Weekend Briefing | News for May 9 – 13

Not much happy news this past week. Pierce County sees a dramatic increase in homelessness with the annual Point in Time survey, and a house on Lake Tapps was declared a total loss after a basement fire. A spokeswoman for the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center talked to us about sexual assault awareness, and Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools are gearing their teams up for post-season play.

Pierce County homeless count jumps dramatically

Every year, Pierce County sends out volunteers to count the homeless in the county and publish the Point in Time survey. This year, volunteers counted 1,762 living without a home, 500 more than last year. The survey also discovered a 37 percent increase in un-sheltered homelessness. There were many reasons people gave for why they’re homeless – Substance abuse, economic reasons and the loss of temporary housing – but the most common this year was because they were fleeing from domestic violence. Read more about the Point in Time survey here.


Home on Lake Tapps a total loss

Although water was only a few feet away, a house on Snag Island on Lake Tapps was burned down last Sunday because of a lack of hydrants nearby, and first responders had to use bring water to the fire in their tender trucks and take some from the lake. be More than 20 firefighters battles the blaze, but the house was considered a total loss. Read more about the fire here.

Sexual Assault Resource Center works to bring awareness year round

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center may be out-of-county for many of our readers, but the topic of sexual assault awareness doesn’t stop at county lines. Kneishia Vinson, who works with the resource center, talked to the Courier-Herald about sexual assault, like how 60 percent of all assaults go unreported. Read more about the resource center and sexual assault awareness here.

 

Tourney time for prep sports

Regular spring sports are done with, but Sumner and Bonney Lake have moved several of their sports teams and athletes to post-season competitions. Both the Panthers and Spartans are competing in post-season baseball, and the Spartans have sent their soccer team on to regionals as well. Bonney Lake and Sumner are both sending their fast pitch team os, and both school sent athletes to a subdistrict meet this last week to get a place in districts. Read more about the post-season games and schedules here.

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Group moving ahead with plans for Mount Peak tower

The Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association may have to shift where the tower would be placed, and the cost is estimated at $450,000.

Pamphlets, primary ballots headed for voters’ hands

The first round of election materials are scheduled to hit the mail July 12 in Pierce County and July 17 in King County.

Gretler brothers: One to the Bears, one to the Beavers

The former Panthers are ready to hit the next level of baseball.

Missing hiker found on Mount Rainier

Philip Kezele, 41, went missing after being last seen July 13 at Spray Park.

Bonney Lake’s inaugural Taste@Tapps festival later this month

More than a dozen food trucks will be parked at Allan Yorke Park, along with some favorite local performers and breweries raising money for a good cause.

Proudly in defense of breastfeeding, in King County and everywhere | Public Health Insider

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, responded to the news that the United States government aggressively attempted to water down international support for breast-feeding through the World Health Organization.

Buckley discusses potential 83 unit apartment complex development

The conversation is taken its very first steps. But the direction council members decide to head will likely affect Buckley’s future for years to come.

State survey seeks information from SR 410 drivers

Make sure to let WSDOT know how you think traffic between Bonney Lake and Enumclaw can be improved by Sunday, July 22.

Road work affects SR 167 night traffic | Department of Transportation

The project also includes repaving on-ramps and exits within the project limits. Crews are also scheduled to repair a number of aging bridge expansion joints.

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