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Charter commission races have finalists

The candidates have been narrowed for the job of possibly rewriting parts of Pierce County’s home-rule charter government. In the primary election that concluded Tuesday, voters whittled races to two…

Thumbs-up for EMS levy in Fire District 23

Fire District 23’s proposed tax for emergency medical services has received a resounding approval from voters in the district that serves an area of 67 square miles near Mount Rainier.…

Rosenlund, Skaggs advance in Graham commissioner race

A firefighter and the incumbent are advancing past the primary election in a race for Graham Fire and Rescue commissioner. In unofficial results from voting that ended Tuesday, Adam Rosenlund,…

Art will be in the eye of many beholders

Art will be in the eye of many beholders

You could say the Eatonville Art Festival has something for everyone. Art of virtually every kind and a variety of musicians will take over Glacier Park in Eatonville for three…

County fair back with critters, entertainment

Now in its 68th year, the Pierce County Fair returns this week for its traditional four-day run Thursday through Sunday at Frontier Park in Graham Here’s what fairgoers should know:…

Smoke from wildfires has some breathing uneasy

Smoke from wildfires has some breathing uneasy

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Where there’s smoke, there’s more than fire. Recent wildfires in and around Pierce County and stagnant air conditions have resulted in poor air quality, worsening…

Pierce unemployment near lowest for year

The percentage of out-of-work Pierce County residents is almost at its lowest so far this year. In its announcement of monthly unemployment rates among counties statewide, Washington’s Employment Security Department…

Fire from barbecue damages house

Fire from barbecue damages house

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A fire caused by barbecuing destroyed part of a family’s home but also ended on a happy note for their dog. The incident started in…

Once-in-a-decade choices for government review

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Voters have begun choosing the people who eventually will tell them what might need changing in Pierce County’s government charter. In the primary election that…

$10 million a year for state cancer research

Cancer research-related legislation championed by state Sen. Randi Becker has been signed into law. Senate Bill 6096, a response to changes in federal funding that put Washington in jeopardy of…