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Aug. 7 – election day – is the deadline for voting in the primary election. The Pierce County auditor’s elections department mailed ballots July 20 to registered voters, who can…

New assistant superintendent going coast to coast

New assistant superintendent going coast to coast

Tracy Swartout, a 12-year veteran of the National Park Service, will go all the way across the continental U.S. for her next assignment. Swartout, the superintendent at Congaree National Park…

New member for Graham land-use panel

David Friscia has been named to the Graham Advisory Commission, a citizens’ group that makes recommendations Pierce County government officials on land-use issues. His appointment was ratified by the County…

Connie Hellyer, a Northwest Trek inspiration, dies at 97

Connie Hellyer, who with her husband donated land that became the Northwest Trek wildlife park, died Friday. She was 97. Hellyer, who lived in recent years in Puyallup and Tacoma,…

Crash claims driver’s life

An Eatonville man died after the pickup truck he was driving struck a tree Sunday on State Route 7. The State Patrol identified the motorist as Douglas S. Chappel, 40.…

Three days for junior football signups

Eatonville Junior Cruisers football players can register for the upcoming season and receive their gear July 30-31 and Aug. 1. Signups on any of the three days are scheduled for…

Free-roaming house cats are tough on wildlife

HOOK AND FUR By Bob Brown While humans are one of the greatest threats to wildlife, they are also responsible for another devastating threat to wild animal populations: The domestic…

Dreaded moths appear contained

Gypsy moth fighters think they’ve won two battles in Pierce County but are continuing the war against the insect the tree-wrecking insect. The state Department of Agriculture on June 21…

If you’re 18 to 35, here’s why you should vote

By Terri Baker The League of Women Voters, in concert with NAACP, is focusing on increasing the turnout of the 18 to 35-year-old voter this year. Carol Mitchell of TV…

Suicides of gay youth rooted in faith-fueled homophobia

By Kris Alan While I agree with Claudia Branham that marriage is a choice, I am not sure where she got the notion that “civil rights has nothing to do…

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