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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Group moving ahead with plans for Mount Peak tower

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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.

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.

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons
King County burn ban under way

Other counties across the state have already enacted similar restrictions.

Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Washington AG’s deal grants mobility to fast food workers nationwide

Seven fast food chains have agreed to end no-poaching policies that economists say cause wage stagnation.

Dianne Laurine, a Commissioner for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities says that she needs plastic straws to drink liquids, and that she easily bites through ones made out of paper. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Straw ban leaves disabled community feeling high and dry

Although disabled people are exempted from Seattle’s new law, the impacted community says that businesses haven’t gotten the message.

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