Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 22 – 26

Toxic algae in Lake Tapps, senior center transportation services, rescued dogs from a Lake Tapps fire and "The Lovely Bones" book review. Check out what you may have missed this week in the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing!

Your Weekend Briefing.

Toxic algae found in Lake Tapps; Health department cautions swimmers, but waters clear of toxins

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported that 14 people got sick after swimming in Lake Tapps. The suspected cause was toxic blue-green algae, the first time toxic algae has been seen growing in the lake. Water tests confirmed that toxins were not in the water, but the department continues to caution swimmers about the algae. Read more about Lake Tapps and the toxic algae here.

Council questions Senior Center transportation services; center readies for 25th anniversary with remodel plans

The Bonney Lake Senior Center sends out a bus to pick up not only Bonney Lake seniors to attend senior center activities, but seniors outside the city limits as well. The Bonney Lake City Council has questioned whether the center should continue to do so without receiving reimbursement of a kind from other cities or counties, since the city finances the center. Read more about the Senior Center’s transportation services and other center updates here.

East Pierce rescues dog from Lake Tapps fire | East Pierce Fire and Rescue

One girl and two dogs already made it out of the burning house when firefighters arrived, but one dog was still missing. Unfortunately, the two firefighters that arrived could not enter the house. Federal regulations require at least four firefighters before a rescue operation can start – two to enter the burning building and two to remain outside in order to affect a rescue. After backup arrived, firefighters were able to go into the house and rescued the dog. Read more about the fire here.

Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Reporter Ana Karen Perez-Guzman, in the latest installment of the Point of Review book column, takes a look at “The Lovely Bones,” novel and movie adaption. The movie, she writes, adds more magic to the already magical, yet tragic, book. Read more about “The Lovely Bones,” here.

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Kristian Burnstad was last seen alive on Feb. 7, 2017.

Bonney Lake to take action on water rate increases

The sewer rate increase, however, looks to still be up for debate, and will be addressed at a later date in committee.

Black Diamond police get little chief, too

The Black Diamond Police Department honored Jack Reich as their Police Chief for a Day.

East Pierce hosting annual open house Sept. 29

Don’t miss out on the free, family fun activities and demonstrations, like tearing a car apart with the jaws of life.

Sumner-Bonney Lake classified staff want share of pay increases

After authorizing a strike, nutrition workers and bus drivers will vote on a tentative agreement Sept. 17. If they approve, school will stay in session.

Free construction classes help make community connections

Building Beyond the Walls, an Enumclaw-based non-profit, offers folks of all stripes a way to learn new skills and form long-lasting connections through volunteer work.

Nation-wide emergency notification test coming October

This will be the first time the Wireless Emergency Alerts system will be tested across the country.

Sumner-Bonney Lake classified staff accept contract | UPDATED

A strike was averted last night when bus drivers and nutrition workers accepted their contract, but a union representative says few people are happy.

Fun run will benefit animal rescue group

Grab your furry friend’s leash and head out to Lake Wilderness Park on Sept. 29.

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