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Governor’s tree getting student-made decorations

The students in a jewelry design class at Graham-Kapowsin High School have been chosen by the state to make ornaments for the governor’s official Christmas tree this year. This video…

Eatonville has a trail to somewhere

Eatonville has a trail to somewhere

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Bud Blancher Trail is open for business – the hiking, biking and running kind of business. Eatonville town officials, other dignitaries and community members…

Ban on wood fires ordered

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Nov. 18 ordered a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County. The ban on…

OK of fire levy expected

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Graham Fire and Rescue’s levy is headed for approval after rising from the ashes of an initial defeat. Ballots from the general election that were…

Street Talk: Higher park fees

Street Talk: Higher park fees

The National Park Service is considering raising user fees. How would a $10 increase in entry and camping fees at Mount Rainier National Park affect you? Sarah Boettcher: “We would…

Coho catches as good as can be

Coho catches about as good as can be By Bob Brown Anglers fishing the Cowlitz River sure haven’t had anything to complain about lately. For the past couple of weeks,…

Thank yourself for lower gas prices

By Don C. Brunell It’s often difficult to connect the dots, to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a…

Kids eating veggies? Easier said than done

HERE TO HELP By Tillie Vuksich Dear Tillie, I need some advice on how to get my kids to eat their vegetables. Our kids are super picky. I wish I…

Unregulated water supply has E.coli

Unregulated water supply has E.coli

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Health officials say a roadside source of water near Ohop Lake is tainted with E.coli and are trying to stop people from drinking it. The…

Nisqually commercial zones under review

Land-use zoning in the Nisqually River valley area could change as a result of a state-mandated review by Pierce County officials. County planners have scheduled a public meeting in Ashford…