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Special events sponsored by the city of Black Diamond

Black Diamond Labor Days permit dispute settled; festival will be held Sept. 3 – 5

The last two virulent Black Diamond City Council meetings boiled down to this: the 102-years-old Labor Day festival is ready to go, and city code specifies that the council does not need to approve the celebration's special event permit.

Special events sponsored by the city of Black Diamond
The annual car show at Bonney Lake Days is only one of its several attractions

Bonney Lake Days rolling out this weekend

Bonney Lake Days, the annual two-day festival at Allan Yorke Park, is gearing up for this weekend. The summer celebration begins 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with the opening of the ever-popular Kids Zone, which includes arts and crafts, games and rides for children.

The annual car show at Bonney Lake Days is only one of its several attractions
Your Weekend Briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 8 – 12

Two fires, a hot legislative race and how to make shaping your future easier (and cheaper) – read all this in the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing!

Your Weekend Briefing.
Your Weekend Briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 1 – 5

Read about the latest updates in the Nicole White murder case, how to volunteer with the Sumner Lions Club, the fires that East Pierce Fire and Rescue have been tackling and how to participate in the WSDOT SR 162 improvement study, all in the latest edition of your Weekend Briefing.

Your Weekend Briefing.
Your Weekend Briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 1 – 5

Read up on the county's new marijuana regulations, the fall of the Plateau Avengers in the California tourney, the plea deal taken by Johnathan Daniel Harris in the Nicole White murder case and when a disc golf course will be coming to Enumclaw, all in the newest edition of your Weekend Briefing.

Your Weekend Briefing.
Your Weekend Briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for Aug. 1 – 5

Read up on the county's new marijuana regulations, the fall of the Plateau Avengers in the California tourney, the plea deal taken by Johnathan Daniel Harris in the Nicole White murder case and when a disc golf course will be coming to Enumclaw, all in the newest edition of your Weekend Briefing.

Your Weekend Briefing.
The light green areas around the cities of Covington and Maple Valley are designated as RA-5 zones

King County tightens marijuana regulations

The King County Council has tightened its marijuana regulations, making it virtually impossible for marijuana producers and processors to set up shop in the unincorporated areas around Maple Valley and Covington.

The light green areas around the cities of Covington and Maple Valley are designated as RA-5 zones
Sumner Lions Club President Emerson Bishop presents Mike Cross with his raffle winnings during the 2016 Sumner's Rhubarb Days.

Sumner Lions Club looking for members, volunteers

The Sumner Lions Club is gearing up for another school year full of service activities and volunteer opportunities, and is hoping to expand its numbers while doing so.

Sumner Lions Club President Emerson Bishop presents Mike Cross with his raffle winnings during the 2016 Sumner's Rhubarb Days.
Our Corner

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.It was announced Initiative 1515, which sought to reverse the laws in this state that allow a transgender individual to use restrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity did not receive enough signatures to get placed on the November ballot.

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Nicole White was reported missing June 7

Suspect pleads guilty to Nicole White murder case

On July 28 Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, pleaded guilty to the murder of Enumclaw resident Nicole White. In addition to pleading guilty to second-degree murder, as part of the plea agreement, he also pleaded guilty to second- and third-degree assault.

Nicole White was reported missing June 7
Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.

Breaking down transgenderism | Our Corner
Nicole White was reported missing June 7

Suspect pleads guilty in Nicole White murder case

On July 28 Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, pleaded guilty to the murder of Enumclaw resident Nicole White.

Nicole White was reported missing June 7
The green areas around Enumclaw represent unincorporated King County agricultural zones

King County tightens marijuana regulations; Enumclaw residents upset, feel left out

Enumclaw residents have been asking the King County Council for months to restrict marijuana production in rural residential areas after they learned of several production operations moving close by.

The green areas around Enumclaw represent unincorporated King County agricultural zones
East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to four fires in the last week.

Grassland, house fires keep East Pierce busy

East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to four fires during the past week – three in Bonney Lake and a fourth across the Cascade Mountains in Central Washington. The first fire was on Tuesday, July 26, at the 110000 block of 199th Avenue East in Bonney Lake.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to four fires in the last week.
Amelia Day makes some adjustments to the electronics in her Press-Sure Soccer Ball

Sumner scientist prepares for national competition with own invention

Necessity is the mother of invention, the old saying goes, and if there's a common enough problem, someone's going to come along and solve it. This fall, 10 students from around the nation are coming together to share their solutions for problems they've encountered. One of these scientists is Sumner student Amelia Day.

Amelia Day makes some adjustments to the electronics in her Press-Sure Soccer Ball
Gomer Evans pilots the Green River Queen float in the Black Diamond Labor Day parade. The Green River Queen returned to the parade last year

Black Diamond council majority holds Labor Day permit

Chaos and anger has defined the last seven months of Black Diamond City Council meetings, but the outrage residents expressed flared hotter than ever on July 21 as a century-long tradition looked to be put on the chopping block: the city's three-day Labor Day Festival.

Gomer Evans pilots the Green River Queen float in the Black Diamond Labor Day parade. The Green River Queen returned to the parade last year
The Allan Yorke Master Plan splits the park into four quadrants

Big changes for Allan Yorke park underway

Allan Yorke Park is about to get a major makeover. During the July 19 council workshop, the Bonney Lake City Council listened to a presentation by Bruce Dees & Associates about the park's new master plan, which details various improvements and overhauls the Bonney Lake community said it wanted.

The Allan Yorke Master Plan splits the park into four quadrants
Beautify Bonney Lake and the city of Bonney Lake's Art Commission volunteers helped put up a mosaic behind the east entrance sign into the city.

Beautify Bonney Lake seeks board members for 2017 event

Beautify Bonney Lake is looking for three board members to help put together the annual city-wide clean up event in 2017. The group is shrinking down to seven board members and is hoping to boost itself back up to 10 for next year's event, said chairman Tom Watson.

Beautify Bonney Lake and the city of Bonney Lake's Art Commission volunteers helped put up a mosaic behind the east entrance sign into the city.
Stephanie

Handcar races, King County Fair and Miners Day | Slideshow

The King County Fair, Wilkeson's handcar races and Black Diamond's Miners Day were all held over this past weekend. If you weren't there, check out these photos!

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Along with losing parking space

Bonney Lake food bank continues to weigh expansion options

Due to a sudden shortage in available parking spaces, the Bonney Lake Food Bank is again considering moving somewhere else in town. On July 7, the city took control of half of the gravel lot behind the food bank, which has been used for staging clients for the food bank and vehicle storage for East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the Bonney Lake Police Department and the city.

Along with losing parking space