In the community… Bonney Lake Library used book sale May 17-20, 2018

We got word from Friends of the Bonney Lake Library that they are holding a Used Book Sale in May. Help support your local library!

Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20

Sale will be held during regular library open hours:
Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

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Adopt-A-Street strikes again!

Kudos to Let’s Wheel ORC Jeep Club! They had 14 volunteers & collected 5 bags on their route circling Lake Debra Jane this last weekend! Good job!!

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Allan Yorke Boat Launch

Allan Yorke boat launch will be open by this Friday, April 13th.
Any questions, please call (253) 447-4323.

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BLPD – Announces our Little Chief for a Day 2018

Since 2012, the Bonney Lake Police Department has participated in the Chief for a Day program through Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC).

This program takes place biennial. It is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness.

The Bonney Lake Police Department is proud to sponsor our newest Little Chief for 2018, Chief Aurora (Rory).

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Dock and Swimming Area to be Closed at Allan Yorke Park April 9-13, 2018

The swimming area and dock at Allan Yorke Park will be closed April 9-13, 2018 for irrigation installation.

For more information, call 253-447-4323.


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BLPD Traffic Emphasis – April 2018

     Bonney Lake Police Department


APRIL, 2018        Distracted Driving 

During the month of April 2018, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for motorists that drive while distracted. Officers will emphasize enforcing the cell phone use laws. Mobile phone use while driving is common but widely considered dangerous. Due to the number of collisions that are related to cell phone use while driving, the State of Washington has made the use of a cell phone without a hands free device as well as texting while driving illegal.

Washington State’s New Distracted Driving Law

Washington’s new distracted driving law went into effect on July 23, 2017. The law makes it illegal to use a handheld personal electronic device while driving, even if you’re stopped at a traffic sign/signal or stuck in traffic. Here’s what you need to know:

What’s now illegal:

  • Holding a personal electronic device.Using a hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve electronic mail (email), text messages, instant messages, photographs or other electronic data.
  • Watching a video on your device.


  • When your vehicle is pulled over to the side of (or off of) the road and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain stationary.
  • If you need to contact emergency services.
  • The minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a device.

What’s still legal – but not safe:

  • Using hands-free personal electronic devices and devices that are integrated into your vehicle.*

*According to AAA research, the use of hands-free devices and voice-activated systems is just as distracting as use of a hand-held cell phone. So, while the law will help reduce distracted driving, it still doesn’t prohibit all dangerous distractions.


  • The first infraction is a $136 fine.
  • The infraction will be reported to your insurance company.
  • Second and subsequent tickets within a five year period will double the penalty, which could result in a $235 fine.

In addition to targeting electronic devices, the new law also makes illegal a variety of other “Dangerously Distracted” driving practices. The Dangerously Distracted section of the new law includes banning ANY activity not related to driving that interferes with the safe operation of your vehicle as a secondary offense. Examples might include: eating, spilling your coffee, your dog on your lap, putting on makeup or shaving. While you can’t be pulled over for these non-driving related distractions, if the distraction contributes to you to committing a traffic violation, such as crossing the centerline or following too close, then you can receive an additional $99 fine for being dangerously distracted.

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Bonney Lake has a new Community Crime Map

LexisNexis / Community Crime Map

Citizens now have a new crime mapping program that is available to them. Not only can you map where the crime is occurring and what the crime is but you can also track the location of sex offenders in your area.  The following link will give you this information:  While on the website you can also sign up for crime alert notifications. We hope you enjoy this new resource and find that it helps to keep you informed about criminal activity in your neighborhood.





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Sign up for Job Alerts from the City of Bonney Lake

Did you know you can sign up to receive notifications when new jobs are posted by the City of Bonney Lake?

Visit and sign up for Job Alerts.

You’ll receive an email notification each time a new position opens.

Here’s our current openings:

  • Summer Day Camp Counselor
  • Assistant to the Police Chief
  • Construction Inspector
  • Before/After School Program Assistant
  • Youth Sport Official

To learn more about working at the City of Bonney Lake visit our main website at 


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Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County READS 2018

Pierce County READS explores the Civil Rights Movement

Mayor Neil Johnson will read a proclamation in support of Pierce County READS during tonight’s City Council Meeting (March 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.).

