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Wanted: More people to build own homes

Home ownership the self-help way is branching out in south Pierce County. The self-help housing program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, Community Frameworks and the Washington State…

Tighter security at Bethel schools

Security has been tightened at schools in the Bethel School District for the start of the 2013-14 school year. During school hours, all school doors will be locked, and access…

Canadian climbers injured on Rainier

Three mountain climbers from Canada were rescued from Mount Rainier after falling into a crevasse Sunday. Officials at Mount Rainier National Park reported that the climbers, all males, suffered multiple…

Not this time for wildfire

This summer’s rash of wildfires in eastern Washington almost got the Eatonville Fire Department involved for the second year in a row. The agency was asked in July to assist…

You go, toads

You go, toads

They’re small enough to almost disappear in a human’s hand, but Western toads are a big deal at Northwest Trek. In recent weeks, thousands of the tiny, fragile toads –…

Feds sending $500,000-plus to county

Pierce County is among 38 local governments in Washington that are receiving portions of a $17.2 mllion payment from the U.S. as compensation for non-taxed federal land. The money that’s…

Highway open for Labor Day weekend

For the second time this month, a portion of State Route 7 that’s getting a slide-proofing facelift will be open – but only temporarily – to help with heavier-than-usual traffic.…

Frontier Park is versatility personified

Frontier Park is versatility personified

When the Pierce County Fair completed its annual four-day run at Frontier Park earlier this month, it marked the end of a busy stretch of high-profile activities that demonstrated the…

Fallout over candlelight vigil continues

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Police officers were heavyhanded when they broke up a candlelight vigil that was being held at an Eatonville park in memory of a teenage girl,…

Pierce Transit puts the brakes on cuts

Cuts in public bus service by Pierce Transit have been headed off by improved financial conditions for the agency. The transit Board of Commissioners voted July 31 in favor of…