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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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.

Human remains identified as those of missing Enumclaw man

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

Patrols to emphasize districted driving over the weekend | Washington State Patrol

Don’t contribute to the rising rate of crashes and distracted driving fatalities.

Save time by buying Mount Rainier passes online

Now you don’t have to wait in line — just print your pass and home and enjoy the majesty of the park.

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.

Hardhats and heavy equipment continue to dot school grounds

Many students on the Plateau and in the valley have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

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.

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