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Racing cars cause motorcyclist’s death

A 61-year-old man has died as a result of a collision between a car and the motorcycle he was driving April 19 in the Spanaway-Frederickson area. The Pierce County Sheriff…

Coffee entrepreneur wins water fight

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch When Sandra Isdell tried to start a mobile coffee shop last year in Elbe, she found out that health authorities weren’t allowing any new water…

Bonds by the numbers

Bonds by the numbers

Voters in the Eatonville and Bethel school districts are deciding whether to put more local money into their schools. Their decisions on two bond measures will be known after voting…

Kid-tested, kid-approved

Kid-tested, kid-approved

Kids Trek, a new nature-themed attraction for children at Northwest Trek, opened to fanfare and big crowds on April 2. Trek officials reported 3,122 visitors, breaking a single-day attendance record…

Killer, free for 27 years, gets 37-year prison sentence

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch James Edward Mitchell, who got away with murder for 27 years after stabbing a Spanaway woman to death in 1993, has been ordered to spend…

Sharing for life

Sharing for life

Students and staff at Eatonville High School were among the 62 donors – 29 of them for the first time – who gave blood March 29 that will be part…

Store owner accused of murdering shoplifter

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A Spanaway store owner’s “frustrations” turned deadly when he shot and killed a suspected thief, according to Pierce County authorities. Min Sik Kim, 30, has…

County checking pot mood of voters

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Have voters in Pierce County changed their minds since joining a majority of voters in the rest of Washington to legalize retail marijuana businesses? That’s…

Bethel tries again for $236 million bond

Bethel tries again for $236 million bond

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Residents of the Bethel School District are voting a second time this month on a $236.7 million bond measure for upgrading some schools and building…

Ethics Commission awaits appointments

Pierce County is accepting applications for an appointment to the county’s Ethics Commission. Two openings will be filled on the five-member commission, whose citizen members uphold ethical conduct in county…