Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 15 – 19

Stabbing charges, Larbor Days permit disputes in Black Diamond, improvements to the Mud Mountain Dam fish trap, increasing revenues for the Expo Center, winning horses at Emerald Downs and a farmers market survey - check up on everything you may have missed this week in your Weekend Briefing!

Enumclaw teen charged in stabbing

Enumclaw resident Max Hellesto has been charged with first and second-degree assault after stabbing another teenager and injuring another during a fight on Aug. 6. One teenager was stabbed three times, sending him to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses to the fight say Hellesto came prepared with the knife in his hand, although he claims he only had the knife for protection. Read more about the stabbing and charges here.

Black Diamond Labor Days permit dispute settled; festival will be held Sept. 3 – 5

After two of the most heated Black Diamond City Council meetings, it was discovered that the 102-year Labor Days festival did not need council approval for a special event permit. Council also tabled a $10,000 DKS Associates claim check and discussed a former interim attorney’s legal bills. Read about these issues and more here.

Planning underway to improve Mud Mountain Dam fish trap

The Army Corps of Engineers is going to be undertaking a huge project to revamp the Mud Mountain Dam fish trap. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020, could cost anywhere between $50 and $100 million. The fish trap, which takes fish from Buckley to further up the White River for spawning, needs to be able to handle 1.25 million fish. Read more about the project planning here.

Expo Center sees jump in revenue, notes need for physical renovations

The Expo Center is seeing a rise in profits as the recent King County Fair brought in 200,000 visitors, five times what it brought just a year ago. Other events like the Wine and Chocolate Festival also saw increased revenue, but the Brewfest in October saw a bit of a dip. As the Expo Center continues to market itself for events, it’s also going to need some physical renovations. Read more about what’s going on with the Expo Center 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.

Enumclaw opens farmers market survey to residents

Whether you may be a future shopper, vendor or entertainer, let the city of Enumclaw know if you’d like to see a farmers market in the area! Read more about the survey here, or go straight to the city’s website to take the survey here.

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New utility included in Enumclaw budget; final vote set for Nov. 27

Significant progress has been made on crafting a 2018 Enumclaw budget, a document that could forever change the way the city collects and disperses certain funds. The plan now under way would see creation of a stormwater utility probably by August of the coming year.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit hitting the streets this holiday weekend

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post.

Two Enumclaw volunteers honored for work at library

Two members of the Enumclaw Friends of the Library were honored during the recent Friends’ Day, an annual celebration of King County Library System volunteers.

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Beyond the Borders now travels from Sumner to Bonney Lake

Come December, it’ll be easier for youth, seniors, people with disabilities or low-income to travel between Sumner and Bonney Lake.

Early start to Crystal ski season

The outdoor season has officially greeted those heading uphill, with snow deep enough to enjoy.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.