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Category: Bonney Lake


Auction set Saturday for White River Education Foundation

A dinner and auction to benefit the nonprofit White River Education Foundation is set for Saturday at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner buffet starts at 6:30 p.m.

Sea Gal Stephanie Stennes is slated to make an appearance.

Auction items include Disneyland, Legoland and Silverwood tickets and accommodations, a private airplane ride and a handcrafted outdoor playhouse.

The farm is at 20021 Old Sumner-Buckley Highway.


Eastown sewer pact headed to Bonney Lake City Council vote

An agreement that would pave the way for a sewer system in a largely rural section of Bonney Lake is finally headed to a vote.

The City Council on Tuesday is set to discuss a utility latecomers agreement for the Eastown area during a 5:30 p.m. workshop session. A public hearing is likely to follow next week, with a vote at the end of the month, said Dan Grigsby, public works director.

“We’re in the final steps. It’s been a long process,” he said.

Under the agreement, a group of landowners in the Eastown area – extending roughly from 214th

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Milfoil infestation ‘radically reduced’ in Lake Tapps

The owner of Lake Tapps says a milfoil infestation in the popular East Pierce County reservoir is “radically reduced” and it won’t have to conduct a widespread chemical treatment this summer.

Cascade Water Alliance has been treating the lake for milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, since 2010, and roughly 95 percent of the milfoil recorded that first year now is gone, a news release said.

“We are extremely pleased with the success of the program and how quickly and dramatically milfoil has been reduced on the lake,” said Jon Shimada, capital projects director, in the release.

Cascade says divers

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Groups to dedicate Lake Tapps historic marker Saturday

The Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society and Cascade Water Alliance will dedicate a new historic marker at the White River Project powerhouse on Saturday.

The dedication starts at 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Lake Tapps, now a popular East Pierce County recreation spot, was created as part of the White River hydroelectric project that launched in 1910.

The project eventually shut down, and Cascade – a group of King County cities and water and sewer districts – bought it in December 2009. The group plans to eventually use Lake Tapps as a regional drinking water source.

Cascade paid for

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Lake Tapps refill done, ready for summer recreation

Lake Tapps’ spring refill is done, and the East Pierce County reservoir is at summer recreation level, its owner announced today.

Cascade Water Alliance said the lake has reached 542.5 to 542.7 feet and is expected to hold there through the recreation season, which generally lasts through September.

The consortium of King County cities and water and sewer districts bought the lake in 2009 to eventually use as a regional drinking water source. But, the group has said, plenty of water still will remain for recreation. The lake is a popular spot for boaters, swimmers and sunbathers.


Council makes boating restrictions for Lake Tapps cove permanent

Boating restrictions for Fairweather Cove on north Lake Tapps aimed at curbing drinking, loud music and other unruly behavior will become permanent, the Pierce County Council decided today.

The prohibition against boats anchoring, drifting and tying together in the cove has been in place for three years and was due to expire on Aug. 31. But the council decided to remove the sunset date because the limits have worked well.

Addressing a separate issue on Lake Tapps, the County Council also voted today to ban parking along a quarter-mile stretch of 214th Avenue East on the east side of

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Sumner shows up in national school ‘cheating’ report, defends record

Sumner is one of four Washington state school districts identified in a recent national investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for showing improvements in student test scores that appear to defy the numerical odds.

The investigation, also the subject of a story in Sunday’s Seattle Times, says the Sumner, Tahoma, Mukilteo and Kennewick school districts showed suspicious swings in year-to-year standardized test results.

Sumner officials strongly defended the security of their testing regimen on Monday. In a statement to The News Tribune, they said staff has done exemplary work the last few years to rise to meet federal

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Bonney Lake council tables traffic fee reduction

The Bonney Lake City Council isn’t lowering a developer fee as a way to jumpstart residential and commercial construction.

At least not yet.

The council on Tuesday night tabled an ordinance that would temporarily reduce by 25 percent the city’s traffic impact fee rates for most projects. Projects with very little traffic impact, such as a single-family home, wouldn’t have to pay at all.

City Administrator Don Morrison said council members wanted more time to discuss and deliberate the proposed changes.

Developers pay the fee to soften the impacts of their projects on a community’s roads and traffic flow.

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