT know how you think traffic between Bonney Lake and Enumclaw can be improved by Sunday, July 22.

Road work affects SR 167 night traffic | Department of Transportation

The project also includes repaving on-ramps and exits within the project limits. Crews are also scheduled to repair a number of aging bridge expansion joints.

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