Weekend Briefing | News from March 28 – April 1

Have a busy week? Your weekend briefing will get you caught up on all the big news stories from the last week.

Expo Center to see ‘exciting’ developments as revenue increases

A year ago years ago, control of the Enumclaw Expo Center was given to a non-profit group in order to increase enthusiasm and interest in events at the center. And boy, what a success it has been, as Scott Gray, executive director at the Expo Center, reports a 40 percent increase in profits over last year. With the extra revenue, the Expo Center is investing in some revamps of the facilities. Read more about upcoming Expo Center improvements here.

Buckley council aiming to give city police more space

The Buckley Police Department asked the city council last week to expand the police department by between 800 and 1,000 square feet. Initial bids came in at $1.5 million and $900 thousand, but the council wants to see if these number can be scaled down a bit more before it approves of the expansion.Read more about the department expansion, and other Buckley City Council news, here.


Successful rescue attempt on Mount Rainier | Mount Rainier National Park

A climbing party of two became stuck at Camp Muir (10,000 feet elevation) on Mount Rainier when a snowstorm caught them unaware March 26. Rescue attempts were thwarted by the weather, but rescuers were able to get to the climbers March 31. An unresponsive climber was also found by rangers near Gibraltar Ledge and was airlifted out. Read more about the rescue here.

Learning new strategies to deal with migraines | Part 2

Tyler Stewart has been having migraines since he was five years old. Last week, we learned about how he’s learned to control his migraines with Dr. Emily Law of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. This week, we learn about how the migraines have affected Tyler’s participation in school, sports, and whether or not his migraines are somehow connected to his family’s genes. Read more about Tyler and his trials here.

 

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Taxing district was independent, now part of city government

In a move that was philosophically opposed by a pair of council members, the city of Enumclaw has taken control of the local Transportation Benefit District. The move may not be noticeable to the general public, as the collection and distribution of money should be unchanged. Also, the people controlling the dollars and cents remain the same.

Wilbanks wins close Buckley race

It took a month, but Luke Wilbanks finally knows he’ll be occupying a seat on the Buckley City Council.

Smooth holiday travel requires planning, patience | Department of Transportation

No matter what your holiday plans, being prepared for winter conditions and holiday traffic will help make your trip smoother. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan ahead for smoother travel.

Pierce County burn ban lifted | Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Update

The weather may be getting colder, but burn bans have been called for multiple counties due to deteriorating air quality.

Local authors publish their first novels

Sometimes, you just can’t get an idea out of your head. For two local authors, this certainly has been the case. Since they were kids, James Peet of Enumclaw and Tommy Rice of Bonney Lake had some ideas in their heads, ones that never quite left them, even as they grew older, got jobs, and settled down with their wives and kids of their own.

Scammers posing as the State Supreme Court Clerk | Office of the Attorney General

Scammers are posing as the Washington State Supreme Court Clerk to call Washingtonians to demand money and threaten arrest. The fraudulent calls have so far targeted individuals with Hispanic last names.

Enumclaw’s Van Hulse to compete in national music showcase

Erik Van Hulse, who also goes by his stage name Siboh Nisoh, has been working toward this big break for almost as long as he can remember.

Kiwanis honor four as Students of the Month

Members of the Buckley Kiwanis Club honored a trio of “Students of the Month” during an Nov. 16 gathering.

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

The meeting, held at the Black Diamond library, was a chance for voters to have “an opportunity to hear from both sides before they decide to sign,” the recall petition, Pepper wrote in an announcement for the meeting.

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