From Pierce County Library: The powerful words and images of the Civil Rights Movement continue to inspire people of all ages. Pierce County Library System revisits the events and emotions of the Civil Rights Movement this spring with its community program, Pierce County READS.

From March 11 through May 11, thousands of people will come together as a community to read this year’s Pierce County READS selection, award-winning graphic novel trilogy “March” co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Congressman Lewis of Georgia is one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement and the only remaining speaker alive from the Big Six Leaders that organized the 1963 March on Washington. To share his remarkable story, Lewis joined Aydin and Powell to use a graphic novel format to educate and inspire a new generation.

“The “March” series is a catalyst for discussions about diversity, society and engagement in one’s community, in ways that are both historical and directly relevant to today’s world,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “This remarkable story is guaranteed to inspire rich discussion throughout our community.”

Pierce County READS kicks off with a closer look at the Civil Rights Movement locally through an exhibit and screening of the documentary “Transforming Tacoma: The Struggle for Civil Rights” Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. A panel discussion will follow the screening and includes former Tacoma Mayor Harold Moss, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and documentary filmmaker Sid Lee.

The two-month program will also feature:

  • The Unspoken Truths: American History Traveling Museum Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., at South Hill Pierce County Library 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup. View exhibits from African American history and hear storytelling at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • A conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times best-selling author of “So you want to talk about race?”

Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Playhouse, 729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood.

Join the author and explore the struggles of talking about racial topics.

  • Living History: A Special After-Hours Event

Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place.

Learn from the inspiring experiences of local residents who were key in the Civil Rights Movement in Pierce County. Speakers include Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first African American mayor; Jim Walton, Tacoma’s first African American city manager; Lyle Quasim, the first African American Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) head; Rosa Franklin, the first African American woman elected to the Washington State Senate and others.

During the Pierce County READS program residents may also participate in book discussions, film screenings and graphic novel workshops.

Celebrate the culmination of the program with an evening with Aydin and Powell Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m., at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium, 124th St S, Tacoma. Attendees can meet the creative team and have books signed following the presentation. A video message from Lewis may also be included.

Pierce County READS has encouraged residents to read copies of the same book at the same time for a countywide conversation for 11 years. The community one-book program is the largest community reading event in Washington State.

All events are free thanks to the generous support of KeyBank Foundation and the Pierce County Library Foundation.

Contact: Mary Getchell, Marketing and Communications Director

Office: 253-548-3428; cell: 253-229-4477

More information, including the full schedule of events is available at

About Pierce County Library System

The nationally acclaimed Pierce County Library System serves 600,000 people throughout Pierce County with 20 libraries and online services. The system is the fourth largest in the state and is funded primarily through property taxes. People may choose from more than 1.5 million books, movies and other materials, as well as nearly half a million online/downloadable materials. Pierce County Library is committed to directing services in three primary areas: learning, enjoyment and community connection. Its services and programs spark success for Pierce County residents. More than 2 million people visit Pierce County Libraries each year. The Library provides services and programs directly to people in adult care facilities or who are homebound, and to children in child care centers and schools. Pierce County Libraries are located at Anderson Island, Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Fife, Gig Harbor, Graham, Key Center, Lakewood, Milton/Edgewood, Orting, Parkland/Spanaway, Pierce County Library Administrative Center, South Hill, Steilacoom, Summit, Sumner, Tillicum and University Place. Pierce County Library is an independent municipal corporation and operates as a junior taxing district.

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Ready to get more involved in the community? Bonney Lake Arts Commission has a vacancy!


The City of Bonney Lake is seeking applications for volunteer membership on the Bonney Lake Arts Commission.

One regular (non-student) position (Position #4) is currently open. The Arts Commission regularly meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The term is for 3 years. The Commissioner will be appointed by the Mayor.

To apply, submit the application for membership – available at the City Clerk’s office and on the City’s website at Continue reading

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