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Independence Day bash needs more money

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Organizers of Eatonville’s annual Independence Day celebration say the event is about $4,000 short of having enough money to be held July 3-4. Unless the…

Senate OKs park ranger’s name for post office

Senate OKs park ranger’s name for post office

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch With a final push in Washington, D.C., the way has been cleared for Eatonville’s post office to be renamed in memory of a Mount Rainier…

State Historical Society honors Bethel High teacher

State Historical Society honors Bethel High teacher

James Sawatzki does more than get students’ attention when he teaches history at Bethel High School. He gets historians to take notice. Swatzki, a teacher for 30 years, has been…

Some no-contests in this fall’s election

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Pierce County’s prosecuting attorney and auditor won’t change in this fall’s election, but voters will have some choices to make for the Legislature and Congress.…

Changing of the guard at Bethel schools

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch When students show up for the first day of classes next September at nine schools in the Bethel School District, they’ll find new principals at…

Reichert: ‘Juice’ in Congress comes with time

Reichert: ‘Juice’ in Congress comes with time

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert isn’t ready to restrict members of Congress like himself to the length of time they spend in office. Reichert, a congressman…

South American volcano lessons applied to Mount Rainier

South American volcano lessons applied to Mount Rainier

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Mount Rainier at its worst, and lessons learned from a volcano-devastated town in South America, will be the subject of a public meeting involving federal…

A hero’s medals find their way to daughter

A hero’s medals find their way to daughter

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Forty-six years after he was killed in action, the medals of a Vietnam War hero are in the hands of his daughter through the perseverance…

Bethel taxpayers will save nearly $7 million

Bethel School District taxpayers will save millions of dollar, thanks to record low bond rates. The School Board has approved the refinancing of part of the district’s outstanding bonds, resulting…

Resurfacing planned for SR-161

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Portions of State Route 161 in and near Eatonville will be resurfaced before the end of this summer. The facelift by the state Department of…