Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 22 – 26

The Black Diamond City Council flirted with new elementary school delays, the Wilkeson Eagles are getting a new Auxiliary chapter, Green River College appointed a new interim president and the Courier-Herald reviews "The Lovely Bones." Check out what you may have missed this week in the latest issue of your Weekend Briefing.

Black Diamond Council narrowly avoids elementary school building delays

The Black Diamond City Council almost didn’t approve a traffic mitigation agreement between the city and the Enumclaw School District during their Aug. 18 meeting. Without the agreement, the opening of the new Black Diamond Elementary School could have been delayed, the school district argued. The agreement passed only because two council members did not voice their votes. Read about the agreement and more here.

New Wilkeson Auxiliary to be chartered Sunday

The Wilkeson Aerie is about to get a new Auxiliary this Sunday, complete with 71 new members. The chartering is private, but the Fraternal Order of Eagles building in town will be open to the public for a lunch celebration at 1 p.m. Read more about the Auxiliary and chartering here.

Green River College appoints interim president

Scott Morgan, former Spokane Community College president, has been named interim president of Green River College after Eileen Ely’s resignation last June. “All four of the candidates, first off, were well aware of the fact we have struggled in recent years,” said Tim Clark, the vice chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “All four of the candidates really were quite open to trying to rebuild that necessary conversation with students, staff and faculty in terms of building mutual respect in moving forward in a direction that is going to help us deal with changes that we face.” Read more about Morgan and the college 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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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.