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Man dead, deputy hurt after standoff

A Spanaway man was killed and a Pierce County Sheriff Department deputy was wounded in shooting during a standoff last week. The incident occurred at a storage facility Dec. 3…

Fire bond on slow track

South Pierce Fire and Rescue will wait until next summer to re-run a facilities bond measure, if at all. In the wake of the bond’s failure in last month’s general…

Tomal, Bollen and Harris All-Nisqually on offense and defense

Seven Eatonville Cruisers have been named first-team All-Nisqually League football performers from the 2013 season, and three of them earned the honor for offense and defense. George Tomal, a junior,…

New road rules hurt winter recreation

This year, Mount Rainier National Park policy will have a substantial impact on winter recreational opportunities. Park management has decided that the road between Longmire and Paradise will not open…

Club wants to take square dancing to the masses

Club wants to take square dancing to the masses

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Alana Smith thinks it’s hip to be a square dancer. She and other members of Alder Dam Dancers are trying to introduce their hobby to…

Good enough for Founding Fathers is good enough for me

Good enough for Founding Fathers is good enough for me

By Jim McCune Budgeting is perhaps the most important job of your elected representatives. Discerning where to direct your tax dollars to provide the services government is charged with providing…

Schools organize community drives

Several schools in the Bethel School District are conducting drives for food, clothing and toys for their communities. The schools and their drives include: • Bethel Middle School: Mitten Tree,…

Rescued critters have their coming out parties

Rescued critters have their coming out parties

Rescued critters have their coming out ‘parties’ Foxes and moose now can be seen at Northwest Trek A young female moose munches on foliage near the Baker Research Cabin, just…

MVP and coaching awards go to Cruisers

MVP and coaching awards go to Cruisers

Individual honors for some of its players and its coach have been added to the Nisqually League championship that Eatonville High School’s girls soccer team won during the 2013 season.…

County leaders argue over marijuana sales

Pierce County leaders don’t agree on whether federal or state law should be followed in plans for legalized sales of marijuana. The County Council this month passed legislation prohibiting licensed…