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Cooler heads and calmer voices marked a major shift in tone at the May 5 Black Diamond City Council meeting.
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.
Enumclaw High School senior Madison Eaton competed in the state choir competition this year knowing she already made it farther than she ever had before.
It's red versus blue. Police versus fighters. The Lawdawgs versus the Smoke Eaters. That's right, the annual Boots and Badges basketball showdown is coming to town, and is looking to be bigger than ever.
On a cold midwinter night in January, more than 200 volunteers searched Pierce County to count the number of people who did not have a home to go to. By the end of the night, they had their total: 1,762 people that night were homeless, close to 500 more than the previous year.
Buckley's Ida Marge Guild is turning 60.
Lots of political news for Enumclaw last week. Rep. Chris Hurst announced he will no be seeking re-election in 2016, and Lane Walthers announced he will be running for the soon-to-be-vacant position. Also, King County mailed out all the Presidential Primary ballots, so keep your eyes on your mailboxes. The weather is getting warmer but rivers and lakes can still be dangerously cold, and one of our reporters dissects the Dexter novels and the widely-popular TV show.
Bonney Lake had a busy week! The Bonney Lake baseball team took the league title against Sumner, and Sumner choir singers get excellent scores in the state competition. Also, Spartan senior Hashwinder Singh came back from Washington D.C. to tell us about the U.S. Senate Youth Program. In other school news, the Sumner School District will be providing Chromebooks for all students 6th through 12th grade to use both at school and home. Finally, get ready for the Presidential Primary, because ballots have been mailed out.
As one election ends, another beings. The Washington state Presidential Primary election officially started today, May 6, with ballots having been mailed out yesterday to Pierce County voters.
Editor's note: The Courier-Herald reported in the April 13 article "Enumclaw residents oppose rural pot grows" that five marijuana businesses had pending licenses to operate outside the Enumclaw city limits. There are four marijuana businesses with pending licenses.
The Sumner High School choir just wrapped up another successful year by sending two Spartans to state. Juniors Janelle Purser and Elly Mark both sang at the state solo and ensemble contest last weekend at Central Washington University. Purser and Mark sang together and separately. For their ensemble, they received an "excellent" rating.
The time for heavy textbooks and clunky computer carts may be coming to an end in the Sumner School District. in the Sumner School District. At the beginning of the 2016 school year, every student from the sixth grade and up will be receiving their own Chromebook to use at school and take home.
After Sumner's loss to Bonney Lake 10-0 yesterday, the Spartans were determined not let the last game of the season get away from them so easily. But while the game was a tough fight, the Panthers came away with a 7-5 win, taking the league championship.
It's still many years before Sumner High School senior Hashwinder Singh could be elected to represent his state in Washington D.C., but his trip to the nation's capitol last March has certainly taken him a step or two closer.
Black Diamond has found itself without a city attorney, and the city council has hired its own legal representation with one big question on the table: who will pay, the city or council members? Also, Green River College students and faculty organize a walk out in protest of the current college administration and how it is handling budget cuts. May is also Wildfire Awareness month with an educational event about how to prepare for a wildfire emergency with King County, and speaking of fire, the Fire District #28 levy lid lift measure looks to be passing.
Lots of East Pierce Fire & Rescue news this week: the department received a donation of six new oxygen mask kits for our pets. Also, as of Friday, April 29, the department's levy lift measure is being approved by voters. Also this week, a Bonney Lake resident talks about the Boston Marathon she just ran, and the Spartans take on the Panthers in a head-to-head tennis match.
Smoke inhalation isn’t just a problem for people during a fire – it’s a problem for their pets, too. Now, the fire department is better equipped to rescue pets with the help of specially-designed oxygen masks. The donation of these six new mask kits (which come with three masks of different sizes to fit most animals with a snout) comes from Invisible Fence of Seattle and their Project Breathe program.
Sumner High School hosted a head-to-head girls tennis match April 19 with Bonney Lake, beating the visiting Panthers 4-1. As the teams stand, the Spartans are tied for the best record in the SPSL 3A with an 8-1 mark. Sumner’s only loss so far was to Auburn Mountainview on April 6. The Panthers hold a 2-8 record, but the team has room to improve down the stretch.
Councilwoman Janie Edelman made her feelings clear at the beginning of the three and a half hour long council meeting on April 21 – the Black Diamond City Council is looking less like a body of elected officials and more like a late night comedy show. And while some people found the scene funny, much of the content wasn’t.
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.