Weekend Briefing | News from April 18 – 22

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.

Black Diamond council attempts to fire city attorney, questions city’s legal authority to pay bills before council approval

Black Diamond’s April 7 meeting was chaotic and ended with the city council attempting to fire the city attorney through a resolution, although the mayor says only she has the legal authority to fire the attorney. The council is also split on whether the mayor or the council had the real authority to pay the city’s bills. Read more about the April 7 Black Diamond Council meeting here.

White River bridge to reopen three days early | Department of Transportation

Enumclaw residents celebrated heartily when they learned the White River bridge, which was planned to be closed April 15 – 23, was opened three days early. Opening the bridge allowed traffic to once again move smoothly through Buckley and Enumclaw as detours that went through Auburn and around Lake extended this ten minute trip into a 45 minute excursion. Read more about the early opening here.

Enumclaw Friendship House manager guilty on one count of second degree theft

The former manager of the Enumclaw Friendship House was found guilty on one count of second degree theft. Jamie M. Casteel, who was caught stealing money from Friendship House residents was sentenced to 60 days of community restitution and work release. Read more about the sentencing and court case here.

Buckley’s ‘malfunction junction’ to receive a makeover

The City of Buckley will be installing a new light on the SR 410 and SR 165 intersection – aptly named ‘malfunction junction’. The work, which will begin in May, should be over by November. Read more about the project here.


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