Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 8 – 12

Two fires, a hot legislative race and how to make shaping your future easier (and cheaper) – read all this in the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing!

One dead in Bonney Lake fire, Friday blaze damages VFW hall

The Plateau suffered two fires last week. The first, on Thursday in South Prairie, left one man dead and two others injured. The second, on Friday, was in Buckley, damaged the city’s Veterans of Foreign War hall. The cause of the first is unknown, but the second was caused by a nearby motel employee welding outside. Read more about the fires here.

Attention on the 31st; Legislative district crucial in battle for power in Olympia

The 31st District, spanning from Auburn and Sumner to Enumclaw and Buckley, is going to be the crucial tipping point for state Democrats and Republicans vying for power in Olympia. Running this year are Phil Fortunado and Lane Walthers. Also, the governor’s race is heating up between incumbant Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant. Read more about the upcoming state election here.

Easing into my college education | Our Corner

Choosing where to go to college and what to study can be a daunting task. Reporter Kayse Angel describes her experience going through community college before heading to a four-year university and how that gave her time (and saved her money) while mapping out her future. Read about Kayse’s college experience here.

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Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end

Councilwoman Pat Pepper will most likely be recalled as soon as the February special election is certified Friday, Feb. 23.

State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected

When the law was passed last year, WSP was just giving warnings. Now, drivers will be pulled over and ticketed with an E-DUI for using electronics behind the wheel.

Largest Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry | Department of Health

There were more than 1,000 Salmonella cases nationally last year.

Bonney Lake council starts pool talks, considers forming metro parks district

The last metropolitan parks district the city asked voters to approve failed in 2013, with 80 percent of voters against it. But an energetic group of folks who want a city pool could change that in the near future.

Enumclaw Council agrees to earlier starting time

Instead of 7:30 p.m. on Moondays, the council will now meet at 7 p.m. sharp.

Enumclaw High hosts 7th annual Empty Bowls event

The event, held at Enumclaw High School, will help fund the Enumclaw Food Bank and Plateau Outreach Ministries.

Big things happening in small places | Pierce County Prosecutor

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist visited South Prairie’s Town Hall last month to speak about several issues, and what the county is doing about them.

Civil rights advocate on tour, will speak at Green River College

Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse to tear down the Confederate battle flag after the Charleston shooting.

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