Weekend Briefing | News from March 21 – 25

Haven’t had time to check the news this week? Your weekend briefing will let you know all the big news you may have missed.

Fire District 28 rolls out April levy lift measure

Enumclaw Fire Department, also known as Fire Department #28, has put a levy lift measure on the April ballot. According to Fire Chief Randy Fehr, calls for emergency services have increased 33 percent over the last five years while the number of firefighters has decreased. If this measure doesn’t pass, he said firefighters will be laid off. Read more about the levy lift, and how it’ll affect your property taxes, here.

Black Diamond city business slows down in wake of new rules

Black Diamond’s political fighting over the new council rules and regulations have made it difficult for the city to work on new business. Many resolutions sent to the council’s new standing committees have not been re-introduced to the council for final action, and the council has been unable to unanimously agree on almost anything for the last couple months. Read more about how the city is being affected here.

Carbonado crash now a homicide; driver admits to drinking and driving nearly 4 years later

In 2012, Samuel Hoffer and Joseph Castro were driving off road in a rural area outside Carbonado when a deer jumped out of the woods, startling Hoffer into driving off a cliff. Hoffer survived and managed to get into town, but Castro was killed. The story remained the same until Hoffer changed his story, and now he’s facing charges of vehicular homicide. Read more about the charges, and what really happened, here.

Learning new strategies to deal with migraines

Tyler Stewart starting getting migraines when he was 5 years old, and the pain only got worse as he got older. There were times when Tyler was taking a total of nine pills a day to help with his migraines. “I began to hate taking medicine,” he said. “I even hated taking Advil because it was just another pill to take.” But then he started working with Dr. Emily Law, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, who helped him start to turn his life around. Read more about Tyler’s story here.

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