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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.
Need to catch up on Bonney Lake news? This last week was the anniversary of the deaths of Ellis family, who died when a concrete barrier on SR 410 fell onto Angeline Road. Additionally, the White River bridge was closed, but opened three days early, much to many Plateau residents' enjoyment. Buckley will be installing a new traffic light on the SR 410 and SR 165 intersection, and Bonney Lake residents spotted bears in town.
Lake Tapps is looking rather full with a current elevation of 542 feet. Cascade Water Alliance, who controls the lake levels, plans to resume refilling the lake with water from the White River May 2, and expects the lake to rise to 542.5 feet by May 7.
A lot of news happening in the Enumclaw area this week. First, you have the White River bridge closure - luckily, there are plenty of detour routes city residents can take. Also, an Enumclaw-based group is trying to ban marijuana businesses from unincorporated King County. The Enumclaw Historical Society is hosting its annual dinner and dessert auction fundraiser, and the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation is hosting a medication take-back event.
The Bonney Lake and Sumner area had more sports news this week, with the Pantherettes becoming state champs and the undefeated Sumner and Bonney Lake track teams meeting head-to-head to decide who is top dog. Also, read about how you can drive around the week-long White River bridge closure and how the Sumner School District is providing Chromebooks for all its students.
The Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society is putting on quite a show for their annual History Award Dinner and Dessert Auction, scheduled for April 23.
Both the Bonney Lake and Sumner boys track teams were undefeated heading into their April 7 meet. The Panthers stayed on top of the league, coming away with a 93-52 win.
Where there's a will, there's weed.
The Bonney Lake Pantherettes once again brought their magic to the state drill competition, coming away with a state championship title in the show category. The Panthettes faced down Lakes, Woodland and Sumner high schools, scoring an exceptional 260.90 points during the March 26 competition. The team was sent to state after placing first in the show category at districts. They also placed second in the military category.
Did you miss any of the big news items this week? This week, we covered updates on the Sumner SR 410 interchange/Traffic Avenue project, the East Pierce Fire & Rescue levy lift, and whether or not Pierce County should allow marijuana businesses to open in unincorporated areas. We've also got Part 3 of "The Road to Voting" and Sen. Joe Fain talks about how the state is working to protect survivors of sexual assault.
Logan Burton is this year's Bonney Lake Chief for a Day, having been deputized last week by Police Chief Dana Powers. Logan, 7, was nominated to be Chief for a Day because he's gone through two open heart surgeries due to a congenital heart defect known as pulmonary aortic (or valve) stenosis.
The Pierce County Council is putting a question concerning marijuana before the voters during the April 26 special election: Should the production, processing and sale of marijuana be allowed in unincorporated Pierce County? This nonbinding advisory vote is meant to inform the council on the public’s opinion of Ordinance 2015-27s, which will lift the current ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county July 1.
With the April special election just around the corner, Bonney Lake and Sumner residents should be receiving their ballots by this weekend, and with them, a proposal from East Pierce Fire and Rescue to lift the lid on their EMS levy.
Sumner’s traffic project is finally making some financial headway. The city of Sumner successfully secured $300,000 in state funding, money that was sorely needed in order to get the ball rolling on several more grants for its Traffic Avenue/SR 410 improvement project.
Have a busy week? Your weekend briefing will get you caught up on all the big news stories from the last week.
Ever since his mother started working with the Redmond Police Department, Officer Justin Paulson knew he wanted to be an officer of the law. Going on ride-alongs with officers in middle school and attending Bellevue Police Department’s first ever Citizen’s Academy further cemented his future.