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Reports, witnesses tell tale of Bonney Lake SR 410 tragedy

There was no sound when the state Route 410 barrier fell off the overpass and onto Angeline Road below, witnesses to the tragedy on April 13 said. One moment the barrier was there, and the next, it was on the road below. Now the dust is finally settling as the first installment of police reports investigating the tragedy became available on May 1, and witness testimony in the report reveal what happened in the crucial minutes before the barrier fell.

New East Pierce commissioner sworn in

It was a hot race, but East Pierce Fire and Rescue swore in its newest fire commissioner during last week’s meeting. Bonney Lake resident Victor Proulx was chosen by the board to serve as a commissioner until November with four votes to three.

A big time band with small town spirit

You can take the man out of a small town, but you can’t take the small town out of the man. At least, that’s what Enumclaw-born Aaron “Rev” Peters and the band ‘Success’ has proven since the band formed nearly 10 years ago. Rev, along with his bandmates Austin Jones and David Casey, grew up in the small farming town south of his current home, Seattle.

City scraps launch fee, adds parking charge at Lake Tapps

With boating season approaching and water levels in Lake Tapps rising, the city of Bonney Lake will be implementing a new parking fee to replace the old boat launch fee. The rate of the fee will remain the same. The council approved the new fee during the March 24 meeting.

Lake Tapps refill only a drip, drip drip

Boaters, swimmers and lake enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn Lake Tapps may not be filled and ready to be open to the public by Memorial Day according to Cascade Water Alliance. While the refilling system is working just fine, an April 23 Cascade release stated nature is not cooperating. Reduced rainfall is affecting how quickly the lake can be refilled.

Buckley resident Sassy Girl jumps (in slo-mo) at Spring Fair DockDogs event

"Sassy Girl by the river" participated in the Washington Spring Fair Dock Dogs event, where dogs jump from a dock into a pool as far as they can.

Fatal construction accident still under investigation

It’s been described as the worst tragedy the city of Bonney Lake has ever seen. The untimely deaths of Josh, Vanessa, and eight-month old Hudson Ellis early last week brought emotional turmoil to the Bonney Lake community and spurred city officials and company investigators to meticulously scrutinize what construction workers were doing on the morning of April 13 and why the barrier wall on the state Route 410 overpass fell onto Angeline Road.

Update on April 13 construction fatalities | Courier Herald investigation

As the investigation of the falling state Route 410 bridge barrier, and the deaths of Josh, Vanessa and Hudson Ellis, continues into the weekend, many reports about this tragedy will be made public by various newspapers and stations.

Prayer vigil for the Ellis family | Slideshow

A candlelight/prayer vigil was held for the Ellis family on April 14, 2015, at EastPointe Foursquare Church.

Bonney Lake sued over marijuana business ban

Just when the city of Bonney Lake thought it saw the end of the marijuana debate, a potential marijuana retail store is ready to reignite the argument. The city officially banned licensed marijuana growers, processors and retailers from operating in the city on Jan. 13 (Ordinance No. 1502 [D15-08A]).

UPDATE | Infant, mother and father killed when concrete slab falls from SR 410 overpass onto Angeline Road in Bonney Lake

The Bonney Lake Police Department PIO Twitter account reported a family of three, an infant child, mother and father were killed when a large portion of concrete fell from SR 410 onto a truck on Angeline Road.

Barrier falls from SR 410 in Bonney Lake, crushes truck

At approximately 10:15 Monday morning, the Bonney Lake Police Department responded to a report that a jersey barrier had fallen from state Route 410 onto Angeline Road. According to Public Information Officer Todd Green, the jersey barrier, which was as wide as Angeline Road, crushed a truck driving north underneath the overpass.

Grow your own herbs, make meals just a bit tastier | Home and Garden

Any chef will tell you that there is no substitute for fresh herbs in your kitchen. If you really want to bring the flavor out in your dishes, don’t reach for the store-bought packaged herbs; head out to your garden and pick some fresh basil and oregano. Of course, that’s an easy thing to say when you have a home with space for a garden.

Grow your own herbs, make meals just a bit tastier | Home and Garden

Any chef will tell you that there is no substitute for fresh herbs in your kitchen. If you really want to bring the flavor out in your dishes, don’t reach for the store-bought packaged herbs; head out to your garden and pick some fresh basil and oregano. Of course, that’s an easy thing to say when you have a home with space for a garden.

Mountain Meadow students talk the talk and walk the waltz

When Erin Briones started teaching Mountain Meadow Elementary fifth grade students ballroom dancing, she heard a lot of grumbling and complaints. "Do I have to dance with a girl?" she was asked. "You're going to make me touch a boy? Do I have to dance?"

East Pierce Fire and Rescue improves protection ratings

After a tumultuous few months of failed levies and slashed budgets, a shift in the winds may be coming for East Pierce Fire and Rescue constituents.

Mandatory voting could be a boon to our democracy | Our Corner

President Obama spoke in Cleveland two weeks ago and mentioned his support of mandatory (or compulsory) voting in the United States. The president said it would “completely transform the political map in this country,” and argued mandatory voting would help remove big money from politics, encourage the young, working class and disenfranchised citizens to vote and increase voting turnout numbers.

A blooming cherry blossom memory

Beautify Bonney Lake and the Sumner and Bonney Lake Area Communities for Families Coalition teamed up for the Plateau’s 22nd Annual Community Summit last week.

Kids get to meet some of their favorite authors

Many Lake Tapps Middle School students were able to meet some of their favorite young adult novel authors at a recent book signing event at their school. The school’s PTSA organized the event on March 10 and invited nine local authors to talk to students, discuss their books and autograph their works. “(The PTSA) really wanted to make sure that kids get to realize books are alive and well, and that things beyond technology are really viable,” said Superintendent Judy Neumeier-Martinson.

Local authors sign books at Lake Tapps Middle School | Slideshow

Nine local authors came to Lake Tapps Middle School on March 10 for a book fair. Many students took advantage of the fair to get their favorite young adult books signed by the authors.