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Landfill gets permit for life

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Landfill Recovery Inc.’s permit for a landfill near Graham is now good for as long as the site is used. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced…

Eatonville has new top cop

Eatonville has new top cop

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Brian Witt, a 27-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff Department, is Eatonville’s new police chief. He started on the job Jan. 4, capping a…

164,000-plus checked out Fantasy Lights

Attendance at Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s 21st annual Fantasy Lights exhibit that ended Jan. 1 was up 4 percent over the previous year. During the five week nightly event…

A new chapter for Tofu Milkhouse

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch It’s been used by a dairy and for making tofu in a long, storied life dating back about 100 years. And now, the aptly named…

Legislator steps into Pierce County legal fight

Legislator steps into Pierce County legal fight

A state legislator who hopes to become Pierce County’s next executive wants to rewrite state law to address legal hassles like the one involving the current executive. Sen. Bruce Dammeier…

Record-setting year at Trek

Record-setting year at Trek

Instead of counting down to the new year, Northwest Trek was counting up as 2015 was ending. Every visitor through the gates at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park by Dec. 31…

Centennial is School of Distinction again

Centennial Elementary School in Graham has been named a School of Distinction for the third year in a row by state education officials. Centennial, which is part of the Bethel…

Sears Hometown store closing

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Sears Hometown store in Eatonville is closing, perhaps permanently. The store, a longtime fixture at the corner of Mashell Avenue and Center Street, is…

New year bringing public works boss for town

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch It appears likely that Eatonville will hire a public works director instead of a new town administrator. Mayor Mike Schaub said after the resignation Nov.…

Road conditions delay Bethel schools

The start of Bethel School District’s first school day of 2016 was delayed two hours Monday by hazardous road conditions brought on by snow, rain and cold weather. In addition,…