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Rules for fireworks aren’t the same for everyone

Rules for fireworks aren’t the same for everyone

While fireworks will be legal in most of Pierce County for parts of two weeks leading up to and after Independence Day, one town will have a much tighter rein…

Summer lunches for Bethel district students

The free summer lunch program for students in the Bethel School District has begun. Lunches will be available to children 18 years of age and younger at two sites from…

Remodeling for Sheriff Department moves forward

A contractor has been hired to help turn Eatonville Town Hall’s basement into a new home for a Pierce County Sheriff Department unit that serves the southeast part of the…

Fire chief bids farewell

Fire chief bids farewell

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Reggie Romines thought he was going to be an accountant until he started calling a fire station home. Forty years later, Romines is settling into…

Pierce Transit cuts three months away

It’s official: Riders of Pierce Transit buses will start feeling the effects of major cuts in service by this fall. The agency’s Board of Commissioners, in a vote June 10,…

Retirement delayed for interim job

Eatonville School District superintendent Rich Stewart put his retirement plans on hold last week by accepting an appointment to be interim superintendent of Chimacum School District. Officials in the Chimacum…

Cancer-stricken black bear euthanized

A black bear at Northwest Trek that had terminal cancer for nearly two years was euthanized last week. The 22-year-old female bear suffered from a mammary gland tumor, first diagnosed…

Ranger was ‘desensitized’ to danger

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A Mount Rainier National Park ranger fell to his death last year while helping rescue mountain climbers because he’d become “desensitized” to the dangers in…

Graduates: Enjoy high school, because it goes quickly

Graduates: Enjoy high school, because it goes quickly

By Shannon Hirska Contributing writer An unprecedented total of five students earned the title of valedictorian at Eatonville High School for the class of 2013. Josh Bennett, Zach Fairhart, Ryan…

Allergy season in full bloom

By Lawrence Larson Contributing writer Every year, when the buds begin to sprout on the flowering pear tree outside my office, people soon show up inside my office with runny…