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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday shows bring out the classics, family favorites

Sumner’s two performance arts groups have a slew of holiday shows for you to enjoy.

Sumner students spent summer learning to define, defy boundaries

Four Sumner High School students explored the world of boundaries last summer when they attended the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization’s World Student Conference in New York.

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County | Public Health Insider

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s STD Clinic Director, Dr. Lindley Barbee, MD, MPH has found antibiotic resistance in a drug that is used to treat gonorrhea. We talked to her to find out more.