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Fire commissioners discuss budget options with public

The special East Pierce Fire Commissioners meeting Thursday was a solemn affair as Plateau residents gathered at the Bonney Lake Fire Department to discuss their questions and concerns about the East Pierce Fire and Rescue budget, which will be cut by $3 million in 2015.

Bonney Lake prepares budget, foresees growth

The Bonney Lake preliminary budget for the next two years has been completed and was presented to the City Council at the end of October. Mayor Neil Johnson explained in the budget the city will see an increase in revenue.

Maple Lawn Trick-or-Treats for UNICEF

Maple Lawn elementary students did more than just Trick-or-Treat for candy on Halloween; they also raised more than $1,200 for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or UNICEF.

Levy fails, fire budget cuts proposed at $3 million

The East Pierce Fire and Rescue Maintenance and Operations Levy failed to reach the supermajority needed to pass in the Nov. 4 general election. As of Monday the Pierce County Auditor’s website had 14,129 voting to approve, 56.24 percent, 10,994, 43.76 percent voted no.

Second marijuana retailer opens in Buckley

The Green Door opened its doors last week giving the city of Buckley two marijuana stores. Mr. Bill’s is the other recreational marijuana business in Buckley.

Plateau vet records time spent in WWII prison camp

“’For God’s sake, grab silk!’” Those are the words Plateau resident Staff Sgt. Hiram P. Jameyson heard when his B-17 was shot down near Brunswick, Germany, on March 23 1944.Although Jameyson died in 2002, records of his life during his 15 month of captivity in Germany exist in the form of letters to his wife Lorraine and a daily diary, which he kept hidden from his captors.

Plateau haunts scare up some ghost hunters

If you’re looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween, there are many attractions on the Plateau that would be more than willing to scare the pants off of you. But at the end of the night, that psycho clown that chased you and your friends through the corn maze with a chainsaw isn’t some undead apparition – it’s an actor with a red rubber nose. So where on the Plateau can you see some real ghosts?

DM Disposal to recycle old garbage bins, use new automated service

Residents of Bonney Lake will see a change to their garbage service in the month of November. DM Disposal will begin using automated garbage collection instead of manual labor, using a mechanical arm to lift up garbage bins and to deposit trash in the truck.

Exodus House celebrates 20th anniversary

Exodus House, a Pierce County nonprofit focused on rapid rehousing for families affect by domestic violence, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. Executive Director Joe O’Neil made the announcement to both the Sumner and Bonney Lake city councils during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Slideshow | International Walk to School Day

In recognition of International Walk to School Day, more than 50 Daffodil Elementary students walked to their school with East Pierce Fire and Rescue clowns and the Sumner Police Department squad cars leading the way.

Benevolent Fund recieves donations | East Pierce

The East Pierce Firefighters Benevolent Fund recently received substantial donations from Lowe's Home Improvement and Urban Timber Coffee on Oct. 13.

Students practice walking to school safely

In recognition of International Walk to School Day, more than 50 Daffodil Elementary students walked to their school with East Pierce Fire and Rescue clowns and the Sumner Police Department squad cars leading the way.

Film festival remembers Milotte history, legacy

The third annual Milotte Wildlife Film Festival kicked off last weekend with the 1952 Milotte and Disney “Water Birds” film and the 2012 DisneyNature film “Chimpanzee”.

31st District State House candidates speak on education | Chris Hurst and Phil Fortunato

The candidates running for 31st District House Position No. 2, incumbent Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Greenwater, and challenger Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, discussed education last week in phone interviews with The Courier-Herald.

Interlocal recreation department signs on for another two years

The Recreation Department of Bonney Lake and Sumner announced the completion of a two-year agreement with the Sumner School Board, extending after school and summer recreation programs for children, adults and families through 2016.

Cascade Water Alliance warns off trespassing

Lake Tapps is on its way to reaching a record low level of 505 feet above sea level, and much of the lake bed is starting to show as Cascade Water Alliance continues to empty the lake by a foot of water a day.

Position No. 1 candidates speak on education

Education was the hot topic Thursday night during the 31st District candidate forum in Bonney Lake.Shawnta and Chris Mulligan organized the event, which took place in East Pierce Fire and Rescue headquarters.

SLIDESHOW | Plateau senior citizen skydives

To celebrate her 93rd birthday, Enumclaw resident Goldie Woehrle went skydiving in Shelton, Washington.

Bonney Lake City Council extends moratorium

The Bonney Lake City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 23 to extend the moratorium on recreational marijuana for an additional 120 days.

Life lessons learned from swimming

“What I teach my kids is, you don’t use the word can’t. Ever,” Dana Powers said, the Sumner High swim coach and Bonney Lake police chief. She emphasized her words by hitting the side of her hand on the tabletop.