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Countywide burn ban over

A Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County was lifted Friday after air quality improved. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced that weather changes Friday, with predictions of rain…

Up close with Skills Center and communities

By Randi Becker As anyone who has heard me talk about the subject will tell you, I am passionate about skills centers, and particularly the one here in Pierce County.…

Paradise open daily during winter

About a month from now, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will be allowed – weather permitting – to drive to Paradise seven days a week. The all-week access, scheduled…

Alexander resigning from Legislature

Alexander resigning from Legislature

A campaign promise and the outcome of a tight race for Thurston County auditor in the general election mean Gary Alexander’s tenure as a state legislator for the south Pierce…

Overdue hiker turns up safe

A search for an overdue hiker ended on a positive note today with the individual walking out after spending an unplanned night in the back country of Mount Rainier National…

Food banks hoping for happy holidays

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Turkeys for Thanksgiving are heading out the door at the food bank in Eatonville, where attention is also being paid to the next holiday. For…

Free day at Northwest Trek

Eatonville residents will be admitted free to Northwest Trek this Sunday in the wildlife park’s annual good will gesture to its nearby community. Proof of residency in the form of…

Reading early makes for better students later

Reading early makes for better students later

By Shannon Hirska Contributing writer The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington has mandated that all third and fourth-grade students should be reading at grade level by…

How about 75,000 rainbow trout?

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has stocked most of 33 western Washington lakes with 75,000 large rainbow trout. Most of the trout are 12 to 17 inches in…

One person dead after highway crash

One motorist was killed and another was injured in a collision between two cars at the intersection of State Route 702 and State Route 7 last Saturday. The State Patrol…

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