Weekend Briefing | News for June 27 – July 1

This week in your Weekend Briefing, check out how the Pierce County Sheriff's Department plans to overcome their severe understaffing issues. Also, Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby retired last week. Make sure to check out Jeni Dieringer's photography as she explains how she has easily learned how to take awesome photos and kept costs low for her new hobby. Finally, make sure to check out photos from the Buckley Log Show and Bonney Lake High School's 2016 graduation! Congrats, Panthers!

Sheriff’s department to hire 40 deputies to combat understaffing

A recently published study shows the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to be “severely” understaffed by nearly 80 employees. The department is enacting a five-year plan to hire 40 more deputies and 40 more employees to continue to operate at a safe level. The cost of this plan is going to be between $9 and $11 million a year. Read more about the study and the department’s plan here.=

 

Bonney Lake Public Works director retires

After working in Public Works for more than 40 years, Bonney Lake’s Public Works Director Daniel Grigsby retired last Thursday. Instead of hiring a replacement, the city plans to combine the Public Works department with the Community Development department and call it the Public Services department. The city also plans to build a new Public Services building in the next three years. Read more about Dan and the future of the city’s Public Works department here.

Buckley photographer gives tips on making photography simple, affordable

Ever wanted to take up photography, but thought it was too confusing (or too expensive)? Buckley photographer Jeni Dieringer explained some of her tips on how to learn awesome photography while keeping costs low. Check out Jeni’s experience as an amateur shutterbug here.

Tunes @ Tapps kicks off with Salute to Armed Forces Night

Tunes @ Tapps starts off next with with Salute to Armed Forces night! Check out what’s happening at the event and the line-up for the rest of the concert series here.

2016 Buckley Log Show Results | Slideshow

Did you go to the 43rd annual Buckley Log Show? If you didn’t, you can check out who was named All Around Logger and who won the various events here.

 

Bonney Lake High School graduation | Slideshow

Congrats to the Bonney Lake High School class of 2016! Check out more graduation photos here.

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