Ray Miller-Still

Council members attempted to cancel the May 19 meeting via email

Black Diamond council fails to reach quorum; three council members decline to attend regular meeting

Although the room was filled with Black Diamond residents gearing up for another politically-charged council meeting, a majority of Black Diamond council members were absent.

Council members attempted to cancel the May 19 meeting via email
Tapps Island is hoping to raise $20

Tapps Island revitalizing firework show tradition

Tapps Island is revitalizing the decades-old traditional firework show over Lake Tapps on the Fourth of July. The show has been a mainstay for the Bonney Lake community since the 1970s, but Tapps Island General Manager John Clark said funding for the show has flatlined for the last 10 years and he is worried about the show's continued existence.

Tapps Island is hoping to raise $20
Top row: Council members Brian Weber

Black Diamond council, mayor battle rages on; Long list of city business still on the table

In a whirlwind of emails, Black Diamond council members requested, cancelled and declined to attend a special council meeting on May 25, leaving a council agenda filled with city business unable to be acted upon for the second time in two weeks.

Top row: Council members Brian Weber
East Pierce Fire and Rescue saw a 5.2 percent increase in total 911 calls. More than 7

East Pierce Fire & Rescue delivers annual EMS report

East Pierce Fire and Rescue welcomed National Emergency Medical Services Week by giving its annual report on the EMS division of the department. Assistant Chief Russ McCallion presented the report to the department's commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting on May 17.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue saw a 5.2 percent increase in total 911 calls. More than 7
A bear was sighted near Lakeridge Middle School.

Lakeridge Middle School continues modified lockdown due to bear sighting | UPDATE

Lakeridge Middle School was put on lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning after a bear was spotted near the school.

A bear was sighted near Lakeridge Middle School.
Amelia Day

Bonney Lake, Sumner teens express themselves in library art contest

Students from all over Pierce County participated in the 20th annual Pierce County Library System’s Our Own Expressions writing and art contest, and two students from Bonney Lake and Sumner came out on top.

Amelia Day
Becky Rush Peet

Enumclaw family celebrates volunteer firefighters as state recognizes 42nd Emergency Services Week

James Peet has a very simple reason for celebrating volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services volunteers – they saved the life of his wife.

Becky Rush Peet
Your weekend briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for May 9 – 13

Big news for Enumclaw! The annual Boots and Badges basketball fundraiser is back, and raising money for two local kids diagnosed with cancer. Also, Hornet Madison Eaton made EHS history by bring the first to claim a state choir title! Kneishia Vinson talked to us about sexual assault awareness and her work with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and White River and Enumclaw sports teams gear up for post-season play. And just in case you missed your chance to register as a voter via mail, the deadline to register in person and vote in the upcoming presidential election is this Monday.

Your weekend briefing.
Top row: Brian Weber

Black Diamond hires interim city attorney; payment over council attorney still disputed

Cooler heads and calmer voices marked a major shift in tone at the May 5 Black Diamond City Council meeting.

Top row: Brian Weber
Your weekend briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for May 9 – 13

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.

Your weekend briefing.
Madison after she was awarded the state title. Submitted by Paul Scott.

Hornet Madison Eaton takes top alto in state title

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.

  • May 12, 2016
Madison after she was awarded the state title. Submitted by Paul Scott.
Hunter Coffman

Lawdawgs and Smoke Eaters square off for kids | Boots and Badges 2016

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.

  • May 11, 2016
Hunter Coffman
A summary of the 2016 Point in Time homeless survey.

Pierce County homeless count jumps dramatically

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.

A summary of the 2016 Point in Time homeless survey.
The Ida Marge guild.

Six decades of raising funds and giving by the Ida Marge guild

Buckley's Ida Marge Guild is turning 60.

The Ida Marge guild.
Your weekend briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for May 2 – 6

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.

Your weekend briefing.
Your weekend briefing.

Weekend Briefing | News for May 2 – 6

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.

Your weekend briefing.
Votes for the Washington Presidential Primary election must be postmarked by May 24

Pierce County residents to begin voting in 2016 Presidential Primary

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.

Votes for the Washington Presidential Primary election must be postmarked by May 24
King County puts temporary stop on pot

King County puts temporary stop on pot

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.

King County puts temporary stop on pot
Elly Mark and Janelle Purser after their performances of the weekend of April 30.

Spartan singers successful at state choir competition

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.

Elly Mark and Janelle Purser after their performances of the weekend of April 30.
Kennedy and Olivia learn to work their classroom's Chromebook with their teacher

Sumner School District launches Chromebook initiative next fall

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.

Kennedy and Olivia learn to work their classroom's Chromebook with their teacher