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State reducing speed limits on SR-161, SR-7

The days of 50-mile-an-hour speed limits on parts of State Routes 161 and 7 are coming to an end. Ditto for a 35-mile-an-hour zone on another portion of 161. The…

Workshops cover ‘average’ retirement plans

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks,” a free informational workshop to be hosted by Pierce County officials in the South Hill and Spanaway areas next month, explores what most people will face…

Who’s responsible for old landfill?

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eatonville officials are gearing up for a possible fight over legal responsibility for the cleanup of a long-abandoned landfill that was once used by the…

Authorities drying out tainted water supply

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff have found traces of E. coli bacteria in water running from a cistern fed by a spring near Ohop Lake.…

Lawmakers taking another shot at pot

By Cooper Inveen WNPA Olympia Bureau Two years after Washington voters ended pot prohibition lawmakers are wading through a thicket of proposed reforms that aim to stabilize an industry struggling…

Robots rule at school

Robots rule at school

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Afternoons at Weyerhaeuser Elementary School are when young minds are exposed to some of the intricacies of computer science and engineering as robots take over.…

Kayaker found dead in lake

The body of a 63-year-old man who didn’t return from kayaking on Alder Lake was recovered Thursday. According to the Pierce County Sheriff Department, searchers found the body at 9:45…

Town puts moratorium on pot businesses

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Any possibility of a state-licensed marijuana business in Eatonville is likely on hold for at least the first half of 2015 as a result of…

Graham hiring voter-approved firefighters

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Graham Fire and Rescue officials are moving quickly to turn voters’ wishes into more firefighters and fully functioning fire stations. The fire district announced in…

Car crash kills one

A Roy man died in a traffic accident Monday in Thurston County. The State Patrol identified him as William C. Barringer, 60, and said he was pronounced dead at the…