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They keep the visitors coming

They keep the visitors coming

Crystal Rodgers and Amber Kistenmacher, Ashford residents who have helped bring visitors to their community, have been named recipients of the Mount Rainier Visitor Association’s Community Service Award for 2013.…

Learning the STEM way

Learning the STEM way

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Columbia Crest Elementary School’s efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) get a lot of attention at the Ashford campus and throughout the school…

Healthcare access among county’s top-5 health issues

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Pierce County’s five most pressing health issues are mental health, substance abuse, access to quality health services, health disparities, and protecting and improving the environment.…

Decision favors Mount Rainier-area resort

The developers of a proposed resort near Mount Rainier are making enough progress and should continue with their plans, a Pierce County hearing examiner has ruled. Stephen Causseaux Jr. issued…

Local educators like Inslee plan for funding

By Elliot Suhr WNPA News Service Local education leaders are applauding Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to close tax loopholes and generate nearly $200 million in funding for Washington’s public schools.…

CenterPoint is ‘a place for you’

CenterPoint is ‘a place for you’

By Joan Cronk Contributing writer CenterPoint is a dynamic, growing church in Eatonville. Pastors Jennie and Jonathan Cross say it is attended by people of all ages. Jennie was born…

Bethel levies passing narrowly

Voters in the Bethel School District are approving two levies – but not by much – in early returns from the special election. A four-year School Programs and Operations Levy,…

60 percent say yes to Eatonville levy

Voters are giving the go-ahead to Eatonville’s four-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy. The measure, which calls for collecting between $4.5 million and just under $5 million from 2015 to…

Bethel Family Support Center dodges budget axe

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Family Support Center serving the Bethel area will stay open, but four other centers will close as a result of lost funding, the Tacoma-Pierce…

Snow closes Bethel schools, delays them in Eatonville

Schools in the Bethel School District closed for the day Friday, and classes in the Eatonville School District were scheduled to start two hours late as a result of snowfall.…