Weekend Briefing | News from April 18 – 22

Enumclaw had a busy week with the White River bridge planned to be closed until Saturday, but luckily, it was opened three days early! Other area news include the April 7 Black Diamond council meeting, where council members attempted to fire the city attorney, aA former manager of Enumclaw's Friendship House being found guilty of stealing money from the houses residents, and Buckley installing a new traffic light on SR 410.

Black Diamond council attempts to fire city attorney, questions city’s legal authority to pay bills before council approval

Black Diamond’s April 7 meeting was chaotic and ended with the city council attempting to fire the city attorney through a resolution, although the mayor says only she has the legal authority to fire the attorney. The council is also split on whether the mayor or the council had the real authority to pay the city’s bills. Read more about the April 7 Black Diamond Council meeting here.

White River bridge to reopen three days early | Department of Transportation

Enumclaw residents celebrated heartily when they learned the White River bridge, which was planned to be closed April 15 – 23, was opened three days early. Opening the bridge allowed traffic to once again move smoothly through Buckley and Enumclaw as detours that went through Auburn and around Lake extended this ten minute trip into a 45 minute excursion. Read more about the early opening here.

Enumclaw Friendship House manager guilty on one count of second degree theft

The former manager of the Enumclaw Friendship House was found guilty on one count of second degree theft. Jamie M. Casteel, who was caught stealing money from Friendship House residents was sentenced to 60 days of community restitution and work release. Read more about the sentencing and court case here.

Buckley’s ‘malfunction junction’ to receive a makeover

The City of Buckley will be installing a new light on the SR 410 and SR 165 intersection – aptly named ‘malfunction junction’. The work, which will begin in May, should be over by November. Read more about the project 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.