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Graham fire levy loss official; judge finalists decided

Results of the primary election became official last week, confirming voters’ rejection of a Graham Fire and Rescue levy. In results that were certified Aug. 19 by the Pierce County…

Three bodies identified as missing climbers

The bodies of three people recovered this week from Mount Rainier have been identified as half of the victims of a climbing accident in May. The Pierce County medical examiner…

Highway’s ‘finishing touches’ rescheduled

Traffic-delaying roadwork on State Route 161 that was orginally scheduled for Friday is now planned for most of the day Saturday. A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation (DOT)…

The straight dirt on getting a green thumb

HERE TO HELP By Tillie Vuksich Dear Tillie, I’ve recently retired and would like to start doing some patio gardening, but I have no clue where to start. I heard…

Reward in hair salon burglary

A $1,000 reward is being offered by Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers for information leading to an arrest and charges of the person or people who burglarized an Eatonville business. Information can…

Frederickson road is guinea pig

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A Frederickson-area street is the guinea pig for new paving that Pierce County officials hope will make roads countywide last longer. County crews will apply…

Bodies of mountain climbers recovered

The bodies of three climbers who are believed to be half of the victims of a climbing accident earlier this year were removed Tuesday from Mount Rainier. The bodies were…

Toxic algae puts swimmers at risk

Toxic algae puts swimmers at risk

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Beating the heat this summer at nine lakes in Pierce County has required keeping an eye out for illness-inducing algae. The lakes have been posted…

Suspect in murders arrested

A suspect is being held by Pierce County authorities in connection with the murders of two men in the Frederickson-Spanaway area. Richard Atkisson, 40, was arrested by Sheriff Department detectives,…

More traffic delays on SR-161

Patience will be a virtue the rest of this week for motorists on a portion of State Route 161 near Eatonville that’s scheduled for some finishing touches on a repaving…