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Salmon, streams and stormwater compatible

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The town of Eatonville, with financial backing from the Nisqually Indian Tribe, has a new and improved stormwater management plan that officials say will reduce…

Church youth raising money for missions trip

Living Word Assembly of God will host a garage sale March 21-22 as a fund-raiser for church youth who are planning a missions trip this summer to the Dominican Republic.…

Got health insurance? Local aid for signup

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The federal Affordable Healthcare Act’s mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance comes due March 31. And free local help is still available for anyone…

SR-7 reopens to traffic

A 1.5-mile portion of State Route 7, closed since Monday after a mudslide, was scheduled to reopen Friday afternoon, state highway officials said. The segment was closed is near Eatonville,…

Spaghetti fuels firefighter cadets

South Pierce Fire and Rescue will host a spaghetti feed at its Roy station March 22 as a fund-raiser for its cadet firefighters. Proceeds from the event, which is scheduled…

No studded tires after March 31

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has a reminder for drivers that’s worth $124. That’s the amount of the penalty under state law that motorists can get if they don’t…

Highway closure may last until Friday

Part of State Route 7 near Ohop Valley Road could be closed until this Friday as a result of Monday’s mudslide. The extended closure is “related to additional heavy rain…

Help on the way for family

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Women on horseback, Girls Scouts, wrestling-style combatants, restaurants and other community members are organizing events to help pay the expenses of an Eatonville-area family whose…

Pedestrian dies after being hit by truck

A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Route 7 in the Spanaway area last Friday. According to the State Patrol, the victim was a female. Her…

Moms and young kids can find friends and playmates

(Editor’s note: Welcome to the first installment of a new personal-advice column in The Dispatch, written by Tillie Vuksich. The Eatonville resident offers life advice and a fresh perspective. Expect…